Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
What We Love
- Rare waterfront location overlooking Istanbul’s iconic cityscape and the busy Bosphorus strait
- World class subterranean CHI, The Spa
- Popular brunch in the main IST TOO restaurant; snag a seat by the window for Bosphorus views
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What To Know
- Not all guestrooms have Bosphorus views
- Central location in the Besiktas neighborhood means navigating Istanbul’s notorious traffic. Consider taking the ferry from outside the hotel
- Shangri-La’s signature fawning service can feel overly formal at times
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the heart of Istanbul’s Besiktas neighborhood, the Shangri-La is the newest kid on a luxury hotel block (neighbors include the Four Seasons Bosphorus and Kempinski Ciragan Palace) with rare front-and-center views across the Bosphorus strait. Housed in a tobacco warehouse dating from 1929, the boxy exterior belies Shangri-La’s signature gilded luxury, which is on full display inside. Expect cascading crystal chandeliers, acres of marble, fresh flowers galore and a considered mix of Chinese and Turkish accents, from the whirling dervish–inspired light fixtures to the 60-foot silk painting in the atrium.
Bed and Bath
Less showy than the public spaces, the guestrooms are done up in sea foam shades of blue and green and start at a roomy 450 square feet. The corkscrew layout of the old warehouse means more than half the 186 rooms have views across the Bosphorus strait to Istanbul’s Asian side, but all except first-floor rooms also frame scenes of the minaret-studded cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. All the modern comforts are present, including free WiFi, 40-inch LCD TVs, heated floors in the black marble bathrooms and pinchable Bulgari toiletries.
Fuel up for a day of sightseeing with breakfast at the IST TOO restaurant. The posh buffet covers all international tastes with sweet pastries, fresh fruit, eggs made to order, Turkish favorites and more. The popular Sunday brunch adds still more delicacies, plus cocktails and a lively mix of guests and locals. There’s also a separate sushi bar for afternoon bites. On the lower lobby level, the signature restaurant Chang attracts Istanbul’s in-crowd for authentic Cantonese fare (don’t miss the hand-pulled noodles, which can be made tableside) and traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, while Le Bar is a low-lit drinking den for post-dinner tipples. For spa lovers, the sprawling CHI, The Spa is a destination unto itself, with a gorgeous marble hammam, oversize treatment rooms and organic products.
In the Area
The Ottoman glitz of Dolmabahçe Palace is just a short walk away, so you can get there early to beat the tour buses. Or wander a little farther to the excellent Istanbul Modern museum and hipster haunts in Karakoy. Sultanahmet is the historic heart of the city and home to its most famous sights: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. You can score some serious retail therapy, from the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar to Nisantasi’s international designers, Galata’s avant-garde fashion boutiques and Çukurcuma’s treasure trove of antiques and vintage shops. Mikla, on top of the Marmara Pera, is as famous for its show-stopping views as its fabulous fusion menu. Don’t miss partying under the stars at superclub Reina.
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We stayed at this resort from the 3rd to the 9th July 2018. It was our first visit to Istanbul. You have a team of stars working at your hotel. Special mention goes to Volkan who made our experience at your restaurants unbelievable . Alper the concierge who was patient in explaining all the sites we should visits etc. And off course your real superstars were Aziz Destan and Ece. They were polite and assisted us with all of our request always. The rooms are big and spacious and was spotless at all times. We loved the location of the hotel and the vibes around the Bhosperous. Though the traffic was hectic moving around the Besiktas area. We soon learned the times to avoid the traffic. Despite this we will still book the Shangrila hotel on our next visit
We stayed at the Shangri-La Bosphorous on three sea parade occasions during a tour of Turkey. This enabled us to leave luggage with the concierge and travel a little more lightly. The breakfast buffet is one of the best I have ever experienced (haloumi for breakfast is irresistible). They also catered for gluten intolerant. The gym is better than many fitness Centres - with some of the more modern equipment available. The rooms themselves are great - huge king sized beds & a huge pillow menu. Toiletries are L’Octane (🤗). The staff are friendly and will do all they can to make your stay as comfortable and luxurious as they can.
A lesson for us was the laundry is in euros rather than lira - so was more expensive than we initially thought. Drinks on the outside deck are a little slow, but there is more than enough activity watching the Bosphorus ferries to distract.
Shangri La Bhosphorus is indeed a wonderful hotel in Istanbul. The Hotel has a majestic lobby with super friendly front staff. Our stay was really memorable. We were a group of 12 with 2 kids. The room we had first had the view of the garden with big Bonsai trees surrounded by stones and secondly we shifted to a higher grade room #132 which had a great view of the Bosphorus. It was a very spacious room with marbled bathroom, separate shower, toilet deep bathtub, tv inside the mirror, separate closet room.
Couldn’t have asked for a better location. Straight down the line are options of eateries at Four seasons hotel, Kempinsky, Sortie, Hanadan Kebab etc.
Concierge at the hotel was very helpful and arranged dinner for us at highly rated restaurants. Also arranged trip for us to main attractions with Mercedes Sprinter along with a guide. He also arranged a lovely 2 hour sunset private yacht cruise.
It was election time at Turkey and lots of security around. The Prime Minister/Presidential office is probably just beside meaning lots of Police guards around to restrict entrance of people other than those staying at the hotel.
Chinese restaurant Shang Palace is awesome. Had dinner there twice. The breakfast restaurant is good too. Breakfast items were not too many but sufficient. Egg counter chef needs to be faster with the eggs. We were also arranged complementary breakfast at the room. Lobby Turkish coffee was just superb, a must try.
Simply loved the Shangri La hospitality. Highly recommended.
I was hesitant to be in the heart of İstanbul but the hotel design and location made it perfect holiday! I will till why:
First, it’s locate on the Bosphorus sea
Second, all type of transport within one minute waking like busses, boat busses ...
Third, most of the lovely sea side restaurants are just 2 minutes walking.
There is will done equipped gym and indoor pool.
Breakfast amazing I don’t have any comment on Turkish food. Especially you can take your food on the terrace of the restaurant.
Room is huge and will design bathroom with brand amenities.
Staff are helpful and have a worming welcome.
It’s like a peaceful hotel in the heart of crowded city!! I enjoyed everything in it.
We had the pleasure of staying at the shangrila a couple of times during our recent visit to Istanbul. Although we are due to return tomorrow for a few more days, I could not wait to write a few words.
From check-in to check-out, the experience was exceptional. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Great rooms. The restaurant food is amazing and the views and location are fantastic.
Would award 6 stars if TA permitted it!
Well done to the team.