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The 10 Best Hotels in Istanbul

by Parastoo Sahebi
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Istanbul is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey, where many modern hotels have been built for people to stay. In this post, we will get to know the best hotels in Istanbul for 2023. Stay tuned to find out more.

Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, is the largest and most populous city in Turkey, which is the cultural and economic center of the country. This city is located next to the Bosporus Strait, the Marmara Sea, and the Black Sea. The Bosporus strait separates the two continents of Asia and Europe, and Istanbul is the only big city in the world that is located on two continents. Istanbul has seen many rulers from the Roman to the Ottoman Empires and there are many historical monuments to visit.

The sights of Istanbul such as museums, palaces, mosques, churches, gardens, and reservoirs attract millions of tourists to this city every year. For this reason, many hotels have been built in all parts of the city to accommodate people; Hotels with different numbers of stars that provide many amenities and services to their guests.


Best Hotels in Istanbul

1)    AJWA Sultanahmet

AJWA Sultanahmet Hotel is one of the best five-star hotels in Istanbul. With its traditional interior design, Ottoman-style architecture, and unique decoration, it is a wonderful place to stay in Istanbul. This hotel was opened only in 2017; however, it was able to become one of the best hotels in Turkey in a short period of time. Ajwa Sultanahmet Hotel is located in the Sultan Ahmed area and near the famous attractions of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and you can actually walk to these attractions in a few minutes.

Ajwa Sultanahmet Hotel has 61 rooms with hand-woven carpets in the style of Tabriz carpets and Ottoman-style sofas, a spa center, and two indoor pools. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Guests can also enjoy viewing selected works of art in this hotel; Works created by famous artists such as Sattar Bahlolzadeh, Mahmoud Mahmoodzadeh, Islam Esrafilzadeh, Jamila Hashimova, etc.

All the rooms of Ajwa Sultanahmet Hotel have Ultra HD TV, electronic curtains, air conditioning, an underfloor heating system, a hair dryer, tea, and coffee maker, as well as a private bathroom with hand-painted tiles and glass fittings of the famous brand Dornbracht. Among the comfort and entertainment facilities of Ajwa Hotel, we can mention the Zeferan restaurant on the eighth floor with a stunning view of the Sea of Marmara, Prince and Sultan Ahmed Islands, sports club, library, 24-hour reception, room service, free parking and airport shuttle.


2)  Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton is one of the most popular hotels in Istanbul, especially among young couples, which was opened in 2010. The hotel is located on a street lined with beautiful trees as well as historic houses and the Basilica Cistern (the city’s famous Roman cistern with unique architecture). Hagia Sophia Mansions is located right between Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, and its guests can easily reach most of Istanbul’s attractions on foot, as well as traditional markets and shopping malls.

The Hagia Sophia mansions in Istanbul include 17 separate mansions, among which the Green House and the Hagia Sophia mansion can be mentioned. Each room of this hotel is considered a masterpiece with baroque-style furniture, lighting, and portrait-style artwork. Minibar, private bathroom (Turkish bath and soaking tub), and wooden cabinets are among the facilities inside the rooms.

Among the comfort and entertainment facilities of the Hagia Sophia Mansions in Istanbul, you can also include the outdoor and indoor restaurant of the Sophia Terrace with a view of the Hagia Sophia, the Green House Garden restaurant with an enchanting stone fountain, a green atmosphere and pleasant air, the Sofia Garden Cafe, 24-hour reception, room service, Currency exchange, laundry and ironing services, Cistern spa (fully equipped fitness center, massage rooms, and indoor jacuzzi), indoor pool, airport shuttle, and free Wi-Fi.

3)  Renata Suites Boutique Hotel

Renata Boutique Hotel is one of the best hotels in Istanbul, which has been approved as an eco-friendly property by the Ministry of Turkey. It is interesting to know that in this hotel they use ozone technology to clean the rooms. Renata Boutique Hotel was opened in 2015 and its rooms are equipped with facilities such as air conditioning, a private bathroom, free internet, and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Renata Suites Boutique Hotel amenities include a 24-hour front desk, fitness center, airport shuttle, parking, room service, café, and restaurant.


4) Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City

Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is located in the Sultanahmet area within walking distance of historical places such as Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Reservoir, and Blue Mosque. This hotel has facilities such as a 24-hour reception desk, concierge service, free Wi-Fi, Turkish bath, sauna, and fitness center, and its rooms are equipped with soundproofing, air conditioning, LCD TV with satellite channels, minibar, safe deposit box, electric kettle, private bathroom with shower, sofa, table and coffee machine.

Staying at Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is recommended for families traveling to Istanbul with children. Special menus for children (daily milk, fruit yogurt, and fresh fruit) and buffet are served in the hotel restaurant every day. In addition, highchairs, strollers, baby towels, baby bathtubs, special DVDs, and television channels for children are also available in this hotel. The breakfast buffet of Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is also one of the strong points of this hotel. Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City was opened in Istanbul in 2013.

