With only 18 rooms, and a room-to-staff ratio of one-to-one, this funky design hotel offers personalized service that makes guests feel as if they’re staying at an ultra-stylish friend’s home. Outfitted to feel like a slice of New York City loft-apartment living, Witt Istanbul’s rooms have snubbed the Ottoman aesthetic in favor of retro-modern furniture that showcases the best of Turkish design. Beds are covered with luxurious local Denizli linens, while oversized gray marble bathrooms pay tribute to the traditional Turkish bath and also feature walk-in rain showers big enough for two.
Breakfast here is an organic feast of local produce that includes handmade jams and honey from the hives of Bodrum. Guests are encouraged to indulge a lazy morning with the hotel’s breakfast-in-bed service. Some rooms also offer small kitchenette areas, while any guest who’s suffering restaurant fatigue can order from a local restaurant for a quiet night in.
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Cihangır is a hilly neighborhood packed with small design boutiques, antique shops, and quirky fashion stores as well as cafés and restaurants. The Istanbul Modern and The Museum of Innocence are both a short stroll from the hotel’s door. The shopping hub of İstiklal Caddesi and the nightlife of Beyoğlu are both within a 15-minute walk. Despite this close proximity to the central heart of Istanbul, Cihangır has a quiet and refined feel—a major bonus for guests looking for a good night’s sleep in a city that thrums with energy 24 hours a day.
Need to Know
Rooms: 18 in total. King Rooms and Queen Panoramic Rooms from $220, King Panoramic Rooms from $280, Penthouse Suite from $510. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Although Witt Istanbul doesn’t have a restaurant, the staff is happy to order in meals from local restaurants for guests who prefer to dine in-room. The area around the hotel is excellent for dining, with many trendy restaurants and cafés within a short stroll of the front door. Staff can also make dining suggestions and reservations for guests. Spa and gym details: There are no in-house spa, gym, or pool facilities within the hotel, but guests at Witt Istanbul get a discounted rate at a nearby fitness center, and staff can suggest and book Turkish bath activities at any of Istanbul’s renowned hammams.
Who’s it for: Guests looking for a more intimate hotel experience and who appreciate good service. Our favorite rooms: Nab a fifth-floor King Panoramic Room to make the most of the sweeping city views. Don't miss the roof: At the top of the hotel, the rooftop permaculture garden, with its flowers and edible plants, is a model for sustainable inner-city living and provides panoramic views across the city.