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“Most amazing boutique hotel in the world”

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Sumahan on the Water
Ranked #227 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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“Most amazing boutique hotel in the world”
Reviewed 28 January 2012

I have stayed in many boutique hotels round the world, but Sumahan exceeds all the other ones by miles. This hotel is a very special place on the Bosphorous with amazing views.
I have since stayed here many times, the service is outstanding and the staff are very helpful and they go out of their way to satisfy you, i.e call reception to ask them to go and purchase cigarettes and bring to the room, buy a hairdryer and bring to room. very helpful.
There is also a fab fish restaurant in the hotel, you must try if you are staying there.

The room service is amazing regardless what time in the day or night, and house keeping staff are truly amazing, they leave the room spotless every single day without any tips, but its nice to leave them something as they work very hard.

Overall Sumahan is precious gem hidden away. Truly 5 star hotel along with 5 star service.
Definitively recommend this place if you are staying in Istanbul and you want to stay away from the tacky hotels of taksim.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this property, a stunning location with great views, combined with helpful friendly staff who would literally go out of their way to assist in making my stay a pleasant one! I would not hesitate to go back to this hotel again

Room Tip: Loft Suites are well appointed
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Istanbul and the Sumahan are both world treasures! We spent a delightful Thanksgiving week with our family in this high-style, yet cozy and nurturing boutique hotel. Each of the 20 rooms has a magnificent view of the Bosphorus,with a private launch to ferry guests from Asia to Europe; if you miss the launch, the public ferry is a 5-minute walk away. The architect-owners, the Butlers, work with staff to ensure you enjoy your time at the hotel and in the city (Their peerless lobby library is a good place to steep oneself in the history, archaeology and literature of this East-West crossroads.). The food and service are terrific, the atmosphere is calm, nurturing and lovely, all fortifying one for sightseeing in chaotic Istanbul. Moreover, the price is much less than that of Europe-side hotels on the water. I can't imagine why anyone would consider staying any place else in Istanbul! We have recommended it to everyone who will listen, and plan to stay there next time. By the way,Turkish airlines and its Comfort Class is the best way to get there--like airlines of old.

Room Tip: Each room has a splendid view, with fireplace and spacious bathroom. There are NO bad rooms!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

Right on the Bosphorous with remarkable views from every room this place is an masterpiece of architecture and design. Recently renovated from an old industrial building, the hotel has wonderfully comfortable rooms (with fireplaces), spa, outstanding restuarant, and lovely library. The hotel's cute commuter boat runs guests across the water to center Istanbul, avoiding all the impossible road traffic, a real boon at rush hours and an especially nice way to spend 30 minutes watching the constantly changing port and strait. Perfect both for business and tourism. And the rates are remarkably reasonable for all that you get!

  • Stayed December 2011
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Adana, Turkey
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We enjoyed our stay at Sumahan. Our room overlooked the Bosporus with a view of the bridge and light show at night and the endless parade of boats. The staff were kind and the owners delightful! The restaurant was great - don't miss the bulgur salad with pomegranate sauce.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sumahan on the Water

Property: Sumahan on the Water
Address: Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar, Istanbul 34684, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Uskudar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#86 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#91 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#169 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,558 - ₹ 22,104
Hotel Class:5 star — Sumahan on the Water 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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