Breakfast is included in the rate and showcases the Turkish countryside's best honeys, olives and cheeses
Prime location puts Istanbul's best sights and transport options at your fingertips
Atmospheric spa has a free Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
What To Know
Istanbul's rambling backstreets can be confusing; get thorough directions before heading out
The lobby is tiny and not really designed for loitering or lingering
WiFi is free
Room service is available 24 hours
Parking on site
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Designer digs with a candlelit spa and sweeping Bosphorus views in one of Istanbul's liveliest 'hoods
Perched high above the Bosphorus, the Gezi overlooks the sprawling waterside palaces of Istanbul's glory days. The hotel forgoes Baroque traditionalism, however, in favor of a 17-story zinc and titanium façade, showy wall panel lighting, curvilinear sculpturing and, in the lobby, a glowing cube that doubles as a coffee table. But don't get the Gezi wrong: It has a warm and inviting feel, with plenty of traditional touches, such as earth tone marble floors and wood panel walls.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are dressed in muted earthy tones and come with hardwood floors and subdued furnishings, though few designer embellishments could complete with the main attraction: a stunning vista of city and sea. The comfy window benches are ideal for taking in the scenic waterway by day, and at night for gazing out at Istanbul's minaret-studded skyline, the passing freighters and the dazzling light shows on the LED-ornamented Bosphorus bridge. The spacious Italian marble bathrooms don't short-change the sights either, with the corner suites providing lookout points from both the shower and sink.
A sanctum of candlelit bliss, the Gezi's atmospheric spa offers a lengthy treatment list of different massages; you can choose to be pleasantly pummeled by a Balinese or Turkish masseuse. Many of the spa's best features are free of charge, including the sauna, steam room and kingly Jacuzzi, which sits in a marble-clad Ottoman bath chamber complete with pitch-perfect mood lighting. Vittorio Sindoni has teamed up with the Gezi to open Fiamma restaurant and bar, which serves traditional Italian cuisine and offers spectacular views over the Bosphorus.