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.
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.
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.
A beautifully tiled spa area has its own marble Turkish bath and massage rooms, as well as an adjoining fitness centre.
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.
- Business travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Pampering service
- Luxurious rooms
- Great views
- Remote location
- A/C doesn’t work well