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The Peninsula to Open Waterfront Hotel in Istanbul

The property is situated on the banks of the Bosphorus in the city’s historic Karaköy district.

By Irenie Forshaw

If you’re searching for the perfect destination to book a romantic weekend away ahead of Valentine’s Day, look no further. The Peninsula has announced plans to open a stunning waterfront hotel in Istanbul on February 14 and is already accepting reservations.

Situated on the banks of the Bosphorus in the city’s historic Karaköy district, the hotel is set across four buildings – three of which are protected landmarks dating back to the early 1900s – that have been carefully restored to their full splendour.

Istanbul is a dynamic multicultural city with thousands of years of history and culture, combined with a youthful and vibrant energy,” said Clement Kwok, managing director and CEO of The Peninsula.

“We have spent a lot of time and effort meticulously restoring this beautiful property on the Bosphorus and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike to experience our world-renowned Peninsula hospitality. With our new property we are delighted to offer a magnificent new location that fulfils the most discerning travel dreams.”

[See also: Sonja Vodusek on Bringing The Peninsula London to Life]

The Peninsula Istanbul bedroom
The new hotel features 177 elegant rooms and suites / ©The Peninsula

The new hotel features 177 elegant rooms and suites beautifully decorated with bespoke furnishings kilim-style carpets, mother-of-pearl accents and lavish bathrooms clad in Marmara marble.

Many of the accommodations boast floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies revealing sweeping vistas of the Bosphorus Strait – a natural waterway that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

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The best place to soak up the views is the 5,490-sq-ft Peninsula Suite. Occupying the entire top floor of the hotel’s southernmost building, the sprawling suite features an expansive living room complete with a baby grand piano, a private hammam, and fitness center. The pièce de résistance, however, is the outdoor terrace which boasts its own rooftop swimming pool and a breathtaking glass house solarium for hosting gourmet dinners.

If you’re looking for something a bit smaller – but equally as lavish – consider booking the aptly named Art Suite. Located on the third floor of the hotel’s main heritage building, the 1,884-sq-ft apartment features its own exclusive art gallery filled with original paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from an array of contemporary and classical Turkish artists.

The Peninsula Istanbul lobby
The Lobby serves an all-day Mediterranean-influenced menu / ©The Peninsula

When it comes to dining, the Peninsula Istanbul has plenty of choice. Overlooking the hotel’s beautifully manicured gardens is the restaurant and bar where guests can sample delicious Turk-Asian cuisine.

For a more casual dining affair, The Lobby downstairs serves an all-day Mediterranean-influenced menu, Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. The 260-seat eatery features double-height ceilings and enormous windows overlooking the Bosphorus in a nod to the building’s history as an early 20th-century ferry passenger terminal.

As for relaxation, the hotel boasts an impressive 18,030-sq-ft spa and wellness center complete with traditional Turkish steam rooms, an 82-ft indoor swimming pool, eight treatment rooms and a gym.  Outside, guests will enjoy access to another pool dotted with private cabanas while Wellness Portals provide access to in-room programs such as guided exercise routines, meditation and aromatherapy self-care rituals.

The Peninsula Istanbul is ideally situated for exploring the city and is in walking distance of an array of landmarks including the Galata Bridge, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Guests can enjoy an exclusive opening offer of €1,050 (approx. $1,085) including daily breakfast for two, a €100 credit towards dining, spa and wellness and airport pick up for all suite reservations.

[See also: The Most Romantic Hotel Suites in the World]

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