Luxury Hotels in Istanbul

Below is a selection of handpicked hotels in Istanbul. Take a look at our favourites for more inspiration on a luxury holiday to Turkey.

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Boutique St Sophia

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

If you’ve got little time and a lot to see during your break to Istanbul, Boutique St Sophia is your ideal bolt-hole given its excellent location right next to Hagia Sophia – it even boasts views over the mosque’s courtyard. This converted 19th century building was renovated a few years ago and provides a great base for wide-eyed travellers to Istanbul.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage, City Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Enthroned on the European banks of the Bosphorus, Ciragan Palace Kempinski is exactly as its name suggests: a palatial hotel with luxury at the forefront of absolutely everything. Once the home of Ottoman sultans, the hotel retains its authentic Turkish opulence and yet oozes modernity in all the right places.

Best for: Setting & Views, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel, Family-friendly

Four Seasons Bosphorus

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Steeped in opulence and history, the Four Seasons Bosphorus is one glamorous bolt-hole. In true Four Seasons fashion, this hotel is elegantly styled and decked out with the finest facilities. What makes it truly special, however, is that it was once an 18th century Ottoman palace and still stands in all its royal glory on the banks of the glittering Bosphorus river.

Best for: Setting & Views, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel, Family-friendly

Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Flanked by some of the most iconic sights of Istanbul - like the dazzling Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Agia Sofia – Four Seasons Sultanahmet is right at the heart of the Old City. Once a Turkish prison, the hotel is housed in a century-old neoclassical building, with striking arches and overhanging eaves that lend it a rather special character.

Best for: Setting & Views, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel, Family-friendly

Georges

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Georges, once a quaint, 19th century apartment building, is now one of Istanbul’s coolest boutique hotels. Elegant and discreet, Georges is at the heart of the trendy Galata area, where glamorous boutiques, cobbled lanes and popular cafes reign supreme.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage, City Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Hotel Les Ottomans

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

This Ottoman-inspired boutique hotel is an intimate retreat in a former 18th century mansion right on the Bosphorus. Theatrical and decadent, Hotel Les Ottomans is an explosion of colour and plush textiles that makes it altogether rather striking.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Hideaway, City Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Jumeirah Pera Palace

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Culture buffs will revel in Jumeirah Pera Palace’s literary past, as this was once the hideaway of choice for Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway. Steeped in history, this is the oldest hotel in Istanbul and continues to astound guests with its Turkish charm and luxurious feel.

Best for: Food & Wine, History & Heritage, Service & Hospitality, City Hotel

Raffles Istanbul

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

A brand new addition to Istanbul’s smorgasbord of luxury hotels is the wonderfully grand Raffles Istanbul. Incarnating the modern, cosmopolitan face of Turkey’s cultural capital, Raffles Istanbul is an architectural delight with a lavish, artistic design throughout.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Food & Wine, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel

Shangri-La Bosphorus

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Overlooking the historic river that carves up Asia from Europe, Shangri-La Bosphorus is one of the newest in the hotel’s luxury collection. As always, it delivers on exceptional service and style: as soon as you arrive you’ll be welcomed by attentive staff and an exquisite, 60ft long Chinese silk painting in the lobby, specially commissioned for the hotel.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Setting & Views, City Hotel, Luxury Hotel

Sofa Hotel

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

The Sofa Hotel calls itself the ‘hippest hotel in the hippest district of Istanbul’, and it’s not wrong there. Punctuated with works of art from acclaimed artists, both Turkish and international, this hotel fuses contemporary art with luxurious design, oozing stylishness in an area brimming with chic boutiques.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, City Hotel, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

St. Regis Istanbul

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

A brand new bolt-hole on the luxury hotel scene in Istanbul, the St. Regis Istanbul opened its doors in March 2015, after much anticipation: this is the brand’s debut in Turkey. Blending a 1920’s Art Deco style with bursts of modern artwork from The Demsa Group’s collection, St. Regis Istanbul is a stylish addition to the city’s string of lavish hotels.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, City Hotel, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

The House Hotel Nisantasi

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Perched above Prada in chic Nisantasi, The House Hotel welcomes stylish clientele into its equally stylish digs. With a slick design throughout thanks to Turkish firm Autoban, The House Hotel Nisantasi is a cool bolt-hole that is bound to impress.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, City Hotel, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Our pick of the House Hotel bunch, this sleek boutique hotel in the up and coming Karaköy neighbourhood has been resurrected from an old, derelict bank. The authentic features lend Vault Karaköy an air of grandness; you’ll spot the original vault down in the wine cellar with its impenetrable steel door and turning wheel.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, City Hotel, Chic Design, Luxury Hotel

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