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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
High-rise hotel that is geared towards business travelers. We had read that the hotel had recently been updated but it still felt dated, especially the lobby area and the bathrooms in the guest rooms. Overall service was good. Not a walking neighborhood.
The Ritz Istanbul went above and beyond to make sure our visit was memorable. Celebrating my 60th birthday, upon arrival, our room was decorated with rose petals and balloons, as well as a decadent birthday cake. Their restaurant was also very good, the service was top notch and all the meals we had there were very good. Their roof top pool is really nice, and while we visited it, we did not use it, but a great addition for this hotel.
Well where do i start. This hotel is out of this world. The lobby is unbelievable beautiful. The views are spectacular. Its a bit weird when you see they even charge you for checking you in your stay. But thats istanbul. Everything is somewhat a ripoff. But the restaurant was to die for. The location is a bit off as its on top of the beşiktaş huge stadium. And tha partial views are just a joke. But the service was exactly what you expect from ritz. The salad was to die for and the restaurant was breathtaking and amazing prices. The building is old but they maintained it very beautifully. The break fast is a dream on its own. Truly loved it there but the culture of ripping off is such a turn off. Like 20 Euros for a 2018 movie. Or one shirt laundry for 150 liras.