8 Best Luxury Hotels in Istanbul

If you would like to experience Istanbul at the height of luxury, you can find plenty of accommodation options to choose. Some of the old palaces and historic mansions along the Bosphorus, which were once home to the Ottoman elite and royalty, are now serving as 5 star hotels to travelers from across the world. Here is te list of 8 of the best luxury hotels in Istanbul which will make your stay unforgettable.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

Situated in the European shores of the captivating Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul offers the glamor and luxury of an Ottoman palace.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul has a total of 310 rooms, including 279 rooms and 20 suites in the main hotel section and 11 suites in the imperial palace section.

You can taste unique tastes of world cuisines prepared by award-winning chefs on the Bosphorus view balconies of The Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul.

Çırağan Palace is a city symbol and hosts the most prestigious events, meetings and weddings in the city. With its very romantic and spacious wedding terrace and the Çırağan Ballroom overlooking the Bosphorus, it offers the best wedding venue and the most romantic honeymoon options to its guests from all over the world.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the only hotel in Istanbul accessible by car, yacht and helicopter.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is another hotel which converted from an old Ottoman palace. The hotel is standing on the shores of the scenic Bosphorus, in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul which is very close to many of the historic sites, museums and shopping areas.

Four Seasons Bosphorus is one of the most popular event venues in Istanbul which hosts weddings and meetings with a banquet capacity of 700.

The hotel amenities include heated outdoor pool, indoor pool with underwater speakers, fitness centre, Turkish Bath (Hammam) and more.

Shangri-La Bosphorus

Located on the European side of Istanbul, Shangri-La Bosphorus is located between Istanbul Dolmabahce Palace and the Naval Museum. The hotel caters to both tourists and business travelers thanks to its central location at the heart of Istanbul.

IST TOO, the all-day dining restaurant, presents the most beloved tastes of Turkish and international cuisine to your liking, as A la Carte with original presentations.

The hotel offers lots of different amenities for guests to relax such as the Turkish bath, indoor swimming pool, special therapy suites, sauna and spa.

Turkish Bath of the 5 Star Hotel Shangri-La Bosphorus İstanbul

The grand ballroom of Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul, which has a height of 6 meters, serves up to a thousand people in prestigious events such as meetings, weddings and celebrations.

The Ritz-Carlton İstanbul

The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul is a 5 star hotel designed for both business and leisure travel. Just like the city itself; The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul is the meeting point of the impressive balance between Istanbul’s unique Eastern traditions and stylish European culture.

The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul features redesigned accommodation, an outdoor spa, nearly 26,000 sq ft of event space and three restaurants and bars, all with Bosphorus views.

Thanks to its central location in Şişli district of Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul offers easy access to Istanbul’s must-see destinations such as the Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square, Dolmabahçe Palace and more.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

The Four Seasons Istanbul Hotel, with its traces of 20th century neoclassical Ottoman architecture, was used as a prison in this period, and then opened to service and transformed into a luxury hotel with a large courtyard with 65 rooms.

The hotel is within walking distance of Sultanahmet, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Mosaic museum and Grand Bazaar. It has a 24-hour business center and offers a sauna, a gym, a restaurant, a bar and a full-service spa.

All guestrooms at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet are non-smoking. Rooms with separate bathtub and shower, private bathroom, bathroom television and specially designed toiletries are available at the hotel. 24-hour room service and dry cleaning are also available. In addition to the Express check-in service, the multilingual staff at the hotel makes their guests feel unique with the privileged service they offer.

Raffles Istanbul

The Raffles experience is now in Istanbul. Raffles Istanbul, the new lighthouse of the Bosphorus, is a timeless combination of contemporary architecture, charming luxury, creative gastronomy and real elegance: a completely different world, overlooking a bird’s eye view of the most colorful, exciting city in the world.

Raffles Istanbul is located at one of the best intersection points of the Bosphorus. With its perfect location in Zorlu Center where fashion, show and art come together, Raffles Istanbul offers everything to experience this city beyond time. Raffles Istanbul is only 43 km away from the Istanbul International Airport and 30 km away from the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

The St. Regis Istanbul

Located in Istanbul’s most vibrant neighborhood, Nisantasi district, The St. Regis features exceptional services and world-class facilities. The modernist Art Deco-influenced hotel forms a focal point for cosmopolitan Turkish and international society. The St. Regis Istanbul offers award winning guest rooms and signature suites uniting discreet luxury with timeless elegance.

You can enjoy distinguished dining experiences at Spago by master chef Wolfgang Puck or at St. Regis Brasserie, serving a contemporary World and Turkish inspired cuisine. Rejuvenate at Iridium Spa with exclusive treatments or explore the most exciting luxury fashion brands, the best art galleries, restaurants and Istanbul attractions, all mere minutes from the hotel.

Swissotel The Bosphorus

Swissotel The Bosphorus, a member of the world’s leading hotel chain, is among the most exclusive hotels in Istanbul. Swissotel The Bosphorus is located in the center of the city on the European side and offers a living space close to the business and commercial centers.

Swissotel The Bosphorus, offers 497 spacious rooms, suites and loft suites with a high level of service and a private living space to meet the needs of its guests. Residence is part of the hotel, Swissotel Living, offers long or short-term accommodation with 63 luxury suites ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites.

The sauna, hydromassage bath and massage treatments in the Spa and wellness center give the guests a chance to get rid of the tiredness of the city and business life. There is a fully equipped fitness center for those who want to do sports and stay fit.

The Swissotel The Bosphorus restaurant serves an array of tastes from Turkish to international cuisines.


Istanbul is absolutely an amazing destination for a city honeymoon. Besides, it is the main hub of the Turkish Airlines which connects the city to the whole world as the flag carier airline of Turkey. If  you need suggestions about things to do or places to visit in Turkey on honeymoon; you may visit the “asiahoneymoonguide.com” website. They have a very informative blog post about things to in Turkey on honeymoon.

Written by emreozmen

Blogger, traveller, car and aviation enthusiast living in Istanbul. Writing about automobiles on otomobiltavsiyesi.com and about Istanbul on 10thingstodoinistanbul.com

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