Swissôtel The Bosphorus

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Address: Bayıldım Caddesi No. 2, Maçka, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, 34357, Turkey

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.5

Huge luxury complex on a hilltop overlooking the Bosphorus.

With its numerous restaurants and bars, 65 acres of gardens – formerly belonging to the sultan’s Dolmabahçe Palace – and large spa, the 600-room Swissôtel The Bosphorus feels to me like it’s practically its own posh neighbourhood.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.8
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

Secluded on a hilltop overlooking the Bosphorus on Istanbul’s European side, the Swissôtel’s location is more about exclusivity than convenience, though the upscale Nişantaşı shopping and business district is just a short walk away.

Bedrooms

Tasteful almost to a fault, the 600 spacious rooms, suites, and apartments have subtly patterned carpets and other fabrics in unremarkable colours – all the better, perhaps, to draw the eye to the views out the window of almost every room. With its chaise lounge looking out over the Bosphorus, I find even the lowest-end “Classic Room” hard to leave.

Public areas

Amid Istanbul’s urban sprawl, the extensive gardens feel like one of the hotel’s biggest luxuries.

Eating and drinking

Whether you fancy fondue or sushi, there’s a restaurant catering to the craving, with Alpine classics on the menu at Chalet and Japanese the specialty at Miyako. Some restaurants and bars, including the rooftop Gaja Sky, are only open seasonally.

Leisure facilities

The award-winning Amrita Spa & Wellness Centre offers a variety of treatment rooms as well as a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, and even an “ice grotto” for that bracing post-hammam dip.

Service

The service is impeccable, though the staff can be more efficient than friendly.

Who stays there

Business travellers are well-catered-to, with plenty of meeting space and in-room business centres in the larger rooms, but the hotel draws plenty of leisure travellers as well.

Price advice

At 12 Turkish Liras (6 euros) an hour or 38 liras (19 euros) a day, Internet access can add up quickly. Even use of the in-room Nespresso machine incurs an extra fee, which seems a bit miserly for such a high-end (and high-price) hotel.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious rooms with views
  • Excellent pool and spa
  • Many restaurants, bars
  • Rooms below rooftop bar loud until late
  • Taxis required to get to most attractions
  • Internet access expensive
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