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May 20, 2011updated Jul 29, 2015

Raffles En Route to Istanbul

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Istanbul, Turkey – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

2012 will mark the arrival of a Raffles Hotels & Resorts in Istanbul. Set to open in the fourth quarter, the hotel will open in Istanbul’s new Zorlu Center, Turkey’s first and only mixed use project that, in addition to the hotel, includes space for a performing arts center, officers, residences and retail.

The $175 million hotel, designed to reflect the cultural heritage of the ancient city, will feature 130 guestrooms and 50 suites ranging from 700 to 3,982 square feet. Boasting glittering views of the Bosphorus, the hotel will also house two restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor pools and a heliport for days when a car just won’t do. The signature Raffles Spa will be 32,000 square-feet of decadent pampering. Guests will also have direct access to the Performing Arts Centre that offers world-class plays and musicals that debut concurrently with their Broadway and West End openings.

This will be the tenth property for the 124-year-old Raffles, which manages nine luxury hotels worldwide.

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