Witt Istanbul Suites: fabulous boutique hotel in a trendy neighborhood

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Istanbul is one of those cities you must visit at least once in your life. At the crossroads of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, there’s no shortage of historical monuments: the Aya Sofia mosque (formerly the basilica of Constantine), the grand Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the underground cisterns near Aya Sofia, the Suleyman mosque and more. But where does one stay? I recommend the Witt Istanbul Suites in the trendy Cihangir district across the Bosphorus from the Sultanahmet district (the “old town”).

Witt Istanbul Suites is a luxurious, modern boutique hotel with large suites that have a small kitchen equipped with a microwave oven, sink, refrigerator, utensils, cutting board, wines and spirits, and snacks. The decor is contemporary: beautiful wood closets and stylish furniture. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. If you are looking for a good restaurant for dinner, the staff are quite knowledgeable in finding places that suit your tastes. The restaurants that they recommended to us were excellent.

The location of the hotel is perfect. The Cihangir district is young and lively, and not touristy at all. There are many cafes close to the hotel that are packed day and night, and are ideal for snacks, lunches, coffee and people-watching. Far away from the tourist crowds, you get a much better feel for Istanbul than if you stay in the Sultanahmet area.

  • Vibe: chic design hotel with contemporary interiors, large luxurious suites and views across the Bosphorus.
  • Pros: great location on a hill in the Cihangir district, away from the tourist crowds but close to many good restaurants and within easy access of the tram stop; excellent service – the hotel staff know many good places to eat and hang out; rooms are quiet and airy; wonderful healthy breakfasts; free Wi-Fi.
  • Cons: not for those who hate walking up a hill (although the hotel is only halfway up so it’s not that difficult); the Wi-Fi connection is slow.

Witt Istanbul Suites
Defterdar Yokusu No. 26
34433 Cihangir
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 393 7900
Find out more and book online

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About Esme Vos

Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.


  1. Great review – thanks for adding this, Esmé! I was able to spend a few nights there a month ago, and loved it as well.

    I talked with the owner, and he plans to upgrade the internet connection to the fastest available in Istanbul this month. I also had the chance to interview him on his design philosophy: