Sumahan on the Water

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Address: Kuleli Caddesi No. 51, Çengelköy, Istanbul, 34684, Turkey

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.6

Beautiful boutique hotel with stunning Bosphorus-side location.

This renovated Ottoman-era distillery along the waterfront is the spot I’d pick for a private getaway. The Sumahan is small and intimate, with superior service, spectacular views, and contemporary style.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Set in a beautiful spot some distance from the city, the Sumahan’s location provides peace and quiet rather than convenience. That said, it’s not completely isolated – I find the surrounding Çengelköy area’s traditional wooden houses, fish restaurants, and seaside paths charming and well worth a wander. The hotel has a water-taxi service to central locations.

Bedrooms

I love the exposed-brick walls, fireplaces, and Turkish-style baths in some of the sleek, contemporary rooms, all of which enjoy Bosphorus views from their tall, arched windows. The dual-level suites have their own gardens along the shore.

Public areas

The beautiful waterfront garden and cosy library are relaxing places to while away some time.

Eating and drinking

The waterfront Kordon restaurant turns out well-prepared seafood and Mediterranean dishes to diners enjoying the view. Guests won’t go hungry during the day either, with complimentary breakfast, fruit plates, snacks, and Afternoon Tea.

Leisure facilities

A beautifully tiled spa area has its own marble Turkish bath and massage rooms, as well as an adjoining fitness centre.

Service

Service is pampering and attentive, anticipating guests’ needs while remaining unobtrusive.

Who stays there

The romantic isolation is perfect for honeymooners and other couples, while a meeting room and other business facilities make it a classy option for work retreats as well.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Pampering service
  • Luxurious rooms
  • Great views
  • Remote location
  • A/C doesn’t work well
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