The Ritz-Carlton’s Istanbul outpost occupies the upper floors of a high-rise, sitting on a hilltop overlooking the Maçka Park, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Bosphorus. The opening of The Ritz-Carlton in 2001 set higher standards for Istanbul’s hospitality sector. Furthermore, the hotel’s spacious rooms and suites, offering magnificent city views, underwent a complete refurbishment in 2017 with luscious marble bathrooms outfitted with Iznik ceramic tiles. If you book a room at The Ritz-Carlton Club level, you would enjoy extra perks like a relaxing lounge where food and complimentary refreshments are served all day, as well as some complimentary fun activities like workshops on Turkish coffee and Turkish delights with in-house chefs.
The hotel spa, on the other hand, would spoil you with its hammam chamber modeled after the famous 16th-century Turkish baths of Hürrem Sultan. The final touch on your day of relaxation would be a visit to The Roof, an open-air terrace with a sleek bar and pool with sprawling sundecks.
The star of the show is Nobu, where you could sample Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature Japanese-Peruvian dishes in a sleek modern decor with breathtaking panoramic Bosphorus views. If you’d like to go local, choose a table at the inhouse Turkish restaurant Atölye for wood-fire grilled specialties, Turkish mezzes, and homemade pides -the local version of pizza. The haute couture patisserie Vakko L’Atelier, on the other hand, would make the sweet-tooths happy with its French-influenced creations.
Many of the hotel rooms overlook Vodafone Park stadium, so you would likely have immersive experience of a football match of Beşiktaş in the comfort of your room. Beşiktaş is among the top-three sports clubs of Turkey with a very keen fan base.