The stunning views of the Bosphorus may differ from location to location, the pleasures remain the same: waves rhythmically crashing onto the shore; watch the ships sail by and men fishing on boats; At night, lights twinkle from both sides of the city and the two famous Bosphorus bridges are illuminated with colourful led lights.
The Bosphorus or Bosporus also known as the Istanbul Strait, is the strategic waterway connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and dividing Istanbul into two continents. It tends to be the first place we jet off to in an effort to leave the city life’s stresses behind and succumb to the purity of our natural surroundings.
A view of the Bosphorus from the hotel room is a dream many visitors to Istanbul may have. Just as important as the chosen location is the hotel. Finding one that provides attentive but not overbearing service, preferred proximity to nightlife or sightseeing, impressive on-site dining, and a plethora of amenities that will surprise and satisfy is no easy feat. We took the guesswork out of this daunting task by scouring reviews and amenities to pick our favorite Hotels in Istanbul on the Bosphorus.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
While there are many gorgeous hotels on the Bosphorus, when in Istanbul, we like to experience what it was like to live during the Ottoman Empire times. You can luxuriate The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, once home to the last sultans of the Ottoman empire. The 5-star hotel on the shores of the Bosphorus offers an enviable location in the centre of the city. The luxury hotel spa is an oasis of tranquillity in which a Turkish Hammam and beauty treatments combine with verdant gardens and beautiful views. The sparkling waters of the Bosphorus create the perfect backdrop for an evening meal. Six restaurants provide an impressive range of cuisines, including modern Turkish and classic Ottoman, and the waterside Le Fumoir Bar has an extensive wine list and excellent cocktails. There are 280 rooms and 33 suites, most of them offer a balcony that welcomes you into breathtaking views from the Bosphorus.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
A’Jia Hotel has a sublime setting on the banks of the Bosphorus and the Istanbul Straits, in the district of Kanlica. The hotel has its own free speed boat service, perfect for a romantic jaunt to nearby attractions and museums. This former Ottoman mansion is now a boutique hotel, with breathtaking views of the shimmering Bosphorus. Guests can be tempted by the award-winning hotel restaurant, offering an array of tempting Mediterranean delicacies. With well appointed contemporary interior design, and its centuries-old architecture the venue oozes trend and excitement.
The House Hotel Bosphorus is a boutique hotel in Istanbul with a spectacular seafront location. Overlooking the Bosphorus, the hotel sits in the exclusive Ortaköy neighbourhood, amid lively restaurants, cafes and stylish shops, close to the Bosphorus Bridge. Housed in a landmark 19th century building, this award-winning luxury hotel has been designed by the acclaimed design group Autobahn. Interiors are radiant and chic, with custom-made furniture and plenty of retro glamour. The immaculate hotel bar and lounge is a stylish spot for a fresh cocktail, where wide windows reveal stunning panoramic views. Beside the hotel and rooms design, the staff are very friendly, attentive and welcoming.
The House Hotel Bosphorus
Top Bosphorus Hotels in Istanbul
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Istanbul’s Ciragan Palace Kempinski is a 5-star hotel on the shores of the Bosphorus offers an enviable location in the centre of the city., from € 293.
A’Jia Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Istanbul on the banks of the Bosphorus and the Istanbul Straits. This former Ottoman mansion is now a boutique hotel, with well appointed contemporary interior design, from € 205.
Sumahan Hotel – on the water
The Sumahan On The Water Hotel is a stylish hotel on the banks of the Bosphorus Straits. The hotel’s wellness centre with fitness centre and Hammam is an oasis of serenity in which to relax, from € 125.
The House Hotel Bosphorus
The House Hotel Bosphorus is a boutique hotel in Istanbul overlooking the Bosphorus, the hotel sits in the exclusive Ortaköy neighbourhood. Interiors are radiant and chic, with custom-made furniture and plenty of retro glamour, from € 145.
Swissotel The Bosphorus Hotel
The Swissôtel Bosphorus is a 5-star hotel and is beautifully situated on the banks of the Bosphorus river, the hotel lies on a hillside close to Macka park, and is surrounded by the historic sights of the city. Each of the guestrooms is modern and elegant, from € 145.
The 5-star hotel W Istanbul is a sleek example of urban design. It stands close to the Rampa Art Gallery, Mine Art Gallery and Modern Art Museum, in easy reach of sights such as the Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Palace. Guestrooms at the luxury design hotel W in Istanbul are havens of style, from € 184.
Four Seasons Bosphorus
The Four Seasons Bosphorus is located along the Bosphorus with amazing views, in one of Istanbul’s trendiest and most naturally beautiful neighbourhoods. The hotel is an airy fusion of traditional Ottoman architecture and contemporary furnishings, from € 380.
Hotel Les Ottomans Istanbul
Hotel Les Ottomans Istanbul is situated on the banks of the Bosphorus river. The boutique hotel is housed within a former 18th century Pasha’s mansion, elaborately decorated to embrace the building’s original design, from € 800.
Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel
Few hotels in the world can boast a location like that of the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel. From its perch just above the blue-green Bosphorous, the hotel offers sublime, panoramic views of an ancient, thriving city, from € 94.
Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel
The Radisson Blu Bosphorus hotel is situated just steps from Ortaköy Mosque and featuring a magnificent view of the Bosphorus, from € 190.