Romantic Places in Turkey
Where east meets west—-the only city to spand two continents. Capital to some of the world’s greatest empires: Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman.
House Hotel Bosphorus
Salhane Sokak I
T: +90 212 327 7787. 23 rooms. US$ 275-
This romantic boutique hotel combines historical glamour with contemporary design in a 19th century building. Interriors created by design firm Autoban. Located in lively Ortakoy area with restaurants, cafes and bars nearby. Many rooms have full or partial views of the Bosphorus.
Ibrahim Pasha Otelli
Terzihane Sokak 5 Adliye Yani, 34400 Sultanahmet
T: +90 212 51580394. 19 rooms. US$ 100-
Stylish and civilized, with glorious close-up views of the Blue Mosque and Egyptian Obelisk from its rooftop terrace. Located in the old city, across from the many-domed Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, now the museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak 24, Galata
T: +90 212 244 24 23
This hotel and rooftop restaurant is located in a gentrifying neighborhood filled with trendy Turkish dress shops, hipster coffeehouses, wine bars and galleries. The landmark Galata Tower is just 300 feet from this boutique romantic hotel’s doorstep. The hotel’s rooms feature high ceilings and massive wood parquet, marble bathrooms with old blue mosaic on the floor, teak wood furniture and rain forest showers.
Violent ancient volcanoes and millions of years of wind, ash, and red river flows have left this central Anatolian plain with a unforgettable lunar landscape. Here you’ll find underground cities and hundreds of frescoed church caves and “fairy chimney” soft volcanic rock pillars dotting the landscape.
Urgüp, Cappadocia, Turkey
T: +90 384 341 3395. 8 rooms.
Owner Süha Ersoz, an attorney, created Cappadocia’s first rock hotel in 1990. Entering into a facade of an old stone mansion, you’ll find a a labyrinth of hidden courtyards and rooms carved into Cappadocia’s volcanic rock. Süha’s personal touches makes Esebelli feel like an upscale b&b rather than an hotel.
Yunak Evleri Hotel
Urgüp, Cappadocia, Turkey
T: +90 384 341 6920. 17 rooms. US$ 200-
Six cave houses dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, topped by a 19th Greek mansion, were combined to make this rock hotel.
Alacati, Cesme Peninsula
With new boutique hotels, restaurants and galleries opening up here, the once-sleeply village of Alacati has evolved into one of Turkey’s most stylish destinations.
Yeni Mecidiye Mh. 3005 Sk. No: 6
Çeşme İzmir Turkey
T: +90 232 716 66 32
Six stone houses transformed into a chic boutique hotel with whimsical touches. Located in the heart of the village.