The Cornucopia Hotel Collection is a joint venture between Cornucopia Magazine and Blue Guides cultural guide books. Hotels can enter the Collection by invitation only: they are all hotels we would genuinely like to stay in ourselves and are pleased to recommend.
Guests who book through the Collection receive a unique package of books, magazines and itineraries. We look forward to receiving your reservation and welcoming you to Turkey!
The CORINNE HOTEL is a masterful blend of the historic and the contemporary, a haven of calm in the epicentre of the great metropolis. It overlooks a pretty street in a quarter lined with richly carved fin-de-sicle townhouses you literally step out of the front door into heart of historic Pera, the diplomatic heart of 19th-century Istanbul.
Situated on the secluded western side of Cunda Island, where pine groves meet the Aegean Sea, Ortunç offers a blissful setting for a very relaxing retreat.
Located in the heart of Alacatı, Alavya is comprised of six beautifully restored stone houses offering 25 individually decorated guest rooms. Open all year round.
ISTANBUL Homage Istanbul, tucked away in a tranquil street in the charming, historic Beyoğlu area, rich in culture and the arts, offers short or long stays in modern apartments featuring contemporary interiors and kitchens that open onto stylish, comfortable living rooms.
El Vino is a secluded and intimate boutique hotel with a charming atmosphere and attentive, friendly service, tucked away in the centre of Bodrum. Comfortable rooms, swimming pool in lush surroundings, heated outdoor Jacuzzi, and a rooftop wine bar and restaurant offering local wines, fresh fish and Mediterranean cuisine with panoramic views of Bodrum castle.
MEDITERRANEAN Mandarin is a delightful boutique hotel situated in an unspoilt, natural setting close to southwest Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast. Perfect for nature-lovers who also value a touch of luxury and a high level of personal service.
YundAntik features four registered historic mansions, carefully restored to reveal their original architectural features, set within a spacious garden in the heritage centre of Cunda Island in Ayvalık on the Aegean coast.
Designed for the traveller who is looking for comfort in a convenient central location, the trendy Misafir Suites is one of the few hotels to provide an almost tranquil haven in the city centre, offering spacious, comfortable, smart rooms with first class soundproofing.
Bahitgul (or Bahitgül in Turkish) is the most delightful, charming, relaxed hotel. It stands in a quarter of village houses on the hill behind the Garden Palace of the khans. An excellent base not only for Bahçesaray, Chufut Kale and its hinterland, but really for the whole of Crimea, and the delightful owners will give you excellent advice.
One of Istanbul’s first 5-star hotels, now entirely rebuilt to offer an exclusive Istanbul experience and the highest level of luxury with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus and Tarabya marina.
Beautifully renovated serviced apartments located in the heart of the cosmopolitan Galata neighbourhood in a revitalized 19th-century building, with direct views of the Suleymaniye Mosque.
The Sub Hotel is a new, contemporary boutique hotel conveniently situated between the Karaköy, within easy reach of the Old City and Beyoğlu, Istanbul’s lively Left Bank. Sub Hotel offers stylish yet comfortable interiors and modern amenities. Rooms are light and spacious, decorated with sleek, natural materials, accented with paintings from local artists.
Raşitler Bağ Evi is a 280 year old Ottoman mansion located in the vineyards of Safranbolu, next to an old water mill. It was renovated in January 2012 and has 5 traditionally decorated, attractive rooms. The large garden has a variety of fruit trees and a hen that provides eggs. Wake up to birdsong and a traditional Turkish breakfast, homemade jams, fresh garden produce, omelettes and pastries.
For 40 years, the Martı Group has been a pioneer in hospitality, with premium resorts in southwest Turkey. Now it is set to be a leading Istanbul player with its first luxury project in the heart of the business district, close to Taksim: 270 rooms and suites (by Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu), various dining options, generous meeting facilities and a unique SPA.
The Splendid Palas Hotel is a magnificent building with silvery domes and red shutters, on the largest of the Princes Islands, facing the Marmara on one side and the city of Istanbul on the other. It retains nostalgic echoes of the past in the unique, peaceful and relaxing island atmosphere of Büyükada, far removed from the stress and hustle of the city.
Istanbul’s top-listed restoration hotel – chic, understated, contemporary, but never tiresome. A stylish restoration of one of the Camondo dynasty’s grand townhouse, with generous rooms. The interior architecture blends of original details with beautifully carved contemporary furniture. The wooden floor is superb thoughout. The view from the rooftop restaurant is to fly for.
Two of Kastamonu’s konaks have been converted into good boutique hotels under the same management. The Uğurlu – at the top of the town, below the Kafkaesque fortress behind the bazaars quarter – is the more recent and the smarter, with a garden in which to sip your ice-cold Efes (not a treat available in many places in Kastamonu). The view of the castle is spectacular, the rooms spacious…
The Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus, offers the ultimate in luxury and elegance.
