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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.

Image of the Day: Ceylan InterContinental

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

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?

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

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

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

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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Image of the Day: The House Hotel Nisantasi

By: Five Star Alliance


Bird cage chairs and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves equal one cool room at The House Hotel Nisantasi.


Posted in: Istanbul

Ah, Gee, A Hotel! A'jia Is the Bosphorus Hotel of Choice

By: Christopher Roney

It's not possible to get any closer to the shores of the Bosphorus than the A'jia Hotel. It's just about literally on the water, and this jewel of the Mediterranean gleams with a particular lustre. The Ottoman mansion has only 16 rooms and you're basically guaranteed a wonderful view. The unique location of the property allows it to be both hidden away and easily accessible from the city of Istanbul, so you can tour the sites and head out on the town without skipping a beat. Of course, you might not want to head into the city for dinner, since the A'jia restaurant could go toe-to-toe with almost any in the world. And because the hotel is so small, you're sure to have an intimate dining experience. The A'jia hotel is a fusion of timeless elegance, maintaining the beauty of its original 1800s construction and merging it with all of the modern amenities. If you're looking to explore the beauty and wonder of the Mediterranean and have an experience of both an incredible luxury hotel and an amazing natural setting, the A'jia Hotel should be on your shortlist.

Condé Nast Traveler Platinum Circle 2012: Swissotel the Bosphorus

By: Christopher Roney

We've been spotlighting a list of Conde Nast's award-winning Gold List Hotels for 2012, and each one is amazing in its own right. In a clear case of never enough of a good thing, Conde Nast has yet an additional level to their awards, the meta-prestigious Platinum Circle Hotels, distinguished for being consistent Gold List winners for the last five years. Perhaps it could have been more aptly named the Conde Nast Award for Continued Excellence in the Having of Conde Nast Awards, but that's probably just my jealousy talking. It takes a certain level of cachet to be able to recognize someone for being recognized by you, and the Conde Nast Awards carry that weight. Regardless, the Platinum Circle hotels are undoubtedly some of the best of the best and have the mark of consistency that other hotels can only aspire to.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Today, the hotel on showcase the Swissotel the Bosphorus in Istanbul.  Turkey's capital is a place of so much history that you can barely take a step for fear of crunching some historic relic of civilizations past and present.  And to explore such a storied city, you need a storied location. The Bosphorus has unparalleled views of the old city and the Bosphorus from its perch on a wooded hilltop.  Sixteen restaurants, bars, and lounges provide every possible permutation of fine dining you could hope for, and you can look forward to relaxing in their heated indoor and outdoor pools. Modern amenities meet turkish tradition in a hotel with both a traditional Turkish wellness center and perfect connectivity.  Swissotel the Bosphorus is everything you'd want on the Mediterranean coast, packaged up nicely just waiting for your visit.