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Sumahan on the Water
Ranked #227 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
philadlphia pa
1 review
“It does not get better than this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2009

The hotel was exactly as stated . The best view in Istanbuhl. The room was beautiful, the staff was excellent, the spa was very good. But the most interesting part of the trip is that we left $3,000 in the safe and they returned it to us. I would recomend this hotel to anyone. Yes it is a little tricky to get to the European side but the trade off is well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ny, ny
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2009

The sumahan made our trip to turkey completely unforgettable from the lovely and helpful staff to the breathtaking views and rooms. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and the rooms plush and comfortable. The location is remote which was exactly what we were looking for for this leg of the trip--it was calm, quiet and peaceful. The whole stay was very special and truly could not have been more perfect.
The private boat was an amazing experience which allowed us to essentiallly take a private tour of the bosphorous for no added cost.
We give this hotel the highest recommendation. I hope we have the oportunity to stay at the sumahan again--and when we do we'll be sure to catch a fennerbache game!

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2009

Lured by the romantic setting & some of the buzz -incl. the Conde Nast Traveler rating, our experience from an amateur desk staff to appaling services (for starters, we had to pay the upgrade to get a room that was not in the stairwell, pathetic restaurant, meaningless complimentary boat shuttle runs only twice a day, 20 mn waiting for room service..etc) was rather disapointing...This is not across the water, it is a different continent & just a different notion of quality & professionalism.
For anybody who has traveled the world in small or traditional luxury hotels, this doesn't warrant the buzz nor the overpriced rates that would get you amuch better location & a real world class hotel like the Ciragan Kempinski to which we switched too after 2 nights...

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2009

In a tastefully converted distillery, Sumahan has genuine character. The keen eye of its architect owners is evident in the attention to detail and flawless execution of the renovation. Located on the Asian side, sightseeing is only a short boat ride away on either the hotels boat or public ferry. And on returning from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Sumahan is a welcome tranquil oasis where we were could relax with an open log fire in our room. The views from the room were simply stunning, looking uninterrupted up and down the Bosporus. I loved the Hamam (Turkish bath) at the hotels spa. The staff were wonderfully helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. This was the best place I have ever stayed for a romantic getaway and I would definitely stay here again. The experience was simply amazing.

Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Padova
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2009

Just few words to say how much is fantastic is this hotel. Great Hotel, great location and great Staff!! is like to be home.

the best way to enjoy Istanbul ever.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BestTravellerWorld
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Portland, OR
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2009

We're so glad we decided to spend three nights at the Sumahan Hotel on the Asian side of the Bosphorus before transferring to the Sultanahmet District for the rest of our stay in Istanbul. This is a beautiful "boutique" hotel with amazing views, delightful breakfasts, and excellent service. Everyone at the hotel helped to make our stay memorable, especially concierge, Nural Inciler, who treated us like old friends visiting from out of town. The hotel's complimentary shuttle boat to the European side of the Bosphorus is a real treat.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2009

Ancient distillary converted into a 5 star hotel with taste and know-how, Sumahan is a real oasis of calm .The interior is stylish and the rooms are clean,confortable and well-furnished. Since the hotel was built towards the Bosphorus, you can enjoy the breath-taking view everywhere from your room, from the breakfast room, even from the library !Situated in the Asian side ,approximately 30 minute distance from the cultural spots , you can choose between the hotel private boat or the regular ferry (5 minute walking from the hotel ) to do the crossing and the sightseeing begins...In addition the hotel is provided with all the facilities such as free internet, library, gym, Spa/turkish bath and restaurant .A word about the hotel staff ,the more efficient I've ever met whose help made this stay even more precious.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FilipaP
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Property: Sumahan on the Water
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:
#82 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#91 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#164 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sumahan on the Water 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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