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 $95.87 (€88), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
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.
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.
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.