Sumahan on the Water
 50 Stars Hotel in Istanbul Istanbul
Customers' Rating: 50 over 5 stars
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Address: Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar  34684 Istanbul Turkey
Other names of hotel: Sumahan On The Water Hotel Istanbul
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  • - vue en fin de journée sur le pont du Bosphore et la vieille ville

    vue en fin de journée sur le pont du Bosphore et la vieille ville


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    - Sumahan on the Water

    Sumahan on the Water



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    Age: 35-49 from Cocoa Beach, Florida
    Reviewed on July 24, 2012

    "Total escape in Istanbul"

    Rate:  5 Stars

    I had three nights in Istanbul and wanted to make the most of them. I spent the first two nights in Sultanamet to tick off all the typical tourist boxes (Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Topkapi, etc.) and decided to cross the Bosporus to the Asian side for my last night at Sumahan. It far and away exceeded my expectations and is the kind of hotel that you feel lucky to find and will remember for a long time. The rooms are beautiful, with high ceilings with rafters, minimalist gas fireplaces and a raised bed on a wooden platform that sets the floating feeling you get from looking out your windows onto the river and its endlessly fascinating activities. I could have spent hours watching the yachts, ferries and container ships passing by on the Bosporus. And the provided binoculars are a nice touch typical of the little things the hotel does that show its attention to detail. The bridge is beautifully lit at night. The whole effect is transporting and peaceful--you can actually sleep to the sound of lapping water, right there in the city, if you leave your windows open. The bathroom is all cool gray marble and it was lovely to shower and be able to see the river through the glass partition cut in the wall. Breakfast outside on the patio was a very nice experience, too, looking across at the European side of the city, and all the more magical when a pod of dolphins corralling sardines passed within a few feet of where I was eating. I was stunned to see such marine life in a city so busy! The neighborhood around the hotel is another highlight. Feels very local and friendly. I enjoyed an upscale fish dinner one night at Iskede, a five minute walk from the hotel and right on the water. And I had a cheaper lunch a few doors down at another waterfront place busy with patrons drinking tea. I felt like I got a true glimpse at city life for the locals (admittedly the more well to do ones) by staying here, and it was a nice balance to the time spent in the very touristy old city. It`s a good 20 minutes (at least) by taxi to reach the old city from here, but the ride is shorter to the Uskadar ferry dock with boats leaving regularly to the heart of the European side. I did that one afternoon and it was easy and convenient. This is definitely a hotel I would recommend to friends as a very special place to stay. The staff are also particularly accommodating, helpful and genuinely friend. A wonderful place to experience Istanbul.

    Room tip: The upstairs rooms are more private but the ground floor ones have direct access to the grassy lawn...

    Stayed at July 2012

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    Age: 35-49 Reviewed on August 9, 2012

    "One of the best ways to enjoy Istanbul"

    Rate:  5 Stars

    We went to Sumahan with my wife after our wedding, and I must say it was the best choice! The rooms have a balcony that is touching the Bosporus, the quality is amazing, personnel is discreet and polite, while all other services are of highest quality! Don`t forget the little boat that allows trips to the other side for your comfort.

    If you can afford it, it is really one of the best choices in Istanbul!

    Room tip: Our room had a private Turkish bath, well it was not exactly a hamam, but we enjoyed it a lot... I w...

    Stayed at October 2011

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    from New York City, New York
    Reviewed on August 26, 2012

    "Daydreaming of Sumahan"

    Rate:  5 Stars

    Now that I am back home, I find I miss the vibe of Sumahan so much that I daydream about it at work. Sumahan is sublime - beautiful modern rooms, a truly stunning view, ridiculously delicious breakfasts (best French toast I`ve ever had), the beautiful sound of the Bosphorous lapping against a private dock, kind and attentive staff and an overall wonderful experience. Stay here and you will feel like a queen or king. The location is actually a plus - you can take their free water taxi to the center of Istanbul, or you can explore the truly non-touristy suburb of Cengelkoy, a short walk away (be sure to check out Erbap patisserie for their ekmek and baklava on the way!). No complaints whatsoever - Sumahan is fantastic!

    Stayed at August 2012

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    from London, United Kingdom
    Reviewed on August 18, 2012

    "Excellent Stay with excellent services"

    Rate:  5 Stars

    It was an excellent stay and we enjoyed the best of services with sumptuous breakfast on the sea side dining area. Th complimentary boat ride everyday was a very enjoyable experience to go on the European side

    Room tip: choose the ones next to the dining areas

    Stayed at August 2012

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    Age: 65+ from Sydney,
    Reviewed on July 25, 2012

    "Water, water, everywhere."

    Rate:  4 Stars

    We were coming to Istanbul by cruise ship and staying one night on board during which we would explore the city. After that, we wanted a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of this teeming city. The Sumahan, with it`s location right on the Bosphorus on the quieter Asian-side looked good. Whilst it`s a long slug by road to the hotel from downtown, there was a promise of a fast, regular launch shuttle to the city. The area in which the hotel is located is also a nice upmarket residential district with loads of good restaurants. We were not disappointed, either by the boutique ambience of the hotel, the helpful reception staff, nor our spacious room overlooking the busy Bosphorus, in fact it felt as if we`d never left the ship! First problem came with the shuttle launch to the city. We were told that the launch could not operate because of the high winds and choppy water, which is OK, but then you`d think they would have arranged for a bigger launch that could cope with conditions, given that choppy seas and high winds are a regular occurrence on the busy Bosphorus. The alternative is a long expensive cab ride, or a complicated combination of bus, ferry and tram. So, don`t stay here if you plan regular visits to the city. We wanted to re-visit a few of the places we`d seen on our city tour that required more time, like the Bazaar. Second disappointment is the painfully slow food and drink service in the hotel`s restaurant. The waiters are nice and friendly, but I think the drinks and food must come from a far-away location as it takes ages to arrive and, when it does, it isn`t particularly good or appetising. There are much better restaurants near-by. The Turkish buffet breakfast fairs a bit better as it`s all self-service and you can`t beat the location right on the water with dolphins putting on a show.

    Stayed at July 2012

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