“A historic waterside mansion transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel offering fab rooms, a terrace restaurant and cool bar”
There are just 16 of them, ranging from a Deluxe Park View room (which basically overlooks the road) to the Bosphorous Pasha Suite (63m² of waterside luxury with the mansion’s only original balcony). Each one is different, though all are described as deluxe and all feature a wide range of gadgets and comfortable beds. Like the rest of the hotel, the décor is clean, uncluttered and predominately neutral, though warm, natural wood floors, and the odd mauve deep-pile rug, provides a lift of colour - as does the sparkling blue waters of the Bosphorus seen from most of the bedroom windows.
Our favourites were the 3 Mezzanine Suites: split level with sofas and a steel staircase leading up to a bed-deck furnished with free-standing roll-top tub. The Bosphorus Deluxe Suites are the most impressive: one has 7 ceiling-height windows overlooking the water. And the Terrace rooms are a cosy option without breaking the bank; each opens onto a small private roof terrace with great views.
The bathrooms, too, vary - some have showers, some have baths, some have both. A few have tubs-for-two with Bosphorus views. All are lined with marble and creamy mosaic tiles and furnished with trays of Molton Brown toiletries, thick cotton towels, bathrobes and slippers.
For a romantic dinner à deux, the location doesn’t get much better than this: a candlelit table, crisp white linen, right on the water’s edge. There are further tables inside in a more formal dining room with views of the water.
The menu majors on modern Mediterranean cuisine and though it’s a little pricey, the food is beautifully presented and the portions generous. Our cod fishcake starter, served with spinach and tartar sauce, could easily have made a light main course with side orders. Typical dishes include slow-cooked lamb shanks, sea bass with citrus-baked fennel, octopus carpaccio and, for dessert, chesnut soufflé with coconut parfait. A good choice of Turkish, European or World wines and cocktails are served on an upper terrace bar area.
Breakfast (available until 11am) is a nouvelle cuisine version of the traditional Turkish breakfast, with each of the components (white cheese, olives, tomato, honey, yoghurt) presented in dinky little bowls on a wooden tray with warm brioche-like rolls.
Children are catered for but the atmosphere - and clean, hard-edge décor - is perhaps a little too cool to be truly child-friendly. For young children in particular, the close proximity to the water’s edge might be a worry.
Every room has space for an extra bed and baby cot.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking