Inside the Sumahan on the Water Hotel, Istanbul

Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Asia and Europe, and pretty as a picture, the Sumahan sits on the very edge of the water on the relatively quieter Asian side of this city. This waterside hotel in the Çengelköy suburb is a perfect example of an architectural makeover. The mid-19th century Ottoman distillery, which produced suma – the unadulterated spirit used to make the favourite Ottoman tipple, raki – was transformed nearly nine years ago into a charming address for travellers by its owners. The hotel derives its name from the words suma and han, the word for inn during the Ottoman era.

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