Raffles Hotels continues to grow its portfolio with the opening of its first property in Turkey on September 1st this year.
The hotel is in the heart of the city in Zorlu Center with a prime location offering a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Besiktas - overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula.
Like those of its stylish sister, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, the sleek modern interiors at Raffles Istanbul will be embellished with an impressive collection of artwork, specially commissioned from local artists, a mix of paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations.
These will all come together as a contemporary interpretation of Turkish culture and heritage, giving the hotel a strong sense of place.
And as in Paris, Raffles Istanbul will have an Art Concierge, to steer clients through the city’s exciting new art scene which, over the last few years, has shifted from heavily traditional to a reinvigorated one, energetically celebrating its new generation of artists.
Art Concierge will enable the direct access of Raffles guests to the Zorlu Center Performing Arts with world-class dramas and musicals opening simultaneously with New York Broadway and London’s West-End.
Art lovers are not the only ones beating a path to Istanbul: fashionistas have it in their sights too.
From cutting-edge to haute-couture, Turkish fashion designers are the ones to watch. Istanbul is full of one-of-a-kind boutiques and edgy concept stores, filled with home-grown talent alongside international names.
As well as having designer shops on its doorstep, Raffles Istanbul will offer its guests a personal shopping and styling service, to take them on a fashion trail through the city.
Peter French, president, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, explained: “Turkey is a rising star of the global economy and Istanbul is a rising star of global tourism.
“It is a meeting place between East and West, between Asia and Europe.
“A city on which, over many centuries, great civilizations and cultures have left their mark.
“It is a place where people meet, exchange ideas, tell stories, rest, refresh and set out again on their journeys.
“And it is this tradition of bringing people together – which is very much part of the Raffles philosophy – that is an essential feature of the story of Raffles in Istanbul”
Fashion, business or art, whatever Raffles Istanbul’s guests are seeking, the hotel will provide a calm, modern luxury oasis, perfectly placed to experience this timeless city.
Whether flying in to the rooftop helipad, or arriving by car from the airport, guests will be welcomed into sleek rooms with huge balconies offering wonderful panoramic views of the city.
The stunning rooftop pool offers a respite from the city by day - and by night a chilled space, with live music and a vibrant DJ/club atmosphere.
A champagne bar, a young Turkish chef and a glorious signature Raffles Spa will all help anyone staying here feel relaxed and at home.
The authentic Raffles touch is never far away, personified by the legendary Raffles Butler Service, which currently extends from Singapore to the company’s ten hotels around the world.
The Hotel has a large variety of rooms including 132 guest rooms and 49 suites total in 181 with the size of the rooms above average in the city.