Istanbul: architecture & The W Hotel

by Sasha Wilkins on November 10, 2010 · 7 comments

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The first two nights that we were in Istanbul we stayed in the chic and calm Park Hyatt Istanbul, where we were cossetted in five star luxury.

For our final night, we moved to the W Istanbul in stylish Besiktas, just five minutes down the road by cab from the glamorous shopping area of Nişantaşı where the Park Hyatt is situated.

The thing that impressed me about both hotels is how they have managed to combine international hotel standards with a defined Ottoman feel.

Whilst the Park Hyatt is an art deco inspired building from 1922, the W has a more complex history.

Ten years ago, the area in which it is situated was rundown and neglected, and the landmark Akaretler Row Houses,  Besiktas’  beautiful 19th century buildings were sorely in need of attention. A visionary developer saw the area’s potential, leased the buildings from the city and spearheaded the area’s redevelopment with the W property anchoring the scheme.

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When you walk down the corridors of the hotel they prove the perfect combination of old and new. There are classic W touches: bright pink lighting features and a nightclub feel, but the corridors aren’t straight because the hotel has been constructed from several of the old row houses.

For me, this hotel sums up Istanbul old and new: as the city evolves, it’s important that it keeps its heritage whilst embracing its future, and the W does this admirably.

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LLG was a guest of the W Istanbul

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snowystylista November 10, 2010 at 04:16

I totally agree, after visiting Istanbul in june thats just how I felt, old meets new in ever way possible. The hotels sound fab. e xxx

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admin November 12, 2010 at 15:30

They are: such an extraordinary city LLGxx

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Coco November 10, 2010 at 09:44

This looks incredible!

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admin November 12, 2010 at 15:27

It is! LLGxx

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Isabella Taylor April 2, 2012 at 08:20

This looks wonderful. I am going there this June. Thanks for the wonderful pics!

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Luqman Qadir February 11, 2013 at 17:24

Hi There

This blog post reminds me of my last trip to Istanbul. Turkish government is doing a lot to attract lots of tourists and looking at the progress made is just amazing!

Even if you reside in a small guest house in Asian side of the Istanbul, it has a lot to offer and a lot to see

Good work, Thanks for posting

Kind regards,

Luqman Qadir

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