Istanbul, Turkey

Witt Istanbul Suites

Rates from (inc tax)$95.95

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Haute-design hotel


Cihangir's hipster hubbub

Once the Turkish headquarters of Ogilvy and Mather, the centrally located Witt Istanbul Suites hotel teems with Mad Men worthy mid-century design and furnishings. Stylishly updated by the award-winning Autoban design team, it is now a sophisticated and spacious hotel with large rooms sparkling with marble kitchenettes and fabulous Ross Lovegrove-designed bathrooms. Many rooms offer glorious views of the Bosphorus and Black Sea.

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Need to know


17, and three penthouse suites. Three rooms have sea views.


12 noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $95.95 (€88), excluding tax at 8 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR95.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Open from 8am to 11pm, the rooftop permaculture garden is an urban haven with striking views over the Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. It’s the perfect spot for a sundowner – but you’re welcome to don some gardening gloves and get involved, too.

Please note

Witt Istanbul Suites will be closied for a series of urgent renovations from 1 September 2016 to 1 April 2017. 

At the hotel

Library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, kitchenette with microwave, kettle and Nespresso machine, minibar. All beds are king-size.

Our favourite rooms

With sweeping views of Istanbul, the Bosphorus and the Black Sea, Sea View Suite 52 is the pick of the bunch, but 53 and 42 are also top spots, looking out over the river and the Topkapi palace. All the hotel’s suites cultivate a luxury-apartment feel, thanks to superbly equipped kitchens, hi-tech Marmara marble bathrooms created by design wizard Ross Lovegrove, each boasting an indulgent five shower heads (but no bath), and oodles of space.

Packing tips

Bring your swimsuit – although the Witt Suites doesn’t have a pool, you can soak up the sun in secrecy on your balcony, if you have one.


Thai massage and reflexology treatments are also available.


The hotel's not ideal for children, and extra beds aren't a possibility, although cots are available for babies.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab a steaming mug of the hotel’s divine hot chocolate and curl up on a sofa in the lobby beside the bookshelves.

Dress Code

Relaxing diplomat – slinky suits and cocktail dresses.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel serves a Turkish breakfast buffet every morning, but you’ll have to take advantage of the numerous excellent eateries in the nearby area for lunch and dinner.

Hotel bar

A soft jazz soundtrack permeates the lobby area, a relaxing, informal space decorated with wood laser-cut into floral patterns, low lime-green armchairs and cosy sofas.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 11am, but drinks (tea, coffee, wine and spirits) are available from the lobby 24 hours a day.

Room service

You can order breakfast in your room, and the drinks menu is available at any time.


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Witt Istanbul Suites
Defterdar Yokusu No:26, Cihangir, Beyoglu


The nearest airport is Istanbul’s Atatürk International, 25km away. The journey should take half an hour, but this can grow rapidly in rush hour. Shuttle services go from the airport to Taksim Square, which is 800m from the hotel.


The nearest metro stations, Tophane and Taksim Square, are both about five minutes’ walk from the hotel. It may only have two lines, but the metro covers many of the city’s major points.


Cars aren’t essential since so many of the city sights are accessible on foot, but if you are driving, the hotel has free valet parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Istanbul Modern ( is an old dockside warehouse turned art and design gallery, a short roll down the hill from the hotel. The bar-restaurant, which offers brilliant Bosphorus views, is a key lunch spot – but take a taxi back up the hill; it's a brutal slope. Opposite the Witt Suites, on the other side of the river, sits the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul's most magnificent Byzantine building, now a museum. For a proper Turkish bath, try the Aga Hammam (+90 (0)212 249 5027) five minutes away on Turnacaibagi Sokak, a small, neighbourhood baths built in 1454 and frequented by Mehmet the conqueror.

Local restaurants

Situated in an elegant corner venue in one the cities oldest districts, the European-brasserie-feel Karaköy lokantası (+90 (0212) 292 44 55) has striking blue-tiled walls and specialises in traditional Turkish Mezes and finely-crafted seafood. Only a few doors down the street, Didem Şenol ‘s Lokanta Maya (+90 (0212) 252 68 84) has been a firm favourite amongst Istanbul’s foodies since opening its doors in 2010. In a bright, Scandinavian-chic dining room, the restaurant offers sophisticated fine-dining in the form of gourmet Mezes and modern gastro-Turkish cuisine. Those looking for a more intimate experience will enjoy Münferit (+90 (0212) 252 50 67); with outdoor tables lingering along its cobblestoned alleyway and subterranean patio, this sleek and exquisitely stylish dim-lit restaurant serves up contemporary Turkish-fusion Mezes. After 11pm the louche, New-York-chic bar takes the main stage, where you’ll find hip Istanbulites sipping finely-balanced cocktails into the early hours.

