The Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul has opened, bringing layers of luxury to this already opulent city. Tucked into the Besiktas district of Turkey’s largest city, and near Dolmabahce Palace, the 186-room hotel has been eagerly anticipated, since plans to build it were first announced a few years ago.
Each room features views of either Istanbul’s dramatic skyline or the Bosphorus Strait, which is the boundary between Europe and Asia—yet still within Istanbul. Free in-room WiFi allows you to stay connected and a marble-clad bathroom offers a separate shower and bathtub plus Bvlgari toiletries. Suites offer a separate living-room space to further unwind after a day of poring over spices and rugs at the Grand Bazaar, or traipsing through the city’s many palaces and the Blue Mosque.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul’s restaurant—Shang Palace—specializes in Cantonese cuisine and is poised to be the city’s go-to place for shi-shi Asian fare. IST TOO ensures you can have sushi all day long. Afternoon tea service is available in the lobby lounge where, come nightfall, the space transforms into a tapas bar with live entertainment. CHI, The Spa, carries on the tradition of Turkish baths with a hammam and bathing treatments. A heated indoor swimming pool and fitness center can also be used by guests at CHI, The Spa, which is a spa concept featured at other Shangri-La properties around the world, from Vancouver to Bangkok.