Above: The suites are due to open in November.
With panoramic views of the line where Asia meets Europe, the Sinan Kadafar-designed Gezi Hotel Bosphorus (Mete Caddesi No. 34, Taksim; 90-212/393-2700; gezibosphorus.com; doubles from US$290) will Â unveil four new suites next month. Each of the suites features open fireplaces, 20-square-meter private balconies and Jacuzzi tubs with expansive views over the Bosphorus. Just a few steps outside is Taksim Square, the central point in Istanbul, and the home of the AtatĂĽrk KĂĽltĂĽr Merkezi, the cityâ€™s main opera house. The hotel itself comprises 56 guest rooms and 11 suites. The paintings of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian were Kadafarâ€™s design anchor point for each of the roomsâ€”and the building faĂ§ade reflects an attempt to modernize the original postwar architecture. The hotelâ€™s restaurant Gâ€™Nova serves modern Turkish delights and flight Mediterranean fare, while the in-house spa offers a range of locally-inspired treatments.