This sleek, ultra-modern spot has its heart set on shaking up the Istanbul hotel scene. Taking its inspiration from the linear forms of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, the Gezi Bosporus offers a chic and thoroughly striking alternative to the city’s usual Ottoman aesthetic. Cozy rooms offer a retro feel with smoked oak and glass used in abundance to create warm yet light-filled interiors. While floor-to-ceiling windows in the Deluxe Bosporus rooms have attention-grabbing views of Istanbul’s iconic Bosporus Strait.
The Gezi Bosporus’ green credentials set it apart and prove comfort doesn’t have to be sacrificed for sustainability. Proudly practically zero-emission, the hotel reuses grey water in its garden, recycles all papers, plastics and metals, and produces hot water from excess air-conditioning system energy making it one of the city’s few hotels to receive Turkey’s Greening Hotel Certification. Just off Taksim Square, staying here puts guests amid Istanbul’s modern city core, steps from the shopping vortex of İstiklal Caddesi but still only a short hop on public transport to the historic quarter of Sultanahmet.
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The Taksim Square neighborhood plants guests right in the vibrant, buzzing heart of modern Istanbul. Shopaholics have the full gamut of the city’s shopping at their fingertips. The wide boulevard of Istiklal Caddesi runs downhill from the square, and it is packed to the brim with both international brands and local design names. This is a bustling neighborhood that showcases the very best of contemporary Istanbul life. Bars, cafés, and some of the city’s most renowned restaurants sit within easy strolling distance, while the historic core of Istanbul is still within easy reach using the excellent tram and metro network.
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Rooms: 67 in total. Garden View rooms from $195, Bosporus View rooms from $230, suites from $255. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: At Fiamma Restaurant & Bar (open 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m.) diners can choose from a menu of homemade pasta specialities, seafood, and classic Turkish dishes such as kuzu pirzola (pistachio-crusted rack of lamb). Spa and gym options: The fitness center (open 9 a.m.–10 p.m.) provides a range of Technogym cardiovascular machines. At the Silver Spa, travelers can opt for a traditional soak-and-scrub Turkish bath or choose from a range of relaxation and skincare treatments that take their inspiration from Far East traditions.
Who’s it for: Urbanites who want to soak up Istanbul’s colorful nightlife with only a short stagger home. Our favorite rooms: Request a Deluxe Bosporus room on the 11th floor to best soak in the waterway views. Table with a view: For dinner with a view, request a table on the outdoor terrace of Fiamma.