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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.

Best Bathrooms: Raffles Istanbul

By: Five Star Alliance

Suites and rooms at Raffles Istanbul feature a designed inspired by an idea termed The Dream of Istanbul. With They feature full marble double vanity bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower.

Raffles Istanbul

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Image of the day: A'jia Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

A distinguished boutique Hotel, A'jia Hotel is a traditional Ottoman mansion
that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. With its 16 rooms that feature
breathtaking scenes from the Bosphorus, A'jia truly offers a private hideaway
with easy access to historical and cultural attractions of the city.

A'jia Hotel

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Did You Know? Hotel Les Ottomans

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Les Ottomans

On the banks of the Bosphorus, Istanbul's active and scenic waterway, Hotel Les Ottomans resides in what was once a pasha's 18th-century mansion. Muhsinzade Mehmet Pasha Mansion, the current site of Hotel Les Ottomans, was one of the most prestigious mansions of its time. The premises were built over an area of 4527 square meters on the ruins dating from the era of Ahmed III. It also has an elegant fountain and a garden complex, which are deemed one of the most beautiful examples of Ottoman garden and water architecture. A meticulous, extravagant restoration of the stately home pays lavish tribute to Istanbul's Baroque revival.


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Game Time at Point Hotel Barbaros

By: Five Star Alliance

Point Hotel Barbaros

The first Art-Tech hotel of Turkey, the Point Hotel Barbaros, offers a unique urban hotel experience to its guests with The Game,

 The Game for Big Kids, covering an area of 1.500 square meters, is an unprecedented digital entertainment center where 300 people can play games at the same time. There are Guitar Hero studios, racing simulators, a rich bar, darts, and several console games within the center.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Raffles Istanbul

By: Five Star Alliance

Raffles Istanbul sits at the intersection of the city's most important arteries, connected to the Bazaars of old and linked to the new retail experience of the Zorlu Center. Contemporary design provides a sumptuous, world class space. Restaurants and bars bring the very best of the world. Rooms and suites are perfectly to take advantage of the location and the panoramic views it offers across the city. 

Raffles Istanbul

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Cool Pools: Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is located in the historical center of Istanbul. Its wellness center features this heated indoor swimming pool.

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

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New to Five Star Alliance: The St. Regis Istanbul

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?

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

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

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