The Peninsula Hotel debuts in Istanbul • Hotel Designs

Set along the banks of the scenic Bosphorus in Istanbul’s historic Karaköy district, The Peninsula Istanbul will anchor a new waterfront revitalisation project called Galataport, to include a promenade, museums and art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and a cruise ship port. The heritage property is also within walking distance to many of Istanbul’s most dazzling historic landmarks, such as Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, The Hagia Sophia Mosque, The Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.

The hotel is made up of four separate buildings – three of which are protected historical landmarks dating to the early 1900s, each carefully renovated, set amid a quarter kilometre expanse of blooming gardens along the Bosphorus Strait – the convergence point of East and West in Turkey’s most cosmopolitan city. Restoration work was done in collaboration with The Heritage Board, to ensure the design is in keeping with the local history and culture.

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Celebrating Turkish art and design and the juxtaposition between old and new, the hotel creatively draws inspiration from its local surroundings – including Bosphorus boats and the city’s Grand Bazaar – to create a glamourous new urban oasis destination. The hotel displays a carefully curated handpicked selection of artwork from both renowned and upcoming Turkish artists.

“As a long-term investor, we spent many years selecting the best location for a Peninsula hotel. We are excited to expand our global presence with the opening of The Peninsula Istanbul, together with our esteemed local partners, Dogus and Bilgili. Istanbul is a dynamic multicultural city with thousands of years of history and culture, combined with a youthful and vibrant energy. We have spent a lot of time and effort to meticulously restore this beautiful property on the Bosphorus and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike to experience our world-renowned Peninsula hospitality,” said Clement Kwok, Managing Director and CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels.

living area in Art, Rooftop Garden Suite of The Peninsula Istanbul

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With 177 opulent guestrooms starting at 40 to 49 square metres, and generous suites spread among its four waterfront buildings, The Peninsula Istanbul will offer guests a wide range of accommodation choices. Many will provide sweeping Bosphorus views from large windows, balconies, or private terraces; others will include direct access to the property’s magnificent gardens, outdoor swimming pool, private boat dock, and stylish luxury boutiques. All will be decorated with bespoke furnishings, original art, modern Turkish design elements like wood-and-mother-of-pearl inlay, kilim-style carpets, and lavish bathrooms clad in Marmara marble. The 510 square metre Peninsula Suite, with its own hammam, gym, and rooftop swimming pool, will be one of the most opulent and spacious suites available in the city.

marble silver and white bathroom in The Pen suite at The Peninsula Istanbul

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The hotel’s collection of special-event venues is similarly splendid. Options include a grand ballroom that, when combined with its terrace can accommodate 820 guests for a seated banquet and 1,300 for standing cocktails. In addition, the hotel offers two intimate conference rooms, VIP private dining and wine-tasting areas, and numerous alfresco spaces amid blossoming gardens overlooking the Bosphorus – all paired with state-of-the-art technology.

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The Peninsula Istanbul will provide diners a myriad of opportunities to enjoy sublime gastronomic journeys. The hotel’s featured rooftop restaurant and bar will offer sophisticated Turk-Asian cuisine, celebrating the diverse gastronomic traditions found across the Silk Road, served across several memorable dining areas for up to 350 people. Dining areas include an expansive rooftop terrace with unparalleled views over the Bosphorus and hotel gardens; as well as a main dining room where the décor reflects the confluence of Asian and Turkish cultures. In keeping with cherished tradition, the hotel will also offer signature Peninsula Afternoon Tea and globally inspired fare at The Lobby restaurant, whose 260 seats occupy a dramatic, airy space, with double-height ceilings, enormous windows, and water views from both main and mezzanine levels, which evokes its history as an early 20th century ferry passenger terminal.

hammam and spa in The Peninsula Istanbul

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A robust line-up of relaxation, and wellbeing choices will also greet guests at the hotel in the Peninsula Spa and Wellness Centre. Indulgent offerings will include opulent hammams – traditional Turkish steam rooms – along with a dramatically lit, 25 metre indoor swimming pool, and an extensive menu of treatments to enhance well-being, beauty, and relaxation that can be enjoyed in eight private treatment rooms. Physical fitness and mindfulness classes and workshops will also be offered at the facility’s state-of-the-art Fitness Centre; and a dedicated Wellness Portal provides in-room, round-the-clock access to wellness programmes like guided exercise routines, aromatherapy self-care rituals, and audio meditations. In addition, The Peninsula Istanbul features a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool, set amongst the lush gardens along the Bosphorus offering guests an outdoor dining option as well as private cabanas.

As with all Peninsula properties, The Peninsula Istanbul will offer guests the superb comfort and flawless attention to detail that are synonymous with the brand.

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