Çınar Caddesi No. 6, Büyükada, Istanbul, Turkey, 34970
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Honeymooners, Singles, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Ascot Hotel
With its sharp-looking rooms, fine food, and private swimming pool, the Ascot seems like the kind of hotel I’d expect to find in Istanbul’s hip central neighbourhoods. Instead, it’s a little outpost of urban chic on the popular holiday islands off the city’s coast.
Local residents flock to the Princes’ Islands on summer weekends to escape the urban sprawl and indeed, if it’s relaxation you’re after – strolling, swimming, seaside dining, maybe a leisurely pedal on a rented bike – there’s not a better spot in all of Istanbul. The city’s sights and sounds are an hour-plus ferry ride away, though – a beautiful, but long, commute.
Though a few overdo it on the brocade wallpaper, the 22 rooms generally have a subtle sophistication, pairing dark textured fabrics with light-stone-coloured walls. Best of all, each has a balcony from which to enjoy the island’s fresh air.
I loved the intricately patterned traditional Çinli tile and plush white leather couches in the spacious lobby.
Thin-crust pizzas – including some with pleasantly unusual toppings such as pear and salmon – are the specialty at Jacks Restaurant and Café, which also serves as the hotel bar.
A white-tiled courtyard with the requisite umbrella chairs surrounds a small private swimming pool. There’s also a sauna for guests’ use.
The hospitable staff are friendly and accommodating.
A mix of Turkish and foreign visitors.
A good-quality breakfast is included in the rates and WiFi access is free.
More information on Ascot Hotel:
- Çınar Caddesi No. 6, Büyükada, Istanbul, Turkey, 34970
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Princes' Islands