Raffles to open in Istanbul, Summer 2014
Raffles Istanbul is located at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Beşiktaş – overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic Peninsula.
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 under the common influence of Turkish culture and heritage, giving the hotel a strong sense of place.
Raffles Istanbul will have an Art Concierge, to steer clients through the city’s exciting new art scene which, over the last few years, hasshifted from heavily traditional to a reinvigorated one, energetically celebrating its new generation of artists.
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 Raffles Butlers will bring a new level of luxury and service to Istanbul – a first for the city.