Istanbul & Nepal
Collected by Jo Hilton
Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
When Captain Ressa moved Oceania Cruise Lines' new Marina cruise ship from the pier in Istanbul, he could not have had better timing. As she swung about to slip by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace, an intense vivid red sunset...
Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Yeni Cami Cd. No:3, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Visiting a mosque, to me, is always the strongest display of one's faith. I'm not Muslim, but every time I see the devout take some quiet time and create their own Oasis, I feel compelled to pause and contemplate.
Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
If these palace walls could talk they’d recite plans for military campaigns and tales of love, lust and betrayal that make this former residence and imperial seat of the Ottoman Empire so intriguing. Walk the tile-and-mosaic-lined corridors...
My Turkish friend Erem introduced me to these highly addictive "wet burgers" the minute I got to my hotel near Taksim Square. After a 17-hour flight, the compact burger—a garlicky patty inside a soft bun that's been doused in tomato sauce—...
Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Walk into Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) and look up to the heavens to see why so many conquerors and their respective religions claimed this basilica turned mosque turned museum as their own. Visitors will swoon over the Byzantine gilded mosaics,...
Merkez Mah., 34421 Fatih/Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
There are two ways to walk to the dizzy heights of the Galata Tower from Karakoy Tram Station. One is to follow the pedestrian traffic and ascend an uninviting steep staircase close to the tram way, the other is to take the more photo-worthy and...
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:119, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Istanbul’s hippest district, Beyoğlu, offers a resoundingly different accommodation option, aimed at independent travelers. For guests who love the idea of renting a holiday apartment to experience Istanbul life but still seek the security...
No:28, Yıldız Mh., Çırağan Cd., 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
The luxurious lives of Ottoman grandees are unveiled at the Four Seasons Bosporus. In the restored Atik Pasha Palace, Turkish interior designer Sinan Kafadar has created a space that effortlessly blends the decadent artisan features of the palace...
Sultanahmet, Tevkifhane Sk. No:1, 34122 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
No. /B, Kocatepe Mahallesi, Taksim Fırını Sk. No:25, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
In the heart of the city’s business district of Taksim, the Marti Istanbul Hotel is a thoroughly modern example of Istanbul’s contemporary face. Designed by Zeynep Fadillioğlu, the interiors balance both classic and contemporary...
Teşvikiye, Bronz Sk. D:no: 4, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
My windows open up to a view of the blue Bosphorus. My oversized suite oozes old-world charm while offering the modern conveniences of halogen lights, a television in the bathroom mirror, filtered tap water, and an iPod dock. The fixtures,...
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:52, Evliya Çelebi Mahallesi, 34430 Tepebaşı Beyoğlu/Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
One of the world’s iconic hotels, the Pera Palace first swung open its doors in 1892 and has been a meeting point for travelers in the city for more than 100 years. Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie clicked at their typewriters in the...
Levazım Mahallesi Koru Sokağı Zorlu Center, Levazım Mahallesi, 34340 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Raffles Istanbul harnesses Istanbul’s entrepôt heritage to the city’s vibrant, present-day spirit with interiors that celebrate both the past and the present. The vast lobby features abstract sculptures, Turkish ceramic tilework,...
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddessi, No:6, 34367, Istanbul, Vişnezade Mahallesi, Elmadağ Cd., 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul overlooks the curvaceous bends of the Bosporus from a superb central location just a short stroll from Taksim Square. Classically styled rooms come with feather beds and 300-thread-count linens. Turkey’s famed Iznik...
Harbiye Mahallesi, Abdi İpekçi Cd. No:34, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
Istanbul's premier hipster pad oozes urban Bauhaus style. Turkish interior design firm Autoban created a chic minimalist ambience in the vast rooms, which feature custom-made beds and furniture, and glass-walled bathrooms with bath products...
Levent Mahallesi, Büyükdere Cd. No:136, 34330 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
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...
Kılınç Ali Paşa Mahallesi, Defterdar Ykş. No:26, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
With only 18 rooms, and a room-to-staff ratio of one-to-one, this funky design hotel offers personalized service that makes guests feel as if they’re staying at an ultra-stylish friend’s home. Outfitted to feel like a slice of New York...
Kanlıca Mahallesi, Çubuklu Cad. Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalısı No:27, 34810 Beykoz/İstanbul, Turkey
Istanbul’s heart, the Bosporus Strait, snakes through the metropolis and splits Asia from Europe. Away from the central city hubbub, A’jia sits tucked into the upper Bosporus shoreline with panoramic views across this watery highway.
Suleyman Seba Cad No 22 Akaretler, Vişnezade Mahallesi, 34357 Istanbul/İstanbul, Turkey
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...
Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, Mete Cd. No:34, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
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...
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