Sumahan on the Water sits on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits which separate Europe from Asia and link the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean beyond.
It was originally built in the mid-nineteenth century to produce suma, the unadulterated spirit used to make raki, the Ottomans' favourite tipple. Where today a motorised launch ferries hotel guests to and from downtown, barges laden with figs would arrive to keep the stills of the Sumahan busy.
Fall rates at Sumahan on the Water start at $388 per night >>
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