Glossy interiors and sleek finishes create a luxurious cocoon away from the buzz of Istanbul.
The ultra-slick Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus is for guests looking for the finer things in life. A luxurious retreat with a glossy finish – marble pillars, purple velvet armchairs, gilt-framed paintings – this elegant hotel is in the Beşiktaş cultural quarter. Wake to Mediterranean breakfasts overlooking the Bosphorus at brand-new Manzara Restaurant, where a glass-edged wall whets your appetite for exploring the city beyond. Spend your days marvelling at the jaw-dropping Byzantine architecture of Hagia Sophia (pick up a three-day Muzekart from the concierge to skip the queues), browsing the art galleries housed in the dusky-pink Akaretler Row Houses and eyeing the installations by up-and-coming artists at Art ON Istanbul.
After you’ve had your fill of the city’s charms, return to the hotel’s sleek spa to turn up the heat on weary limbs in the Turkish bath, saunas and steamrooms. For an extra slice of indulgence sign up for a Spa Soul treatment – try the traditional Turkish hammam for a skin-softening exfoliation and cleansing soap massage. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, watch the culinary theatre at Manzara’s open kitchen, where chefs knock together the likes of green gazpacho or prawns with fresh burrata, followed by yoghurt- and lime-marinated chicken shish, and vine-leaf risotto with grilled anchovies. Finish the day with a mint julep cocktail – spiked with herb-infused bourbon whisky – on the 14th-floor Summit Bar and Terrace, a breezy spot with turquoise leather stools and candlelit tables. Grab a table by the edge of the terrace for the best views of the Istanbul skyline. Rooms and suites are cosy cocoons from the city: Deluxe Rooms come with street views and marble bathrooms, or go all out with an Executive Room with Bosphorus or park views to access the exclusive executive lounge.
In Beşiktaş, a cultural hub of art galleries, tea gardens and restaurants
• Head to Yıldız Park to discover Malta Köşkü and the castle-like porcelain factory • Take in the incredible Byzantine architecture of the dome-topped Hagia Sophia • Head to the Beşiktaş cultural quarter to discover art galleries, stylish cafés and Turkish restaurants • Check out the ever-changing art installations at Art ON Istanbul.
Breakfast at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge