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
I have spent 4 nights in the Ritz @ Istanbul this business trip. It is located next to a football stadium. It is in walkable from the Taksim square.
My room, 819, is huge and very comfortable. There is a JBL horizon Bluetooth speaker in the room. Free wifi with password is available in the bedroom. There are both shower room and bath.
Recently the five start hotel always turn TV, light ,and air con on. In term of economics and environmental friendly, I prefer to keep them off until the guest arrive.
The breakfast room is located at the lobby level with fantastic view. Food quality and service are beyond expectation.
In summary, I do love the Ritz Carton @ Istanbul. It would be best if one have a room facing the water front.
I stayed here for 2 days upon arriving in Istanbul and was given a room with a partial sea view but also near the sports arena. There was a game that night and it was quite loud. Fortunately, the game ended before I went to bed. My room was otherwise very comfortable and well appointed. I later moved to a room with an unrestricted sea view and this room had additional amenities such as an espresso maker. The hotel staff is very friendly and attentive. The property is a 10 minute walk to the metro. However, I would advise taking the walk during the day to find your way back at night. I would stay here again if the St. Regis wasn’t available but wish this hotel had other retail stores and restaurants immediately outside of its doors.
We stayed at the ritz Istanbul as a family of 13 people in September 2019. Everything was perfect we had no problem infact we had a pleasant stay. At checkout the bell boy took our luggage including our hand carries , my sisters hand carry had a lot of valuable stuff and she was reluctant to let it go but the bell boy insisted and took it. He took some time to come down . Once we got our luggage we left turkey and landed in Istanbul. Once she opened her hand carry she found out her valuables plus cash in total almost 80 000 Turkish lira worth of stuff was stolen. We contacted Ritz , they kept delaying our process and finally just said they saw cctv and nothing was there and refused to show us any videos or do anything in our behalf or offer any compensation. We NEVER expected something like this to happen at a hotel like the ritz.