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The House Hotel Bosphorus
Why Stay At The House Hotel Bosphorus
Prime Bosphorus views from a restored 19th-century Ottoman mansion, set right in Istanbul's lively Ortaköy neighborhood, on the city's European shore.
Mega-sized luxury hotels are the norm in Ortaköy, the bustling heart of Istanbul's nightlife scene, on the city's European shore. That's why the intimate, 26-room House Hotel Bosphorus—the third from the Istanbul-based House Hotel Group—catches our eye. Formerly the waterfront mansion of architect Simon Balian, known for designing the Çirağan Palace, the 1890s building was renovated in 2011, but much of the original design—including the immaculate mosaic-tile floors—remain intact. Our favorite moment: a traditional breakfast of cheese, olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers, served on the terrace of the House Café, with views of Ortaköy's narrow, cobblestone streets.
The hotel's Lounge Bar heats up on Friday and Saturday nights. Stop in for a Turkish wine or raki (a traditional anise-flavored liquor), before heading out to nearby clubs.
For an entrée into two of Istanbul's other popular neighborhoods, visit the hotel group's other properties: House Hotel Galatasray in the artsy district of Cukurcuma, and the posh Art Deco House Hotel Nisantasi.
Arrive at Atatürk International Airport Istanbul (IST) which is approximately 16 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 30 and 40 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.Salhane Sokak No: 1, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Personal Shopping
- Personal Tours
- Fitness Center
- Pilates Room
- Yoga Sessions
- Concierge Service
- Custom-Design Furniture
- Air Conditioning
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
- Goose Down Bedding
- LCD Satellite TVs
- Wireless Telephones
- Marble Bathrooms
- Rain Showers
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Bathrobes + Slippers
- Hair Dryers
- In-room Safe
- Mini bars
- Wine Displays
- Espresso or Tea Set-up
- Bar + Lounge
- Rates are for 2 people. Up to 1 child may share for 60€ per night
Why We Love Istanbul
The only city in the world that encompasses both Asia and Europe, Istanbul also straddles the ancient and modern worlds. The skyline here is a glittering ribbon of palaces, mosques, and minarets, but also of sleek skyscrapers, where the sybaritic restaurant and nightclub scene easily rivals New York's or London's.
Muallim Naci Cadessi 64B, Kuruçesme.
Brunch for two from $40.
Where to Drink: Come 11 p.m., the city's preening elite head to ritzy Reina, where they dance the night away to throbbing Turkish hits.
Muallim Naci Avenue 44.
Drinks for two $30.
Where to Shop: Hazal Kilim, located in a former Ottoman mansion, is one of the best-known carpet shops in Instanbul—owner Engin Demirkol has been selling Anatolian rugs, handmade cushions, and kilims for more than 20 years.
Mecidiye Köprüsü Sokak, No: 9.
Best Day Trip: The Princes' Islands, about 12 miles off the coast of Istanbul, are pedestrian-only idylls with cozy beaches and bicycle paths. Ferries leave regularly from several points in Istanbul, including Ortaköy.
Why Go Now
March 30 - April 14, 2013
International Istanbul Film Festival
Turkish and international filmmakers descend on the city for its annual film festival.
June 6-July 3, 2013
International Istanbul Music Festival
Istanbul's largest music festival includes classical and chamber performances.
November 7-10, 2013
Istanbul's creative class puts on a modern-art show that features more than 600 artists from 100-plus galleries.
Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center and the Istanbul Congress Center.