Raffles Istanbul

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

A brand new addition to Istanbul’s smorgasbord of luxury hotels is the wonderfully grand Raffles Istanbul. Incarnating the modern, cosmopolitan face of Turkey’s cultural capital, Raffles Istanbul is an architectural delight with a lavish, artistic design throughout.
Perfect forLong weekends packed with shopping, art and entertainment.
In the knowAs with its Parisian counterpart, Raffles Istanbul has its own Art Concierge to provide guidance on the fascinating art scene in Istanbul.

Recommended for...

  • City Hotel
  • Food & Wine
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Spa & Wellness

Hotel Overview


At the heart of the Zorlu centre in Besiktas, Istanbul’s high-end shopping venue.

Rooms at Raffles Istanbul

The 132 guest rooms and 49 suites are minimalist in style with an injection of plush fabrics and colours. Most inviting are the balconies and tall windows: choose from views of the old city, luxury retail scene or the Bosphorus. Adorning the neutral walls are artworks inspired by the iconic Blue Mosque, while in the grand lobby an impressive, Henry Moore-inspired bronze sculpture by Martin Dawe dips into a pool of tranquil water.

Food and facilities

Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining. There’s Arola, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola who specialises in creative, tapas style dishes. Rocca serves Mediterranean cuisine and world food options, too. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also three luxurious bars, a pool bar and grill and a lovely tea room.

Activities at Raffles Istanbul

Hop from one boutique store to another in the surrounding area, catch a musical event at the Zorlu Performing Arts Centre or make for the open-air movie theatre perched on the hotel rooftop. Raffles Istanbul’s 3000 square-metre spa is the sanctuary to retreat to: with three traditional hammams, couples suites, indoor pool and outdoor pool for a swim with a view.

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