Raffles Istanbul will be part of Zorlu Center, a massive development (above) in Beşiktaş, a “next-generation bazaar, where fashion, performance and art converge”. Beating sibling Fairmont’s opening by a few years, Raffles will have 132 rooms and 49 suites, which you can get to by flying into the rooftop helipad. That rooftop will also have a pool with live music and DJ in the evenings, which should have pretty stellar views over the city.
Like St. Regis, Raffles offers butler service for all rooms, which come with balconies to take in the sights and sounds of Istanbul. Reservations are open from September 1, with an opening special the first weekend of September running at €308 ($420) a night for a Deluxe Room.
Unlike the other two, Viceroy was meant to take over ten existing buildings to offer a much smaller total of 58 guestrooms and suites, also overlooking the Bosphorus. The link to its website now redirects to the homepage of the group, and any mention of both the hotel and its residence component is gone, now only referring to Viceroy Bodrum as upcoming opening in Turkey. We’re not sure what happened here, but we think it’s safe to say a 2014 opening – if any opening at all – is a question mark at this point. When we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know.
[Photos/Renderings: St. Regis, Raffles, Viceroy]