The House Hotel Bosphorus
Style Modern Ottoman
Setting Asia-facing Ortakoy
The House Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul is a one-time palace still standing at the edge of Europe. Old-school opulence mixes with contemporary Autoban design: it’s just as grand, but stand-out furniture and lighting bring it up to date.
Need to know
- Rooms 23, including nine suites.
Double rooms from $274.05 (€212), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€212) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include a buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Massage rooms, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Godiva chocolates and L’Occitane bath products.
- Check-out Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
- Children Extra beds are free for children under six (€60 a night if they're older).
- Also In-room massages can be arranged.
Food and drink at The House Hotel Bosphorus
There’s no restaurant, but food from the House Café downstairs can be brought up to the roomy, open-plan lounge, a stylish space with cookbook-packed bookshelves, a grand chandelier and leather chairs. Expect international dishes, such as lemon chicken with orzo risotto, meatballs with aubergine purée and chicken schnitzel. Breakfast is served in the lounge.
- Dress code The name gives it away – smoking jackets and slippers are perfectly acceptable.
- Top table Snag one of the three tables by the window, overlooking the Bosphorus Bridge and the Ortakoy mosque.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 7am right up until midday; lunch and dinner merge, with food on offer from 12pm until 11pm.
- Room service Light meals can be ordered 24 hours a day.
There’s a bar in the corner of the lounge, where guests can relax over a couple of rakis.
The House Hotel Bosphorus 1 Salhane Sokak, Ortakoy, Istanbul, 34347
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Smith extra at The House Hotel Bosphorus
For members staying one or two nights, the hotel's signature cocktail, the Bosphorus Blue, in the lounge (overlooking the Bosphorus) on arrival. For members staying three or more nights; two-for-one dinner in the restaurant.
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Our favourite rooms
Superior rooms may be the smallest, but they’re surprisingly spacious. With views this good on offer, though, it’s worth splashing out on a Bosphorus-facing bedroom – so opt for a Superior Bosphorus or Deluxe Bosphorus Suite, both of which have private balconies overlooking the bridge and the next continent. For an even bigger splurge, book the palatial Simon Kalfa Suite for its wraparound balcony above the sparkly strait; it’s also got a roll-top bath and a Jacuzzi.
Ortakoy may be an old fishing village, but these days it’s lively, especially at night – so don’t forget glam gear for after-dark.
The historic building was once home to the Balyan clan, an architectural-design dynasty in Ottoman days.