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DESIGN NOTES: The interior of this property goes for modern stateliness: lots of muted tones and plush fabrics. But the real eye-opener is the surrounding 65-acre swath of greenery, once part of Dolmabahce Palace, which offers a remarkable degree of tranquility, given the hotel’s central location.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Within walking distance is Dolmabahce Palace, former residence of sultans and final home of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. You’ll also have easy access to the Nisantasi district’s big-name boutiques and the Kabatas ferry terminal.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: The Presidential Suite has an in-room Jacuzzi, sumptuous artwork by Günseli Kato and unparalleled vistas of the Bosphorus and the Old City. There’s even a telescope for those who might want to get a better look at what’s going on around them.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The poolside lunch restaurant Oasis is suitably named. Situated under a shady canopy of gently rustling trees, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some freshly squeezed lemonade and Turkish-style pizza from the wood-burning oven.