A Room with a View
If you're looking for a contemporary, upscale hotel on the quieter Asian side of Istanbul
(after fully exploring the European side and the old town), try the Sumahan on the Water. As you can see from this picture of our hotel room, the hotel's name speaks the truth, as the building is just feet from the Bosphorus and all rooms have direct water views (and fireplaces). The hotel has their own private boat for hotel guests (also pictured out the window) - schedule in advance for a ride across to the Euro side for dinner or whatever.