Need to know
18, and three penthouse suites.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $181.94 (€162), 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
Roof garden, library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, kitchenette with microwave, kettle and Nespresso machine, air-conditioning and minibar.
Our favourite rooms
With sweeping views of Istanbul, the Bosphorus and the Black Sea, the Penthouse – which has a 20sq m terrace – is the pick of the bunch, 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.
Thai massage and reflexology treatments are also available on request.
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.
The hotel's not ideal for children, although cots are available for babies and extra beds can be added to the King Panoramic, King Panoramic with Terrace and Penthouse rooms for €50 a night.