“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 24 rooms overlook the water, but our favourites are the Duplex 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 and a guest loo. 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 Small Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and Family Loft Suites. All rooms have air-conditioning, queen size or twin beds dressed with white linen, mini bar (with complimentary mineral water), satellite TV and CD player. Most of them have fireplaces, and a supply of fuel in the winter months. The suites have living room areas; in the executives, it’s part-separated from the bedroom by a fireplace wall.
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.
In 2012, the hotel launched their main restaurant Tapasuma, we haven't yet sampled to delights of this water-side eatery, but it promises a contemporary menu of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines, with an emphasis on seafood and tapas-style dining. We can't wait to try it.
Sumahan also has a Waterfront Café which offers informal international cuisine - the menu includes salads, soups, pastas and grills as well as sandwiches and snacks.
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.
Breakfast (traditional Turkish with bread, white cheese, olives, honey and eggs on request) is served on the Waterfront Terrace.
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