The A'Jia is a boutique hotel (and veritable oasis) on the Asian side of Istanbul, set in a traditional Ottoman mansion directly on the shores of the Bosporus. My husband and I were welcomed into our waterfront suite with chocolate dipped strawberries and other mini desserts—not exactly traditional Turkish fare. Robes and slippers were waiting on the bed, which was adorned with flowers. A departure from the rougher parts of the city mere miles down the road but wonderfully relaxing.
Reaching such luxury was a bit of an adventure in itself. The hotel is situated a 15 minute ferry ride across the strait (only 1.75 lira) and an additional 30-35 minutes by a rickety, eco-unfriendly bus—a route we tackled willingly twice a day. The distance between the historic sites and the hotel was considerable, likely another 25-30 minutes after reaching European soil, but it was a journey that gave us the opportunity to see more than the Sultanahmet layer of the city.
A beautiful stay with an absolutely breathtaking view.