“Sumahan on the water” a newly restored nineteenth century Ottoman distillery opened its doors as a hotel in May 2005. Sumahan on the water is a rare example of thoughtful, historical transformation in Istanbul. “Suma” is the word for unadulterated spirit. The hotel was the industrial factory that distilled the high proof ingredient for “Raki” the famous Ottoman tipple. “Han” was the word for inn in Ottoman times. Sumahan is among the city’s most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that integrates high quality design and respect for the sites historical context. In essence the “Sumahan on the water” experience is about modern comfort in a historic as well as spectacular setting with friendly and personal service.
Sumahan on the water is situated on the waterfront of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. The hotel has 20 rooms. Each accommodation has been individually and skillfully designed. Every room has it’s own special character, each sensitively done to showcase the architectural style. In addition each room enjoys a spectacular view of the Bosphorus strait, which is the divide Asian and European Istanbul. This distinctive Hotel is parallel to its magnificent views of the Bosphorus. It is a contemporary architectural treasure, a heaven for escape and a link to Turkish culture.