Istanbul is a perfect choise as a honeymoon destination as being the only city in the world which stands upon two continents.
You might be into the vibrant and complex side of Istanbul or resign yourself to its peaceful and nostalgic effects as a couple. Either way, there is no doubt that this magical city will offer you all these feelings and so much more. Get ready to have the best memories in this city full of history, where you'll discover breathtaking views all the time.
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Let's discover together the most romantic hotels in Istanbul!
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1. Sumahan Hotel on the Water
Sumahan on the Water sits on the Asian bank of the Bosphorus, in a calm upscale neighbourhood Cengelkoy by the Bosphorus.
Sumahan is an optimum option if you want to relax with a beautiful Bosphorus view in a serene location, away from the noise and crowd of the city. Guests can use the fitness center during their stay. You can spend a pleasant day in the Sumahan's Turkish bath, which is an important element of Turkish culture. Ask for the relaxing massage options to pamper yourself.
Every room of Sumahan overlooks the Bosphorus towards the Sea of Marmara, where you can spot the Historical Peninsula with Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the waterfront restaurant as the sun sets over the Bosphorus.
2. Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace was an authentic 17th century Ottoman Imperial Palace on the Bosphorous shores. Today, it is serving as a 5 star hotel overlooking the Asian part of the city as one of the most splendid icons of the city.
Ciragan Kempinski is the ideal place for those looking for the highest level of luxurious facilities and services. The heated "Infinity pool" of Cıragan has a dreamy view right near the Bosphorus.
There are exclusive packages Cıragan offers to the honeymooners including accommodation in a special suite with the best view of Bosphorus, special massages, romantic dinners and many other lovely surprises and treats...
Schedule a romantic dinner at Tugra Restaurant of Cıragan to taste the most special dishes from traditional Turkish and Ottoman cuisine.
3. Shangri-La Bosphorus
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.
It is a 5 star hotel with 186 elegantly decorated and fully equipped rooms and suites provide guests with everything they need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. The couples can benefit from refreshing spa facilities, an indoor heated pool and luxurious dining options.
4. Romance Istanbul Hotel
For the first time visitors of İstanbul, Romance İstanbul Hotel is a perfect choice for a relaxing stay in Sirkeci district at the heart of the city.
The guests will find elegant touches all around with nostalgic and classic mood of Ottoman culture. The plan and decoration of the rooms are inspired by 16th century Sultan's clothings and lifestyle.
At Romance Istanbul Hotel, you will find a range of in-room amenities such as a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Room service is available for more comfortable stay. Romace Istanbul offers including gestures such as wine menus or breakfast service to the rooms.
For dinner, you can consider the Olive Restaurant in the sister Yasmak Sultan Hotel just near the Romance Istanbul to try the most delicious Turkish dishes. You'll have a wonderfull view of Hagia Sophia in this restaurant where you'll get a discount as a Romance guest.
5. Hotel Ibrahim Pasha
Hotel Ibrahim Pasha is an elegantly restored 19th century building that was used as a townhouse in the Sultanahmet area. It is located very close to the most iconic monuments in the Historical Peninsula including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace.
The hotel stands out with lovely nostalgic details in the interior decoration. You'll find cosy fireplaces, bookcases and many other details reflecting the classical Ottoman spirit.
Honeymooners will find a stunning view of the Blue Mosque and the monuments on the Hippodrome Square from the lovely roof terrace. Make room for the unique Bosphorus view in the background of your memories here.
6. 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.
7. Pera Palace Hotel
Experience the noltalgic Istanbul in Pera Palace Hotel, loaded with the spirit of history, where many world-famous names stayed.
The story of Pera Palace, known as the hotel of firsts, actually begins with the Orient Express which is a highly luxurious train that departs from Paris and arrives in Istanbul. To host the upper class passangers, the constuction of Pera Palace was began.
Today, Pera Palace still maintains its status as a Museum-Hotel. Some of the rooms are named after the important guests stayed here. For example, the Ernest Hemigway Suite has a library with his books. Likewise, Agatha Christie is one of the names identified with the hotel. Room 411, where she stayed at the time is open to visitors today.
Pera Palace offers a unique view of the Golden Horn from most of its rooms. It provides comprehensive care services in the SPA. The guests can use the fitness center, indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well.
