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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
A mix of Turkish and foreign visitors.
A good-quality breakfast is included in the rates and WiFi access is free.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Swimming pool
- Nice rooms and grounds
- Good restaurant
- Housekeeping service could be improved
- Far from the city