Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Turkish hospitality meets Asian tradition

Istanbul is said to be a junction of two continents, a unique bridge spanning Europe and Asia. Shangri-La Bosphorus takes the description of this historic city to another level by uniting the finest delicacies of Asia with Turkish hospitality in a luxurious environment on its European coast.

Inspired by James Hilton’s classic novel, Lost Horizon, Shangri-La’s name stands for an imaginary paradise on earth, a faraway haven of beauty and tranquility. Staying true to its moniker, the hotel combines charm, elegance and friendly service, creating a sanctuary in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul has everything covered: a welcoming atmosphere, breathtaking views, rich dining, exquisite spa treatments and a level of service that both spoils and makes you feel at home.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The moment you step into the Istanbul hotel, the chic and carefully designed interior attracts the eye. High ceilings with chandeliers, elegant furnishings, marble floors and the enchanting smell of fresh lilies are accompanied by a meticulously curated collection of artworks blending European, Turkish and Asian influences.
  • The all-day dining venue Ist Too offers a satisfying combination of culinary options, from a bountiful breakfast and Sunday brunch to all-you-can-eat sushi on Friday and Saturday nights, all complemented by Bosphorus views.
  • Along with a heated indoor pool, health club, sauna and steam rooms, CHI, The Spa provides an array of exceptional massages and hammam treatments for those who would like to experience Turkish-style indulgence.
  • Dig into classic Cantonese cuisine in the plush dining room of Shang Palace. Helmed by Chinese executive chef Tony Sum, the kitchen churns out elegantly plated dishes, such as double-boiled quail soup with morel mushrooms, traditional Peking duck and garlicky braised scallops.
  • At Shangri-La Bosphorus, you are greeted by warm and attentive service. Upon check-in, you’ll be led to your room, where you’ll enjoy a special welcome tea.

Things to Know

  • The luxury hotel emulates a modern art museum, showcasing more than 1,000 European and Asian pieces. Don’t miss the spectacular 59-foot-tall silk painting The Garden of Peach Blossoms in the three-story domed atrium. The show-stopper was commissioned especially for the Shangri-La.
  • For an ultra-luxe entrance, reserve Shangri-La Bosphorus’ house Rolls-Royce to chauffeur you from the airport, or to simply tour the city.
  • Taking a ride on Istanbul’s efficient and delightful ferry system is a must. Hop on a boat from Besiktas Ferry Terminal, just a few steps from the hotel, and sip on Turkish tea while watching the charming cityscape float by.
  • As a tribute to the hotel chain’s namesake, a copy of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon can be found on your bedside table. Both English and Turkish editions are available upon request.

The Rooms

  • The 186 rooms sport wonderful vistas of either Istanbul’s cityscape or the bustling Bosphorus. Thanks to a location near the waterfront, most accommodations feature at least a partial glimpse of the strait.
  • The guest rooms are among the most spacious in Istanbul, with at least 452 square feet.
  • Make time for a luxurious soak in your bathroom — every accommodation has a separate tub for some well-deserved R&R.
  • Shangri-La Bosphorus’ 17 suites are sumptuous, with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms stocked with Bulgari products and separate living rooms adorned with classic artwork. Most also come with terraces overlooking the waterfront.
  • To enjoy a stay fit for royalty, book the palatial Shangri-La Suite. Boasting nearly 4,000 square feet, the stylish space includes two bedrooms (the only multi-bedroom accommodation in the hotel) and three terraces with Bosphorus views.

Nearby Attractions

  • Located between Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime Museum, the Istanbul hotel puts you in a prime location to explore city’s key leisure and cultural attractions.
  • Experience 19th-century Ottoman luxury at Dolmabahce Palace, just a 10-minute stroll from the Bosphorus hotel. Here, you’ll find the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier, a 4.5-ton beauty made up of 750 individual lamps.
  • Explore Istanbul’s chic side with a visit to Nisantasi, a stylish district home to designer boutiques, trendy cafés and streets filled with gorgeous art nouveau and modern buildings.
  • Keep in mind that you can hop on the nearby ferry and change continents in 20 minutes. The Moda and Yeldegirmeni neighborhoods have a lot to discover on the Asian side of Bosphorus.

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Getting There
Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok, No.1, Besiktas Istanbul, 34353 Turkey
IST (26-45 min)   SAW (30-50 min)  
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