5 Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Istanbul: From Hip to Historic

Tucked away in character-filled residential or embassy neighborhoods, these boutique Istanbul hotels offer a more intimate stay in a city which – at 15+ million – can sometimes feel overwhelming.

All the following boutique hotels have king-size beds, which we North Americans are used to, but which can be hard to find in a country where smaller European-size beds are more common.

Sumahan on the Water

The hotel’s complimentary boat service transports you in 30 minutes from Istanbul’s cosmopolitan European side, past ancient palaces and mosques, to the less-touristy Asian side.


Light, bright and spacious, they feature marble bathrooms, handmade rugs, and colorful original ceramics and works of art.

Tomtom Suites


Pera Palace Hotel

All rooms feature historical furniture, Murano chandeliers and hand-woven Turkish carpets. White marble bathrooms have claw-foot tubs.


A’jia Hotel

The 16 rooms and suites are spacious and modern, with dreamy bathrooms all done up in creamy marble and tile.


Romance Istanbul Hotel

Think 40 rooms with wooden floors, Turkish rugs, satin and velvet furnishings, chandeliers and French balconies.


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