Need to know
26 rooms, including 12 suites.
Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $211.36 (€189), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
Rates include a buffet breakfast.
The historic building was once home to the Balyan clan, an architectural-design dynasty in Ottoman days.
At the hotel
Massage rooms, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Lokum Istanbul bath products.
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.
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.
In-room massages can be arranged.
Extra beds are free for children under six, €30 for ages 6 to 12 and €60 for children age 12 and over.