The magnificent metropolis of Istanbul is the only city on the planet to sit across two continents, Asia and Europe With its myriad of world-famous mosques, glorious palaces, exquisite museums and colorful eateries; it’s also very popular with tourists.

Be inspired to travel Istanbul in style with our list of the most luxurious hotels in this fascinating city where East meets west.

  • ST REGIS ISTANBUL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Settled in the heart of Nisantasi, the spectacular St. Regis Istanbul is surrounded by the exclusive district’s shops, dining, art, and entertainment. Mere steps away are such destinations as Macka Park, the convention center, the city center, and the Bosporus. The hotel has two signature restaurants: an intimate rooftop terrace venue and an eclectic French brasserie. The hotel’s 118 sumptuous accommodations which include 10 suites, one of them being designed by Bentley – boast a unique identity of discrete luxury, timeless elegance, and compelling grace. All guests enjoy the elevated level of bespoke service of the St. Regis Butler.

This hotel is located in Taksim Square, a central position in the city. This location allows visitors to visit many places in the city using public transport. The hotel has four different types of rooms: standard rooms, deluxe rooms, grand club rooms, and the suites. Visitors can enjoy using the climate-controlled fitness centre. It is supplied with water, towels, weights, and machines. The rooms have LCD televisions, a desk and work area, a dining table, a minibar, and a Nespresso coffee maker. The minibar is fully stocked with juices, beer, and snacks.


Located along the Bosphorus, in one of Istanbul’s most naturally stunning neighbourhoods, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosporus is a former 19th-century palace transformed into a hotel sanctuary of luxury and comfort. The 145 guest rooms and 25 suites are an airy fusion of traditional Ottoman architecture and modern furnishings. The pillared underground swimming hall with classical music playing underwater and hammam are not to be missed! Watching the sunset from the expansive white tile terrace or from the outdoor pool with a glass of wine is unforgettable at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosporus.


In an ancient city bounded by the mystic waters of the Golden Horn, Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, the Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet is lodged in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison with bold ochre-tinted walls. The hotel’s prime location means that it is just steps from Istanbul’s most important landmarks in Istanbul’s Old City, being the 6th-century St. Sophia, the 15th-century Topkapi Palace and the 17th-century Blue Mosque. The hotel has 65 guest rooms and suites with faience tiles, Ottoman antiques, tapestries, and intricate carpets.


A beacon above the Bosphorus and discretely positioned in the magnificent Zorlu Center, the Raffles Istanbul mixes natural elements with angular architecture in a sublime combination of ancient and modern. The hotel’s 132 guest rooms and 49 suites are divided into eight categories, from Deluxe Rooms to the Raffles Suite. Every space provides sweeping, panoramic views across the city, airy interiors, and signature Raffles butler service. You can relax by the gorgeous indoor pool and dine on gastronomic delights at two signature restaurants, two bars and lounges, and a patisserie. It’s really dramatic.

  • PARK HYATT ISTANBUL – MACKA PALAS                                                                       

The luxury five-star Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas combines classiness with unique regional character and historic art deco architecture with state-of-the-art interior design. The five-star city centre hotel has 90 generously sized luxury rooms and suites that present old-style Turkish patterns and icons in contemporary scale and composition. The hotel is within walking distance of many upscale designers, fashion houses, as well as ultra-trendy bars and restaurants, making it an perfect place for vacation and business travellers.


The Shangri-La Istanbul is ideally located in the financial and entertainment district of Besiktas, boasting breath-taking views of the Bosphorus Strait. In all of the 186 spacious rooms and suites, the two restaurants and one bar, and the signature CHI Spa, you will find a tasteful combination of Asian-inspired elements and Turkish luxury. All rooms come with complimentary high-speed Internet access and many provide exquisite views of the city and the Bosphorus Strait.


Sumahan on the Water boutique hotel is situated in Çengelköy, on the waterfront of the Bosphorus on the Asian-side of the city. The 5 star hotel is a restored nineteenth century Ottoman distillery, where the high-proof ingredient was produced for Rakı, the famous Ottoman tipple. Sumahan is a small luxury hotel that integrates high class design with a respectful presence within its historical setting. In essence the Sumahan experience is about modern comfort in an ancient and spectacular context with a friendly and personal service. It is a contemporary architectural treasure, a paradise for escape and a gateway to Turkish culture.


A proud blend of hip and historical, and a glittering tower amidst gilded domes and minarets, the W Istanbul is set in the center of the historic Akaretler Row Houses, an upscale neighbourhood filled with restaurants, cafes, and design & art galleries. The 140 guestrooms and suites of this Turkish design hotel carry the soul of both history and contemporary luxury, featuring Marmara marble, Ottoman patterns, and lighting to experiment along with your mood. Rooms and suites with gardens, terraces or cabanas are adorned with flat screen TVs, the signature W bed and stylish luxuries.

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