The youngest member of the Raffles family, Raffles Istanbul serves as a beacon of modern, self-confident Turkey: vibrant, cutting-edge and intrepid, yet reflective of the rich heritage from which it came. Outfitted with nearly 200 pieces of original art and one of the largest spas in the city, this stunning fusion of past and present tastefully melds the timeless luxury and chicness associated with the Raffles brand with the unique sights, tastes, textiles, and sounds of today’s Istanbul.

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Dramatic, angular architecture rises out of the Zorlu Center above the bustling ancient metropolis to create a cool oasis, marked for its light, airy, distinctly Turkish interiors and panoramic vantages of the Bosphorus. Faux-stucco ceilings, full marble double vanity bathrooms with mirror televisions, striking headboard art reminiscent of glittering Byzantine jewels, and floor-to-ceiling windows leading to private furnished terraces with lovely views are just a few of the highlights, alongside Raffles’ signature butler service. Of the 49 exclusive suites, the Raffles Suite is the most prestigious and certainly one of the largest in the city. Two bedrooms and living, dining, dressing, exercising, working, and entertaining spaces are paired with a welcome bottle of champagne, helicopter transfers from the airport, a personal minibar, and tickets to the Zorlu Performing Arts Center.

Istanbul is a melting pot of cuisine, and the array of atmosphere, gastronomy, and style found at Raffles perfectly represents that of the city. Two signature restaurants—Turkish-influenced Mediterranean at Rocca and creative tapas at Arola, led by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola—offer memorable experiences in their food and extensive rare Turkish wine vintages. For an unforgettable meal, sit at the chef’s table to witness the creative process in action. Afterward, head to the energetic Long Bar or the sophisticated Writers Bar for post-dinner drinks. In the summer months, the vibrant Lounge 6 is a delightful spot for cocktails and live evening music.

Outfitted with an overly indulgent spa, guests of Raffles Istanbul benefit from a variety of spa treatments utilizing Gazelli Skincare and Organic Pharmacy products. Luxuriate in rose, honey, and sugar hammam experiences, or try a Turkish spa treatment in one of seven treatment rooms. Poised inside the Zorlu Shopping Center, guests are near some of the best shopping and attractions Istanbul has to offer, such as the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia church, Blue Mosque, and, of course, the Grand Bazaar.

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