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Sumahan on the Water

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BANG ON THE BANKS OF THE BOSPHORUS, Sumahan on the Water boasts unrivalled views over Istanbul’s iconic skyline. This sleek waterside boutique hotel houses 20 crisp and minimalist rooms.

Stylishly renovated from a 19th century Ottoman distillery on the Asian side and gazing out at the soaring Bosphorus Bridge, Sumahan on the Water makes a tranquil retreat in this sprawling city straddling two continents.

Clean-cut lines and neutral colours make the most of Sumahan’s light and airy outlook, while retaining a flavour of the building’s industrial past. Big-bedded, spacious rooms have stylish chairs, polished wood floors and luxurious marble bathrooms. Many have inviting open fireplaces perfect for cosying up in winter, and spectacular views come as standard.

Lapping waves

Ground floor guests can fling open their French doors onto a grassy terrace set with loungers, where you can snooze to the sound of lapping waves or watch ferries and sailboats bobbing on the Bosphorus – a tapestry of twinkling lights after dark.

Duplex Loft suites boast ceiling-high windows looking out at the Bosphorus Bridge and a private terraced garden. Some even have their own Turkish bath. Attention to detail is everywhere, and all rooms have flawless views.

Sumahan 1, the boutique hotel’s private launch, will whisk you across the Bosphorus to the European side of the city several times of the day, or (on arrangement) take you on a cruise around the Golden Horn. You can also use the regular public ferries, a short walk away in the village of Cengelköy, lined with timber mansions.

Enjoy relaxed Turkish fare al fresco on Sumahan’s terrace, or tuck into first-rate seafood at the smart Kordon restaurant. Sumahan’s intimate spa (designed for just one couple) is the perfect place for a private traditional Turkish hammam and massage. It’s the ultimate wind-down, so booking ahead is essential.

Can’t-do-enough-staff are the icing on the cake at this buzzy yet serene boutique hotel – just the place for a romantic escape.

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Sumahan on the Water was reviewed by Room for Romance

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