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The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul: memories of magical moments

Legendary service and an elegant refurbishment help The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul provide unforgettable experiences for guests

On the banks of the mighty Bosphorus, overlooking the point where Asia and Europe meet, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is a captivating base to explore the wonders of Turkey’s most cosmopolitan city. Istanbul’s magnificent art and architecture, built on 2,000 years of history, combine with vibrant contemporary culture and an outstanding reputation for hospitality, three attributes that also combine inside the hotel, where the warmest of welcomes awaits.

On arrival, guests are immediately greeted in signature Ritz-Carlton style, where genuinely caring and exceptional hospitality are second nature. 

Anatolian ceramic headboard
Anatolian ceramic headboard

Fostering lasting memories is a cornerstone of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul. Forgotten your cufflinks for a prestigious black-tie event in the city? Expect an immediate replacement delivered directly to your room. First-time visitor to Istanbul? Allow the concierge team to curate a custom-made list of must-see places and restaurants in order to showcase the true essence of their marvellous city. 

Whether decorating a surprise cake in the French national colours for a Parisian couple on Bastille Day or personalising a museum visit for a scholarly guest, the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul know how to delight guests by providing the gold standard of luxury service.

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Delivering a five-star hotel experience for today’s discerning global travellers involves not only superb service levels but also excellence across many departments, and The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul truly excels. A recently completed multi-million-dollar refurbishment has lavished attention on the interiors, refreshing guestrooms and suites, meeting spaces and ballroom, adding subtle Ottoman flourishes alongside broad 21st-century brushstrokes.

The extensive redesign respects the rich culture and artisanal heritage of Istanbul while adding a contemporary twist to brilliantly embody Istanbul’s unique atmosphere. Portuguese designer Patricia Pina has referenced influences from across the centuries in the reimagined bedrooms and suites, employing a shimmering palette of gold and copper, Anatolian ceramic wall panels that pop with cobalt blue and modern artworks to ignite the spirit of Istanbul past and present. 

The Istanbul skyline
The Istanbul skyline

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul deftly manages to be both genuinely Turkish and authentically Ritz-Carlton. And, at all times, it consistently remains true to the legendary excellence that experienced elite travellers expect from this acclaimed brand.

The location is prime. Guests step straight from the lobby into the drama of Istanbul, the mosques and minarets, palaces and bazaars, the labyrinthine lanes of the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque. The international airport and the planned Galataport cruise port currently under construction are close by, while the pulsating nightlife and fizzing restaurant scene for which Istanbul is rightly famed is immediately on hand.

Turkish hammam
Turkish hammam

Yet once through the grand doors, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul delivers a calm oasis from the magnificent frenzy of city life, one allowing guests to relish their own showstopping and memorable moments.  

One superlative take-home moment might well be in the evocative restaurants and bars of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul. Imagine a summer’s evening in the hotel’s Bleu Lounge with the retractable glass roof fully open. This is the place to be as the sun sets on the day, an artfully crafted cocktail in hand, a curated playlist filling the air and the stars and city lights merging with the colourful glow from the majestic Bosphorus Bridge. Sophisticated, chilled and thrillingly exclusive. 

Cocktails at Bleu
Cocktails at Bleu

The Bleu Lounge is also where unforgettable cocktail workshops are curated for guests under the assured guidance of bartender Sinan. Using his extensive knowledge, Sinan invites guests to explore the hidden tastes of Istanbul and Turkey. As the breeze plays across the terrace and against a backdrop of boats leisurely criss-crossing the Bosphorus, Sinan pours glasses of Turkish frosé and mixes in Turkish rosé, explaining the provenance, and in that moment capturing the perfect blend of Turkish style and Ritz-Carlton elegance.

Or perhaps an enduring memory will come from a convivial meal in Atelier Real Food, again with panoramic views over the Bosphorus, where the emphasis on farm-to-table modern fusion cuisine using seasonal organic produce creates flawless Mediterranean dishes. Expect traditional mezze, delicate sashimi, grilled fish and expertly prepared lamb and beef among the extensive menu. For a truly exclusive and private experience, book the Chef’s Table beside the open kitchen to eat surrounded by a stellar showcase cellar of 150 local and international wines.

Infinity pool
Infinity pool

With 243 Guest Rooms, Suites and Club Rooms, a Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge that offers guests a highly personalised service with complimentary food and beverages five times a day and a discreet spa and hammam, the hotel’s outstanding facilities complement the exceptional service. This is a hotel able to conjure unique personalised experiences for every guest.

Fabulous food, select experiences, ultra-comfort and individual care. These are the enduring hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, a five-star oasis at the heart of a most inspiring city. Come and experience genuine hospitality in a hotel where the past and present beat in perfect harmony, providing guests with indelible memories for the future.

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