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Istanbul is the largest city, former capital, and the economic epicenter of Turkey. It straddles the Bosporus Straight, sitting on the border between Europe and Asia. The apex of many empires, Istanbul, previously known as Constantinople, is also Europe's largest city, and among its most ancient.

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6 best luxury hotels in Istanbul

1. Soho House Istanbul

Soho House Istanbul

Situated in Beyoglu district, Soho House Istanbul features 3 original buildings including the Chancery and the Annex, a new Glass Building, and members’ club 19th century Palazzo Corpi. The courtyard garden has a Cecconi’s restaurant, and Cowshed Spa offers a gym and a traditional hammam. Tastefully decorated in contemporary style, all rooms of Soho House Istanbul have super king-size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen TV, Marshall speakers, minibar, tea&coffee facilities and homemade biscuits, and complimentary WiFi. The private bathrooms come with a walk-in rainforest shower and a range of Cowshed products. Some rooms also include a mezzanine and a comfortable seating area with Anatolian kilims. Rooms are located in the Glass Building and the Annex Building. All rooms located in Glass Building have private balconies. Cecconi’s is a modern day classic Italian restaurant serving dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Originated in Venice, the restaurant serves handmade pasta, seafood, cicchetti and dishes from Northern Italy, offering both an indoor dining area and outdoor tables set among the garden’s olive trees. Brunch is served on Sunday. You can enjoy a continental breakfast at Allis Bar. Cowshed Spa offers numerous treatments for winding down, including manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, waxing and body therapies. You can work out in the gym Cowshed Active and relax in the traditional hammam. The barber, Neville, offers grooming for gentlemen.

2. Address Istanbul

Address Istanbul

Address Istanbul has a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge in Istanbul. A Turkish bath and a car rental service are available for guests. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Address Istanbul provides some rooms with city views, and rooms are fitted with a coffee machine. The rooms in the accommodation are fitted with bathrobes and an iPad. Guests at Address Istanbul can enjoy a continental or a à la carte breakfast.

3. Six Senses Kocatas Mansions

Six Senses Kocatas Mansions

Situated in Istanbul, 5.6 miles from Istinye Park, Six Senses Kocatas Mansions features spacious restored Ottoman-era mansions with remarkable views. Air-conditioned accommodation offers a garden, library and terrace. Among the facilities of this property are two restaurants with local and international cuisines, a fitness centre and 24-hour library. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor leisure activities. A 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property is available. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, rooms are set in two buildings, Kocatas Mansion and Sait Pasa Mansion. The rooms are designed in Ottoman style and equipped with electric kettle, minibar, desk, flat-screen TV, Nespresso machine and a private en-suite bathroom with marble tiles. Guests can enjoy the city view from the Bosphorus rooms. Six Senses Kocatas Mansions offers a buffet or halal breakfast. Situated next to Sait Pasa Mansion, Defne Restaurant offers a culinary feast on the banks of the Bosphorus. The Gastro Bar serves PanLatin and Asian cuisine.

4. Cirigan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Cirigan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Situated in a 19th-century Ottoman palace, this 5-star hotel features an infinity pool with views of the Bosphorus. It has a spa and wellness centre, and offers elegant guestrooms with free WiFi. Rooms at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul include luxury bedding and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room has a balcony with views of gardens or the sea. Boasting stunning views of The Bosphorus Bridge and The Maiden's Tower, The Bosphorus Grill Restaurant offers international and Turkish cuisine with a large variety of meat and seafood selections. Guests can enjoy The Bosphorus view on the terrace while having their à la carte breakfast, cakes, snacks and afternoon tea at The Gazebo Lounge. Le Fumoir Bar serves a wide range of premium beverages and cocktails in the relaxing atmosphere of a lush green garden. Guests can relax in the Turkish bath, or enjoy a massage in a private cabana by the pool. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

5. Seven Hills Palace & Spa

Seven Hills Palace & Spa

Located in Istanbul, 0.9 miles from Grand Bazaar, Seven Hills Palace & Spa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Conveniently situated in the Fatih district, this hotel offers a garden, as well as a hammam and a sauna. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, rooms come with a desk. Complete with a private bathroom equipped with slippers, guest rooms at Seven Hills Palace & Spa have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms include a seating area. At the accommodation each room comes with bed linen and towels. Seven Hills Palace & Spa offers a continental or buffet breakfast. The hotel offers a terrace.

6. Pera Palace Hotel

Pera Palace Hotel

Established in 1892 by the French-Ottoman architect Alexander Vallaury, the Pera Palace is a special category museum hotel designed in neoclassical, art nouveau and oriental styles. The hotel offers spectacular views of the Golden Horn, an indoor pool, and luxurious rooms with city views in the historical Pera district of Istanbul. Popular shopping malls such as Cevahir, Kanyon and Zorlu Mall are easily accessible in 20 minutes via metro line. Pera Palace Hotel rooms and suites are furnished in a classical style combining European and Ottoman influences. With hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, they all come equipped with a TV and a minibar. The marble bathrooms are inspired by the traditional hammam. The majority of the rooms are complemented by balconies offering views over Pera and Golden Horn. Named after murder mystery writer, Agatha Restaurant offers contemporary Turkish cuisine. Orient Bar & Terrace is a popular meeting point for Istanbul’s high society and international travelers. Kubbeli Saloon is a tea lounge and offers gentle live piano music adding to the magical atmosphere. The classic French patisserie Patisserie de Pera serves delicious Turkish and French-inspired handmade cakes, macaroons, gateaux and homemade chocolates. Pera SPA by Spa Soul has a hammam with a classic heated marble platform and foam bath. Guests can enjoy the steam bath, hot tub, sauna and a fully equipped gym. The indoor jet-streamed swimming pool offers the healing power of water both in summer and winter.

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