Istanbul’s Ottoman heritage and contemporary urban pulse collide at this city retreat. The hotel sits within Akaretler’s historic row houses where high-ranking officials of Sultan Abdulaziz’s reign once lived. Designed by Mahmut Anlar, the interior is stamped with vibrant jewel-toned hues and bold geometric shapes that create an ultra-modern vibe down through the regal 1875 foundations. Rooms are doused in hot-pink highlights and open out to private terraces or gardens, with suite rooms offering beach-style cabanas for a slice of inner-city resort living. Munchie boxes, Bose radios, and king-size beds with 350-thread-count linens make rooms extra welcoming, while marble-clad bathrooms fizz with the essence of Ottoman finery updated for the 21st century.
The W Hotel’s whatever-whenever service philosophy takes a highly customized approach. Staff can arrange tailor-made itineraries that help guests discover hidden sights and the newest restaurants and nightlife. The hotel’s iPhone app allows guests to scope out the city scene from the comfort of their room and order in-room dining at a touch of a button.
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Most famous for the grand old Ottoman palace of Dolmabahçe, the Beşiktaş district still holds onto much of its old regal splendor. The Akaretler neighborhood in particular is a tribute to the days of the sultans, with its streets graced by finely restored late Ottoman architecture. Today this area is a sophisticated hub peppered by design boutiques and trendy restaurants with a quieter atmosphere than the historic core of the city yet still within easy distance to Beyoğlu’s nightlife and Sultanahmet’s monuments.
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Rooms: 140 in total. From $200-340, suites from $375. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With a laid-back, clublike vibe, the W Lounge offers relaxed dining during the day and a more up-tempo bar atmosphere after dark. The menu blends New World flavor with Asian flair. Don’t miss the hotel’s signature themed lunchtime bento boxes. At night, the Destination Bar pours inventive cocktails. Spa and gym details: The W Spa offers a traditional Turkish bath facility as well as two treatment rooms for rejuvenating and relaxing reflexology and massage therapies. The 24-hour Fit Gym has a range of Technogym equipment for a full workout.
Who’s it for: W fans and well-heeled, modern design lovers. Our favorite rooms: Book a second-floor Marvelous Room for your own private cabana-style terrace. Hotel for dogs: Four-legged friends are not forgotten. The hotel’s P.A.W. (pets are welcome) philosophy offers a dog-walking service, custom pet beds, and in-room toys to give guests' furry friends a whole new level of luxury.