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“Modern and high-quality boutique hotel with nice decoration and location.”

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Sumahan on the Water
Ranked #202 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 May 2013

This a very modern and high-quality boutique hotel with nice decoration. Located on the asian side of Istanbul; just by the sea. Although expensive, it offers good value for money...

My wife and I stayed in a dublex suit on the night of our wedding.

Dublex suit has a living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs. Furnished in a modern style and has a fireplace .Bathroom is made of marble, designed like a turkish hamam.

Moreover, room is on the ground floor and it is opening to the beautiful garden by the bosphorus. Amazing spot for an exceptional and spectacular view! You see the bosphorus bridge from one side and topkapi palace beneath.

Since almost all popular places (like blue mosque and taxim square) and Ataturk Airport are on the other side of Istanbul, this hotel is slighly far from those popular places. Hotel offers a free boat shuttle to the other side but you need advance reservation. No on demand use.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

What a view, sitting in front of the open window: hearing, seeing, smelling Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Beautiful designed hotel, great restaurant. Good rooms, nice attentive staff. A retreat away from the very busy.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Situated on the Bosphorous, it has great views and a lovely waterside terrace. It's on the Asian side of the river and it makes a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the European side. Great architecture, lovely rooms, super food, friendly and helpful staff and the boattrip across to the other side is special. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: All face the water, so it depends on what you want to pay.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

This is a wonderful Hotel on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and far from the Hustle Bustle of the Old City.
The Rooms are all facing the Water,
decent size,
clean and service was Great.

Do try the Tapas restaurant around 5-6pm,
and the Sunset is so memorable that you will never forget.

Room Tip: Traffic across to the European side can be a BIG Problem any time of the day, but... Try to order...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Housed in an old liquor warehouse, this small hotel is luxurious from its beds to its cuisine. Although it is away from the major sights, the hotel has its own boat that takes guests across at no extra cost. My room was spotlessly clean and the front desk staff were friendly AND helpful. I loved that they want to help without expecting tips, but of course this makes me want to tip.
I decided to eat in the restaurant of the hotel ... And my meal was delicious. Breakfast here is healthy and beautifully presented. This is a classy place for the traveller who wants access to but space away from the main sights of Istanbul.

Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

A contemporary boutique hotel with finest decoration. A former brewery, renovated in a very contemporary style. Service is perfect. restaurant on the sea very good. Just my favorite place in Istanbul.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Although located on the Asian side of the river Bosphorus which flows within metres of each of the Sumahan's luxurious rooms, and almost an hour from Ataturk airport, the hotel's pluses - of which there are a surfeit - far outweigh any niggles that may exist.

Sumahan on the water was designed and lovingly created like a work of art by its owners Mark and Nedret Butler both of whom are architects and designers - and it shows. The attention to detail in this boutique hotel is the telling factor. The things which go almost unnoticed, the finishing touches which appear natural, the materials used which sit in harmony with ever changing colours of the water and sky which are visible from the hotels every hidey-hole and getaway.

My stay was short, only two nights, and my first introduction to both Istanbul and Turkey. The room to which I was appointed was a two floor loft suite where you could laze in bed and watch the ships and boats ply their trade on the waters outside the huge windows. Every comfort is catered for in the rooms from underfloor heating, wi-fi, tv and radio, refreshment facilities and a luxurious bathing/shower space.

The staff in the hotel were - as mentioned in another review - business-like and professional (perhaps a little more genuine interaction would be appreciated, but this is noted without complaint or fault). My every need was catered for and my every request handled efficiently and with a smile. Even when it came time for me to leave and book another hotel in the Old City, the reception staff handled the booking and transfer flawlessly.

For some the hotel's location may be a hindrance - requiring crossing the river by either the hotel's private and complimentary launch boat (comp for guests) or by taxi across the beautifully illuminated Boshphorus Bridge - but for others the location will be the key factor. Cengelkoy is a typically Turkish area where tourism takes a back-seat to daily life, where locals shopkeepers are proud of their services and prices are less inflated than across the water.

Sumahan on the Water also boasts its own wonderful Hamman - another masterpiece of design in grey marble - which can be hired privately and also has a small but fully modern gymnasium for those who feel the need to keep in shape.

After a visit to the Hotel's restaurant, 'Tapasuma', a Turkish tapas restaurant the gym may be just what's needed. Again design is everything and not just in its architecture. The lines are crisp, clean and again featuring large windows inviting the river to become part of the ambience. But it's the Turkish take on Tapas which will have people return again and again. Starters of Sea Bass with capers and lemon, Grape leaves stepped with rice and other delicacies, Octopus salad in virgin olive oil, scallop skewers (cooked to perfection) and a main course of what I can only describe as the most delicious 'Kebab in a bowl' I have ever tasted.
Even desert was a work of art - a white chocolate horn filled with chestnut cream and a pistachio sauce - all decorated with real Gold Leaf. That's attention to detail.

As I've said the only negative for me was the distance to the Old City, but if you want to relax before or after a hectic tour of Istanbul's many historic and modern sites (of which there are so VERY many) Sumahan on the water and the surrounding region is the place to be. With promotional rates starting from €125p/n value is there to be found if booked at the right time. In high season prices rise substantially, but as they say, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Address: Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar, Istanbul 34684, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Uskudar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#84 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#90 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#156 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £139 - £274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sumahan on the Water 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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