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3 Hotels to Stay at in Istanbul

Separating Europe from Asia, Istanbul served as the focal point for several ancient empires. Its past has blessed the Turkish metropolis with storied architectural wonders that still stand today punctuated throughout the city. Outside of enriching ancient ruins, Istanbul hosts mouthwatering eateries, vibrant nightlife, luxury shopping, and a modish hotel scene. Below, we’ve rounded up three places to stay at during your next trip👇

1️⃣ Two neo-classical renaissance buildings that recently experienced an elegant face-lift, The House Hotel Karaköy (@thehousehotelkarakoy) is set within Istanbul’s Financial District. Interiorly, the hotel boasts rooms with stunning views of the Bosphorus Bridge and Golden Horn, which are perfectly accompanied by a décor encompassing fine-lined contemporary art & design. Upon entering the lobby, guests will notice walls dressed with masterpieces picked out by the in-house art curator and a sleek circular ornate bar area with a preserved bank vault from the building’s past life.

2️⃣ Located in Istanbul’s trendy Nisantasi neighborhood, The Stay Nisantasi (@thestaynisantasi) hosts 44 glossy rooms tastefully accompanied by neutral tones—mostly mink, cream & taupe—which create a perfect atmospheric medium between a luxe old-European style edifice and modern boutique hotel. We love the lobby’s half-circle custom made bookcase and grand windows that look out into the Art Nouveau buildings lined along the street in front of the hotel.

3️⃣ Two buildings—one an old Sultan’s palace, the other a new modern-style hotel—make up the Ciragan Palace Kempinski (@cpkempinski), giving it an enchanting mix of old & new. Turkish design is pervasive throughout the property, especially in the traditional Ottoman dining room (regional cuisine is served at the on-site restaurant, Tugra), a terrace that offers panoramic views of the Bosphorus River, clean-cut gardens with palm trees and trellises, as well as a Turkish Hammam—we love the rejuvenating algae wraps. A destination for a-list celebrities and global royalty, many of the hotel’s sumptuous rooms offer views of the neighboring Bosphorus River and Yildiz Park.

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