Behind a sleek cream and glass façade lie contemporary interiors and clean lines, all in the heart of vibrant İstiklal Caddesi.
Richmond Istanbul is a perfect base for exploring: right on vibrant İstiklal Caddesi, a wide boulevard lined by edgy galleries and chic boutiques that stretches from Taksim Square nearly all the way to Galata Tower. From this major shopping artery, the boho-cool Beyoğlu neighbourhood (known locally as Pera) unfurls into a maze of narrow streets sheltering a buzzy arts and food scene.
To the other side of the hotel is the historic peninsula and the Golden Horn, and the hotel’s lofty Bosphorus Inn makes the most of the view. This light-flooded rooftop breakfast lounge is edged by a wall of windows overlooking ancient Istanbul and, beyond, a sliver of glittering water. Down at street level, the Bistro Urbanist offers all-day dining in an elegant lobby space with pale wood floors – grab a window seat for boulevard views.
Cool and comfortable rooms are decked out in a soothing palette of creams and taupes with jazzy patterned carpets and bed throws. Superior Rooms come with views of Istiklal Boulevard or the inner courtyard, while Suites offer views of the Bosphorus and the historic peninsula along with luxe finishes – huge beds with feather-soft pillows stacked four deep, statement walls splashed in moody hues and stark-white armchairs topped with velvet cushions. However, few guests linger in rooms when the charms of the city beckon. The art-packed Pera Museum is just a five-minute walk away, while a short drive will take you to Dolmabahçe Palace and its famous sibling, the Topkapi Palace, plus the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia – the most majestic of Byzantine masterpieces.
In İstiklal Caddesi, between Beyoğlu district and the historic peninsula
• Dip in and out of some of the city’s hippest bars and clubs at uber-cool Beyoğlu • Discover the riches of the part-cathedral, part-mosque, Hagia Sophia • Wander along İstiklal Caddesi to stumble across art galleries, bookstores and boutiques.
Breakfast at Bosphoros Inn.
*Denotes local charge