St Regis Debuts in Istanbul

Designed by Turkish architect Emre Arolat, the luxurious St Regis Istanbul opened this month in the Gateway City. An ideal destination for leisure and business travellers, the 118-room St Regis Istanbul provides an unmatched level of luxury and bespoke hospitality. Overlooking Maçka Park and the Bosphorus, the hotel is located in the sophisticated Nişantaşi neighbourhood on the European side of the city, surrounded by chic designer boutiques, contemporary art galleries, and expansive dining and entertainment venues.

The hotel channels the spirit of the glamorous Art Deco era in Istanbul during the 1920s, blending it with contemporary Turkish art and luxurious amenities. The hotel houses an extensive selection of artworks from the Demsa Collection of Art – a private collection belonging to the Demsa Group, which also owns the St Regis Istanbul.

A spectacular chandelier designed by Lasvit welcomes guests into the hotel lobby.Titled Supernova, it is made up of 343 glass panels pieced together to create a cloud-like sculpture that envelops th reception area in a warm, shimmering glow.

The lobby also features a magnificent high-gloss veneer wooden cabinet wall accentuated with bronze and beveled glass. Showcasing a curated selection of objets d’art, it is inspired by display cabinets that were commonly found in Turkish homes at the turn of the 20th century. This element is also incorporated into the design of the guest rooms and suites, wher it appears as part of a buffet which serves as a minibar.

The hotel’s 118 elegant rooms and suites each boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the scenic Maçka Park and Bosphorus, or the début-de-siècle buildings on chic Abdi Ìpekçsi street. Local Marmara marble is used extensively in the bathrooms while the rooms are embellished with artwork from the Demsa Collection and furnishings by Emre Arolat Architects.

The Bentley Suite, one of the hotel’s preeminent suites, has been created in partnership with the world’s premier maker of luxury automobiles, and draws inspiration from the Bentley Continental GT model, designed for the modern aficionado of luxury and performance. The suite features handcrafted finishes and one-of-a-king furnishings throughout, exquisitely capturing the refined style and luxury associated with the experience of sitting behind the wheel of a Bentley.

Guests enter the suite through a beautifully crafted foyer with mirrored ceilings and a marble floor inset with subtle details that reflect the Continental’s wheel design. Expansive glass windows envelop the space as guests lounge and entertain against a beautiful backdrop of Istanbul’s iconic sights. Crafted in bespoke Bentley leather, a built-in sofa anchors the space and perfectly follows the strong curves and lines of both the suite’s architecture and the Continental itself. From the elegant wet bar in olive ash with accents of bright engine spin, anthracite, and claret, guests can enjoy a cocktail whilst three Breitling clocks keep time across Istanbul, London, and New York. Special elements of the Bentley suite include a rug that captures the exquisite detail of the car in wool and silk with an abstract interpretation of the automobile’s iconic matrix grille; custom humidor and handsome his-and-her jewellery boxes crafted by Bentley; large day sofa specially equipped with two Champagne bottle coolers; and a Bentley Home Chaise in the bedroom.

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