Where to Stay in Istanbul – Our Top Hotel Picks






I loved my hotel, the Empress Zoe, right around the corner from the Four Seasons Hotel. It was an amazing place to stay with wonderful rooms, roof top terraces and a lovely garden, nice breakfast included and friendly staff. I loved having a nightcap of Turkish red wine with Suleman, the friendly bartender. I was in the Penthouse Suite with a private terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque. I loved the antiques, the view and the  extremely reasonable rate. I particularly liked listening to the call to prayer several times a day from the terrace.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski: This is a luxury hotel on the Bosphorus in a former palace. The setting is beautiful. I have heard that their Sunday Brunch is a must.

The Pera Palace Hotel has recently reopened after an extensive renovation. If you don’t stay there, you might check it out for afternoon tea. The hotel was one of the first luxury hotels where Orient Express train passengers overnighted.

For other good options, recent travel and design articles and reviews have recommended Witt Hotel, Marti Istanbul Hotel, Georges Hotel in Galata, Bunk Hostel, Edition by Marriott,  and Hotel Adahan.

Raffles is a luxury hotel located in the upscale Zorlu Centre. Soho House is a member’s club in an 19th century palazzo, with upscale bedrooms to book for a stay. Both of the hotels were included in Wallpaper* Magazine’s ‘Best Urban Hotels’ list.