Boutique on the Bosphorus
We haven’t featured many Turkish hotels on Been-Seen. In fact, we’ve only featured two. One is uniquely situated, inside a network of caves. The other is a Victorian-style townhouse that’s been given a contemporary makeover. So, here’s a third: A’jia, a former pasha’s mansion located on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
Its exterior is grand, Ottoman architecture dating back to the 1870s. Inside, it’s a contemporary boutique hotel with 16 rooms. Five of them have private balconies, six are deluxe suites, and three have mezzanine floors.
A’jia is minimalist in style, with white walls and soft furnishings, contrasting with dark floors and cabinetry.
The hotel is located in Kanlica (a town best known for its yogurt), on the Asian side of the water, making it an oasis of calm in a bustling city. A little off the beaten track, it is, however, easily reached by complimentary shuttle boat.