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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast, a free room upgrade (based on availability and allocated at check-in) and early check-in (12 p.m.) and late check-out (4 p.m.) are included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Secluded, romantic property along the Bosphorus
  • Beautiful 18th-century mansion fully restored
  • Spacious rooms, several with seaside views and balconies
  • Top-notch restaurant by the Bosphorus
  • A private, state-of-the-art mahogany yacht offers free transfers to the European side

What To Know

  • Rooftop terrace and outdoor bar service is offered only from May to October
  • The boat shuttle is free only from the property station to the city station
  • The drive into the city center on the European side can take about 45 minutes so make use of the yacht
  • No fitness center
  • The seaside deck has no barriers — keep an eye on children
  • Renovated in 2010

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Full of history yet still changing, Istanbul has two distinct influences — Europe and Asia. Between the two world cultures, as the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul has recently come into its own as a more modern capital for fashion and fun. And in this city of many moods and layers, a quiet place like the A’jia is a welcome retreat.

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But the hotel of today is not period lodging. Inside, it’s more akin to a minimalist art gallery than to the Belle Époque hostelry one might expect from the exterior. With stark white interiors and slim, modern furniture, the hotel’s lobby looks like it belongs in a photo spread in Wallpaper magazine.

Rooms are lofty with low-slung platform beds, crisp sheets and Acqua Di Parma amenities in the white-tiled bathrooms. But that all comes secondary to the view — the mighty Bosphorus is the focus here. In the on-site restaurant, outdoor tables are positioned right up to the boardwalk’s edge. Attracting foodies with a sophisticated French-style fusion menu, this restaurant serves elegant cuisine with modern touches.

How to Get There

A’jia Hotel
Cubuklu Cad. Ahmet Rasim Pasa Yalisi No:27 Kanlica, Beykoz
Istanbul, 34812 Turkey

Reviews

A gem
576safwana

This hotel is not in the centre of Istanbul, and in many respects it is a blessing. After the annoying crowding of Galata, it is refreshing to be in a quieter place surrounded by charming nature.
The hotel is in a historical konak (seaside mansion) and in sparkling white. The rooms may disappoint a bit being too modern for the setting, but they are exceptionally large and with unparalleled view from large bay windows (depending on your choice).
The main attribute of the hotel is none of the above but the staff, especially those at Reception. They go out if their way to be welcoming and helpful in an unobtrusive manner.
The restaurant is by the water edge, so both breakfast and other meals are unequalled in terms of setting. The food serves in the restaurant is of a better quality than mist hotel restaurants in Istanbul, simple and done very well. The
hotel provides a good base to explore the villages, historical sights and attractions of the Asian side, with good transport links by both buses and ferries, apart from taxis if required.
Highly recommended.

Relaxing
cantwaitoreturnsouth

A luxury boutique hotel (about 16 rooms) on the Asia side of Bosphorus coast. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful ( special mention to Orkun on reception) . The chef is really good and the dinner menu is incredible.
We were here in September and found the weather lovely and the view is spectacular. The hotel is in a very breezy spot. Probably a huge plus if you visit in high summer.

Ajia Boutique Hotel
Karma B

There is gem of a place on the Bosphorus that is a must for anyone visiting Istanbul!
I went for dinner with my husband around sunset time. We sat in the restaurant right by the water on the terrace of this small hotel. The food is excellent, the view is amazing (we even saw dolphins quite close!), but most important is the professionalism of the staff. I have been to many places in Istanbul but I have never seen such attention to detail anywhere. And I say this without any exaggeration. Looking forward to going there again!