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
All I can say it was nothing short of being a 7* Hotel. I have never seen such great hospitality. From the time I checked in till the time I checked out I was looked after and I was given the best room. Check In was the easiest. Thank you to all the staff at this hotel. I will definitely be back very soon.
A special thank you to Bengisu and Mustafa who was always helpful when it came to my reservation.
Love Istanbul and in the quest of always trying new properties I found the Ritz Carlton the staff is fantastic and very attentive the hotel offer very comfortable rooms with a beautiful view the location of the hotel is central but a bit uncomfortable to walk from there to the closest places being on a very steep hill.
Very comfortable place and stay, delicious breakfast, huge beds, cleanliness, luxury bathrooms, reliable and professional staff! They offer convenient complimentary amenities. Good neighborhood, I recommend using hotel's reliable taxi, not to be fooled.
Nice hotel, decent-ish location and OK for a Ritz.
Booked a balcony room and it was crap, the view is of the services / AC pipes / metalwork. It was nice to have the outside space but there's ZERO privacy between the few rooms, no view whatsoever and not worth the cash.
Staff were all lovely, friendly and helpful. Little touches were nice and the room was absolutely beautiful. Recently refurbished I'm assuming, delightful place to be, good size and nice local touches.
All in all, lovely.
I don’t even know where to begin with my review on the Ritz Carlton Istanbul. From the moment I checked in to checking out, it had been perfect. Staff was wonderful and nice. The friendliness was a better than what I’d receive at the Ritz in the USA. I guess our hotels in the America could learn a few things from the Ritz Istanbul. I was able to check in early and had the corner king room with the bosphorus view. I couldn’t have asked for a better room. The hotel is beautiful and smells lovely. Sadly I didn’t get to use the pool...schedule didn’t allow for it. I will come back again in December and requesting the exact same room. Highly recommended.