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At Long Last, We Go Inside the Edition Istanbul

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  Site Where: Fulya Mh. Büyükdere Caddesi 136, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, 34330
May 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, HotelChatter Special Contributor Eric Rosen explored the historic back alleys of Istanbul and checked out the Edition Istanbul, a mysterious property which we've only heard about from afar. It's also currently the only Edition Hotel in the world.

The 78 rooms at the Edition Istanbul were designed by Gabellini Shepherd Architects in two different palettes: a soothing milky “Soaped Oak,” and the richer, more masculine “Dark Rosewood,” which is what this room on the 7th floor was.

Rooms come in five categories: Superior, Deluxe, Loft, Loft with Terrace and Penthouse. Mine was a Deluxe Room with a king bed (they also come with queens), with the following notable features:

· King-size bed with city views out the enormous windows which covered almost an entire wall (mine overlooked a tranquil park and cemetery—but not in a creepy way).
· Three huge placard closets with a safe and a small mini bar as well as a built-in wooden suitcase stand.
· A wooden work desk with a wall-mounted, adjustable 42-inch Bang & Olufsen flat-screen LCD TV with cable access and on-demand movies (for 17 Euros!).
· A glass-enclosed bathroom (with curtains for privacy if you wanted) with a deep soaking tub, an enormous rectangular sink that was angled like a triangle toward the faucet end, a separate WC with toilet and bidet, and a separate shower with a wall-mounted hand-held showerhead and a huge overhead rainfall showerhead, stocked with Edition Istanbul bath products commissioned especially from Le Labo, a toiletry brand also favored by Fairmont Hotels. Fittingly, the dominant scent here is black tea.

Have a look at all these features in the gallery and stick around for more from the three-level underground ESPA and its sauna-adjacent “snow room”, its Cipriani restaurant, or the infamous Billionaires Club downstairs from the lobby.

Rates at the Edition Istanbul start at 285 euros ($370 USD) in May.

Full disclosure: Eric Rosen was a guest of the Edition Istanbul for two nights, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.

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