Take a journey full of flavor at Orient Terrace, where you can watch the magnificent view of the Golden Horn.
8. 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.
9. Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
Fraser Place is located in Bomonti district, in the center of Taksim, Besiktas and Ortakoy. This means guests will be in the center of very lively and colorful district with a lot of entertainment, important sightseeings and nice restaurants around.
Apartments at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul features modern furnishings, oak wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. The elegantly designed luxury apartments owns fully equipped kitchens and stunning views of the Bosphorus. Spacious rooms with a magnificent view, where you can watch Istanbul from a bird's eye view, will offer you the comfort of home.
Guests of Fraser Place have access to all facilities in the Anthill Residence complex. These facilities include an indoor swimming pool, indoor ski slope, tennis court and wellness centre.
Antre Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of fresh Mediterranean and international dishes.
10. Hotel Empress Zoe
Hotel Empress Zoe is standing in a great location where you can easily walk to the most important sights such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.
All the rooms are exclusively designed with various Ottoman and Byzantine inspiracions. You can check out the rooms with terraces as well.
The guests can enjoy the breakfast feast in the calm lovely courtyard. This landscaped cosy garden also has a bar to spend pleasant time.
After spending a day in the historical sights of the city, you can relax on the roof terrace where you can enjoy the unrivaled view overlooking the Sea of Marmara.
11. Poem Hotel
Poem Hotel is an ideal hotel for couples looking for a comfortable and romantic hotel close to the historical places of Istanbul. It is located in a small side street with a lot of restaurants at Sultanahmet area .
Every room of the hotel is furnished in a modern style, inspired by many artists who have breathed the magical air of Istanbul. These names include Tsaikovsky, Ernest Hemingway and Gerard de Nerval.
You can have a pleasant time at the hotel's spa, which offers an amazing sea view. After a warm start to the day with the natural homemade breakfast, you can explore the nearby historical sites.
12. Georges Hotel Galata
Located just a few minutes away from Galata Tower, Georges Hotel welcomes you with its eye-catching façade restored by the famous Turkish architect Han Tümertekin.
Georges Hotel Galata is exceptional with it's elegant rooms overlooking the Bosphorus at the heart of artistic Galata district. It will be quite easy to get around the city as it is located very close to Sishane metro station. You will have the privilege of staying close to the areas of the city that never sleep, such as Galata Tower, Karaköy Square, and Istiklal Street.
If you want to taste unique flavors inspired by both Turkish and World cuisine on a stylish terrace, you are in the right place. Don't hesistate to try creative award winning cocktails at rooftop restaurant 24 which offers priceless views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and Asian part of the city. Immerse yourself in the magic of the most beautiful view of Istanbul along with the dim atmosphere provided by candlelight.
13. The Bank Hotel
Located in the bohemian Karaköy district, where the old European atmosphere of Istanbul is felt, The Bank Hotel welcomes the guests with its artistic concept. It is located just 500 meters from Sishane metro station.
The Bank Hotel was used as the Deutsche Bank building during the Ottoman Empire period and was restored in accordance with its original form. From the moment you enter the hotel lobby, you'll feel the spirit of the early 1900's. You will have a calm and elegant experience in the cosy rooms where every detail is considered for the comfort of the guests.
The roof terrace with its delicious international cuisine menu and wide selection of wines is the adress of the most romantic dinners with the magnificent view of Old Istanbul.
14. Sait Halim Pasa Yalisi
Sait Halim Pasa Yalisi is a historical mansion built in the 19th century in a Neo-Classical style. Located in the upscale Yenikoy district of Istanbul, right next to the Bosphorus, Sait Pasa Mansion is serving as a hotel and an exclusive restaurant today.
Even though Sait Halim Pasa Yalisi Hotel has a spectacular view of Bosphorus, we would like to warn you about it is not close to Historical Peninsula where Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace is.
There are very special honeymoon suites in the mansion where couples can start a day with magnificent Bosphorus view. The nostalgic interior decoration reflects the romance and nostalgy of old times. Spoil yourself in the Turkish bath, where the original stained glasses of the mansion can be seen.
For a very pleasant start to the day, enjoy the continental breakfast by the fabolous Bosphorus.