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By Chris Boyle


The celebrated Hôtel Les Ottomans beckons guests with its coveted location, exquisite interiors and on-site Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa.

On the banks of the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s active and scenic waterway, the property resides in what was once a pasha’s 18th-century mansion. A meticulous, extravagant restoration of the stately home pays lavish tribute to Istanbul’s Baroque revival. Each of the boutique hotel’s 10 suites has been designed with the principles of feng shui in mind, coupled with stylish and luxurious detailing reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire’s golden era. Accommodations come complete with the latest technology perfect for business travelers, and the hotel’s vinotherapy spa, the first and only of its kind in Turkey, is a blissful retreat for vacationers and honeymooners.


  • Square footage: 1,572
  • Nightly rate: From about $4,113
  • Number of rooms in suite: Four
  • Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: Two, one with walk-in shower and Jacuzzi

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Suite style: Named for the wife of an Ottoman emperor, this magnificent suite’s décor exudes regal opulence fit for sultans and celebrities alike. Rich fabrics, fine furnishings, ornate mirrors and gorgeous gilded molding, not to mention handmade Isnik tiles in the bathroom, combine to elegant perfection. Designed by Zeynep Fadillioglu of ZF Design and Cavit Sarioglu of Metex Design Group.

Key selling points: The beautifully appointed, 753-squarefoot living room boasts a harp and panoramic views of the Bosphorus. Combined with a dining room table that seats 10 to 12 and round-the-clock guest services on the suite’s floor, entertaining here is a breeze. The suite is also equipped with AMX remote-control technology, laptop, printer and fax machine, and it can be connected to the glamorous Nurbanu Sultan suite.

Number of suites in hotel: 10



At the unique, wine-themed Caudalíe Vinothérapie® Spa, you’ll be enchanted by a variety of grape-based treatments that replenish the body and revitalize the skin.

Begin your journey here by unwinding in the relaxation room on heated ceramic benches beneath a sparkling dome, then explore the wonders of the spa’s seawater pool and Jacuzzi, adventure showers, luxury hammam, salt inhalation Laconium, a Finnish sauna, ice fountain, meditation oasis and Kneipp basins. The spa also offers a selection of traditional massages and therapies from Europe, the Far East and of course, Turkey.

Most requested therapists: Leyla, Julide and Wayan

Signature treatments: Traditional Hammam Treatment, Caudalíe Massage, Les Ottomans Signature Massage, Oxygenating Facial Treatment, Dead Sea Water Floating Pool Session


Lenka Doskoçilova,Spa Director

90-212-359-15-32/33; Fax: 90-212-359-15-44;



Yali Hatun: With capacity for 180, this atmospheric restaurant is perfect for social and business events, as well as banquets and dinners.

Manager Arzu Özcanoglu

90-212-359-15-60; Fax: 90-212-359-15-15

Kavmahal: This special wine cellar can seat 12 for intimate dinners or private meetings.

Has Oda: The ideal lounge space with international cuisine for in-house guests.

Hôtel Les Ottomans will soon be opening a stylish new seafood restaurant with spectacular views of the Bosphorus.



Pick the perfect headrest from the pillow menu, make use of a fabulous concierge service and host a private screening in the 15-person cinema.


“World’s Leading All Suite Hotel & Spa,” World Travel Awards, 2010

“Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel,” World Travel Awards, 2009

“Turkey’s Leading Boutique Hotel,” World Travel Awards, 2007

10th Best Hotel in the World, Vogue Japan

Featured on Condé Nast Traveller’s 2007 Hot List of best new luxury hotels

“Best of the Best” by Robb Report


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