The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

A skyscraper with Bosphorus vistas

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul occupies the first 12 floors of Suzer Plaza, a sleek high-rise multi-use building overlooking the iconic Bosphorus.

Embracing a panoramic view of Istanbul with its height, the structure stands tall in the core of the historic city, as if a megalith landed here from space. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation completed in 2018, the property’s interior design also reflects this dichotomy: it has a contemporary spirit with classical touches bearing an Ottoman flair that pay homage to the city.

While everything seems to revolve around that dazzling view, the hotel also is known for its signature Ritz-Carlton service with a distinctly local touch.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The lobby area is spacious with high ceilings, flowing into the restaurant Atelier Real Food on one end and transforming into Atelier Lounge at the other. But no matter where you choose to hole up, you can be sure to enjoy an almost aquarium-like view of the Bosphorus strait through endless walls of windows.
  • Though centrally located, the building is accessed through a winding road diverting from main traffic routes, giving it a secluded position not readily accessible by pedestrian crowds.
  • Don’t miss a chance to visit The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul’s open-air spa facilities during the summer. Open seasonally (June through September), the rooftop terrace provides loungers, Jacuzzis, plunge pools and even treatments overlooking the Bosphorus.
  • Take advantage of the Pilates reformer if you want a workout at the luxury hotel. With room for only two participants, the offering feels more like a semi-private training session than a fitness class.
  • The property’s chic accommodations feature artistic local touches. Look out for glazed replicas of ancient Ottoman Empire coins and stunning cobalt-blue Anatolian ceramics in your room.

Things to Know

  • The sleek skyscraper is perched on a slope that requires either an uphill or downhill walk to the major attractions nearby. Even if points of interest look close on the map, consider the climb before heading out for the day.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is behind one of the city’s major soccer stadiums (Vodafone Park), so in addition to the Bosphorus view, there is also a chance you’ll see an exciting match below. Luckily, the windows are soundproof to eliminate disturbance.
  • Opt for a Club Level room or suite to enjoy access to the exclusive Club Lounge. The light and airy space prepares four complimentary culinary presentations throughout the day: breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea and cocktail hour.

The Rooms

  • All 243 newly refurbished rooms (including 23 suites) are chicly outfitted in light beige tones and soothing creamy colors spiked with lovely turquoise that mimics the stunning Bosphorus.
  • Wall-to-wall windows put the city on full display, especially in strait-facing rooms. In most accommodations, the plush beds face the gorgeous view so you can wake up to a stellar sunrise over the bustling waterway.
  • Marble bathrooms have soaking tubs, separate rain showers and water closets, and are equipped with fragrant Asprey toiletries.
  • To make the most of your waterside locale, book the Terrace Suite. This 1,920-square-foot space affords panoramic Bosphorus vistas from an expansive outdoor dining area, complete with a Jacuzzi and fire pit.

The Restaurants

  • Dine on international fare with a Turkish twist at Atelier Real Food. While the flavors are global, many of the ingredients are local, such as organic olive oil from Ayvalik and housemade bread served on hot stones sourced from Konya.
  • Stop by Atelier Real Food for Sunday brunch, featuring a sumptuous spread of local and international specialties, live piano music and a dedicated area for children.
  • For a refreshing afternoon tea, visit the elegantly adorned Atelier Lounge just off the lobby. This traditional service adds a taste of Turkey with additions like stuffed grape leaves and yogurt sauce.
  • Fully embracing the luxury hotel’s stunning Bosphorus views, Bleu Lounge serves as a serene respite by day and a trendy bar scene by night. Boasting a retractable roof, this cerulean-hued space turns out Mediterranean barbecue bites, classic cocktails and live music after sundown.

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Getting There
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6 Elmadag/Sisli, Istanbul, 34367 Turkey
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