In a lavish penthouse space and awning-flanked al fresco bar-and-dining deck, overlooking the Bosphorus, the ever-popular Sunset Bar & Grill (+90 (0212) 287 03 57) serves Turkish-fusion and New Japanese cuisine to those looking for a more picturesque dining experience. The evening views of the illuminated Bosphorus Bridge make for a charming setting in which to indulge in sushi and cocktails. Similarly, Bebek Balıkçısı (+90 (0212) 263 34 47) is an elegant water-side eatery, situated in Istanbul’s ancient port-neighbourhood. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrity and high-society clientele, you can look out across the Bosphorus and sip a glass of Turkish sauvignon blanc while merchants haggle with a local fisherman over the day’s catch. This is traditional, simply-cooked seafood at its best. The restaurant is usually busy, so reservations are highly recommended.

Local cafés

Journey Home's (+90 (0)212 244 8989) website proudly proclaims its laudably ethical ingredients: Himalayan salt, olive oil from one garden in Edremit, organic chicken from the Bolu Yarişkaşı Farm and dairy products from the Bolu community. It's a mighty boast, but it's backed up by this café's tasty salads, sandwiches and soups. The lengthy breakfast menu is a hangover-slaying romp of a read too. Cuma (+90 (0)212 293 2062) is a superb pit-stop after an antique-hunting session in the Çukurcuma district. Home-baked breads, tender grilled meats and flavourful salads are chalked up on the menu board daily, but they make a mean cup of Turkish joe too.

Local bars

Alti Café (+90 (0)212 293 0849) just off Akarsu Caddesi, has a shaded green garden and a hip, cheery vibe.


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Anonymous review

No one told me there was a Grand Prix for taxi drivers, and that it was being held in Istanbul on the weekend Mr Smith and I arrive in the city. By the time we’re dropped off, dizzy and disorientated, at the cool stone steps of the Witt Istanbul Suites, I seriously wonder if I’ll ever regain my balance again. Ten wobbly paces later, though, we’re in the soothing sanctuary of a sombrely lit lobby and all traffic woes are forgotten. The welcome we receive as we check in is warm and genuine, which, considering it’s 1am, is no mean feat.

I’m tired and still feeling slightly irked by the fact that one of our bags has decided to go somewhere else for the weekend, but all negativity disappears when we’re shown into our fifth-floor corner suite. It’s beautiful and my eyes are immediately drawn to the huge bed in which I hope to be imminently snoozing. Then I see the windows. I can vaguely hear someone trying to explain to Mr Smith how to make the fancy flatscreen TV work, but all my senses are now fully engaged on the view. The Bosphorus spreads out beneath us like a velvet blanket and the mosques of the Golden Horn are lit up like jewels beside a flame. ‘It’s OK,’ I say to the hotel manager. ‘We won’t be watching the TV.’ He looks mystified, as though I’ve said we won’t be sleeping in the bed.

The next morning, we wake in a dark and silent room after the best night’s sleep in ages. We pull up the blinds with the excitement of children on Christmas morning – and we’re not disappointed. The French doors next to the bed yield a view down to the turquoise Bosphorus across the manicured courtyard of the old Italian Hospital, and across to the Topkapi Palace. Thousands of higgledy-piggledy roofs sit in between, adding to the sense of chaotic beauty. We pop our iPod into the Bose dock, make ourselves some espresso and take our Turkish breakfast back to bed.

Being in our suite feels as though we’ve been given the keys to our coolest friends’ tip-top apartment for the weekend. There’s a kitchen for starters – how often do you see that in a hotel room? – and a bathroom that’s an intriguing mix of traditional and modern. Built with grey-veined marble, as found in many of the city’s hammams, it also features bobbly Ross Lovegrove fittings and a glass-walled shower – oh, and large bottles of Molton Brown products. The living area, which has its own Bosphorus-view balcony, comes with a leather-and-wood sofa, a marble coffee table, and a flatscreen TV and DVD player. The whole tone of the place is cosy and modern, with a simple natural palette of black, taupe, grey and white. A quirky, feminine touch can be seen in the floral patterns on the wardrobes and the white panel above the bed. Designed by Wallpaper*-friendly local architects Autoban, the end result is domestic luxury rather than hotel swank. I’d happily move in tomorrow.

When we finally bring ourselves to leave the room, we head over to Ni?anta?i for a session of what Mr Smith calls ‘nuclear shopping’. He’s got business meetings in the city tomorrow and all of his work outfits are in that missing bag. It takes him just an hour to find himself outfits for both work and play – about the same time it takes me to try on a swimsuit and then have a cappuccino to get over it. We eat close to the hotel, at Meyra on Akarsu Caddesi, where we enjoy the best aglio et olio this side of Rome and get delightfully sozzled in the warm afternoon sun.

