Sumahan on the Water is situated right on the waterfront of the legendary Bosphorus in Cengelkoy on the Asian shores of Istanbul. It occupies a distillery built in the mid-nineteenth century which produced 'suma', the unadulterated spirit used to make raki. A rare Bosphorus-front property that has remained in the hands of the original family, its Turkish-American owner-architects Nedret and Mark Butler have transformed the derelict building into a very special retreat for visitors to Istanbul, which opened in 2005. Its aim is to provide the highest degree of service to the independent traveler in the intimacy of a family-owned hotel.  There are 24 rooms and suites with each having its own concept and design, and all offering the ever-changing seascape of fisherman and ferryboats and ships gliding through the night. In a list that includes Topkapi Palace and the Maiden’s Tower, The Guardian newspaper lists Sumahan on the Water as the only hotel among Istanbul’s five best waterside views.

Reached by sea or road, downtown Istanbul is just a 15-minute journey by boat. The hotel’s Launch (Sumahan I) provides transport service across the Bosphorus to Kabatas and Kurucesme year round. The Launch is also available for private excursions along the Asian and European shores of the Bosphorus. 

Sumahan on the Water won a 2012 World Luxury Hotel Award, Best Historical Hotel, one of the world’s most prestigious and exclusive awards recognizing the best facilities and service excellence the hotel industry has to offer. 

+90 216 422 8000
Çengelköy Mh., Kuleli Cd No:43, 34684 Istanbul, Turkey