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St. Regis and Raffles Are Opening in Istanbul this Year, But Will Viceroy?

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
June 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

Every hotel brand out there seems to muscle its way into the Istanbul scene at the moment, with St. Regis and Raffles both opening a brand new hotel just after the summer. While we were ready to include Viceroy on that list, when we checked its website a week ago it still said “early 2014”, but since has completely disappeared. Trouble in paradise?

Starting with confirmed openings, The St. Regis Istanbul (above) will be opening on October 15 in the city’s Nişantaşi neighborhood, on the European side of the Bosphorus strait. The hotel will have 118 rooms and suites, with four suites featuring “custom interiors by world-renowned designers”. All the usual features you’d expect will be here, including a rooftop restaurant, something very quintessentially Istanbul. Reservations aren’t open yet, but expect rates from €400 ($545) a night and up.

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]

Archived Comments:

Viceroy Delay

A few weeks ago, Viceroy told us explicitly:

The Viceroy Istanbul hotel will not be open for at least 2 years.