The best hotels of Istanbul are located on the shores of the Bosphorus. Some of these hotels, which offer the most luxurious and quality service to satisfy their customers, are famous around the world.
Those who visit Istanbul especially choose hotels from 4 locations. These are Sultanahmet (Old City), Beyoglu (Taksim), Besiktas (Bosphorus) and Asian Side (Kadikoy) hotels. If you have not decided where to stay in Istanbul, you can also check out best places to stay in Istanbul.
In the article series where we introduced the hotels of Istanbul, it’s time to list the best hotels in Istanbul with the Bosphorus view. Bosphorus hotels are located close to Istanbul’s best restaurants and nightclubs.
Best Hotels in Istanbul with Bosphorus View 2020
Best hotels in Istanbul with Bosphorus view post consists of 12 luxury hotels. While introducing other districts of Istanbul, we also included budget hotels. However, it is difficult to say that there are cheap hotels on the Bosphorus shores of Istanbul.
We tried to select hotels with high customer ratings on travel platforms such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com. As Bosphorus hotels belong to famous and luxury chains, they are very successful in this regard.
As the competition for customer satisfaction is very high, the standards of the hotels are also high. For this reason, you will notice that there are many Bosphorus hotels that have been awarded worldwide.
1. Swissotel the Bosphorus
Swissotel the Bosphorus was awarded “Safe Hotels Executive” certificate in 2016-2017 and it boasts 566 rooms and suites with special facilities. This 5-star hotel is located in Macka and it’s walking distance to shopping centers and areas where you can enjoy the nightlife.
There is a café in Swissotel named Café Swiss that offers a panoramic Istanbul view. You can enjoy brunch here on weekends and try Turkish, Swedish, and world kitchen.
16 ROOF is also popular in summer with its Bosphorus view while an authentic restaurant that offers dishes special to the Alps, and Les Ambassadeurs Bar, where you can enjoy jazz music, make Swissotel different from many other hotels in Istanbul.
Swissotel the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s oldest hotels with sea views. With all these features, it finds a place in the lists of the best hotels in the Bosphorus.
2. Grand Hyatt Istanbul
Grand Hyatt Istanbul was renovated in 2012 and it serves in its 10-floor building that boasts a traditional architecture style. The hotel is close to restaurants, entertainment areas, bars and it’s walking distance to Taksim Square, shopping centers, and malls.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul has 360 rooms, some of which offer a park view. The hotel is designed in a modern style that is decorated with marbles.
In addition to its restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine, you can enjoy its terrace at Mezzanine Bar where you can listen to the piano performance and live music. If you like Japanese food, you can also choose to visit Sushi Bar City Lights Restaurant that is only 150 meters from the hotel.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul is a one-minute walking distance to Taksim Metro Station’s Gezi Park Exit and you also have an option to rent cars and bicycle in the hotel.
If you have a child, Grand Hyatt Istanbul offers babysitting service for free. Moreover, Grand Hyatt Istanbul offers fitness and yoga classes as well as steam rooms and facial treatment service for your comfort.
With all these luxurious services, Grand Hyatt is among the top hotels in Istanbul with a view of the Bosphorus.
3. Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus is located 10-minute walking distance from Nisantasi and Taksim, which are the most popular shopping and touristic centers on the European side of Istanbul. The hotel also overlooks the Bosphorus.
All of its 500 rooms offer a special balcony or terrace and you can try Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant that offers dishes from the Turkish and Mediterranean kitchen, Veranda Bar&Terrace, Lobby Lounge&Bar, Dragon Restaurant that offers Chinese cuisines, and Indian restaurant named Dubb Indian.
The hotel also has outdoor and indoor pools, a fully equipped health club, tennis court, and 24-hour open fitness center. For this reason, Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus is one of the first places that come to mind among luxury hotels on the Bosphorus.
4. Divan Istanbul
Divan Istanbul is one of the hotels located in Taksim Square. I can say that it is one of the most popular hotels in Istanbul in terms of location, as it is in the heart of the city.
The hotel offers standard, deluxe, and junior rooms in which you can find bed heads designed with fine details and inspired by Ottoman style. Additionally, you can also see glass table lamps designed by glass expert Robert DuGrenier to make the rooms colorful and brighter.
You can find a rich menu and such local delicacies like lahmacun (Turkish pizza) and kebab at Divan Pub where a famous Turkish painter Necdet Kalay’s paintings are displayed too. Divan Restaurant is already among the best restaurants in Istanbul where you can try different cocktails and the best examples of the Mediterranean gourmet kitchen.
Divan Istanbul also consists of some other places such as Maromi, famous Divan Patisserie, and Lobby Lounge where you can find a rich menu that includes different options like gourmet green cheese plate or New Orleans style seafood poh-boy sandwich.
5. The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul is located in Dolmabahce neighborhood and it boasts a modern style with Ottoman touchup. The hotel has 243 rooms and 23 of them are suites.
The hotel opened the first open-air spa of the city named Spa Soul and apart from its spa, you can enjoy Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center at the Ritz-Carlton too.
If you are a fan of wine, you can try one of its 150 local and international wine brands kept in its cellar, enjoy Atelier Real Food Restaurant with Bosphorus view, sip your drink at Bleu Lounge while you enjoy the Mediterranean themed appetizer and enjoy the city and Bosphorus view at The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul.
6. Shangri-La Bosphorus
Shangri-La Bosphorus is located by the coast in Istanbul and it serves its guests with 186 rooms and suites.
