History meets ultra-modern chic as W Istanbul unveils glittering new look

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    Capturing the energy of the cosmopolitan city it calls home, W Istanbul recently unveiled its stunning new look – designed by acclaimed Turkish designer, and Geomim co-founder Mahmut Anlar.

    Typical of hotels in the W brand, the combination of lighting, artwork as well as interior design quirks all ooze style and class and the layout can best be described as bizarre, but charmingly so.

    The jewel in the crown of the revamp is the new entrance ‘tunnel’ leading into the hotel, which has been transformed into a fashion runway of sorts and was a collaboration between Anlar and Thierry Dreyfuss who designed the quite incredible lighting for the feature.

    Anlar has successfully juxtaposed interior images of iconic Istanbul landmarks and Turkish traditions with a modern design inspired by Ottoman art and treasures. The Ottoman theme runs throughout the communal spaces, with specialised furniture design and seating areas – domes playing a big role, characteristic of the domed mosques of the period.

    Anlar has brilliantly combined an ultra-modern finish with historical touches and used rich textures, colours, fabrics and custom furnitures.

    The refresh of the hotel also includes a new spacious and stylish Cool Corner Suite on the third floor. The one-bedroom retreat features a separate living room and spectacular Bosphorus views from the balcony.

    The Cool Corner Suite can also be combined with a Studio Suite and a Mega Room to create an exclusive area of more than 158sqm where guests can stretch out in style with friends and family while enjoying the spectacular river and city views.

    W Istanbul has also introduced a new W Day Spa with two treatment rooms, a Turkish Bath and hammam. The new FIT® state-of-the-art fitness centre on the third floor offers verdant views and a refreshing space bathed in natural daylight.

    “When renovating this historical building, we wanted to continue to reflect its Ottoman past through carefully chosen patterns, furniture and décor while blending this with W Hotels’ cutting-edge identity. That’s why I liked to use the analogy of bringing an American bride to the Ottoman when describing this project,” said Anlar.

    Daniel Fountain / 12.08.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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