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Once a distillery producing potent fig-based raki, Sumahan on the Water has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel overlooking the Bosphorus. Turkish-American owners Nedret and Mark Butler, along with interior designer daughter Yasha, have renovated this unique building with contemporary style and panache, while maintaining the character and original features of the distillery. The result is a blend of Manhattan minimalism and industrial-chic, with wide windows throughout providing gorgeous views of the sparkling waters of the Bosphorus.
Although it is located somewhat further out of the city centre, we love this Chic Retreat’s atmosphere of serenity, which is rare for frenetic Istanbul. The bustle of the city is easily reachable by a short ferry-journey, and when you return the waterfront terrace and surrounding historic streets of Çengelköy are a sanctuary of peace and relaxation.
The hotel’s waterfront restaurant offers laid-back dining throughout the day. Begin with a delicious Turkish breakfast, or enjoy a relaxing Afternoon Tea after a day spent exploring the city. The restaurant serves delicious dishes inspired by Turkish and International cuisine; keep an eye out for delicacies such as pide, Turkish-style pizza; or yoğurtlu beğendi kebap, a feast of grilled beef fillets served on top of aubergine puree, topped with a piquant yoghurt and tomato sauce.
After your meal, toast the building’s former life with a glass of raki, the famous Turkish spirit known as ‘Lion’s Milk’.
All of the rooms have mesmerising views over the Bosphorus and the famous Istanbul skyline beyond. Contemporary and sleek, rooms feature eye-catching details ranging from stone-worked walls and Eames Eiffel chairs to modern fireplaces. There is plenty of natural light thanks to wide windows and high ceilings, with some of the suites featuring industrial-style second floors above the living spaces. Bathrooms are marble and spacious, and feature showers or baths, with some of the pricier rooms even featuring private hammams.
Watch as vessels and fishing boats glide past on the Bosphorus from a comfortable seat on the waterfront terrace. For an indulgent treat, pop into the hotel’s Wellness Centre, which has a relaxing hammam, and offers a range of pampering massages and treatments. When you want to explore the city, the hotel has its own private launch which will spirit you across the waters to the European side of Istanbul.
Sumahan on the Water is situated on the Asian side, and is nestled in the historic neighbourhood of Çengelköy. Wander the streets, famous for their traditional wooden houses, and take a trip to the bustling fish market, or sample the catch of the day in one of the neighbourhood’s waterfront seafood restaurants.