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
Great location, beautiful views of the river, impecable service, the attention to details is noticeable at every turn and the staff warm and genuine. The spa facilities are excellent and the services offers something for everyone. . Recommended it 100% both for business and vacation.
Amazing and incredible hotel!
Thanks a lot for the incredible experience! Great service, cleanliness, staff! Everyone is very polite! And the pool is really big and very luxurious! In the restaurant the service is also very high and the dishes are very delicious! The reception staff helped us and organized everything we had asked for for assistance! Chocolate on the bed was a wonderful surprise every day! We will come back again !!!
The hotel and the staff are great. The service is impeccable, probably better than other Ritz hotels. The problem was the location. It is out of the way and on the hill, so you have to walk up and down a hill about 10 min further than any other hotels. So wouldn't recommend staying there.
- CLUB LOUNGE WAS NOT WORTH it. We stayed at the club lounge, the food/snack selection was quite underwhelming. Not worth the extra price. I would pay the extra money to have lunch/dinner at main lobby restaurants with better views.
- THE PARTIAL BOSPHORUS View room is basically no view. You have to stand next to the window to see the Bosphorus. So either get the full view or no view.
Everything about our stay at the Ritz Carlton was excellent! Since we only had 5 days in Istanbul we wanted a hotel that was convenient to major sites, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Market and offered amenities and services that would make our trip a little smoother. For starters we arranged a pick-up from the airport through the hotel that expedited our passage through customs. When we arrived we were greeted with tea, coffee and Turkish delights
(traditional light confection) and a room upgrade upon check-in. The Bosporus view from the lounge is outstanding and the one from our room was a treat! The other outstanding feature is the service. There are so many wonderful restaurants to eat in Istanbul that we decided to dine around town until the last night where we found ourselves exhausted and decided to eat at the restaurant at the Ritz. It did not disappoint!
This property located right off the Bosphorus river is an amazing property. The staff is knowledgeable and well equipped to handle any needs. While you are there you must try there Turkish bath you will fill like a new person. This hotel in Europe would cost at least 500 euros. This hotel is half that cost