3 Best Hotels in The Bosphorus, Istanbul

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

$$$$ | Çırağan Cad. 32, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey Fodor's Choice
Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Bosphorus
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Once a residence for the Ottoman sultans, the late-19th-century Çırağan Palace (pronounced chi-rahn) is Istanbul's most luxurious hotel, with ornate public spaces that feel absolutely decadent and a breathtaking setting right on the Bosphorus—the outdoor infinity pool seems to hover on the water's edge and most rooms, full of Ottoman-inspired wood furnishings and textiles in warm colors, have balconies overlooking the Bosphorus as well. Large bathrooms feature marble tubs. At Tuğra Restaurant, you can dine in imperial splendor on Turkish and Ottoman specialties. Most lodgings are in the new wing, though there are 11 VIP suites in the palace itself, including the €30,000 per night Sultan's Suite—start saving now.

Pros

  • Grand setting in incredible Bosphorus-front location
  • Over-the-top feeling of luxury
  • Infinity pool

Cons

  • Exorbitant price of food and drinks
  • High rates, especially for rooms that have no Bosphorus view
  • Service can be slow
Çırağan Cad. 32, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey
212-326–4646
hotel Details
313 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

$$$$ | Çırağan Cad. 28, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey

This restored, 19th-century Ottoman palace with two modern wings exudes luxury in rooms and suites, a quarter of which have Bosphorus views (others have garden and city views), that are elegant yet understated, with soaring ceilings, muted tones, and Ottoman touches such as handcrafted mirrors. The marble-lined bathrooms, with deep tubs and separate showers, feel downright palatial. The stunning spa has saunas, steam rooms, Turkish baths, and one of Istanbul's loveliest indoor pools; the outdoor pool is just steps from the water's edge.

Pros

  • Impeccable service
  • Beautiful views and location
  • Top-notch spa and fitness facilities

Cons

  • Expensive food and drinks
  • Underwhelming views from non-Bosphorus rooms, especially considering high rates
  • Can be noisy
Çırağan Cad. 28, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey
212-381–4000
hotel Details
170 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Swissôtel The Bosphorus Istanbul

$$$$ | Bayıldım Cad. 2, Istanbul, 34357, Turkey

In a superb spot just above Dolmabahçe Palace, the Swissôtel offers excellent facilities and—from most of the comfortable, businesslike guest rooms—magnificent Bosphorus views that extend all the way to Topkapı Palace across the Golden Horn. The vast, high-ceilinged lobby has terraced levels that seem to cascade down to the water, and the overall effect is that of a grand old-world hotel; service is crisp and efficient. A massive spa and both indoor and outdoor pools provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation.

Pros

  • First-class service
  • Extensive dining options
  • Huge, top-notch gym

Cons

  • Expensive food, drinks, and Internet
  • Hotel can only be reached by taxi (or on foot)
  • Fairly impersonal atmosphere
Bayıldım Cad. 2, Istanbul, 34357, Turkey
212-326–1100
hotel Details
566 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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