Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an oasis for world travelers, which has many luxury estates around the world...
Now, there's an oasis like this in Istanbul, in the new five-star hotel, which officially opened its doors on the first of September. The new Raffles hotel is situated in the Zorlu Center, which is the core of fashion, good food and fine arts on the European shore of Besiktas, just above the Bosporus. This hotel is an interesting mix of architectural virtuosity, enchanting interior, excellent food and all kinds of luxury.
The light and spacious interiors are the work of Hirsch Bedner Associates studio. Modern with an abundance of different subtle textures with very Turkish elements, interiors of this hotel are beautifully decorated with a perfect collection of specially commissioned artworks. Many are the works of Turkish artists and some were created by the artists who are finding an undeniable inspiration in this great city: tactile sculptures, found objects and contemporary interpretations of classic patterns, pieces inspired by the Byzantine Empire are what this hotel combines ancient and modern in the most sophisticated manner.
Raffles Istanbul hotel offers its guests 132 rooms and 49 suites - all are spacious and filled with natural light, blending Turkish and modern design elements, and they have everything what the modern traveler needs. Floor-to-ceiling windows lead to perfectly furnished terraces and balconies, which offer a magnificent view of the Bosporus and the city itself.
Istanbul is a place that is perfect pressure cooker of culinary delights, and this is the situation in this hotel. Two restaurants, two bars and lodges, as well as pastry shops offer you the perfect meals throughout the day and night. The first is the Arola restaurant, where Spanish chef Sergi Arola presents his traditional Catalonian dishes in a modern way. He prepares food that is a blend of two cultures.
In the Rocca restaurant you can enjoy Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine throughout the day. The magnificent lobby, Lavinia is a place you absolutely must visit. The lodge is named after the dramatic bronze sculpture of Martin Dawe, which is located in the central lobby as its focus point,where it pays tribute to a song written by the famous Turkish poet, Ozdemir Asaf. Art pastry shop offers you a wide range of delicious and tempting Turkish cakes and various desserts.
Pool Bar & Grill, located on the sixth floor is a sophisticated place to enjoy the sun during the day and relax with a DJ at night, with a beautiful view of the city. Writer's Bar is the place to relax, while the Long Bar originating from Singapore is presented in the most glamorous way possible here - it has a separate room for the enjoyment of bubbly champagne.
With nine rooms and suites for treatments and a selection of swimming pools, saunas and hammams, Raffles Spa is one of the most luxurious in Istanbul. Gazelli Skincare and Organic Pharmacy are offering you a luxurious menu of treatments, with the famous Rose, Honey and Sugar Hammam treatments.
Raffles Istanbul also offers an inspiring selection of soothing, contemporary space for private and business events - from the launch of a new luxury car, through the glamorous weddings to birthday dinner at one of seven private rooms. In each of them you can expect the most advanced technology, services and staff support, so you can relax and focus on what is important to you. If you want to get into this hotel with style, pre-book a helipad, relax and enjoy.