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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

New to Five Star Alliance: The St. Regis Istanbul

August 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled in the heart of Nisantasi, The St. Regis Istanbul, which is scheduled to open February 1, 2015, is surrounded by the exclusive district's shops, dining, art, and entertainment. Mere steps away are such destinations as Macka Park, the convention center, the city center, and the Bosporus.

The St. Regis Istanbul

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Posted in: Istanbul

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul Suitable for a Family of Five?

June 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ritz Carlton Istanbul
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Istanbul. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 5 . There are 2 adults and 3 children 15, 10, and 8.

ANSWER: Ritz Carlton Istanbul 

This luxury hotel, set in the heart of the city and overlooking the Bosphorus, beautifully blends modern sophistication with historic Ottoman touches, found everywhere from the spa's traditional hammam to the exceptional accommodations. A 16th-century door offers passage from the energetic city into this Istanbul hotel, where the graceful lobby is adorned in Turkish carpets, antique furniture and an oversized oil painting from contemporary artist Timur Kerim Incedayi. The location of this luxury hotel invites the beauty of the Bosphorus into spaces throughout the property. At Cintemani Restaurant and Bleu Lounge & Grill, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with spectacular views, while meeting and wedding venues such as the Cam room also draw upon its charm. Guests can easily explore this historical city with its most famous attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, only 15 minutes away.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Ritz Carlton Istanbul
-Bosphorus Suite connected to a standard Partial Bosphorus king or twin rolloway. Guest rooms and suites at this Istanbul hotel offer impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

The Partial Bosphorus View Deluxe Room is 450 square feet with Turkish-inspired style and decor. Choose from one King or two Twin beds. The oversized marble bathroom is decorated with Iznik tiles, and has a separate shower and bathtub. Amenities include multi-lingual interactive flat screen TV, Internet access, computer and fax hook ups, multi-line telephones with voice mail, honor bar, coffee machine, electronic in-room safe, and twice daily maid service.

 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

 


Bathroom with a View: The Grand Tarabya

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Tarabya has bathrooms (and guest rooms) that offer views of the Marina, The Bosphorus, and the garden.

The Grand Tarabya

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Did You Know? Pera Palace Hotel

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pera Palace Hotel has five suites named after Ernest Hemingway. The suites pay tribute to the prolific American writer and are a treasure for lifestyle connoisseurs like him. The interiors are jade blue to reflect his love of the sea and earth brown for his love for cigars. The spacious 55 square meter suites include a separate living room and dressing room. The suite can be connected to a Deluxe Pera View room when seeking an even superior level of space and comfort.  The suites overlook the captivating area of Instanbul's Pera district.

Pera Palace Hotel

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Posted in: Istanbul

Image of the Day: Ceylan InterContinental

February 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ceylan InterContinental is the ideal base for exploring Istanbul's historic sites, museums, restaurants, clubs, and shops. Located in Taksim with stunning views of the Bosphorus, Istanbul skyline and the Blue Mosque, this luxury hotel is a short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Lutfi Kırdar Congress Hall.

Ceylan InterContinental 

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Image of the Day: Shangri-La Bosphorus

January 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La Bosphorus invites you to take an invigorating dip in their indoor heated swimming pool.

Shangri-La Hotel Bosphorus

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Posted in: Istanbul

Your Questions Answered: What are the Options for Connecting Rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus?

November 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons IstanbulWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 6 and looking to stay at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. What are the best connecting rooms offering the best Bosphorus views accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: On the European bank of the Bosphorus – which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart – the Four Seasons gives a 19th-century palace a fresh, eclectic spirit. Alluring facilities include a chic urban spa, fine restaurants, and pools by the quayside that overlook the Asian shore. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus offers 170 guest rooms including 25 suites. Bright and airy, blending Ottoman design details and contemporary furnishings. these rooms open to balmy sea breezes and a variety of waterfront, garden and city views. Nearly a quarter of the rooms offer views across the legendary Strait to the hills of Asia.Four Seasons Istanbul

For your party choose the Palace Bosphorus Room King plus single bed, connecting to the same or to the Bosphorus Palace Two Bedroom Suite.

Palace Bosphorus Room King: These high-ceilinged, expansive rooms measuring 45-55 sq m (484 to 592 sq ft) offer eye-catching views of the city's key landmarks, including the Strait of Bosphorus, the Asian shores, the Maiden Tower or the domes and minarets of Old Town. Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, A rolloway or crib can easily be added.


Two-Bedroom Bosphorus Palace Suite: These suites offer views of our beautifully landscaped gardens and the Bosphorus. The first bedroom has a king bed while the 2nd room has 2 twin beds. Maximum occupancy is 5 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. An extra rollaway or crib can be added. Suite measures 170 sq m (1830 sq ft) They are the perfect setting for meetings or entertaining.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 


Did You Know? Sumahan on the Water

September 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Sumhan on the Water
Sumahan on the Water
 sits on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits which separate Europe from Asia and link the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean beyond.

It was originally built in the mid-nineteenth century to produce suma, the unadulterated spirit used to make raki, the Ottomans' favourite tipple. Where today a motorised launch ferries hotel guests to and from downtown, barges laden with figs would arrive to keep the stills of the Sumahan busy.

Fall rates at Sumahan on the Water start at $388 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Sumahan on the Water

February 9, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Sumahan on the Water, a newly restored nineteenth century Ottoman distillery opened its doors as a hotel in May 2005.

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

December 21, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul:

-Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory and is the only luxury hotel on the European shores of the Bosphorus.


-The architectural grandeur of the palace  is blended with the modern comfort of a deluxe hotel

-Resort ambience in the center of the city with 315 rooms.

-Within walking distance of the Hotel is the harbor side district of Ortakoy, a fascinating area full of seafood restaurants, specialty antique, ceramic and jewelry shops. 

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