Sumahan On The Water, is a newly restored 19th century Ottoman distillery. The view from every bedroom is an ever-changing seascape of fishermen and ships. There is no better way to see Istanbul.

Sumahan sits on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits which separate Europe from Asia and link the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean beyond.

The building was built in the mid-nineteenth century to produce “Suma” the spirit used to make raki.

Sumahan is a rare Bosphorus-front property that has remains in the hands of the original family. Turkish-American owner-architects Nedret and Mark Butler have transformed an unlikely family heirloom – a derelict late Ottoman alcohol factory, into special retreat for visitors to the modern city. Its aim is to provide the highest degree of service to the independent traveller in the intimacy of a family-owned hotel.

Sumahan has 24 guest rooms, including 15 Suites. Every bedroom in the hotel offers an ever-changing seascape of fisherman and ferryboats and ships gliding through the night. It’s a view of myth and history. Odysseus, Jason and his Argonauts all passed in front of the Sumahan as did Soviet submarines.

Sumahan is just outside Çengelköy, a part of the city that still preserves its air of an authentic Bosphorus neighborhood. It is a village of wooden houses, fish restaurants and seaside promenades.

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Sumahan on The Water
Address: Kulelí Caddesi No 51, Çengelköy, 34684 Istanbul

Phone: +90 216 422 8000

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Author: istanbul

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