The House Hotel Bosphorus

The House Hotel Bosphorus

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The House Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul is a one-time palace still standing at the edge of Europe. Old-school opulence mixes with contemporary Autoban design: it’s just as grand, but stand-out furniture and lighting bring it up to date.

Highlights:

  • Spectacular views overlooking Asia from Europe’s edge

  • Stylish Autoban-designed interiors

  • Great nightlife, with the city’s top club right next door

Smith extra

A 2-for-1 dinner in the hotel's restaurant, and, for members staying three nights or more, 10 per cent off in the spa

In the know

Also need to know:

In-room massages can be arranged. The historic building was once home to the Balyan clan, an architectural-design dynasty in Ottoman days.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

7am and Istanbul is sparkling. Sitting in the breezy lounge and library of the House Hotel Bosphorus, in the heart of the laid-back Ortakoy neighbourhood (it means, literally in Turkish ‘middle village’), the view is tranquil, historic: baroque old mansions rising on the far banks of Istanbul’s world-famous strait; teak-decked fishing boats meander under the grand Ortokoy Bridge; men on bicycles deliver bread to cafés lining Ortakoy’s laidback plaza. As Mrs Smith and I sip thick black Turkish coffee, it’s easy to imagine we’ve been transported back to the 18th century when Ortakoy was a small

Accommodation details

Address:

1 Salhane Sokak, Ortakoy, Istanbul, 34347
Istanbul
Turkey

Location:

3.8 mi / 6.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

There’s no restaurant, but food from the House Café downstairs can be brought up to the roomy, open-plan lounge, a stylish space with cookbook-packed bookshelves, a grand chandelier and leather chairs. Expect international dishes, such as lemon chicken with orzo risotto, meatballs with aubergine purée and chicken schnitzel. Breakfast is served in the lounge.

Top table:

Snag one of the three tables by the window, overlooking the Bosphorus Bridge and the Ortakoy mosque.

Last orders:

Breakfast is served from 7am right up until midday; lunch and dinner merge, with food on offer from 12pm until 11pm.

Room service:

Light meals can be ordered 24 hours a day.

Hotel bar:

There’s a bar in the corner of the lounge, where guests can relax over a couple of rakis.

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