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Shangri-La Squeezes New 14-Story Istanbul Hotel Into 7-Story Building

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  Site Where: Sinan Pasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi sok, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey, 34353
February 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM | by | ()

The bulk of Shangri-La’s proliferating hotel portfolio might be in China (54 locations and counting), but this year will see two major openings in Europe, tripling the group’s presence on the continent, which currently is limited to Paris. A lot of the attention is going to the much-hyped Shangri-La at the Shard, but if all goes as planned, Istanbul will beat London to the punch with the arrival of the Shangri-La Bosphorus in May .

Right on the edge of the Bosphorus strait, on the European side of the city, the hotel is housed in a former tobacco factory and warehouse from the 1930s. How do you fit 186 of the city’s most spacious guest rooms and all the luxury facilities of a Shangri-La hotel into an historic seven-story building while protecting its landmark facade? You go underground, digging a hole seven stories deep (or six, depending on where you look on the hotel’s website; we hope they’re not still figuring that one out).

If ever a city is a suitable back-drop for mixing European and Asian influences, it’s Istanbul (there’s even a sign when you cross the Ataturk bridge that has “Welcome to Asia!!” on it). Pale grey and blue dominate in the initial room images, with rather moody dark marble in the bathrooms. Little hints in fabrics and design relate to the group’s Asian heritage, with some rooms featuring private terraces overlooking the Bosphorus.

The same mix can be found in the food in the all-day dining restaurant, with a tea lounge and bar in the lobby lounge. A Cantonese destination restaurant will focus on Chinese specialties. Chinese healing therapies are the core of the experience at the CHI spa, which has seven private treatment rooms, but in a nod to the hotel’s location, two hammams. The health club also has an indoor pool and fitness center.

Located in the shopping district of Besiktas, the hotel is in between the famous Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime museum, putting it close to the city’s financial district and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre for business travellers, and within easy reach of Sultanahmet and Taksim for tourists.

This stretch of the Bosphorus is no stranger to luxury hotels; both Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus and Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul are nearby. A Superior room at the Four Seasons starts at a not inconsequential €530($713) a night in May, with a Park View room at the Kempinski a tad higher at €570($767). We wouldn't be surprised if rooms at the Shangri-La will be similarly priced.

[Photos: Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts]

Archived Comments:

old building?

quote from the article: "the hotel is housed in a former tobacco factory and warehouse from the 1930s." => while the renderings look great, the hotel will definitely be a new building. check out the construction progress on Skyscraper City: http://bit.ly/XiMe8L