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Sumahan on the Water
Ranked #216 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Outstanding Property”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

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!

Room Tip: No #'s just names - Kuzguncuk - nice location, great view with a good architectural design.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

I stayed 9 days in a loft suite with my wife. It is the best you can find, it has an access to garden which is directly on the bosophorus water...wanderful for couples. Also, the suite was very nice and couzy...ul

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2014

What an incredible property! The waterfront is amazing, something you will not find in ANY OTHER Istanbul hotel!

The rooms are modern with acknowledgements to its historic past - it used to be a distillery! A great mix of exposed brick, steel, and wood makes for a perfect loft style room in my books.

Staff is incredibly friendly and over the top helpful.

Location - If you are concerned about its location consider this, Istanbul is a very busy city. VERY. Sumahan on the Water allows you to have peace in an other wise hectic place. The hotels offers a free and private water taxi (which is gorgeous!) that can take you to and from downtown Istanbul. It really is a perfect fit.

For a full review I did see here:

http://www.thislifeintrips.com/reviews/sumahan-on-the-water-unique-istanbul-hotel/

Shaun
www.thislifeintrips.com

Room Tip: We stayed in the loft style room which has access to the river front. Highly recommend!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed only for 1 night in September for our wedding
anniversary.Our room had a fantastic view.I think it is the best place for a romantic stay.The breakfast was plentiful.Only dissapointment was the poor facilities in the room.There may be a coffee machine in the room as most of the hotels have one in Europe.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Had a great 4 nights here recently. Service was exemplary, the accomodation very comfortable and the views superb. You might think its a bit of a schlep to get from the hotel to the tourist attractions but in reality it was all rather easy. Hotel boat over there in the morning and then public ferry and taxi ride back. The taxi was only ever less than 15 Lira which amounts to just over 4£. The hotel's location is good in the sense that you are away from the maddening crowds and the restaurants locally are all authentic Turkish establishments geared to local residents not tourists. Hasan and Emre were particularly helpful staff and the in house restaurant was a delight to eat at as well for dinner. Only bug bear would have to be the quality of the pillows and a bathroom starting to look tired. One tip...make sure you have a room on the first or second floor and not the garden level.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Stayed there only one night as a stopover towards the Middle East. Excellent location right upon the river, good transport facility through a private boat shuttle service towards the city centre, excellent restaurant, stylish room design. Perhaps a bit far from the main attractions but definitivley worth a visit.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 23, 2014

This hotel was a lovely, clean and friendly small hotel. They catered for our every needs in a courteous manner. Breakfast was continental but they were happy to help with any other requests we wanted. The only downside for us (but we were visiting out of season - February) and maybe this does not apply in the summer months was that when we headed over the sea to the other side we had to book a taxi back for a certain time. Unfortunately for us I developed ear ache and wanted to come back earlier and we anticipated that a taxi would run on the hour but it didn't so in the end we took the public ferry and had to incur taxi charges the other side to return to the hotel. If I could advise them anything it would be that they ran water taxis hourly but this may have been, as I say, because it was out of season. Would wholly recommend it anyway.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view - some are smaller than others - just enquire on size really
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sumahan on the Water
Address: Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar, Istanbul 34684, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Uskudar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#83 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#91 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#163 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sumahan on the Water 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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