5) Fer Hotel

Fer Hotel was opened in Sultan Ahmed historical area in 2014 and is only a five-minute walk away from the famous places of Istanbul such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. Restaurant, fitness center, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, free parking, breakfast buffet with a variety of Turkish and international dishes, 24-hour reception desk, electric car charging station, luggage storage, parking, and exchange services are among the services and facilities that are available in this four-star hotel.

Fer Hotel’s suites and rooms have modern decoration as well as air conditioning, a  mini-bar, a safe deposit box, LED TV with satellite channels, a sofa, a coffee machine, a desk, and a private bathroom equipped with shower, towel, free toiletries, and hairdryer. In 2017, this hotel received the award of the best boutique hotel in Asia from the World Boutique Hotel Awards.

6) Shangri La Bosphorus Hotel

Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel is one of the best hotels around Taksim Square, which is located between Dolme Baghche Palace and the Naval Museum on the European shores of the Bosphorus. This hotel was opened in 2013 in Istanbul and it did not take long for its name to be mentioned as one of the best newly established hotels in the world in Turkey. By staying at the Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel with its luxurious oriental and Ottoman architecture in the interior and exterior, you will have a memorable trip along the Bosphorus Strait.

Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel has 186 rooms and suites that are classified into 12 different types; The view, balcony, facilities, equipment, and their size are the criteria used for this classification. 24-hour reception desk, currency exchange service, ATM, large and luxurious halls for formal and informal meetings, telephone with international lines, free internet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, mini-bar, work desk, electronic safe, satellite TV or Cable and 19-inch TV embedded in the bathroom mirror, parking, airport transportation, hairdresser, gym, indoor pool, Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi, and massage therapy, cafe and two luxury restaurants (serving Mediterranean, Japanese, East Asian and Chinese cuisine with the highest quality) are among the services and amenities of this hotel.

Pets are allowed at Shangri-La Bosphorus. Beauty, quality, cleanliness, large rooms, warm and respectful behavior of the staff, quality food, and access to public transportation are among the most important advantages of staying at Shangri La Bosphorus Hotel.


7)  Antusa Design Hotel & Spa

Antusa Design Hotel & Spa is one of the newly established hotels in Istanbul, which was opened in 2019. This hotel is located 300 meters away from the Basilica Cistern with a unique view of the city, and its facilities include a restaurant, buffet breakfast, fitness center, and spa, 24-hour reception, family rooms, laundry services, airport shuttle, room service along with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. All rooms at Antusa Design Hotel and Spa are equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safe, a wardrobe, an electric kettle, and a private bathroom with a shower, slippers, and a hair dryer.

8) Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul

Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul is located in the Fatih area of Istanbul, near famous attractions such as Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, and Blue Mosque, and you can easily visit them on foot.

24-hour front desk and room service with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, air-conditioned rooms, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, kettle, shower, hairdryer, and closet, and a restaurant with the possibility of serving Turkish and international dishes on the terrace with a view of Hagia Sophia are some of the services and facilities provided in this hotel. Vogue Supreme Hotel Istanbul was opened in 2011 and has been one of the best hotels in Istanbul ever since.

9) Boutique Saint Sophia

Boutique Saint Sophia Hotel was opened in 2006 in a building dating from the 19th century in Istanbul and was renovated in 2013. This hotel is located a few steps away from Hagia Sophia and Basilica Reservoir, and for this reason, many tourists choose it during their stay in this city.

The luxurious rooms of Saint Sophia Boutique Hotel are decorated with marble and oak wood and have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a free minibar, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms with tiled walls and floors. Sofia Pita, the hotel’s cafe, serves a variety of Turkish and international drinks to guests. Buffet breakfast is also served in the A La Carte breakfast restaurant.

Best Hotels in Istanbul

10) Raffles Istanbul

Raffles Istanbul is one of the best five-star hotels in the city, which was recognized as the only real five-star hotel in the city by Forbes Travel Guide in 2019 due to its high level of amenities and services. This hotel is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the city center; however, it provides easy access to all areas of the city for its guests via the subway. Raffles Hotel was established in 2014 in Zorlu Center; A place that houses luxury restaurants and a shopping center with brand stores.

The building of the Raffles Hotel is very high and guests can see the city of Istanbul and have a special view of the Bosphorus under their feet from the terrace. This hotel has 185 rooms, all of which are equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, safe, mini fridge, coffee maker, mini bar, telephone, TV, Wi-Fi internet, and hair dryer.

A restaurant serving Turkish, Asian, and international cuisine, cafe, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath and massage and beauty salon, gym and yoga for adults and play club for children, parking, room service, translation, rooms suitable for wheelchairs, and a lovely garden are among other services and amenities available at Raffles Istanbul.

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