Once a small fishing village, Ortakoy is now an upmarket district of Istanbul city, centrally located on the middle of the European bank of the river Bosphorus.
In the 16th century, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent encouraged his subjects to populate Ortakoy, resulting in its transformation from small town to cosmopolitan borough. Today, visitors to Ortakoy will find historic baths, palaces and mosques as well as a waterfront that is home to glamorous mansion houses and is at the heart of Istanbul's nightlife.
What to do in Ortakoy
- Go sightseeing - Ortakoy has many historic monuments dating from the 15th century. One of its most important landmarks is the Ortakoy mosque by the Bosphorus Bridge and the Dolmabahce Palace. Also, Ortakoy is just a short 25- to 30-minute walk to Istanbul's Old District, where you can see landmarks including the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
- Go clubbing - The waterfront is home to a wide range of glamorous bars and clubs - Reina, Sortie, Anjelique, Blackk and Suada in particular are all local and are among the best nightlife venues in Istanbul.
Our Istanbul hotel is centrally located in Ortakoy, along the banks of the Bosphorus Strait looking directly onto the Imperial Mosque.