The House Hotel Bosphorus
- Style Modern Ottoman
- Setting Asia-facing Ortakoy
Once a palace, the grand House Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul seamlessly blends old-world opulence with contemporary design. Rooms and public spaces have exquisitly refurbished parquet wood floors, Bauhaus-inspired furnishings and sleek marble bathrooms. Several of the 23 rooms and suites have breath-taking Bosphorus views, too.
Need to know
- Rooms 26 rooms, including 12 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $203.71 (€148), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
- More details Rates include a buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Massage rooms, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Lokum Istanbul bath products.
- Check–out Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Extra beds are free for children under six, €30 for ages 6 to 12 and €60 for children age 12 and over.
- Also In-room massages can be arranged.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Superior rooms may be the smallest, but they’re surprisingly spacious. With views this good on offer, though, it’s worth splashing out on a Bosphorus-facing bedroom – so opt for a Superior Bosphorus or Deluxe Bosphorus Suite, both of which have private balconies overlooking the bridge and the next continent. For an even bigger splurge, book the palatial Simon Kalfa Suite for its wraparound balcony above the sparkly strait.
- Packing tips Ortakoy may be an old fishing village, but these days it’s lively, especially at night – so don’t forget glam gear for after-dark.
- Also The historic building was once home to the Balyan clan, an architectural-design dynasty in Ottoman days.
Food and drink at The House Hotel Bosphorus
- Hotel restaurant Food from the House Café downstairs can be brought up to the roomy, open-plan lounge, a stylish space with cookbook-packed bookshelves, a grand chandelier and leather chairs; or enjoyed on the open-air terrace overlooking the Bosphorus. Here, salads, pizzas and pasta dishes are served alongside mezze platters and small plates such as falafel and salt and pepper calamari. Breakfast can be taken in the lounge or café. It's quite a spread, with Eggs Benedict and omelettes, and traditional Turkish dishes such as gözleme and Yeni toast.
- Dress code The name gives it away – smoking jackets and slippers are perfectly acceptable.
- Top table Snag one of the three tables by the window, overlooking the Bosphorus Bridge and the Ortakoy mosque.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 7am right up until midday; lunch and dinner merge, with food on offer from 12pm until 11pm.
- Room service Light meals can be ordered 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar There’s a bar in the corner of the lounge, where guests can relax over a couple of rakis.