Looks like Shangri-La managed to beat out Viceroy, who is also planning to open a property in Istanbul later this year. And while Viceroy will be spread over 10 buildings on 16 acres of farmland, the new Shangri-La is actually built on the site of an old tobacco warehouse from the 1930s—guests can even witness the building's incredible history just by peeking at the two Sycamore trees in the hotel's courtyard, one of which is 350 years old.
This is Shangri-La's second European hotel, and it is located in Besiktas, on the waterfront between the Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime Museum—and yes, most of the rooms will all have views of the Bosphorus. (Not to mention free WiFi).
Shangri-La claims it has the most spacious rooms in Istanbul (starting at 42 sq meters), and judging from the website photos, guests can expect custom artwork, a silvery-y palette, and bathrooms done in Turkish marble with heated floors and Bulgari toiletries (as you can tell from the photo above, the bathrooms may be the biggest appeal).
IST TOO is the hotel's global cuisine restaurant, with its own sushi bar and Wine Salon; below that is Shang Palace, a Chinese restaurant with its own Kung Fu tea master, and an "inverted pagoda structure floating overhead." CHI is the hotel's eight-suite spa with a traditional Turkish hammam, jacuzzi, steam room, and heated indoor pool.
Rates from $650/night