The Hotel Raffles Istanbul in Besiktas more than lives up to the Raffles reputation for incomparable service (24 hour Butler service); it also enjoys a fantastic view of the city and the Bosphorus from a great vantage point atop a hill near the famous Zorlu Centre. The contemporary hotel only recently opened last Sept 1, 2014 but celebrities like Lady Gaga and local elites have already been magnetized by its grandeur.
All of its 181 spacious and lavish guestrooms and suites have floor to ceiling glass walls that open up to balconies that enjoying views of the city’s historic domes and the Bosphorus in the distance. World class amenities include a vast lavish spa, indoor and outdoor pool, 3 hammams, an open air movie theatre on the rooftop, beautiful event and meeting spaces, helipad, and a modern gym. Entertainment, wining and dining choices include two restaurants (one classy eatery by Michelin starred chef Sergio Arola), two lounges, a poolside bar and grill, the vibrant Long Bar.