The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed at the Ritz in Istanbul around our 1 year anniversary. The staff was very accommodating and Pelin from Guest Experience went above and beyond to help us celebrate.
If you can, try to request a room away from the park as there is some highway noise and occasionally concerts.
Highly recommend the traditional hammam at the spa. It was well worth it!!
Our stay at the Ritz Carlton was by far the best experience ever and what made it so special was the amazing staff at the club lounge. They went out of their way ensuring our stay and our time at the hotel was nothing but amazing. Club rooms had amazing views. Our rooms was very comfortable and the beds was sleep and rest assured. I could spend my entire day just sleeping. The hotel is very close to Taksim Square and other tourist areas.
I really loved my visit at Ritz Carlton in stumble. Everything looks so beautiful and clean off course. The security outside and inside was very comforting. The staff and the room attendants were very friendly and cordial and responded in a timely manner. When we decided to extend her trip a few days later they accommodated us and kept us in the same room. We had a Turkish bath and the beautiful spa And an indoor pool which we really enjoyed. I loved the blue lounge because it was almost open all the time and the scenery in the lounge overlooking water and beautiful view was breathtaking.
I stayed here for business in 2017. The rooms were absolutely lovely. Our group didn't get sea-view rooms, but I had the chance to see one of them and the view was gorgeous. I'm used to staying in the more popular areas of Istanbul and found the area of the Ritz a bit difficult to navigate, but the fact that it was such a short walk down to the Bosphorous made up for that.
One point to consider if you travel here for business is that the meeting room has a breathtaking view of the sea; it's soothing and doesn't leave you with that cooped up feeling.
The staff were pleasant and handled all the different requests of our large group with ease. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Checkin was smooth. view from room was excellent, due to location on hill top. I had a corner room with views on 2 aspects. lack of public transport is a small negative. breakfast was fabulous, as per Ritz's standards. view from restaurant alone was worth the bill. 10 minutes downhill walk is the waterfront. checkout was smooth too.