Bordering the Bosphorus and its laurel-stitched banks, Six Senses Kocataş Mansions mingles Ottoman eminence with the trappings of a worldly bohème. Occupying two yalı (waterfront mansions) in well-heeled Sariyer, the hotel was once the home of Necmeddin Molla Kocataş, a minister of justice for the Ottoman Empire. The interiors play out Istanbul’s dance between continents, dressed in Belle Époque furnishings that borrow from Europe and Asia alike. Svelte armchairs and writing desks rub shoulders with trunks wrapped in studded leather, lending a hint of bohemia and golden-age travel. Each morning, go toe-to-toe with the river as you sip Turkish coffee on the terrace, then settle in the salon-esque café, sun yourself in the gardens or cruise down the Bosphorus on a private boat.
Banks of the Bosphorus
Away from the fray
A bottle of wine
In the know
Also need to know:
Stairs in the common areas mean this hotel is not fully accessible for wheelchairs.As with all Six Senses hotels, you’ll have a Guest Experience Maker (GEM) to book activities and help you make the most of your stay.
Even in the heat of midsummer, you’ll need to cover up when visiting mosques. Mrs Smith should pack a lightweight scarf to cover her hair and shoulders; Mr Smith will need trousers.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Ottoman-era hotel in Sariyer and unpacked their fragrant purchases from the spice bazaar, a full account of their Bosphorus break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Kocatas Mansions in Istanbul…
If you were a statesman in the autumn years of the Ottoman Empire, you didn’t confine yourself to a stuffy apartment in the heart of Istanbul – oh no. Alongside a house in the countryside, those with the most clout also owned a riverside mansion, where they could be within striking distance of the city but enjoy the atmosphere of a Bosphorus-hugging village – albeit one where every mansion had its own private pier. Minister of Justice Necmettin Molla Kocatas was one of these lucky few, choosing to set down in Sariyer in 1929, a time when the riverside ‘village’ was also favoured by the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kamal Atatürk.
Ninety years later, the two Kocatas mansions have once again thrown open their doors, following a complete refurbishment that has restored their Belle Époque splendour. The entrance is fittingly grand, complete with a double staircase, crystal chandeliers and patterned marble floors. Plush ottomans, inlaid tables and Turkish artwork root the interiors in place, but it doesn't take long to feel the Six Senses touch. The rooms evoke the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire without feeling formal, helped by their pastel livery and colourful chests of drawers that masquerade as travellers’ trunks. Outside, the landscaped gardens and riverside terraces are a far cry from the crush of Istanbul’s bazaars, and the Six Senses Spa completes this pacifying trinity. And, when you do want to immerse yourself in the city’s sights and sounds, you need only step aboard the hotel’s private boat and cruise down the river.
Merkez Mahallesi Meserburnu Caddesi, No 7 Sar?yer, Istanbul, 34450
11.7 mi / 18.8 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Valet parking
- Exercise gym
- On-Site parking
- Internet services
- Room service
Toro Gastro Bar, the hotel’s Bosphorus-facing restaurant, is helmed by Mexican-born chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval. The menu borrows from Asia and South American, in particular, Nikkei cuisine, which combines the delicacy and precision of Japanese cooking with the spice and citrus flavours of the Peruvian Andes. All-day restaurant Avlu offers a creative menu of Six Senses-inspired dishes that are almost too pretty to eat. Styled like a bohemian-tinged salon, the Kahve café is a more casual option serving pastries, Turkish cakes and light bites throughout the day.
Request a table as close to the water as you can get.
Breakfast is available from 7.30am to 10.30am, lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm, and dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm.
The bar in Toro serves fiendishly good cocktails, Turkish and South American wines and fermented drinks like boza, Turkey's favourite winter warmer.
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