One would not easily find a more privileged location for a hotel in Istanbul. Nestled within 17 acres of historical gardens that were once part of Dolmabahçe Palace, Swissôtel the Bosphorus offers 497 spacious guest rooms and suites with Bosphorus or garden views. 63 residential units varying from modern studios to luxury lofts are also available for long-term rentals at the Swissôtel Living section of the hotel.
Swissôtel the Bosphorus gives you all to be expected from a grand hotel at the heart of the city, and could keep you busy for days with its several eateries, lush gardens and terraces, as well as its charming spa. Sabrosa, the main signature restaurant of the hotel, is under the management of the Peruvian chef Bruno Andres Santa Cruz and offers an interesting blend of Nikkei and Turkish cuisines.
16 Roof is the true jewel of the crown, though, frequently shortlisted as one of the “Istanbul’s Best Rooftop Bars” by the editors of lifestyle magazines and blogs. The sleek design of the bar is ideal for late-night cocktails accompanied by DJ music and makes you feel like you are navigating onboard a ship floating over the Bosphorus.
For those who would like to rejuvenate, the 4,000-sqm Pürovel Spa offers a little oasis with its 14 treatment rooms, 3 couple suites, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as 2 elegant Turkish hammams with a modern spin.
Chalet Restaurant is a 120-year-old alpine hut imported from the Swiss mountains and reconstructed in Istanbul to serve Alpine cuisine in the gardens of the hotel. It is the ideal spot for a winter romance inside a private glass igloo, sampling Swiss fare like raclette cheese or fondue, accompanied by mulled wine.
The hotel’s proximity to Nişantaşı -the fashion district of Istanbul- makes it an ideal base for shopping addicts. Several cool cafes and restaurants are also a delightful stroll away, for those who would like to explore the neighborhood on foot.Hint: Sunday brunch at Sabrosa is a popular one offering a sumptuous open buffet.