When you find a place that seems to have it all - How Nice! Researching locations and trying to make the right decision of Asian or European side was challenging, but in the end we made the right one. Our goal was to have a good location, a place to chill, nice amenities and service - When you get an 'Awesome' view along with all that - What can I say? Sumahan has one of the best locations I think you can have. Looking out over the Bosphorus each morning and evening was the chill factor we wanted. It is truly magical to watch the fishermen and all the vessels travel along the Bosphorus. The beauty of the evening lights of the European side and the lighting of the Bosphorus bridge were so exceptional. Our room was a very well appointed, comfortable, nicely decorated and overall a very well designed boutique room. Again, the view of the Bosphorus - 'Outstanding'! Having access to their own boat each morning was such a plus and was so convenient to get from Asia to Europe in about 20 minutes. We booked the Sumahan for 6 nights and found that even staying there to just relax was so nice. The grounds are well maintained - offering a very pleasant place to just hang, read a book, or just enjoy a nice cup of tea after a long day of site seeing. The proximity to the small community - about a 2 min walk -put you into the the local Turkish life with little to no shopping - But, if you like to eat!!!!
When you find a place like this you want everything to be perfect. I have only a few things that keep this property from rising to a 5 Star rating for me. First - after 6 nights the breakfast was a little boring - not enough change or imagination in preparation. Each day seemed to bring the same with very small changes - scrambled eggs plain or with a tomatoes sauce ( cold on multiple days ), breads, cereals, etc.. Enough of that - not what it could be! The other thing was so minor and easy to take care of - frayed and soiled carpet - an easy fix.
Sercan, the front desk manager, was very helpful to make our stay a good one and we really appreciated his concerns that our stay be very nice.
If you are looking for a 'Special' place away from all the busyness of the city - this is the place for you!
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- Sumahan On The Water Istanbul