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Open­ing on 1 Septem­ber 2014, Raf­fles is Istanbul’s most ex­cit­ing new ho­tel, the per­fect em­bod­i­ment of the new young face of an an­cient city – a bea­con above the Bospho­rus and an oa­sis of calm and cool. At the heart of the cut­ting-edge Zorlu Cen­tre, a mod­ern-day bazaar where fash­ion, fine food and the arts con­verge on the Euro­pean shore in Beikta, Raf­fles is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing fu­sion of vir­tu­oso ar­chi­tec­ture, daz­zling in­te­ri­ors, in­spired food and deep lux­ury. The ho­tel over­looks the Bospho­rus, the Prince Is­lands and the his­toric penin­sula – a stun­ning van­tage point above the city. Ut­terly con­tem­po­rary, full of tex­ture and dis­tinctly Turk­ish, the ho­tel is em­bel­lished with a gor­geous col­lec­tion of spe­cially com­mis­sioned art­works. Many of th­ese are by Turk­ish artists, oth­ers by artists in­spired by this mag­nif­i­cent city: tac­tile sculp­tures, ob­jets trou­vés and con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tions of clas­sic pat­terns, pieces in­spired by fab­u­lous Byzan­tine jew­els – all bring­ing the an­cient and mod­ern to­gether. Raf­fles Istanbul of­fers its guests 132 gue­strooms and 49 suites – all spa­cious and filled with light, blend­ing Turk­ish and con­tem­po­rary de­sign and of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing the mod­ern trav­eller de­mands. Floorto-ceil­ing win­dows lead to fur­nished pri­vate ter­races and bal­conies, for lofty views over the Bospho­rus and the city.

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