What We Love
- The glam spa, with eight treatment rooms, indoor/outdoor pools and a hammam
- All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the dazzling skyline views
- Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola’s masterful Catalan cooking at Arola restaurant
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What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel is attached to a luxury shopping mall called the Zorlu Center
- While posh, this neighborhood is somewhat sedate
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Istanbul luxury hotel scene’s proliferation continues apace, and this glamorous 185-room newcomer is one of the most high-profile additions. Set on the fashionable European side of the city in the neighborhood of Beşiktaş, with views over the mighty Bosphorus, Raffles adds a certain Asian-style élan to the white-hot scene. The hotel is located at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a kind of modern-day bazaar showcasing high-end fashion and with a state-of-the-art performing arts center. The opulent interiors were designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates and while the vibe tends towards the mirror, marble and gilt style, there’s also a distinctly Turkish flavor here in the Ottoman and Byzantine-inspired textiles and colors and the outstanding collection of specially-commissioned artworks, many by Turkish artists. The spa is a standout, a mini-universe of luxe pampering that includes four pools, saunas and steam rooms, along with jacuzzis, hammams and relaxation areas galore. The dining scene, meanwhile, takes guests from Catalan, Spain — chef Sergi Arola’s key regional influence — to the Mediterranean, at Rocca, where the dishes have a Turkish spin. There are also three bars, including the atmospheric Writer’s Bar, along with a summertime terrace bar called Lounge 6 on the 6th floor.
In the Area
Slip into your fanciest outfits for a night out at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center, Europe’s largest, which will host everything from Broadway musicals to opera in a dramatic space. While at Zorlu, discover homegrown Turkish fashion talent like Sevan Bıçakçı, whose stunning jewels are like museum-worthy works of art; swanky-meets-preppy menswear at Abdullah Kiğılı; and a host of both established and hard-to-find names at Beyman, a branch of Istanbul’s famous department store. Pretend you own the place when you visit the extravagant, ornamental neo-classical pile known as Dolmabahçe Palace, a castle built by Sultan Abdül Mecit I on the shores of the Bosphorus, then join the well-heeled demi-monde at Vogue, a popular restaurant offering swell views over the water.
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Beautifully designed hotel from inside and outside. The rooms and suites are spacious, very comfortable, beautifully decorated. The hotel offers a great choice of restaurants and bars. All employees in this hotel are working with a very high level of professionalism.
I have now stayed twice at this hotel. It is an amazing property with probably the best hotel staff in Turkey. True professionals that will go out of their way to make sure your stay is perfect.they also have a great Japanese restaurant and Raffles Club is a very pleasant place to hang out.
Yes, exactly that's how I feel when I come back to this hotel!
I love everything about it...location, staff, general manager sweet message, hospitality, fresh complementary fruits and sweets... free extra bottles of water...great restaurant, best lobby with best food and drinks ever...shopping mall attached to the hotel with fine dining and luxury brands and other retailers ....PERFECTION!!! Need to say more?? Thank you Raffles Istanbul from the bottom of my heart ❤️
This hotel is great. It is located within the mall, with lots of amazing shops. The service is exceptional. The rooms are lovely and spacious. We had a butler that bought us lovely coffee on request.
The restaurant in particular the Sunday brunch was incredible with lots of live cooking stations and live music. The dessert room is very good.
I definitely recommend this place.
It’s a little far from the airport especially as the traffic is really bad in Istanbul.
It’s one of my best experiment hotel in my life. You never expect the the staff behavior. Very professional and quality services. Me and my wife was surprised when we get back to the room with the celebration balloons and flowers for our anneversary. Thank you SANA.. , in the restaurant Thank you Melek