Istanbul offers lots of 5 Star Hotels with various amenities, fancy designs and unique view. We scrutinized these hotels, which sometimes appear as fairy-tale-like structures converted from an old palace structure to a luxury hotel, and sometimes as innovative structures in line with the fashion of the bohemian neighborhoods of the city.
We have made a list of the Best 5 Star Hotels in Istanbul to take your stay in this spectacular city to the next level!
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1. Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hagia Sofia Mansions is standing in a stone’s throw distance from Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. This location would be ideal for the first-time visitors in İstanbul.
All of the rooms are tastefully furnished in Ottoman syle. Some suite rooms includes mini Turkish-bath inside.
A local favorite, Sofia Garden Café serves apéritifs and light meals, and Sofia Terrace specializes in authentic and contemporary cuisine. The Green House Garden offers local and international favorites, high tea, and shisha. Room service is available 24 hours. For fine dining, try Sarnic Restaurant which was originally a 1,500 year old water cistern. A special atmosphere where you can try the most modern blended special dishes of Ottoman and Anatolian cuisine.
Did you know that you can have a breathtaking pool/ jacuzzi experience into a real Roman cistern here? The guests can benefit from the fitness center along with an indoor pool and spa facilities.
2. Cıragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan, the historical Ottoman Palace located right next to the Bosphorus, is one of the most magnificent landmarks of Istanbul. The 17th century Imperial Palace is serving as a 5 star hotel today where you will have the brilliant view of the Asian part of the city.
With its location next to the Bosphorus, the hotel's heated infinity pool is one of the most fascinating pools in Istanbul. The conference and meeting rooms of Ciragan are named after some famous districts of Istanbul as Bebek, Ortakoy and Uskudar.
You'll find the real luxurious experience with all the amenities from elegant restaurants to swimming pools, fitness center, spa and many other. Feel like a Sultan in Cıragan with outstanding service and impeccably furnished rooms.
3. Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City
Crowne Plaza Istanbul is a 5 star hotel located in Laleli district, close to major historical sights in the Sultanahmet area. As it is only few meters to Grand Bazaar and Beyazıt, this location is perfect for both sightseeing and shopping.
The 4-block building from the 1920's has been renovated as an elegant hotel in line with the historical texture of the region. Crowne Plaza owns an Ottoman style decorated conference hall with all kinds of technological devices needed for those visiting Istanbul for business. There is an indoor swimming pool, Turkish Bath and SPA services.
Try fantastic dishes from Ottoman cuisine at Lale Restaurant. Standing out with its Mediterranean dishes, innovative seafood, wonderful appetizers and an extensive wine menu, Abre Bar is the right address for an elegant dinner.
4. Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Sura Design Hotel and Suites is located only few meters to Basilica Cistern and very close to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.
Complimentary breakfast service offered to guests is appreciated. Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available at certain hours for our guests who want food service in their rooms. There is a shuttle service from the airport to the hotel (24 hours) for a fee. The guests can benefit from free parking area of the hotel.
Its comfortable rooms are equipped with a minibar, air conditioning and flat-screen TV. The guests are able to benefit from indoor pool, kids pool, fitness center and sauna facilities. Sura Design Hotel also offers free wireless Internet, concierge services, and paid babysitting service.
5. The St. Regis Istanbul
Located in the chic Nisantasi neighbourhood, St. Regis is among the most stylish hotels in İstanbul. It is surrounded with a lot of restaurants, bars, cafes , local and international brand stores. This is an elegant district reflecting a different side of Istanbul with many Art-Nouveau buildings, art galleries, lively streets and many other to explore...
St. Regis Istanbul carries the signature of award-winning Turkish Architect Emre Arolat. Unique works of art by internationally acclaimed Turkish artists are adorning the rooms, suites and public areas in St. Regis. There are 14 Suites, including rooms facing Macka Park or Bosphorus, three specially designed Cosmopolitan Suites, a Bentley Suite and an extraordinary 185 square meter king suite. Bentley Suit, on the other hand, is unrivaled in its own lane.
Spago Restaurant on the terrace is among the most stylish venues for fine-dining and entertainment in the city, where you can enjoy refined cuisine by the renowned chef Wolfgang Puck.
6. Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul
Seeking for a luxurious hotel in the center of the most famous historical attractions in Sultanahmet area? Vogue Hotel is just your place, very close to Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia and the tram station.
Find comfort in the elegantly designed rooms overlooking the cosy streets of İstanbul or charming Hagia Sophia.
For an outdoor meal with a view of the iconic Hagia Sophia on the background, try Food-Ist Restaurant on the rooftop. Here you can enjoy delicious local and Mediterrenean dishes and excellent desserts.
7. CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel has a very central location in Gumussuyu district between Taksim and Besiktas.
Rising with its modern design in the place where the historical Park Hotel was located in the 20th century, CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel offers every opportunity to make its guests feel privileged.
Decorational details including the costumes and accessories of the Ottoman dynasty scattered around the public areas are reflecting the Ottoman lifestyle. Each floor of the hotel are named after the Sultans mothers (Queen Mother's).
The roof restaurants offers the biggest panaromic view of Bosphorus. Unique tastes from Turkish and World cuisine by the award-winning chefs of CVK Hotel are awaiting you in the Gumussuyu restaurant.
8. InterContinental Istanbul
InterContinental Istanbul is standing in Taksim, at the heart of the most lively area of the city with all kinds of attractions. Taksim metro station is only 500 meters away from the hotel.
