On this page, we have collected the best port hotels in Istanbul. The most important port for tourists is the new cruise port Galataport in the Karaköy neighborhood, a passenger terminal for cruise liners. Nearby are also the Karaköy, Eminonu and Kabataş ferry ports, which are used for sea transport between Istanbul's neighborhoods, as well as for getting to the Princes’ Islands.
Karaköy is one of the most central areas of Istanbul, offering Bohemian cafés, live music bars, hip boutiques and galleries, as well as historical sites, such as Galata Tower and Galata Bridge. The trendy neighborhood is well-connected to public transport with tram, ferry, metro and bus stops nearby. Vibrant Taksim, the hip Cihangir and Nişantaşi neighborhoods, and the Historical Peninsula with Istanbul's must-see attractions are just a short walk or drive away. For this reason, staying in a port hotel in Karaköy makes an ideal starting point for all tourist interests.
Find below the best-rated Port Hotels in Istanbul, ranging from reasonable mid-range hotels to luxury 5 star hotels.
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1. Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus
Located between the cruise port Galataport and the French Gateway Business Center, this 5 star luxury hotel is just an 8-minute walk from Galataport and 6-minutes from Karaköy ferry port. Novotel’s modern design is reflected in the stylish and spacious guest rooms that are all comfortably furnished with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, minibar and TV. Suites come with a Bosphorus view.
With meeting spaces, a ballroom and executive suites, the waterfront hotel has a lot to offer to business travelers. Guests can indulge in several restaurants that offer both local and international specialties. Recreational facilities like treatment rooms for massages and facials, an indoor pool, a gym and a wellness center with sauna and hammam are available. Istanbul Airport is 55 km from the hotel, the nearest tram station, Tophane, is just 5 minutes away.
2. JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus
Housed in the 180 year old Veli Alemdar Han building, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus is just a 4-minute walk from Karaköy Port and a 10-minute walk from Galataport. It features 130 rooms, luxuriously decorated in neutral colors, evoking a leisurely and relaxing atmosphere. While many rooms offer an atrium or Bosphorus view, some accommodations overlook the iconic Galata Tower.
The 5 star luxury waterfront hotel next to the French Gateway Business Center boast a variety of dining options, including a seafood rooftop restaurant, a tapas bar, a wine cellar and a poolside rooftop bar with panoramic Bosphorus views. There are numerous on-site amenities, such as a fitness center and a spa with a traditional Turkish bath and treatment rooms. Business travelers are ensured a seamless experience with 2 meeting rooms. Karaköy and Tophane tram stations are both a 5-minute walk away.
3. The Peninsula Istanbul Hotel
Although it hasn't opened yet, this waterfront hotel should not be missing from this list. The Peninsula Istanbul, which is expected to welcome its first guests in late 2022, is located directly on the site of Istanbul’s new cruise port Galataport.
The ultra-luxury 5 star hotel overlooking the Bosphorus is located across from the Historical Peninsula in the restored Karaköy Passenger Terminal, Merkez Han and Çinili Han buildings. The classical-inspired design of the building is captured in all 177 rooms and suites, which are lavishly appointed and offer Bosphorus views. In the restaurants, guests are spoiled with Turkish and World cuisine. The Peninsula also features beautiful gardens, swimming pools and a shopping arcade with many luxury brands and upscale boutiques. For an authentic hammam treatment, guests can visit the hotel’s luxurious spa. Within walking distance are Tophane tram station and Karaköy ferry port.
4. Metropolitan Hotels Bosphorus
Metropolitan Hotels Bosphorus is a modern 4-star waterfront hotel located between Galataport and Kabataş ferry port. It has 80 tastefully decorated rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of wood and views of the city or the sea. Services include free Wi-Fi, a currency exchange and concierge service. The stylish restaurant pampers the guests with flavors of Turkish and international kitchen as well as amazing Istanbul views. Featuring several meeting rooms, the port hotel is a good option for both leisure and business travelers.
Fındıklı Tram Station is just steps away, making it easy for guests to travel around Istanbul. Kabataş Funicular Station and Kabataş ferry port are each a 10-minute walk away. Dolmabahce Palace is also within walking distance.
