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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The best staff and service without no doubt. Best Restaurant in the city, Isokyo!!! Great butler service and reception was very welcoming! I think most clean rooms that I have ever stayed before. Thank you Raffles Istanbul
Everything about Raffles Istanbul screams luxury; from the beautiful interior, variety of facilities, to the sincere staff who always greet you with a friendly smile! Without a doubt, the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at.
Highly recommend Raffles Istanbul who truly wants to enjoy the stay without any kind of worry or stress, enjoy great location (adjacent to one of Best malls) and being surrounded with excellent team who are truly dedicated to their job. Cleanliness on point, very diverse breakfasts, spacious modern rooms with separate walk in closet, views, facilities of hotel and excellent, helpful at any time team all together made my stay in Istanbul even more comfortable and memorable. Great Job Raffles Istanbul ⭐️
Without doubt one of the favorite hotels I stayed during my time in turkey! Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the staff and general manager, The staff was extremely friendly. and seems special that it really felt like home to me. All respect for the general manager who does a great job here; a true sample of excellent hospitality!
All your staffs I met were very friendly and kind. I felt comfort during my stay.When I requested to deliver Ice cube, ice cube did not deliver with out ice tong. I think even though a guest do not mentioned a tong clearly at the order, your staff should deliver ice cube together with a tong. This kind of sensitivity would improve quest's impression of the stay.