Mandarin Oriental Opens Hotel in Istanbul

The brand’s second Turkish outpost enjoys a scenic location on the European shoreline of the Bosphorus.

All photos courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Since Ottoman times, the narrow Bosphorus strait has been a preferred place for the Istanbul elite to build opulent waterside summer homes and mansions, known as yalı, following the example of successive sultans who built European-inspired palaces on its shores. Now, Istanbul-bound travelers will find suitably palatial accommodation at the Mandarin Oriental’s newest luxury hotel in Turkey. Situated in the Kuruçeşme neighborhood, about a 15-minute drive from Taksim Square and the central business district, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul captures the spirit of yalı living but for the 21st century. The hotel’s 100 well-appointed guest rooms and suites combine contemporary design with classic Ottoman details; some offer views of the hotel garden or nearby Naile Sultan Grove, while others look out toward the Bosphorus and its namesake 1970s-built bridge.

Downstairs, concepts by the Russian restaurant empire Novikov have been brought to Istanbul for the very first time. The main Novikov restaurant serves pan-Asian delicacies alongside Italian and Mediterranean dishes in a dining room right on the shoreline, with views across to the Asian side of the Bosphorus. With its tranquil courtyard garden and range of small plates and fine wines, Novikov Lounge Bar is just the spot for an aperitivo. Refreshing cocktails are a must at the alfresco Novikov Pool Bar, while afternoon tea and Turkish coffee can be enjoyed on a terrace beside the strait at Bosphorus Lounge.

A One Bedroom Bosphorus suite at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul.

Inside the main dining room at Novikov restaurant.

Elsewhere on the property, a 3,500-square-meter destination spa beckons with 11 treatment rooms, including two dedicated to beauty rituals and a VIP room that features a garden and private Jacuzzi. Wellness offerings here run the gamut from Thai massages to immunity-boosting light therapies and steam baths in a traditional Turkish hammam. The in-house fitness center is stocked with the latest Technogym weight and cardio equipment, and features a separate pilates and yoga studio. There’s also an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, as well as a circular relaxation area that opens out to a spa garden.

Room rates at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul start from 695 Euros per night (about US$816). Valid until November 22, 2021, the opening offer promises a complimentary night for stays of at least two consecutive paid nights. Guests will also receive a hotel credit of 100 euros (US$117) to be used at the spa or hotel restaurants and bars; members of the brand’s loyalty program Fans of M.O. can look forward to additional benefits.

More information here.

A 54-square-meter Mandarin Bosphorus room at the hotel.

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