- Style Contemporary Ottoman
- Setting Banks of the Bosphorus
An ex-pasha’s mansion on the Bosphorus, A'jia boutique hotel on the edge of Istanbul has a grand Ottoman exterior that belies its contemporary interior of slick modern design. There’s not a kilim or belly-dancer’s tassel in sight, just chic white-on-white glamour. The understated, modern luxury extends to the sparse, cool bedrooms. Almost as big as the rooms themselves, A'jia Hotel's bathrooms are gorgeous Ottoman chambers of creamy marble and tile.
Need to know
- Rooms 15, including six deluxe suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $283.71 (€207), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Flatscreen TV/DVD, Thai massage by arrangement, concierge, butler service on request, wireless Internet throughout. The hotel's boat is available to take you back and forth across the Bosphorus and on private tours of Istanbul.
- Check–out Midday, but some flexibility.
Children Children can be accommodated, but the hotel, with its terraces over the waterway, was not designed with them in mind.
- Also Non-smoking rooms are available. No pets. One room has wheelchair access. For a VIP arrival, the hotel can organise a boat ride from Atatürk Airport for around US$500 dollars one way.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Ask for a room with a view of the Bosphorus and/or a private balcony. Room 10 is a duplex with sitting room downstairs and bedroom upstairs, and a bathtub right next to the bed. Room 8 has a huge balcony that gives you the feeling you own the place… and beautiful views over the Bosphorus. Room 9 is spacious, with a sitting-room area and a bathtub beneath a sea-view window.
- Packing tips A scarf or hat to keep your hair nice during windy trips across the Bosphorus. A light jacket or jumper in case it's windy when you're lunching on the terrace.
Food and drink at A'jia Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Ajia's restaurant serves Mediterranean/Italian food, and the best Sunday brunch in town (10h–15h). Guest chefs, eg: the chef of Zuma in London, make occasional visits.
- Dress code Hip and urban.
- Top table Number 30, a corner table inside, or any table on the river terrace.
- Hotel bar There's a long white bar on the waterfront terrace, and another bar inside in the restaurant area.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details