Kanlıca Mahallesi, Çubuklu Cad. Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalısı No:27, 34810 Beykoz/İstanbul, Turkey
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Photo courtesy of A'jia
A’jiaIstanbul’s heart, the Bosporus Strait, snakes through the metropolis and splits Asia from Europe. Away from the central city hubbub, A’jia is tucked into the upper Bosporus shoreline with panoramic views across this watery highway.
Guests staying here dip their toes into a waterfront world once reserved as a summer haunt for the sultan’s family and high-ranking members of the Ottoman court. Built in 1897, this yalı (waterfront mansion) was home to Ahmet Rasim Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Tripoli. The painstaking conversion in 2005 preserved the bones of the original, ornately flourished architectural style while transforming the interiors into spaces designed with a white-on-white palette that draw guests’ eyes directly to the stunning Bosporus.
High-ceilinged rooms are flooded with light and dominated by oversized beds with Italian linens. Bathrooms are outfitted with Philippe Starck fixtures and fragrant bath products by Acqua di Parma that encourage long soaks in bathtubs with a view.
over 5 years ago
A Luxurious Stay on the Bosporus
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.