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
This hotel has a great location and boasts an incredible view of the Bosphorus. Everyone at the hotel was extremely courteous and went out of their way to accommodate and make our stay more enjoyable. In particular was Serkan at the club. Not only did he make all of our visits to the club indulgent, but he was also a gracious host and acted as a concierge as well. We will definitely return to the Ritz Carlton Istanbul in the future.
Loved everything about this stay. The room was very comfortable. The room was great and the location was awesome. I really liked their gym which had everything you would need. The staff here are all so kind, with smiles on their faces at all time. Specially there was Atem in housekeeping. He went out of his way to make sure my room was perfect and always did so with such a great attitude.
Excellent choice to stay in Istanbul with great people. Will do again.
Great hotel in the new town area, up the hill. Derya at the front desk was so friendly and helpful. She made the check in process so much better. The hotel made our stay very special. We had a partial Bosphorus view room, the view is stunning and hotel is close to Nişantaşı neighborhood and a park, lots of options for food, shopping. We ate at the atelier real food for breakfast, nice view and decor, everything is fresh and high quality, however, variety is limited for hot options.
Overall a great stay.