If you're looking to visit Istanbul, you're going to want to stay at the best of the best. In a city rich in history and culture, we recommend sticking to its roots with historical hotels. These three stunningly-designed hotels offer everything from central locations to antique shops to delicious restaurants. Pick one and you're set.
Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Once a resident of Ottoman sultans, the grandiose late 19th century Çırağan Palace (pronounced chi-rahn) is one of Istanbul’s most luxurious hotels. In a spectacular setting right on the Bosphorous, the local area is as charming as it is scenic. The Çırağan is also within walking distance of the fascinating harbour side district of Ortakoy, full of seafood restaurants, specialty antique, ceramic and jewellery shops.
Palm trees and gazebos decorate the hotel's outdoor space, with a beautifully maintained infinity pool taking centre stage. Vaulted ceilings, elegant antiques and textiles evoke the opulence of the Ottoman era inside. Rooms are a mix of the East and the West with plenty of Ottoman inspired touches. Most have balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and large bathrooms feature marble tubs. Almost all lodgings are in the new wing, though there are 11 suites in the palace itself.
Feast on Turkish and Ottoman specialities in imperial splendour at the Tuğra Restaurant. Live classical music and the candlit backdrop of the Bosporus make this one of the most romantic destinations in town. Check out the Gazebo lounge with its large outdoor terrace, a hotspot in Istanbul for the best afternoon tea with stunning views. The chic, Le Fumoir bar is a relaxing post for after dinner, set in the midst of the lush green gardens a variety of flavoured tobaccos are served in handmade humidors as well as traditional hookahs.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Spa also features luxury spa services, packages and wellness programmes including signature treatments and facial and body therapies to relax the weariest of sightseers.
Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Pala
The sophisticated yet cosmopolitan luxury five-star Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas combines elegance with distinctive regional character and historic art deco architecture with innovative interior design. Ideally located for high end retail therapy and entertainment in the heart of the residential and fashion districts of Nisantasi, the hotel is set above Emporio Armani and Gucci boutiques. It is also within walking distance of Taksim, the Bosporus and the Istanbul Convention Centre.
The 90 huge and lavishly decorated rooms room hotel shares that no-expense-spared aesthetic, from the rooftop Presidential Suite (with private access via the original lift) to deluxe rooms with padded leather headboards, shimmering drapes and polished limestone and generously proportioned walnut bathrooms. Exclusive amenities include Blaise Mautin toiletries, a soundtrack composed by Turkish DJ Mercan Dede and black-and-white prints by Magnum photographer Ara Guler.
Combining the best fresh seasonal ingredients with the culinary influences of the Côte d’Azur and neighbouring Liguria, La Petite Maison offers an inspired yet simple and delicious interpretation of French Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine. Local products, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes and peppers are used generously with sea food, meat and fresh pasta to produce light mediterranean fare.
Park Hyatt also offers a 20 metre outdoor and seasonal swimming pool surrounded by wild bamboo. Enjoy a drink and rest in the comfortable lounge chairs after an invigorating swim. The glamoruous basement Spa offers a broad range of wellness treatments (with heated massage beds by Armani Casa).
Régie Ottoman Istanbul
With a premium cental location, Régie Ottoman's guest enjoys the commodity of being close to the centre of the city, favourite points of interest and sightseeing destinations. Régie Ottoman Hotel is located a hundred metres away from the Historic Sirkeci Post Office, Yeni Mosque, and the Spice Bazaar. It is also within walking distance from the most important historical landmarks in Istanbul such as the Topkapı Palace, Museum of Archaeology, and Galata Bridge. While there is a tram connecting guests to the nearby metro, they can take advantage of the hotel's concierge desk to arrange transportation. The Régie Ottoman hotel is located 20 kilometres away from Istanbul Yeşilköy Atatürk Airport and 45 kilometres from Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Elegantly designed, the decoration at Régie Ottoman is influenced by classical elements represented by stone walls and wooden floors. The modern amenities and accommodation offer the perfect balance between the contemporary and historic ambience of the hotel. The suites and guestrooms of Régie Ottoman Istanbul are charmingly furnished. Each room is soundproofed and air-conditioned. In addition, a minibar, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, ironing facilities and a safe box are offered in all accommodations. Wi-Fi is available, free of charge. The guests at Régie Ottoman can also enjoy their fitness area and sauna.
The renowned Hayal Kahvesi Restaurant, decorated with unique mosaic artwork depicting scenes from Istanbul, offers an exquisite a-la-carte menu inspired by the world cuisine. Daily breakfast is served buffet style. Room service is also available. Guests can find everything they need ready and waiting for them at this hotel.