The area of Cihangir, in which the Witt Istanbul Suites sits, is the sort of bustling quarter that only insiders know about. Its streets are a jumble of trendy cafés and creative start-ups, mixed in with traditional kebabçi, barbershops, mosques, hammams and crumbling family apartments. Just uphill from the hotel, at the junction with Akarsu Caddesi, is a 24/7 hub of taxi drivers, all-night terraced cafés and little eateries, whilst around another corner Anatolian women in traditional dress sit crocheting in the street and children with limpid eyes watch you from dark doorways. Just downhill from the Witt, on the shores of the Bosphorus, is the stylish Museum of Modern Art. In a city that, for thousands of years, has been at the crossroads of two cultures, perhaps it is natural to find such differences within a few square metres.

On Sunday morning, while Mr Smith goes off to talk business in his new clothes. When he returns, we head downstairs to check out, only to decide that we’ll stay here for a couple more days. ‘Welcome back,’ says the manager, smiling. ‘And the other good news is that your missing bag has arrived.’

I know exactly where it’s going to go. And, now that we’ve discovered the Witt, so do we. We genuinely don’t want to go home – unless, of course, someone in London is willing to lend us their beautiful, design-conscious apartment for the weekend.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Witt Istanbul Suites’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The magnificent views from the roof terrace. Glorious Bosporus sunsets. The spaciousness of the suite - including the bathroom. The local ambience is terrfific. Great new places both up and down the hill to wander and have coffee, stop for drinks, do some shopping. Definitely the happening part of Istanbul. Some lovely local restaurants just up the road. After 10 days in the more traditional North food-wise we loved eating at Mellow - Turkish twist on European dishes - very friendly place and great to meet new people and chat over supper.

Don’t expect

Family fun. It feels like a very grown up place to stay.


Stayed on 13 Aug 2016

We loved

The view from our room, the breakfasts, the area, walking access to many lane way restaurants, shops, galleries and cafes. A small boutique hotel and staff were very helpful. Recommend Kadikoy Lokantasi restaurant, Ferahfeza Bar and Restaurant Dolmabahce Palace

Don’t expect

A lively restaurant and bar in the hotel.


Stayed on 14 Jun 2016

We loved

The terrace and views from our top floor room. Lots of interesting cafes/restaurants in the immediate area

Don’t expect

Anything corporate


Stayed on 3 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything. The location, the look and feel of the hotel, the amazing rooms, the fantastic breakfast. You name it, it's all here. The staff is professional, courtesy and beyond helpful. After just Four days here, Witt ranks as one of our favourite hotels we have ever stayed in.

Don’t expect

Anything to go wrong. 


Stayed on 9 Oct 2015

We loved

Our stay put us in a residential neighbourhood so we felt like one of the locals which appealed to us. The room was outstanding with brilliant bed, designer furnishings, Molton Brown products in a beautiful marble bathroom and a lovely, efficient kitchenette. Breakfast was included and offered a great selection of local and international selections in their buffet style offerings. The roof top garden was great for views of the old city and Cihangir neighbourhood. The staff were extremely attentive and always generous in their information.

Don’t expect

The restaurant is only available for breakfast.


Stayed on 25 Sep 2015

We loved

The design of the room, the view, the roof deck, the staff, the location, and the breakfast, which can be delivered to your room for no free.

Don’t expect

Your taxi driver to know how to find the place. However, the hotel sent directions in Turkish, which helped.


Stayed on 27 Jun 2015

We loved

Our room can best be described as industrial urban chic. It had a wonderful terrace which overlooked the roof tops of Istanbul, down to the city's cruise terminal and the Bosphorus - perfect for breakfast. The bottle of wine and chocolate birthday cake for my partner.

Don’t expect

An easy walk to the hotel from the city centre. Potholes, broken paving and steep hills.


Stayed on 23 May 2015

We loved

The concierge, large rooms, the service, the atmosphere, the quiet.  

Don’t expect

It was not really a hotel.


Stayed on 20 Feb 2015

We loved

The staff and how attentive they were The room, very spacious and comfortable The roof top area to sit, which has a spectacular view

Don’t expect

Comfortable walking in and out. The hotel is in a VERY STEEP hill. If you are young and energetic it would be OK, but it might be too much for elderly people or people with any issues with exertion.... unless you are going to take taxis all the time, then it's fine. If you want a view request a corner room, otherwise you will not have a view at all.


Stayed on 14 Feb 2015

We loved

I stayed on the top floor with a terrace. Amazing views and the room itself was large, bright, clean and comfortable. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. Good recommendations and polite.


Stayed on 6 Feb 2015

We loved

Staff, room size, bathroom, room kitchenette.

Don’t expect

Variety of breakfast.


Stayed on 29 Dec 2014

We loved

The design and atmosphere in the Suite were great, and the personalised service at front desk.

Don’t expect

Breakfast in the lobby wasn't always attended by staff, so they couldn't take your order from the à la carte; opt for breakfast in the room! 


Stayed on 18 Dec 2014

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