Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul

Best Hotels on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait

If you want to have a relaxing trip to Istanbul, you should consider Istanbul’s hotels on the Bosphorus.

Bosporus is a narrow and natural strait connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and separating the European part from the Asian part of Istanbul. Studies show that the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain lulling a person into a deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help rejuvenate the mind and body. As studies found that the seaside boosts mental health, and makes people happier and more relaxed, we present you best hotels in Istanbul located on the Bosphorus.

Since Istanbul is divided by the Bosphorus strait, the city has two halves, the European and Asian sides.

European Side Hotels

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Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul

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Located between Dolmabahçe Palace and Naval Museum, The Shangri-La Bosphorus is ideally located in the financial and entertainment district of Beşiktaş. The luxurious hotel offers breathtaking views of the Bosphorus Strait and has 186 oversized rooms and suites provide branded bath amenities and complimentary WI-FI. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and a 90-minute drive from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

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Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

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Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is an Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus. Located in Besiktas district, the hotel is near some of Istanbul’s finest attractions, including Dolmabahçe Palace, Yildiz Palace that is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The hotel is also near Istanbul’s popular nightlife addresses. The luxurious hotel offers guests mesmerizing rooms, a stunning outdoor space including an infinity pool, as well as several fine-dining restaurants with stunning views of the Bosphorus.

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

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Along the Bosphorus, in one of Istanbul’s trendiest and most naturally beautiful neighborhoods, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is a former 19th-century Ottoman palace transformed into a hotel sanctuary of luxury and comfort.

The Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel

The Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul

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Located on the banks of the Bosphorus in the vibrant Ortaköy neighborhood, The Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul is perfect for business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel is located in the beautiful district of Ortaköy with its good choice of quality bars and restaurants. All 120 rooms and suites has amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Hotel’s Starboard Restaurant serves delectable meals against the backdrop of the glimmering Bosphorus Bridge.

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The Stay Bosphorus

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Designed by the internationally acclaimed design firm, Autoban, The Stay Bosphorus offers rooms and suites that enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Bosphorus from every angle, with the city and its ancient structures as its backdrop.

The hotel is in the lively and vibrant, cobblestoned enclave of Ortaköy, home to a famous mosque as well as a range of restaurants, cafes and clubs. With its panoramic view of the city, from the Ortaköy Mosque to Topkapı Palace, the Bosphorus Lounge is an unforgettable venue for buffet breakfast, light snacks or drinks.

Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul

Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul

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Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul features 100 spacious, luxuriously designed guest rooms and suites with stunning views over the Bosphorus and the city skyline. A wide range of stylish restaurants and bars, significant entertainment spaces for social gatherings, and an all-encompassing Mandarin Oriental Spa provides an ideal backdrop for leisure and business travel.

Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul is not only home to three of the city’s most popular restaurants, the Mediterranean-Asian fusion Novikov, the modern Cantonese cuisine Hakkasan Istanbul, and Italian Olea & The Bar, it’s also at the very heart of the city’s dining scene.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus offers an extensive range of wellness and beauty therapies and includes luxury treatment rooms, hammams, private relaxation areas, exercise and fitness facilities as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

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Six Senses Kocataş Mansions

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Six Senses Kocataş Mansions, incorporates next-door Sait Paşa Mansion, is located in the prosperous Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side, famous for its “Pearls of Bosphorus” waterfront properties. The urban resort recreates historic architectural features and artifacts from the site’s former 19th century Kocataş Mansions, which were devastated in a fire years ago, paying homage to its original footprint.

The 45 generously proportioned guest rooms and suites are divided between the two stately three-level heritage mansions, together with lounges, banqueting and function rooms, and a gallery. Inspired by the city’s ability to embrace its contradictions – whether east and west, ancient and modern or mystical and earthly – the interior design blends traditional local flavors with contemporary Six Senses signature touches.

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The Grand Tarabya

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The Grand Tarabya, a member of The Leading Hotels of The World, is one of the very first five star hotels of Turkey and a true landmark of genuine traditional Turkish hospitality. The Grand Tarabya is now entirely rebuilt by modernizing its tradition, has 168 deluxe guest rooms, 79 suites, 1 presidential suite, 30 fully serviced exclusive apartments.

Asian side hotels

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A’jia Hotel

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A’jia Hotel is a boutique hotel, with just 16 elegant but contemporary rooms. This boutique hotel offers luxury and modern designed accommodation in an 1870’s pavilion setting: 10 Deluxe Rooms; including 5 rooms with private balcony and 6 Deluxe Suites; including 3 with Mezzanine Floors. 10 of the Deluxe Rooms and all the Suites have direct view of the Bosphorus.

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Sumahan on the Water / VAKKO Hotel & Residence Sumahan

Located in a restored Ottoman-era alcohol factory on the Asian side of Istanbul, Sumahan on the Waters changed its name end of October and will open following renovation in Summer 2024 as VAKKO Hotel & Residence Sumahan.

The hotel is situated in Çengelköy, a pretty village once home to a mixed population of Greeks, Armenians, Jews and other non-Muslim minority groups.

It is 5 minutes’ walk to the Çengelköy port, linking directly by ferryboat to Istanbul’s European side. The hotel also offers complimentary boat service to European side by its own shuttle boat.


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