Of all the luxury hotels on the Bosphorus (Four Seasons, Ciragan, Sumahan, etc.), Les Ottomans provides the most authentic experience. The house is a renovated Ottoman-era residence, and there are only ten rooms (the owner lives in the house).
I liked the location, but I would not go there for a first visit to Istanbul. Kurucesme is an upscale part of the city (the Ferrari garage is across the street of the hotel), with very few foreign tourists, a lovely view of the Bosphorus, some good fish restaurants and private yachts moored in front of a small park. It is far from Sultanahmet, but it is a good base to visit the villages along the Bosphorus, and it is a few bus stops away from the Dolmabahce Palace, Yildiz Park, Istanbul Modern and the boat to the Princes' Islands.
The rooms are all very large and very comfortable (first time I have had music in the toilet!). The 'garden' is small and close to a road, so I recommend a room with full Bosphorus view or 'garden' / Bosphorus view (room 101). The rooms are serviced from a desk on the first floor, and this works well (I loved the huge basket with fresh fruit and the platter with dried fruit after checking in).
The Caudalie Spa is one of the best city spas I have seen, and the staff there is also excellent. The spa is open to outsiders (members, day pass), and the staff in the fitness area did not speak much English. I had a very good massage in the traditional hammam.
The major weaknesses of the hotel are the restaurant and noisy events. Because the restaurant is used for events, it does not really function for the hotel guests at many times. The same is true for the bar next to the restaurant. The waiting staff do not speak English and seem only concerned with the events, not with the hotel guests. Breakfast was a disaster: slow and unprofessional service, very basic Turkish-style breakfast. There was a party one day with loud music until midnight. When you pay about 1000 euro per night, all this is a major disappointment.
Despite this, and the fact that the rates are crazy by Turkish standards, Les Ottomans is a special treat if you want to experience Istanbul in a private palace on the Bosphorus.
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