5. 10 Karakoy Hotel Istanbul
This stylish hotel close to Galata Tower is housed in a neoclassical 19th century building in the midst of Karaköy. It is located in a lively street, just a few blocks back from the waterfront and 900 meters from Galataport. The 5 star hotel stands out with its luxurious ambiance and unique architecture, combining the original structure of the historic building with a modern design.
All 71 rooms are uniquely decorated in contemporary style with large windows and artwork by local artists. Head up to the roof restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Golden Horn and the Old City. It features a meyhane concept, with delicious meze and Turkish songs. Those wanting to unwind with a drink can do so at Sky Terrace. There is also a gym and a state-of-the-art meeting room for intimate gatherings. Karaköy funicular, tram station and ferry port are each a 5-minute walk away.
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6. The Wings Hotel
This 4-star hotel overlooking the Sea of Marmara welcomes guests just 9 minutes from the Galata Tower. The Wings Hotel impresses with an outstanding architecture, inspired by the wings of Hezarfen, a famous legend of the iconic tower. This theme echoes throughout the accommodations, the floor levels and the hotel lobby. All 20 guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, 4K smart TV, air conditioning and a variety of coffee and tea selection. Many feature a Galata Tower view.
Enjoy culinary creations from the Michelin-starred chef at the hotel's top-floor restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus and Galata Tower. Karaköy Pier and tram station are right at the doorstep. Istiklal Street, Istanbul Modern, Spice Bazaar and SALT Galata are just minutes away. Galataport and Eminönü ferry port are each a 13-minute stroll from the hotel.
7. Nidya Hotel Galataport Istanbul
Nidya Hotel is situated right next to the cruise ship port Galataport. Guests can choose from standard, superior and triple rooms, all of which are elegantly furnished in brown and beige tones, exuding a warm atmosphere. The 4 star hotel is a brief walk to Fındıklı and Tophane Tram Station, each 6-minutes on foot away. Kabataş and Karaköy ferry docks are also within walking distance.
Those who wish can rejuvenate in the on-site spa equipped with a Turkish bath, sauna, massage rooms and a fitness center. Eateries at the hotel include Mares Restaurant, serving open buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner, a garden café, lobby bar and Nidya Roof Café with fantastic city views. Business travelers can benefit from 3 equipped meeting rooms and catering services.
8. Nabu Hotel Karaköy
This stylish 3 star boutique hotel next to the French Gateway Business Center has 30 stylish rooms and suites. Guests can choose from 7 different room categories, ranging from smart rooms to Junior Studio Suite with balcony. All accommodations are designed unique in a contemporary style and come with a Smart LED TV, minibar, safe and rain shower.
In the Gastropub, guests are spoiled with Italian cuisine. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a drink in front of the fireplace or relax with a good book from the boutique library at the lobby. Galataport and Tophane tram station are right on the doorstep, Karaköy ferry port is 7 minutes away.
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9. SuB Karaköy
SuB Karaköy is a trendy 4-star hotel, just a stone's throw from Galataport and Tophane tram station. The rustic decorated rooms are inspired by the port and sea, with the characteristic ‘Harbour Bed’, hard wood floors and iron elements.
Guests are welcomed with a 30-minute orientation session, complimentary refreshments and a city map of Istanbul. Other services offered include a private airport transfer, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a free shuttle service from/to Istanbul Cruise Port for stays of min. 3 nights. After a day of sightseeing nothing beats a glass of good wine paired with local treats in SuB Lounge or a cocktail in the rooftop bar featuring a fireplace and panoramic views of the city. Karaköy ferry port and funicular are a 9-minute walk away.
10. Port Bosphorus Hotel
Port Bosphorus Hotel is conveniently located directly opposite the cruise port Galataport. The 4 star hotel features 111 spacious rooms with a modern and elegant design. Some boast a sea view and a terrace.
An oasis of well-being is provided by the onsite spa, complete with a Turkish bath, steam room and massage rooms. Guests can enjoy international flavors at the restaurant and the café branch of Gloria Jean’s Coffees. For business travelers, 3 separable boardroom halls are at disposal. There is also an airport transfer service upon request at an additional charge. The hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the Tophane tram station. Kabataş and Karaköy ferry ports are within walking distance, as are Dolmabahce Palace and Galata Tower.
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