Tobacco warehouse turned extravagant luxury hotel, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul stands as an unassuming gem along one of the world’s most historic waterways, the bridge between Asia and Europe. Here, the splendor of Istanbul’s Ottoman palaces is brought to life through the opulent details—the calming décor, the discrete service, and the dazzling views across the city and the Bosphorus Strait’s deep blue waters.

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The Shangri-La Bosphorus resides within an austere 1929 neo-classical warehouse within Istanbul’s financial and entertainment district of Besiktas. While it may not give away its secrets from the outside, its bold luxury is on unavoidable display inside. Outfitted in layers of marble and palettes of soft blue, beige, and cream, Shangri-La Bosphorus opts for a serene sophistication more in tune with the Bosphorus waters than the pandemonium of Istanbul’s streets. This calming effect extends from the Bohemian glass two-story high chandelier in the lobby all the way to the hotel’s waterfront rooms and suites, many of which boast floor-to-ceiling windows and private French terraces, guests’ front row seats to the unforgettable silhouette of Istanbul and its legendary Strait. Even the bathrooms are sanctuaries, drenched in marble, Bvlgari toiletries, heated floors, and television embedded vanity mirrors. The hotel’s topmost 6th floor is where the finest views and accommodations rest, split between the specialty Barbaros Suites and the hotel’s crown jewel, the exquisite Shangri-La Suite.

The Shangri-La Bosphorus, reflecting the role of its adjacent waterway, offers a distinct mix of Turkish-meets-Asia service and amenities. Even the staff represents a blend of Ottoman ebullience and Oriental charm, helming everything from sumptuous Asian treatments alongside Turkish hammams in CHI, The Spa to delectable dining experiences in Shang Palace, the culinary pride of Shangri-La for its traditional Cantonese delicacies and perfectly paired Turkish wines. The heart of Shangri-La Bosphorus is the Lobby Lounge, where breakfast, lunch, and traditional afternoon tea is followed by tapas and live entertainment come nightfall.

Invigorated by the cuisine and relaxed from a good night’s rests, guests are fully prepared to explore Istanbul’s surrounding attractions. Shangri-La Bosphorus is only a short walk away from Dolmabahce Palace and the upscale boutiques of Nisantasi, and provides easy access to the city’s many palaces and landmarks. After a day marveling at the Blue Mosque and poring over the spices and rugs at the Grand Bazaar, guests have the benefit of returning to Shangri-La Bosphorus for a bit of unwinding in the indoor heated swimming pool and deep Jacuzzis, basking in the views and setting of this unique gem of a hotel.

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