East-facing rooms have million-dollar views of the sapphire Bosphorus
A fixture at the hotel, shoe shiner Halis Idig gives great insider tips on what to see and do during your visit
Location near Taksim Square puts you within walking distance of major historic attractions
What To Know
We prefer the signature six-handed massage treatment at the spa to the hammam treatments
Locals complain that the hotel’s glass tower mars the skyline
Pets are not permitted
The hotel is in a very central area, but getting to the historic center will take at least half an hour thanks to Istanbul traffic
Skip a meal at the Cintemani Restaurant in favor of artisanal cocktails and mezze at Bleu
Parking on site
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Past meets present with Ottoman-inspired rooms and a high-end hammam in a modernist skyscraper in bustling Beyoglu
Although your taxi pulls up to a modern high-rise, inside the cavernous marble lobby the hotel is all Ottoman ostentation. Perfect mosque-accented Bosphorus views abound in the public areas and restaurants, but the turquoise waters of the spa’s indoor pool and the quiet, light-filled guestrooms with hillside and water views beckon as a respite from the chaotic city outside.
Bed & Bath
Rooms here reflect an early modern Ottoman style, with brightly patterned carpets and upholstery (except the soft white bed linens) and heavy, classic wooden furniture that is equal parts elegance and functionality. The spacious all-marble bathrooms with traditional Iznik tiles are rare amenity in Istanbul, as are the Asprey products they’re stocked with.
For an old-school meet-up, the hotel's clubby lobby lounge — grand piano included — makes for a good spot to chew the fat over afternoon tea, but for something a little trendier, Istanbul's glitterati gossip over mezze and hand-crafted cocktails at Bleu Lounge & Grill. The hotel's spa features a gorgeous inlaid marble hammam as well as two open-air treatment pavilions overlooking the Bosphorus and its wooded slopes.
In the Area
Spend a day navigating the ancient alleys of Sultanahmet with a guide who can show you the wonders of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace, then spend another day cruising along the waters of the Bosphorus and exploring the shops of Ortakoy. No trip to Istanbul would be complete without a hammam experience in a traditional bathhouse, such as Galatasaray. Sample savory seasonal fare and traditional flatbreads near the Grand Bazaar at popular Nar Lokanta along the waterfront, or at hilltop hot spot Sunset, with its stunning Bosphorus views. For a taste of contemporary Ottoman cuisine, walk a few blocks from the hotel to buzzy Topaz.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6
How to Get There
The preferred airport for The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.) - 16.1 km / 10 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.