The height of opulence: the 15-story Istanbul Edition is conveniently situated in the Levent business district on the European side. It boasts 78 luxurious guest rooms and a full-floor penthouse presidential suite with extensive views of the city.
Palazzo Donizetti Hotel is named after the Italian musician, Giuseppe Donizetti, who lived in Beyoğlu at the time of the Ottoman Empire. The hotel is located in a majestic building, surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes in the chic, trendy neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, near Istiklal Caddesi and just a few steps from the metro station.
This hideaway Bodrum resort - on one of the most enchanting bays of the Aegean coast - is a byword for relaxation and rejuvenation, with its Spa, and its own private bay and marina. 149 rooms and 24 luxury suites with magnificent views of the Aegean.
This elegant 19th-century townhouse in the heart of Istanbul’s atmospheric antiques district, renovated by the design firm Autoban, has 20 large suites, with a lounge bar on the top floor.
Istanbul’s smartest shopping street, Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi now has a new designer hotel, hidden away above Prada, where you have breakfast in the uber-chic library-dining-reception space. A cousin of the elegant House Cafés, it brings together high luxury and attention to every detail with Autoban’s cutting-edge design.
Stylish apartments in Ortaköy, overlooking the prettiest seaside square in the city - built in the 1890s and transformed into a luxury designer hotel.
This elegant gem of a hotel, standing in an historic waterside setting, is an inspired conversion of an Ottoman distillery. It has its own private launch service across the Bosphorus, and offers spectacular views of the Old City. The Sumahan on the Water is one of Cornucopia and the Blue Guide’s hand-picked hotels of choice.
Housed in a majestic and historic building in the chic Galata neighbourhood, you could be easily forgiven for walking right past the Georges Hotel given that there is no hotel name or sign outside. Step inside, however, and you will find a quite simply stunning hotel and a world of cool, glamourous chic, topped off by a fabulous roof terrace with timeless views.
The Argos in Cappadocia is a world-class boutique hotel and one of the prestigious Eco Luxury Retreats of the world. The Argos offers 42 rooms and suites which combine modern luxury with carefully restored caves and tunnels. Situated in an ancient renovated monastery with mansions interconnected by underground tunnels, each individually designed room celebrates the region’s tradition of cave dwelling.
Converted from a 19th-century four-storey townhouse, the Ibrahim Pasha is the ideal place to stay for first-time visitors to Istanbul. The rooms are well-equipped and comfortable and are decorated in a contemporary-with-a-twist of Ottoman style. And there are minarets and domes aplenty on show from the rooftop terrace.
A wonderful hotel in a little town that has become the Aegean showcase of rediscovered country chic. Taş (Stone) Hotel is a century-old stone house whose natural, unaffected style pioneered the vogue for Alaçatı. 7 rooms, a swimming pool set in a perfect lawn, and a superb breakfast of olives, village bread and home-made jam. Zeynep Öziş‘s delightful hotel and the house she built in the same impeccable vernacular featured in Berrin Torolsan and Solvi Dos Santos’s At Home in Turkey.
A luxurious new boutique hotel in Cihangir - a quiet trendy neighbourhood with bohemian flair. Sophisticated, modern suites with views overlooking the Golden Horn and Galata Tower.
Tucked away in a traditional Turkish village 15km from Ephesus, in easy reach of the Aegean coast and many other classical sites, this boutique hotel – once an antique Greek villa – has five charming rooms, a pool and a restful courtyard garden. Free WiFi, delicious Turkish breakfasts, excellent dinners, fully licensed.
A lovingly restored 16th-century caravansarai in the heart of historic Ankara with 11 deluxe rooms, 5 grand rooms and 3 suites, each individually decorated. Relax and enjoy a cocktail in the Avlu Bar or a fine meal in the Çengelhan museum restaurant.
A magnificent jewel-like Ottoman mansion, shaded by almond, olive and lemon trees, offering traditional Turkish hospitality with home comforts. The Mansion is a romantic getaway with tastefully furnished and beautiful rooms, magical corners in the yard such as rose and citrus gardens, with a pool area over-viewing the whole Mansion. The scenery is charming from every aspect.
The Turkoman is a modest guesthouse ideally located in the heart of historic Sultanahmet, overlooking the Hippodrome and across the square from the Aya Sofya. The rooms are on the small side room and furnished simply and unpretentiously with hand-made carpets and antique furniture. Its sole advantages are its relative cheapness, and suitability for those who want to see the sights early in the morning, and its nice rooftop terrace view.
Luxury Bosphorus cruises
Stunning ikat-style designer cushions by Rifat Özbek
A family run business in Ortaköy that takes carpet dealing away from the Grand Bazaar and up the Bosphorus
In the charming Aegean town of Alaçatı, Serap Yurdaer fires her own beautiful, modern ceramics
Ismail Yigit’s shop in the grand bazaar is a gallery of contemporary Iznik ceramics
Nakkaş Oriental Rugs & Carpets
Offering a large collection of fine oriental hand-made rugs and kilims