Looking forward to a romantic escape with your partner? We’ve compiled a list of the most romantic hotels in Istanbul: for those who like luxury as well as those looking for budget alternatives. Most are right in the city center, yet right by the sea. ‘Cos what’s Istanbul without the Bosphorus, eh?

1The Grand Tarabya Hotel

A member of the “leading hotels of the world,” The Grand Tarabya will pamper you with its 5 star luxury and view overlooking the Bosphorus and the Tarabya bay filled with traditional Turkish mansions. This hotel is so romantic, it was used as for all old the romantic scenes in the old Turkish films. How about a couples massage?

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2A’jia Hotel

A’jia hotel is set on the Asian banks of the Bosphorus. Start the day with a breakfast on the terrace of a renovated Ottoman seaside mansion, take the boat to cross the Bosphorus and come back for a candle-lit dinner or an in-room massage.

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3Les Ottomans Hotel

This luxurious boutique hotel will give you the Sultan treatment: an Ottoman seaside mansion renovated according to the feng-shui principles of design, a spa with a traditional Turkish hammam and private trainers. Enjoy a glass of wine with a hint of salt in the air 😉

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4Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus

Only a few minutes from the lively Beşiktaş square by foot, Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus will seem like worlds away. Whether you decide to enjoy a day at the spa, give yourself a hammam treatment or relax at the pool and sunbathe on the loungers, you won’t be disappointed 😉

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5Sumahan on the Water

This renovated 19th distillery is set on the Asian side, only few minutes from the Çengelköy jetty that crosses the Bosphorus. In other words, it is set at the perfect location: “the way Istanbul was meant to be seen.” Marble baths, rooms with fireplaces, a library, fitness and spa services… Enjoy your private Bosphorus tour and come back for a dinner at Tapasuma, the trendy Mediterranean restaurant famous for its tapas/mezzes.

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6Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Recommending for history and culture buffs: The Pera Palace is a museum hotel designed in neoclassical, art nouveau and oriental styles, located at the historic Pera area, overlooking the Golden Horn. Established in 1892, the rooms are named after the iconic guests who have stayed at the Pera Palace such as Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. The marble bathrooms are inspired by the traditional hammams.

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7W Istanbul Hotel

There’s a list of reasons why this place is “stylish, sexy and fun:” Trendy neighborhood? Sexy lounge? Check. Stylish rooms? Ipod docking station? Check. Rainforest shower? Check. A private yacht tour around the Bosphorus? Check.

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8The House Hotel Bosphorus

Set against the magnificient Bosphorus Strait, The House Hotel Bosphorus combines the elegance of a 19th century Ottoman mansion with elements of contemporary design. Relax with an in-room massage or try yoga together for the first time with a private instructor. “Very Important Baby” service allows your stay to be romantic even with the kids.

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9Corinne Hotel & Brasserie

Surrounded by antique shops, art galleries, shops and boutiques Corinne Hotel is pleasantly located in Çukurcuma, a quiet and peaceful area of Beyoğlu, equally far from the Taksim Square and the boho neighborhood Cihangir. The building housing the hotel was constructed in 1911 and was designed by the most renowned architect of its time, Mimar Kemaleddin Bey. Oh and btw, anyone fancy a room with jacuzzi? 😉

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10Splendid Palace Hotel

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One of the oldest hotels in Istanbul, Splendid Palace in Prinkipo (Büyükada) was opened in 1908. The vintage atmosphere of this hotel will take you back to the turn-of-the-century Istanbul. Enjoy the swimming pool, rent a bike or take a buggy ride around the island filled with traditional Ottoman mansions.

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