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Reviewed 5 February 2013 via mobile

Very beautiful hotel with very friendly staff,delicious breakfast buffet,but most important is the beautiful view of the river and the lights of the bridge very soothing and relaxing.
The area around the hotel is very full of local stors, backery grocery the fruit are fresh and delecious.
In rush houre it take almost an houre to reach the old city on European side.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank Amna M
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

Sumahan on the water is no less than it says; it could not be closer to the Bosphorus if you tried, with stunning views of the first bridge (Bosphorus Bridge) and distant views towards the Golden Horn with Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia silhouetted. The Hotel itself, an old distillery, was more recently converted by the Architect husband and wife team who own this property, with a minimal style and light touch which is a credit to their skills.
The rooms are clean and neat ranging from small doubles to large executive suites with fireplace and living area. The favourite areas in the hotel for me are the Library (mainly historical and architectural books) and the Hammam, which is an octagonal marble lined space with central slab and perimeter water bowls. The spa provides a range of treatments with choice of male or female therapists.
Each room has a view of the Bosphorus so there really is no best room in these terms, they are all good. The service is discreet and efficient and the staff at reception are polite, professional and efficient and always willing to suggest good restaurants and the best way to travel around.
The Hotel has its own launch but if the water is too rough you may need to take a taxi to Uskedar to take the ferry to Kabatas, from where you can decide to branch out towards the Old City, the trendy bars of Beyoglu or Galata or simply walk along the Bosphorus or take a boat trip.
The food is generally very good, breakfasts have a Turkish twist with traditional style eggs and sausages being served daily.
For more formal dining in very chic surroundings, guests can try Tapasuma, a new restaurant in the building, but this is not for casual dining as the price is beyond the everyday and Clientelle tend to dress up when they come here, but it is an excellent location with good food for that special occasion.
I have only visited Sumahan in the Winter but with it's wonderful waterfront indoor and outdoor seating areas it promises to be even better in the Spring and Summer. I look forward to returning!

Room Tip: All rooms have the same view, onto the Bosphorus, but I imagine you may want to avoid the areas above the restaurant on the first floor during the summer.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank charles_collett
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

The sun, after five days of snow and rain January 2013, shone as we moved to Sumahan on the Asian side. Glorious Bosphorus views 24/7. Day 1- luxurious Turkish bath/massage @ Sumahan's on site hamam. Day 2-Sumahan staff explained the fine points of using the IstanbulCard (elusive item but excellent when acquired) and we bus-ed into Uskudar for an afternoon of mosque-hopping and a comforting classic meal @ Kanaat Lokantasi. Day 3, short sunny trip from our room to the Sumahan patio and back again; picnic in our room on the Bosphorus. Day 4, Adventure up the Bosphorus on City Ferry to various villages. Got off at Kanlica, yogurt capital of Turkey--missed the return boat; lost- briefly--on a bus to interior Cavubasi--but kind locals put us on the correct bus back to Cengelkoy; dinner picnic on the Bosphorus. We did not feel the need to cross to the European side; Cengelkoy is a sweet village with terrific street, small take-away cafe food and produce markets. Uskudar, and Kadikoy ( home of the exceptional restaurant Ciya Sofrasi/ Kebap) were further afield. And closet to home was our Sumahan room with its adjacent art/architecture library.
Needs =completely fulfilled. My one complaint would be that the service was more remote, hotel-school corporate, than other places in Istanbul; i would have welcomed a little more relaxed interaction with the staff. Sumahan's formal service might appeal to many travelers used to high-end venues. But regardless of preferences, go, go, go for the glorious Bosphorus views.

Room Tip: we stayed in a deluxe room--the most modest accommodation; it was lovely.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ann p
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Stayed at the hotel for 4 nights based on the positive reviews so far. I have to say we were really glad to have taken the advice of others and really enjoyed our stay. We had a double room which was adequate in size and had an excellent view of the bospohoros and the bridge with it's ever changing colours. Enjoyed the boat rides back and forth and other facilities like the Hamman which was nice to have as together as a couple. Breakfast was lovely and the staff friendly and helpful. There are places to eat within walking distance in Cengelcoy or take a taxi down to uskardar for more choice. There is also a ferry from uskardar to kabatas. Recommended to get away from the hustle of the main tourist areas.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank WaimanCheuk
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

it's an amazing place to stay, but not for those who are planning for sight seeing as it's a bit far from the touristic area (water launch take 30min to the nearest tram station).
we have decided to stay there for our last night to enjoy the interior and the view, we insisted on the fact of getting a fire place in our room. we had to book a loft as they couldn't confirm that the double room we will book will have fire place ??
the loft was really a pleasant experience with it's amazing view and small garden, it took us a whole night to heat the down stairs while the up stairs was fine. i think the reason is that the door wasn't blocking the wind properly.
the surprise was that no fire place in whole hotel was working, the hotel team were kind and explained that it's due the windy time, but if it's not meant to be working during winter, then i wondering why they have it in first place :(
the view is surrounding you all over the place, breakfast was nice, nothing really to complain of.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank laylabacha
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