What are the best luxury and character hotels located in Beyoglu, Istanbul?

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Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Overlooking the magnificent view of the Golden Horn, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, a special category museum hotel, is located in Pera which was once known as the “Little Europe”. The hotel is just steps from Taksim, 5 km(3 miles) to the Old City(Sultanahmet) and 3 km(1.8 miles) to the harbor.  Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is designed in a mixture of neoclassical, art nouveau and oriental styles. It hosts deluxe rooms and suites named after famous writers, presidents and actresses, such as Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Greta Garbo, and British King Edward VIII. Agatha Christie, a guest of Pera Palace Hotel at various times between 1926 and 1932, is supposed to have written her best-seller novel “Murder on the Orient Express” in this hotel. There is a restaurant, tea lounge and patisserie inside the hotel, serving from both Turkish and international cuisines. You can drink your wine while watching the sunset over the Golden Horn on the hotel’s terrace. Among its amenities are an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and a fully equipped fitness centre along with a Turkish bath. Pets are also allowed on request and extra charges may be applicable.

Tomtom Suites

Including 4 standard, 5 classic, 5 deluxe, 5 superior and 1 luxury suites, Tomtom Suites, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is luxury boutique hotel in the middle of the city, in Karakoy. Ranging from 35 to 82 m² (from 376 to 882 sq feet), all rooms have jacuzzi in their Carrera marble bathrooms. Some of the rooms also have a tranquilizing courtyard garden view. Tomtom’s restaurant located at the rooftop, La Mouette, is in service from 07:30 to 22:30 with Turkish “nouvelle cuisine” served with a generous wine list. The hotel provides free iPad usage during breakfasts and airport shuttle(surcharge). Tomtom Suites has the award of Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner given by the website Tripadvisor. If you are looking for a small but cozy and luxury hotel instead of a huge, commercial type one, Tomtom Suites could be at the top of your choices.

 
 

The House Hotel Galatasaray

Constructed in 1890s, the mansion was renovated and came into service as a four-storey boutique hotel in 2010. Located between the Bosphorus and Istiklal Avenue in the old district of Cukurcuma, the hotel is close to many touristic areas, such as Taksim square, the Golden Horn and the historical peninsula of Sultanahmet. With its 20 special-design rooms, The House Hotel Galatasaray serves you with special amenities. The House Hotel can arrange a private instructor in your room, who will tailor the yoga session to your needs and expectations.It also offers tailor made tours off the beaten track with Locally Istanbul!  There is a lounge bar on the top floor, which offers outstanding views of downtown Istanbul and The Galata Tower.    

Witt Istanbul Suites

Located on a steep hill in Cihangir, kind of similar to New York’s Meatpacking district or London’s SoHo, this boutique hotel offers 18 spacious rooms designed in a more “home-like” fashion than a hotel room. It is only within walking distance to Taksim Square, Istiklal Caddesi and Istanbul Modern. Starting from 30 square meters (323 square feet), all rooms have a special, retro-modern design with living room amenities and some of them have a kitchenette. Every morning buffet breakfast is served, along with traditional Turkish breakfast. Breakfast in the room is also available. Witt Istanbul Suites has the award of Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner given by the website Tripadvisor. Baby cots are provided upon request.  

 
 

Misafir Suites 8 Istanbul

Misafir Suites 8 Istanbul has special rooms ranging from 12 to 70 sq meters (from 129 to 753 sq feet), designed in a stylish fashion. It is a design boutique hotel having spacious and elegant rooms in the most attractive street of the city, Istiklal Street. You can enjoy its made-to-order breakfast in your room, along with Thai and Turkish cuisine served at the outdoor terrace. For the guests staying 3 or more nights, old Historical Cemberlitas Turkish Bath entrance is for free. Babysitting and airport shuttle are provided upon request.

 
 

Urban Suites

Located in one the most active neighborhoods of the city, Cihangir, Urban Suites is a small but luxury boutique hotel with its 7 suites, starting from 40 square meters (430 sq feet). Designed in an art deco-modern style, the hotel is like an apartment rather than a hotel room, with a living room setting and in-room kitchenettes. Only 5 minutes away from the Taksim Square, the hotel offers a great location. Some of the rooms have a private Turkish bath(hammam) and Bosphorus view. You can enjoy made-to-order breakfast in your room. The hotel also has a common terrace and sun deck for the use of all guests. Airport shuttle is provided upon request.

 
 

InterContinental Istanbul

With its standard rooms, ranging from 32 to 36 square meters (from 344 to 387 sq feet), and 54 suites, ranging from 65 to 200 square meters (from 699 to 2152 sq feet), InterContinental Istanbul is a five-star hotel offering luxury along with comfort in the middle of the city. There is a brasserie, a patisserie, the City Lights restaurant and Safran restaurant at the terrace, where Ottoman tastes and traditional Turkish cuisine is served with live Turkish fasıl music under the view of the Bosphorus. Among its amenities are spa, wellness center, solarium, indoor/outdoor pools, relaxation center, facial and body treatments, and Turkish bath(hammam). The hotel is also a good choice for the families with kids with its babysitting service(available upon request), baby outdoor pool and Sunday brunch playground for kids. There are also facilities for the disabled guests.  

 

 

Rixos Pera Istanbul

With its 21 suites, 94 deluxe rooms, Rixos Pera Istanbul is a five-star hotel, where a cosmopolitan lifestyle and history meets in high quality standards. The hotel 5 a la carte restaurants, where you can enjoy both Turkish and international cuisines, watching over the Golden Horn. Among its amenities are Rixos Royal Spa and fitness center, skin and body treatments, Turkish bath(hammam) and far east massages. Some of its rooms have a unique Golden Horn view. In a 10-minute walking distance to the Taksim Square, Rixos Pera Istanbul offers a good location for your stay. Facilities for the disabled guests and breakfast in the room are also provided by the hotel.

 
 

Gezi Hotel Bosphorus

Only steps away from the bustling Taksim Square, Gezi Hotel Bosphorus is located in the heart of Istanbul, directly across from Taksim Gezi Park. 56 rooms and 11 suites feature have either the view of the Bosphorus and Taksim Gezi Park, or the hotel’s own tranquilizing garden. Its stylistic design is equipped with the state-of-art tech. Its design method is creating today's modern architecture through modernizing the architectural styles of the 1940's and 50s. The hotel has spa, wellness center, Turkish bath(hammam), sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, skin and body treatments and Far East massages. The G’nova Restaurant&Bar, decorated in retro-style, serves a rich variety of Mediterranean cuisine along with a modern touch to the authentic Turkish cuisine. Personal cooking is also provided for the guests upon request. Facilities for the disabled guests, allergy-free rooms, breakfast in the room and special diet meals are offered by the hotel.    

The Marmara Taksim

Located in Istanbul’s bustling Taksim Square, The Marmara Hotel is a five-star hotel in the middle of the city. The hotel provides luxury with its service and special amenities, such as an outdoor pool, sauna, gym, massages and Turkish bath. There is a top floor restaurant with a great view of the city and the Marmara Sea. Within the hotel, there are lounges where guests can enjoy their drinks. A hair/beauty salon and babysitting services are also available. Just steps away from the metro and bus stations, The Marmara has a great location (plus easy access to the nightclubs and bars through the Istiklal Street). Here is the good news for animal lovers: Pets are allowed in this hotel with no extra charges.

 
 

Ottopera Hotel

Only steps away from the Taksim Square, Ottopera Hotel is a design hotel with modern amenities. The hotel claims to be a good spot for photo-taking. It also has a terrace and sun deck in the service of its guests, while some of its rooms have garden view. For families with kids, baby cots are provided upon request. Airport shuttle service is available(surcharge).  

 
 

Richmond Istanbul

As the only hotel on the famous Istiklal Street, Richmond Istanbul has a great location, having  unique Bosphorus and Istiklal Street views. Saint Antoine Church, Galata Tower, and the French Street are only in a walking distance to the hotel. Including 70 superior, 6 deluxe, 25 executive, and 2 suite rooms, a total of 103, the hotel was renovated in 2010. The Leb-i Derya Restaurant on the top floor is open for lunch and dinner, offering Mediterranean cuisine. Breakfast in the room is offered. A chapel/shrine is also available in the hotel.

 
 

Stories Hotel Karakol

Stories Hotel Karakol (Police station in Turkish) is named after the historical police station in Beyoğlu next to it. With its 17 rooms from approximately 17 to 31 sq meters(182-333 sq feet), the hotel is in as building of charming French architecture dating back to the early 1900s. Blending modernity with the Ottoman style, it is located in the most lively district of the city, in Beyoglu. The hotel provides luxury bathrooms with Pascal Morabito bath amenities. In a walking distance to Taksim, Stories Hotel Karakol offers you a quiet stay in the most bustling part of the city.


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