A village of wooden houses, fish restaurants and seaside promenades, Hotel Sumahan is just outside Çengelköy. This is part of the city that still preserves its air of an authentic Bosphorus neighorhood and easily one of the most scenic, yet strangely overlooked, parts of Istanbul. The Bosphorus reaches its zenith during late spring, when the Judas trees burst alight with deep-pink blooming flowers that engulf the shores of the strait. Built in the mid-nineteenth century to produce “suma” the unadulterated spirit used to make raki, Hotel Sumahan sits on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits. Separating Europe from Asia and linking the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Aegean, The Bosphorus feeds the heart and spirit of the city. Uniquely, the property itself has remained in the hands of its original family, Turkish-American owner-architects Nedret and Mark Butler, who have transformed it into an unlikely family heirloom.
Utilising the properties of light and water, the rooms differ at every time and season, colours and moods shifting with the tides. There is a choice of suites and bedrooms, each with its own personality and most with fire places. A variety of decor options including wood and marble or steel and brick help Hotel Sumahan set the standard in restoration architecture and interior design.