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Istanbul welcomes its newest luxury hotel this month with the opening of the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul. Set on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait between the Dolmabahce Palace and Naval Museum, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul overlooks the unfolding panorama of Istanbul’s domes and minarets and the green hills of the city’s Asian shores. Located on the site of a former tobacco warehouse from the 1930s, the original warehouse’s restored, six-storey Neo-Classical façade and two carefully preserved 150- and 350-year-old Sycamore trees in the courtyard give testament to the past.

Inside, the Shangri-La is a modern oasis that takes its cues from the glamorous Dolmabahce Palace, with swathes of marble, glittering chandeliers and a mix of European, Asian and Turkish design.

The hotel’s guestrooms are the most spacious in Istanbul; ranging from 42 to 60 square metres, the majority offer dazzling Bosphorus views, while all enjoy high speed complimentary internet access, Turklish marble bathrooms, Bvalgari amenities, and spacious work areas.

Be sure to leave time for a meal at IST TOO, the hotel’s specialty restaurant. Set against the backdrop of a Bosphorus view, rose gold floor lamps and spherical ceiling pendants light the restaurant’s wide expanse of Turkish marble and custom-made dark chocolate oak furnishings upholstered in hues of taupe, burnt orange and mineral blue. Semi-private dining enclaves are carved out by timber portals, while conker-coloured leather banquettes stretch along the wall seating those who prefer to be in the mix.

Matching the vibrant design is an all-day dining menu of world cuisine, including Japanese, Southeast Asian, Mediterranean and Turkish. IST TOO is a feast for the eyes with a sushi bar; vast Wine Salon with full-height, glazed wine cabinets; a noodle station with a Chinese chef pulling noodles, and an open kitchen where chefs cook over the 12-metre grill.

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