A’jia Hotel

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Address: Çubuklu Caddesi No. 27, Kanlıca, Istanbul, 34812, Turkey

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.5

A luxurious, romantic retreat alongside the Asian shore of the Bosphorus.

An eye-catching white Ottoman-era mansion along the shores of the Bosphorus on the city’s Asian side, the A’jia wears its isolation like a badge of honour, promising a “private hideaway” to guests willing to pay the price.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
3.6
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
n/a
90%

Location

Romantic isolation, rather than convenience, is the aim at the A’jia, situated in the small Bosphorus village of Kanlica, which provides stunning views and a largely peaceful atmosphere. Everything else feels – and is – far away, though getting to and fro by boat beats traffic jams any day.

Bedrooms

Though the 16 sleek white bedrooms continue the exterior colour scheme, their minimalist furniture and gleaming hardwood floors depart dramatically in style from the ornate façade. Since you’re here for the peaceful, beautiful setting, I recommend avoiding the few, somewhat cheaper rooms with no views, as well as the lower-floor rooms overlooking the dock, which are less private and quiet.

Eating and drinking

The A’jia restaurant serves a gourmet take on Mediterranean food with dishes such as caramelised rib of beef and lamb shank confit, as well as a decadent Sunday brunch.

Leisure facilities

In-room massages are available at nearly 200 Turkish Liras (100 euros) for two hours.

Service

The service is friendly and helpful, though some employees only speak so-so English.

Who stays there

In addition to its international guests, the hotel is popular with Turks for weddings and other lavish parties, which can go on until late, and noisily, into the night, so ask before booking about any events planned for your dates.

Price advice

A water taxi from the airport will put you back almost 300 Turkish Liras (150 euros), though the view is gorgeous. The excellent breakfast costs 36 liras (18 euros) per person.

Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Beautiful setting
  • Great food
  • Luxurious rooms
  • Can be noisy during special events
  • Some problems with AC quality
  • Remote location
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