The Istanbul Edition is a slick city pad that eschews Ottoman finery and instead submerges guests in a Zen-inspired interior soaked in serious understated luxury. The huge rooms, designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates, are splashed with a palette of soft grays and warm rosewood. They feature Frette linens, custom-programmed iPods, daily fresh flowers, and Bang & Olufsen electronics. Free from flounces and frills, the quiet elegance of the rooms offers a thoroughly urban-luxe experience. Home to two of the city’s most exclusive nightlife spots, the Istanbul Edition is a destination in and of itself. The warm tones and quirky 20-foot-long tropical fish aquarium lining the bar of the Gold Bar provide a relaxing respite for quiet nightcaps. Business travelers can take care of corporate needs using the 24-hour multilingual secretarial service, the intimate screening room for private films and presentations, plus a series of contemporary-styled meeting rooms.
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Home to the city’s highest skyscrapers, Levent is an unapologetically modern slice of Istanbul sitting high above the Bosporus Strait. The streets are crammed with local and international high-end shopping opportunities, opulent nightlife options, and upscale restaurants. For even more shopping, the ultra-modern Zorlu Center is within walking distance. Istanbul’s excellent metro network connects Levent to Taksim, allowing easy access to all of the city’s other central neighborhoods.
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Rooms: 78 in total. Rooms from $200, Loft rooms from $340. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Founded in 1931, Cipriani Restaurant (open noon to midnight) is a renowned worldwide brand with an Italian menu based on the original Harry’s Bar in Venice. Diners come to tuck into traditional pasta dishes, fresh seafood, and luscious lobster risotto. Spa and gym details: With its richly warm, metallic-hued interior, the Espa Spa (open 7 a.m.–10 p.m.) captures the essence of the heritage of the Turkish baths while incorporating current trends in beauty treatments. Unique offerings include a male grooming menu, a body-sculpting treatment package, and a leather-floored VIP suite. Grand columns rim the indoor pool, and the gym is equipped with a full range of cardiovascular equipment.
Who’s it for: Business travelers who like to work and play. Our favorite rooms: Bag a spacious loft terrace suite for a suitably suave base from which to plan Istanbul exploits. A night to remember: Guests can rub shoulders with Istanbul’s fashionistas and high rollers at Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Club, the hotel’s super exclusive nightclub.