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Travel + Leisure Names Raffles Istanbul to its Esteemed 2015 “It” List

Sunday, February 01, 2015
Raffles Istanbul

Selected by Travel + Leisure’s key Editors, the 10th annual IT list showcases hotels that are transforming their destinations through cutting edge design, spectacular interiors and superior service. Showcasing only the crème de la crème of newly opened properties, Raffles Istanbul was chosen within the “Instant Classic” category for its effortless mix of virtuoso architecture and dazzling interiors.

Raffles Istanbul sits in the heart of the cutting-edge Zorlu Center, a modern-day bazaar where fashion, fine food and the arts converge on the European shore in Beşiktaş. This rich heritage is reflected in the light and airy interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA). Utterly contemporary, full of texture and distinctly Turkish, the hotel is embellished with a gorgeous collection of specially-commissioned artworks, many of these are by Turkish artists. Tactile sculptures, objets trouvés and contemporary interpretations of classic patterns, pieces inspired by fabulous Byzantine jewels – all bring the ancient and modern together seamlessly.

Raffles Istanbul offers its guests 136 guestrooms and 49 suites – all spacious and filled with light, blending Turkish and contemporary design and offering everything the modern traveller demands. Floor to ceiling windows lead to furnished private terraces and balconies, for lofty views over the Bosphorus and the city.

The IT list features 43 hotels globally which include the likes of The Brando, French Polynesia; The Miami Beach EDITION, Florida; Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto; Viña Vik, Millahue, Chile; El Blok, Vieques, Puerto Rico; and Drake Devonshire Inn, Ontario. Follow @travlandleisure on Twitter and @travelandleisure on Instagram and join the Travel + Leisure It List 2015 conversation using the hashtag #TL_ItList.


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Raffles Istanbul, Zorlu Center, 34340 Istanbul, Turkey | toll free: + 800 1 7233537 | Tel: + 90 212 924 0200


About Raffles Hotels & Resorts: Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The portfolio currently comprises 11 luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in key locations around the world: in Singapore, Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, the Philippines, Paris and Istanbul each one is an oasis of calm and charm. The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with openings in key destinations scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests.

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is owned by FRHI Holdings Ltd, a leading global hotel company with more than 110 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties.

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