Comfort and elegance meet in rooms with Bosphorus and city views. The Presidential suites with Jacuzzi, sauna and guestbathroom with a shower unit has the brilliant Bosphorus view. You can leave yourself to the experts in the flower-inspired massage rooms. Relax your body and soul while enjoying facilities such as Turkish Bath, sauna and steam room.
Safran Restaurant offers the opportunity to try Ottoman palace cuisine and traditional Turkish delicacies in a modern way, on the terrace with a magnificent view. Be enchanted by traditional Turkish music called fasil in this ambiance that is ideal for feeling nostalgia.
9. Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel is chosen as the address of those who are looking for a clean, comfortable accomodation in a central location, close to transportation vehicles. Located in historical Sirkeci district, Levni Hotel is only few meters to Marmaray and Sirkeci tram station.
The guests can benefit from fitness room, indoor pool, sauna and relaxing SPA facilities. There is a conference hall with a capacity of 250 people for business meetings and trainings.
Even if Levni Hotel is in a walking distance to many cafes and restaurants, we definitely suggest the rooftop restaurant for a great meal with magnificent view.
10. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus
Four Seasons Hotel is another iconic building by the Bosphorus shores which was used as a palace in the 19th century.
With its location in Besiktas, one of the most lively and trendy neighbourhoods of İstanbul, the guests can easily get to Dolmabahce Palace and the historical center of the city.
Four Seasons assures the feeling of luxury and elegance in every corner. There is a heated outdoor pool by the Bosphorus where you'll enjoy the marvelous view and an indoor pool with underwater speakers. Take the advantage of revitalizing personalized SPA experiences.
Seeking for a fine-dining experience with a beautiful ambiance and innovative tastes? The Aqua Restaurant is just one of the options within the Four Seasons Bosphorus. A delightful venue with live performances where you can find fresh seafood remarked with the skillful masters.
11. W Istanbul
Located in the Akaretler Street of Besiktas neighbourhood, W Istanbul Hotel has a central location surrounded with many art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Near the hotel, you can visit Besiktas Carsi (Shopping area) for local brands, street delicacies and an authentic environment, and a little further, you can take a look at the more luxurious and stylish designer boutiques of Nisantasi.
In the center of the city, modern designed spaces of W Studios will increase your creativity and motivation for business meetings and events.
With a trendy modern design, W Istanbul Hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, SPA facilities and a stylish nightclub where you can try amazing cocktails.
12. Shangri-La Bosphorus İstanbul
Shangri-La Bosphorus is located on the European shores of the Bosphorus, between Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime Museum.
The priviliged location of Shangri-La is a big plus for the guests willing to explore the historical sightseeings. Famous attractions such as Galata Tower and Istıklal Street are in a walking distance. Likewise, as Shangri La is just in front of the ferry station, you can consider taking a ferry to explore the Asian part of the city.
A pleasant stay awaits you in Shangri La where you will find many amenities like Turkish bath, spa and steam room, fitness center, jacuzzi, special kids pool and indoor pool. Among the standart amenities, there are flat-screen TVs and coffee machines in the fully equipped rooms.
13. AJWA Sultanahmet
Looking for a 5 star- hotel in the historical center of the city with "halal" approach, suitable to Islamic ethics? You'll find much more than your expectations in AJWA with its elegant style and professional, caring staff.
It's location is a big plus to easily reach historical attractions. It is only 5 minutes by walk to Grand Bazaar and about 10 minutes from Hagia Sophia. The hotel offers a shuttle service to get these places for the guests.
AJWA Sultanahmet is a non-smoking and alcohol-free hotel. The rich decoration featuring Tabriz carpets, mother of pearl Ottoman style furnitures, unique marble work and hand-painted ceilings creates a sumptuous atmosphere.
Try delicious tastes from Azeri cuisine at the Zeferan Restaurant with the spectacular view of Bosphorus and Blue Mosque.
14. JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus
The building was inıtially built by Italian architects 180 years ago as Veli Alemdar Han, and following a restoration converted into a 5 star hotel as- JW Marriot Istanbul Bosphorus.
JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus has a total of 130 rooms, 16 of which are suites, with different types, square meters and views. As the name suggest, located by the Bosphorus, the hotel offers spectacular view of the Historical Peninsula, Galata Tower, Princes Islands and Golden Horn.
The Galata Lounge on the 9th floor of JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus is ideal for social events with its location overlooking both the Galata Tower and the Bosphorus. On the first floor of the hotel, there are two meeting rooms, named Gala and Karay, both receiving natural daylight.
If you are into seafood, the main restaurant of the JW Marriott named "Octo" is an exceptional venue with delicious recipes from world cuisine combined with traditional Turkish appetizers. You can also have a pleasant time at "Skull & Bones Cocktail and Tapas Bar" that is compatible with the bohemian and artistic atmosphere of Karakoy.
15. The Galata Istanbul Hotel - MGallery
Just 3 minutes' walk from Galata Tower, The MGallery Hotel is located in the historical Karakoy district, the rising hip place of Istanbul. This location is very suitable to get around the city with an easy access to Sishane Metro station and Karakoy tram station.
It was converted to a hotel from a 200-year-old historical bank building in the heart of the city. MGallery, which is one of the rare hotels that accept pets (only cats and dogs) in this region, welcomes the guests with 83 rooms in its 5-storey building. The Galata Istanbul Hotel provides all-inclusive service to the guests in its spacious modern designed rooms.
Try delicious dishes against the spectacular Golden Horn view at the open air- rooftop restarurant. (Fazla Mesai Restaurant). You don't need to go far to find special coctails and snacks by the magnificent view. Anton Peran Bar is a perfect venue with live music and DJ performances on the rooftop almost every day of the week during the high season.