IST TOO serves all day long and it has a wide range of dishes, be it Japanese Sushi Bar or other Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Additionally, you can find Chinese food at Shang Palace that offers special dishes from “Special Cantonese” kitchen or you can try Lobby Lounge where you can have your lunch or afternoon tea served with tapas and enjoy your stay at Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul even further.
Moreover, Dolmabahce Palace and Nisantasi, famous for its luxury boutiques, are walking distance to Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul.
Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul was awarded “Best Hotels in the World” award too. And if you wish to treat yourself, you can try its Turkish bath.
7. Bebek Hotel
Bebek Hotel is located in the heart of Bebek Bay and it has been in service since 1955. The hotel went under restoration and it was renovated to make its guests feel comfortable and feel like home.
You will feel like in the middle of Bosphorus while you stay at Bebek Hotel that has 12 rooms with city view and 9 rooms that have a Bosphorus view. In total, the hotel has 21 boutique rooms. Additionally, it impresses the guests with its British style classical furniture and a dynamic sitting area.
We should also note that Bebek Bar in Bebek Hotel is among the world’s most premium bars in the world. Bebek Bar was opened in 1978 and it offers the best view of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
If you stay at Bebek Hotel, you should definitely try Les Abassadeurs Restaurant and enjoy its rich open buffet, breakfast, and lunch prepared by award-winning chefs. Its rich menu offers a lot of delicious options for its visitors.
Bebek Hotel ranks first among boutique hotels on the Bosphorus coast of Istanbul with all the facilities it offers to its customers.
8. The Grand Tarabya Hotel
The Grand Tarabya Hotel is Istanbul’s one of the first 5-star hotels that blend classical and modern style. The hotel is in service with its 168 deluxe rooms, 79 suites, 1 imperial suite and 30 special rooms. The hotel is located in Tarabya Bay that stands out with its fish restaurants and marina.
You can have an unforgettable breakfast at The Brasserie that boasts an amazing Bosphorus and marina view or you can opt to have lunch or dinner there.
At Diba Bar on the second floor of The Grand Tarabya, you can try international wine options, champagne, and cocktails while you also enjoy the Bosphorus view and watch the sunset.
Furthermore, if you wish to keep your form, you can refresh yourself with fresh options and healthy dishes at Pool Bar that is open in summer.
Additionally, you can pamper yourself and relax at Therapia Spa, indoor and outdoor pools, facial and body care options on its 4500 square meter area.
9. Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace Kempinski is located between Besiktas and Ortakoy and it’s a part of a 19th Century palace from the Ottoman era. While the rooms on the back side of the hotel overlooks Yildiz Palace and Park, Asian side can be seen from the rooms that offer Bosphorus view.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski attracts attention with its rooms inside a real Ottoman palace and there are restaurants inside the hotel, all of which offer offer an amazing Bosphorus view.
Tugra Restaurant that offers Turkish and Ottoman dishes, Gazebo Lounge, Laledan Restaurant and Bosphorus Grill are the restaurants that you can enjoy your meal at Ciragan Palace Kempinski. You are also recommended to end your day in Le Fumoir in the Eastern Garden of Ciragan Palace.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski is the hotel preferred by celebrities visiting Istanbul. Ciragan Palace, which has hosted many famous artists and politicians around the world, is the most famous among the hotels with Bosphorus view.
10. Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus serves its customers with its 76 suite rooms in 9 different styles and it’s located in Besiktas district.
The hotel is a 15-minute walk away from the center of Besiktas (Istanbul’s most popular neighborhood on the Bosphorus) and it was renovated in Mediterranean architectural style in 2012.
You can enjoy premium dishes from Mediterranean kitchen at Manzara Restaurant or spend a nice time at Summit Bar & Terrace which is one of the best bars in Istanbul. The bar is on the 14th floor and it offers a nice Bosphorus view.
The renovated health club of Conrad Istanbul, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, studio, Turkish bath, and clay court are the facilities for the guests of Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus.
11. Four Seasons at the Bosphorus
Four Seasons at the Bosphorus, like its rival Ciragan Palace Kempinski, serves in a 19th century building. Four Seasons Bosphorus offers a nice Bosphorus view in a historical atmosphere like Ciragan Kempinski. The hotel boasts 170 rooms in a modern style.
Four Seasons Bosphorus offers heated indoor and outdoor pools, a spacious terrace and a garden. You can also find a fitness center, Turkish bath, hairstylist, health center and a car park at Four Seasons Bosphorus.
Additionally, you can enjoy dishes from the Mediterranean and Turkish kitchens at Aqua Restaurant that offers a nice Bosphorus view.
Four Seasons Bosphorus, together with Ciragan Palace Kempinski, is one of the two best hotels in Istanbul. Although other hotels on the list are about to catch up with them, these two hotels come first with their excellent locations on the Bosphorus.
12. The Marmara Taksim
The Marmara Taksim is a symbol of Taksim Square and it overlooks the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. It was opened in 1976 and renovated in 2011. The hotel is a minute walk away from Taksim Metro Station and The Marmara Taksim boasts 75 rooms.
The hotel offers various options to drink and dine. While you can try different dishes at Tuti Restaurant, you can have your drink and appetizers at Lobby Lounge at the entrance of the hotel. The hotel also has an outdoor pool terrace. Additionally, you can enjoy Turkish bath in the spa section too.
Before this article, I had published a list called the best hotels in Taksim. Some hotels with Bosphorus views have found their way into both lists. The Marmara is one of them.
Best Hotels in Istanbul with Bosphorus View by Serhat Engul