The Ottoman sultans certainly had an eye for luxury. In 1843, unsatisfied with the ancestral palace at Topkapi, Abdülmecid I ordered the construction of a new residence by the banks of the Bosphorus.
The result was Dolmabahçe, a lavish palace with ornate façades and regal halls that continue to wow visitors to this day. To stay within easy walking distance of one of Turkey’s most opulent buildings, check out these four apartments.*
X Flats Gumussuyu
A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows fill the apartment with light
The apartments at X Flats Gumussuyu have huge lounges with chunky sofas – perfect after a day’s sightseeing. The lounges have black, white and brown tones which are brought to life with leafy pot plants. Some have floor-to-ceiling windows all along one wall, offering sweeping views over the Bosphorus and out to the Sea of Marmara. Dolmabahçe Palace is an 11-minute stroll away, and if you’re after fine dining with a view, you’ve got Topaz restaurant a minute from your front door.
Housez Suites & Apartments Special Class
The apartments come with flat-screen TVs and carpeted floors
Only five minutes’ walk from Dolmabahçe Palace, Housez Suites & Apartments Special Class combine the home comforts of apartments with the facilities of a hotel. Aside from your own kitchen with a hot plate and fridge, you’ll have free access to a gym – and there’s also an onsite restaurant serving organic meals. Book lovers will enjoy Minoa Bookstore & Café, located on the same street, where you’ll find a cosy place to recharge your batteries after the day’s adventures.
Short Term Flats Istanbul
Quirky, colourful decor and plenty of sunlight
Short Term Flats Istanbul is all about the terrace. Overlooking the Bosphorus, it’s got sitting space for long, balmy evenings. Inside, the decor is bright, with colourful artwork and comfortable sofas giving it a cosy feel. Bustling Taksim Square is 300 metres away, and within five minutes you can get to Istiklal Street, known for its shops and cafés. When it comes to visiting Dolmabahçe Palace, it's an 18-minute walk away.
Ferries criss-cross on the Bosphorus
Located just 100 metres from Taksim Square, Away Suites are right in the thick of the Istanbul action. You’ll find trendy bars like Çukurcuma 49 and Off Pera nearby, and Fiore Pizzeri restaurant is a couple of minutes’ walk away. You can take your pick from apartments that range from more economical downstairs options, right up to rooftop flats with a terrace and sea views. Past guests speak highly of the friendly owner, who is always keen to share his local knowledge with inquisitive visitors.
**The data scientists at Booking.com used internal data to find the closest, most highly rated properties to Dolmabahçe Palace.