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Sumahan on the Water
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar, Istanbul 34684, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #100 of 901 hotels in Istanbul
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Heavenly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Situated on the Bosphorous, it has great views and a lovely waterside terrace. It's on the Asian side of the river and it makes a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the European side. Great architecture, lovely rooms, super food, friendly and helpful staff and the boattrip across to the other side is special. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: All face the water, so it depends on what you want to pay.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a wonderful Hotel on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and far from the Hustle Bustle of the Old City.
The Rooms are all facing the Water,
decent size,
clean and service was Great.

Do try the Tapas restaurant around 5-6pm,
and the Sunset is so memorable that you will never forget.

Room Tip: Traffic across to the European side can be a BIG Problem any time of the day, but... Try to order...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

Housed in an old liquor warehouse, this small hotel is luxurious from its beds to its cuisine. Although it is away from the major sights, the hotel has its own boat that takes guests across at no extra cost. My room was spotlessly clean and the front desk staff were friendly AND helpful. I loved that they want to help without expecting tips, but of course this makes me want to tip.
I decided to eat in the restaurant of the hotel ... And my meal was delicious. Breakfast here is healthy and beautifully presented. This is a classy place for the traveller who wants access to but space away from the main sights of Istanbul.

Stayed February 2013
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

A contemporary boutique hotel with finest decoration. A former brewery, renovated in a very contemporary style. Service is perfect. restaurant on the sea very good. Just my favorite place in Istanbul.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Although located on the Asian side of the river Bosphorus which flows within metres of each of the Sumahan's luxurious rooms, and almost an hour from Ataturk airport, the hotel's pluses - of which there are a surfeit - far outweigh any niggles that may exist.

Sumahan on the water was designed and lovingly created like a work of art by its owners Mark and Nedret Butler both of whom are architects and designers - and it shows. The attention to detail in this boutique hotel is the telling factor. The things which go almost unnoticed, the finishing touches which appear natural, the materials used which sit in harmony with ever changing colours of the water and sky which are visible from the hotels every hidey-hole and getaway.

My stay was short, only two nights, and my first introduction to both Istanbul and Turkey. The room to which I was appointed was a two floor loft suite where you could laze in bed and watch the ships and boats ply their trade on the waters outside the huge windows. Every comfort is catered for in the rooms from underfloor heating, wi-fi, tv and radio, refreshment facilities and a luxurious bathing/shower space.

The staff in the hotel were - as mentioned in another review - business-like and professional (perhaps a little more genuine interaction would be appreciated, but this is noted without complaint or fault). My every need was catered for and my every request handled efficiently and with a smile. Even when it came time for me to leave and book another hotel in the Old City, the reception staff handled the booking and transfer flawlessly.

For some the hotel's location may be a hindrance - requiring crossing the river by either the hotel's private and complimentary launch boat (comp for guests) or by taxi across the beautifully illuminated Boshphorus Bridge - but for others the location will be the key factor. Cengelkoy is a typically Turkish area where tourism takes a back-seat to daily life, where locals shopkeepers are proud of their services and prices are less inflated than across the water.

Sumahan on the Water also boasts its own wonderful Hamman - another masterpiece of design in grey marble - which can be hired privately and also has a small but fully modern gymnasium for those who feel the need to keep in shape.

After a visit to the Hotel's restaurant, 'Tapasuma', a Turkish tapas restaurant the gym may be just what's needed. Again design is everything and not just in its architecture. The lines are crisp, clean and again featuring large windows inviting the river to become part of the ambience. But it's the Turkish take on Tapas which will have people return again and again. Starters of Sea Bass with capers and lemon, Grape leaves stepped with rice and other delicacies, Octopus salad in virgin olive oil, scallop skewers (cooked to perfection) and a main course of what I can only describe as the most delicious 'Kebab in a bowl' I have ever tasted.
Even desert was a work of art - a white chocolate horn filled with chestnut cream and a pistachio sauce - all decorated with real Gold Leaf. That's attention to detail.

As I've said the only negative for me was the distance to the Old City, but if you want to relax before or after a hectic tour of Istanbul's many historic and modern sites (of which there are so VERY many) Sumahan on the water and the surrounding region is the place to be. With promotional rates starting from €125p/n value is there to be found if booked at the right time. In high season prices rise substantially, but as they say, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amman, Jordan
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

Very beautiful hotel with very friendly staff,delicious breakfast buffet,but most important is the beautiful view of the river and the lights of the bridge very soothing and relaxing.
The area around the hotel is very full of local stors, backery grocery the fruit are fresh and delecious.
In rush houre it take almost an houre to reach the old city on European side.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Sumahan on the water is no less than it says; it could not be closer to the Bosphorus if you tried, with stunning views of the first bridge (Bosphorus Bridge) and distant views towards the Golden Horn with Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia silhouetted. The Hotel itself, an old distillery, was more recently converted by the Architect husband and wife team who own this property, with a minimal style and light touch which is a credit to their skills.
The rooms are clean and neat ranging from small doubles to large executive suites with fireplace and living area. The favourite areas in the hotel for me are the Library (mainly historical and architectural books) and the Hammam, which is an octagonal marble lined space with central slab and perimeter water bowls. The spa provides a range of treatments with choice of male or female therapists.
Each room has a view of the Bosphorus so there really is no best room in these terms, they are all good. The service is discreet and efficient and the staff at reception are polite, professional and efficient and always willing to suggest good restaurants and the best way to travel around.
The Hotel has its own launch but if the water is too rough you may need to take a taxi to Uskedar to take the ferry to Kabatas, from where you can decide to branch out towards the Old City, the trendy bars of Beyoglu or Galata or simply walk along the Bosphorus or take a boat trip.
The food is generally very good, breakfasts have a Turkish twist with traditional style eggs and sausages being served daily.
For more formal dining in very chic surroundings, guests can try Tapasuma, a new restaurant in the building, but this is not for casual dining as the price is beyond the everyday and Clientelle tend to dress up when they come here, but it is an excellent location with good food for that special occasion.
I have only visited Sumahan in the Winter but with it's wonderful waterfront indoor and outdoor seating areas it promises to be even better in the Spring and Summer. I look forward to returning!

Room Tip: All rooms have the same view, onto the Bosphorus, but I imagine you may want to avoid the areas abov...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar, Istanbul 34684, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#20 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#59 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#66 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#194 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sumahan on the Water 4*
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