Raffles comes to Istanbul …

Raffles Istanbul hotel, Turkey

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RAFFLES Istanbul, Turkey’s newest luxury hotel, will finally open its doors on September 1 after months of anticipation.

The hotel will occupy the heart of the Zorlu Center — a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Beşiktaş — with the opulent five-star address overlooking the Bosphorus, Princess Islands and city’s historic skyline that’s dotted with treasures from the Ottoman Empire.

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“The hotel will provide a calm and modern luxury oasis that’s perfectly placed to experience this timeless city,” said the media release announcing the opening date.

“Whether flying into 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 club atmosphere and a glorious signature Raffles Spa will all help anyone staying here feel relaxed and at home.

“And downstairs in the Long Bar cocktails will be classic but with a distinctly glamorous new twist – make that another Istanbul Sling.”

The hotel will also boasts the legendary Raffles Butler Service, a lovely benefit for guests that currently extends from Singapore to the company’s ten hotels right around the world, with the concept a first for Istanbul.

Visit the Raffles Instanbul website

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… posted August 25, 2014 photography supplied graphic

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