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26 Defterdar Yokuşu
Tel: 90 212 393 7900
An advantage of staying at the Witt Istanbul Suites, besides its location in the literati-filled neighborhood of Cihangir, is that everything in it is something you would want for your own home. Turkish design sensations Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Caglar of Autoban have crafted a 17-suite hotel where form meets function, with comfort to boot. This modest residential '80s building has an unassuming facade with subtle signage, but inside is a fanciful interior of walls patterned in dots, a laser-cut railing on the stairway that leads up to the rooms, oversized lamps, and '50s-inspired leather chairs in soothing earth tones. The service is limited though attentive, and the guest rooms have large living areas with low couches as well as kitchens with mirrored subway tiles and veined marble islands, all suitable for entertaining. The comfortable bed enables deep slumber before the morning's sumptuous self-catered Turkish breakfast spread.
When to go: From April through October, when it's warm enough to open the large French windows.
Which room to book: The back suites on the top two floors have views over the minarets and the Bosphorus.
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