Sumahan on the Water Hotel, Istanbul

Çengelköy Mh., Kuleli Cd No:43, 34684 İstanbul, Turkey (show on map)

Expert reviews

New York Times review:

“Sumahan on the Water, a 24-room low-rise hotel in a former Ottoman raki distillery, now with its own marble hammam. A boat fetches guests on the European side and speeds them across the Bosporus. A buffet breakfast is served along the shore.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Istanbul.

Fodors review:

“What was once a derelict distillery on the Asian waterfront of the Bosphorus is now one of Istanbul’s most chic and original places to stay, with comfortable rooms and suites—all with incredible views of the water and decorated in a contemporary style with a few Turkish touches.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Istanbul.

Frommers review:

“This elegant yet cozy little boutique hotel, so close to the continent-dividing Bosphorus strait that you can hear the splash as the cormorants dive for fish, is a great testament to the hard work and vision of architects and owners Nedret and Mark Butler.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Istanbul.

Telegraph review:

“Formerly an Ottoman-era distillery, this place was converted into an award-winning hotel by its discerning Turkish-American owners. As the hotel is situated on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait, guests arrive from Europe in the hotel’s own launch. There can be few finer ways to begin a visit to Istanbul.”

Guest rating

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4.5 out of 5.0

Ranked 8th in Istanbul


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All you need to know

Located on 43 Cengelkoy Kuleli Cad in the Uskadur district of Istanbul, this fine establishment is the definition of comfort and luxury. The hotel offers visitors in the city several room options such as Family Suite, Deluxe Room, Loft Suite and Executive Suite fitted with amenities and facilities.

The rooms in the hotel offer a great view of the city as well as the general comfort of the guests. Sumahan on the Water Hotel offers guests a closeness to some of Istanbul’s highlights making it the ideal place for tourists and travelers in the city.

The Cengelkoy is located at just a short 5-minute walk away from the hotel while the Capitol Shopping Mall is located at a distance of 5 km from the hotel. The famous Emaar Square Mall is located at a little over 8 km away from the hotel while the famous and busy Askaya Shopping Mall is 11 km away.

The nearest airport to the hotel is the Istanbul Ataturk Airport which is 21 km away from the hotel.

The hotel is housed in a 19th-century building that was originally used as a distillery.

Amenities such as free Wi-Fi for high-speed internet access, air conditioning, a large flat-screen TV with several satellite channels and a minibar.

The hotel also offers guests a chance to sample and enjoy a wide variety of local and international cuisines served at the hotel’s on-site restaurant.

Enjoy the best of Istanbul from the luxury room of Sumahan on Water Hotel.


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