Spring has just sprung and it is time to start basking in sunshine and blue skies. For the perfect long weekend of just that, head to Turkey and the banks of the Bosporus Strait. You can undoubtedly spend hours sitting and staring at the mountains just on the other side of the Strait. Some of the world’s most acclaimed hotels have established themselves here, making it even easier and more luxurious to spend a few days in Istanbul.
Georges Hotel Galata
This small, boutique hotel offers all the amenities of a large resort as well as a perfect location. Georges Hotel Galata is a short walk from the Istanbul Modern Museum of Art. This in conjunction with fine, French dining creates the refined setting of the rooftop restaurant, with a view of the Asian hills of across the Strait. It is an exclusive and tranquil experience.
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Gezi Hotel Bosphorus
In the heart of Istanbul you will find Gezi Hotel Bosphorus. This hotel is right in Taksim Square; it would be difficult to find a hotel that is more centrally located. In addition to these sites, you will be able to take in views of the Strait from your bed. With a modern style, you will find yourself immersed in the beauty of Istanbul and Turkish culture.
Look out on the Bosphorus while you sip cocktails and float in the outdoor pool of the InterContinental Istanbul. With no shortage of dining options at any point in the day, you will find yourself engorging on fine food and drink as well as the stunning view of the Strait. The views from the restaurant, terrace, rooms, and spa will also be your salvation.
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Sumahan On the Water
As its name indicates, Sumahan On the Water is directly on the banks of the Bosporus. This used-to-be distillery is located in an old town on the Asian side of the Strait, which is only accessible by boat and the hotel’s own dock. This location provides you with a special view of all of Istanbul. Ultimately, this provides a unique and charming experience.
Swissôtel the Bosphorus, Istanbul
Near the Dolmabahçe Palace and Hagia Sophia, you will find Swissôtel the Bosphorus, Istanbul. Several dining options including a jazz bar among other amenities, this hotel offers a montage of Turkish and Swiss luxuries. There as many windows as amenities here, which make the Bosporus visible from almost every point in the hotel.
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The Ritz Carlton Istanbul
Bringing elegance and lavishness to traditional Turkish culture, there is The Ritz Carlton Istanbul. Here you can actually choose which site to take in from your private room: the Strait or the Dolmabahce Mosque, which are both close enough to provide stunning views. Additionally, the hotel offers several amenities that make the view even sweeter.
Four Seasons at the Bosphorus
The Four Seasons at the Bosphorus blends itself into the high end and traditionally Turkish neighbor that it calls home. This allows meals to be served daily on the hotel’s terrace, with waves lapping at the edge of it all. Designer shops and fine dining establishment are also a stone's throw away; you can expect nothing but the best to surround you for the duration of your stay.
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