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The imperial city of Istanbul is a place where luxury hotels offer palatial quality splendor and don’t skimp on the hospitality either. Historically it all makes sense, Ottoman splendor is after all the marriage of some of the best values and achievements of East and West.
We pulled up to the St. Regis early in the morning after a lengthy flight. It was with ease that we were whisked into the lobby by several employees while our bags were tagged and handled. It is not a grand spacious lobby, more like an incredibly well decorated living room. There is a mosaic of Istanbul on the wall, a display case of dozens of precious vases, comfortable couches and on task staff.
The theme that is evident in this hotel is its art collection. Everywhere from the elevators to the bathrooms has art adorning the walls. Some famous Botero’s to local artists are featured and it really goes well with the decor which is modern and splendid.
Our room had the signature butler service which brought us wonderful amounts of Turkish coffee and tea anytime of day. The furniture was sleek and the beds heavenly. The bathroom and walk in closet went on for days while the balcony window allowed us to see everything from the expansive parks and malls down to the Bosphorous River.
Due to our elite status we received wonderful happy hour drinks and an excellently cooked to order breakfast. On both occasions staff were inspiring aficionados about the quality ingredients being served.
The hotel is mere steps from the city’s best jewelers, clothiers, chocolatiers and everything else classy you can imagine. The neighborhood is a great place to stroll and it is full of other high end hotel properties.
The gym is small but well equipped and the spa area is lovely. There are several experiential plunge pool rooms, sauna and steam as well as relaxation areas around the hammam treatment centers.