“Converted Ottoman distillery on the Bosphorus with industrial-chic loft suites and a magical waterfront location”
Designed by the owners’ daughter, Yasha, the style is Manhattan loft meets Ottoman Modern: functional, no-frills spaces which manage to mix business with pleasure. Furnished with polished wood or warm carpet floors, upholstered sofas, kilims, high ceilings and tall windows, expect lots of natural light and mesmerising views across the Bosphorus.
All of the hotel’s rooms overlook the water, but our favourites are the split-level Loft Suites - the only ones with direct access to the waterfront. In each, a staircase leads up to a bed-and-bathroom on an upper mezzanine level, with a studio-style living space below. The beds are angled to face the water, and you can enjoy the view from glazed showers in the bathrooms, some of which are furnished with a mini marble hammam.
The remaining rooms include Deluxe Rooms, Executive Suites and Family Loft Suites. All rooms have air-conditioning, fireplaces, queen size or twin beds dressed with white linen, mini bar (with complimentary mineral water), satellite TV and CD player.
Bathrooms are luxurious, with roomy walk-in showers (some have baths too), thick Turkish towels and natural soaps. All but the Deluxe Rooms have twin basins.
Sumahan has a Waterfront Restaurant which offers informal international cuisine - the menu includes salads, soups, pastas and grills as well as sandwiches and snacks.
Breakfast is served on the Waterfront Terrace, expect a traditional Turkish spread of bread, white cheese, olives, honey and eggs on request.
In nearby Cengelkoy (a 5-minute stroll towards the Bosphorus Bridge) there is a row of waterside fish restaurants and a fish market; on the high street, alongside bog-standard Turkish diners, there is also a wonderful bakery where you can watch hot breads emerge from a big wood-fired oven more or less all day. Ask for a pide ('Turkish pizza'): meat or white cheese and tomato paste smeared onto a thin bread base, served with salad and a wedge of lemon.
The waterside location is not ideal for toddlers, but the roomy family loft suites are perfect for parents sharing with older children, and there is a babysitting service available by arrangement.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking