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  • Writer's pictureMirko La Rosa

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus: A Luxury Experience in the Heart of Istanbul

Updated: Feb 9, 2023


Located in eclectic Karaköy with a timeless past and rich future, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus takes inspiration from its Bohemian surroundings including boutiques, cafés, cocktail bars and artisanal markets. Equidistant from Istanbul’s two major airports and situated next to Galataport with a cruise terminal, the hotel welcomes guests in the idyllic location for both leisure and business. Reflecting the diversity of the city, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus redefines the local dining scene with eight distinctive culinary concepts delivering both authenticity and flavor. As an insight into JW Marriott’s mindfulness, the light-filled hotel is offering a step back in time where thoughtful programming and diverse culinary experiences meet uninterrupted views of the Bosphorus. Retaining its original structure and exquisite 35 meters atrium, 180 year old Veli Alemdar Han emerged as one of Istanbul’s most elegant properties offering 130 guest rooms and suites luxuriously dressed.


Istanbul is one of the world’s oldest cities, having been established as Byzantium in the 7th century BCE. It is also one of the world’s largest cities and is the economic, cultural, and historical center of Turkey. The city straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, and has served as the capital of several empires throughout its long history, including the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires.

One of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks is the Hagia Sophia, a former cathedral that was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople (as Istanbul was known at the time) in 1453. Today, it serves as a museum and attracts millions of tourists each year. Another must-visit attraction is the Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman sultans and now a museum showcasing the opulence and grandeur of Ottoman culture.

Istanbul is also famous for its rich food culture. Whether you’re looking for street food or fine dining, you’ll find no shortage of delicious options in Istanbul. Some of the city’s specialties include kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delight. And of course, no visit to Istanbul would be complete without trying a cup of strong, sweet Turkish coffee.

In addition to its historical and cultural attractions, Istanbul is also a modern city with plenty to see and do. The city is home to several shopping districts, including the famous Grand Bazaar, where you can find everything from hand-woven carpets to Turkish spices. And for those looking for a bit of adventure, Istanbul has plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, including boat tours along the Bosphorus Strait and hot air balloon rides over the city’s famous skyline.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just looking for a city full of excitement and adventure, Istanbul has something to offer everyone.

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JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus
A Luxury Experience in the Heart of Istanbul

Architecture above all!

Intentionally integrating trendy location, historic architecture, modern interiors and seamlessly crafted luxury service, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus orchestrates a stay full of distinctive experiences.

• Historic building with stunning views of Bosphorus, Historic Peninsula and Galata Tower

• Right across Galataport, new cruise ship port with high-end boutiques and restaurants

• In the center of Karakoy’s art galleries, design shops, posh bohemian cafes and restaurants

• Easy access to historic, landmark sites

Mostly featuring the views of Bosphorus, Historic Peninsula or Galata Tower, the hotel offers private balconies and terraces in some of the rooms and suites that definitely elevate your Istanbul experience and lay the ground for more memorable moments. Some of these terraces additionally feature a private jacuzzi for exceptional pampering.


Guestrooms and suites benefit from the original architectural footprint offering variation.

Décor is focused on providing a nourishing and revitalizing sense of wellbeing.

Each space is luxuriously dressed against the backdrop of a neutral color palette and nature

The JW Treatment™ Ambassadors to deliver elevated experiences for suite guests.

Complimentary access to Spa at JW Istanbul, a serene space enriching for mind, body and spirit. 130 guestrooms and suites cultivated through thoughtful design

Food and Drink

Octo Seafood

Octo is an elevated seafood restaurant offering unparalleled views of Bosphorus combining classic Turkish mezzes and Portuguese dishes with a contemporary twist, fusing traditional techniques with exciting ingredients and flavors in a modern atmosphe.

Skull & Bones Tapas

Skull & Bones is a vibrant cocktail and tapas bar showcasing Latin flavors in an eccentric Karakoy atmosphere. Signature cocktails blended with Istanbul vibes are the best way to enjoy the city.

Istanbul Baking Company - Coffee House

Wholesome, organic and high quality baked foods and indulgent drinks served in a friendly and creative atmosphere. Located on one of the busiest streets of Karaköy, Istanbul Baking Company offers a sanctuary away from the everyday hustle.

Galata Lounge - Multiple cuisines

Situated across the city’s dominating landmark Galata Tower and characteristic rooftop churches, this venue is the ultimate venue for a high-quality breakfast alongside magnificent views of Galata, Istanbul, Historical Peninsula and Bosphorus.

Sky Karaköy - Other

Designed to metamorphose regular Istanbul nights into an illustrious journey, Sky Karaköy is a poolside rooftop bar with 360º views of the Bosphorus and the city offering a sophisticated and upbeat atmosphere alongside crafted cocktails.

Services and facilities

Spa at JW Istanbul

Spa at JW Istanbul offers a wonderful sanctuary of calm, inspired and designed with luxury in mind. Our Spa has treatment rooms and traditional Turkish Hammam.

Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı (4 Miles)

Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı has opened after seven years of meticulous and intensive restoration, and endeavors to provide you with an experience to remember within its amazing historical atmosphere with the traditional hammam ritual and massages.

Our experience

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Key info

Location: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Kemankeş Cd. No:26, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Hotel phone: +90 212-8062020


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