Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Darussaade Hotel
A charming boutique hotel with historical bona fides, the Darussaade Hotel is found in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, near the Hagia Sofia.
Basileus Hotel
The Basileus Hotel is a charming hotel within walking distance of some of Istanbul’s best sights, including the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace.
Marti Istanbul Hotel
The Taksim-located Marti Istanbul Hotel offers guests the chance to experience the best of modern Istanbul, including warm Turkish hospitality.
Adahan Istanbul
Set in a listed apartment building from 1874, Adahan Istanbul is an elegantly restored hotel in the Beyoğlu area with its own rooftop bar and restaurant.
Gezi Hotel Bosphorus
With a relaxing ambience that belies its central location, the Gezi Hotel Bosphorus is a stylish hotel with eco credentials and its own spa.
Raffles Istanbul
Raffles Istanbul is a luxurious, modern Turkish hotel, found in the downtown area, offering high-end rooms, a spa, and numerous bars and restaurants.
Melez Tea Lab
Melez Tea Lab feels like a temple to tea, which, indeed, it is, offering all manner of artisanal teas for purchase, as well as fun, interactive workshops.
Shangri-La Bosphorus
A luxurious hotel looking out on the waterfront in Istanbul, the Shangri-La Bosphorus offers five-star amenities, great service, and sumptuous surrounds.
Georges Hotel Galata
Boutique hotel Georges Hotel Galata puts a premium on impeccable service, offering luxurious accommodation mere steps from Istanbul’s Galata Tower.
House Hotel Galatasaray
Found in the artistic Çukurcuma district, the House Hotel Galatasaray is an elegant place to stay for those looking for style and substance.
4 Floors
Boutique hotel 4 Floors Istanbul is small but perfectly formed, offering fully-serviced apartments in the centre of the bustling Beyoğlu neighbourhood.
Mama Shelter Istanbul
Mama Shelter Istanbul, the younger sibling of Mama Shelter Paris, has an enviable Beyoğlu location and bold, whimsical interiors.
Milion
Not exactly a destination but a point of interest as you walk past on your way to the Hagia Sophia, this broken column is a swift reminder of Constantinople's importance in the Roman Empire.
Motor Racing
Topaz
A newcomer that opened in November 07, this classy establishment is already describing itself as the 'jewel of Istanbul'.
Cibalikapi
Intimate and low-key, this sweet seafood restaurant is a local favourite.
Galatasaray
Arguably the biggest side in Turkey, Galatasaray hold the record of Turkish League titles and Cups. Locked in an intense city rivalry, they now play home games at the Turk Telecom Arena.
Zuma
Indigo
Foodies flock in their droves to Indigo Restaurant with a reservations book that's always fit-to-bursting with high-profile names...
Feriye
If this fabulous restaurant was any closer to the Bosphorus, it would be underwater. With food and service as befits its grand setting, it is perfect for a special night out.
Tarihi Selim Usta
Another meatball specialist (that sounds much better in Turkish), this elaborately named restaurant is one of the best places in town to experience köfte at their zenith.
Kanyon
If you've exhausted the shopping potential of Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, head to Kanyon for a designer fix. A luxe open-air shopping mall home to a range of homegrown and international brands.
Marmara Pera
Another offering from the Marmara Group, the Pera is aimed at the high-end tourist trade. The minimalist interior will please style-conscious travellers, but its rooftop pool is reason alone to make a booking.=displa"
Assk Kahve
With a waterfront location and good looking clientele, there's much to love about the Assk Kahve. In daytime, pop in for a coffee and to soak up the general ambiance.
Kahve Dunyasi
If the Modern's cafe doesn't appeal, pop into the charming bustling Kahve Dunyasi for a chocolate fix.
Sensus Turkish Wine Library
Cheese and wine shop-cum-bar concentrating on some serious local vintages...
Four Seasons at Sultanahmet
With 65 beautifully furnished, large high-spec rooms and a perfect position amidst Istanbul's cultural attractions, the stylish Four Seasons is a perennial favourite.
Leb-i Derya Richmond
This second Leb-i-Derya is more restaurant than bar. Whilst it shares fabulous city and Bosphorus views with its sister restaurant nearby, this restaurant in the central Richmond hotel is perfect for a romantic dinner. styl
The House Apart
Chic and cheap serviced apartments dotted around the city, the brain child of a slick chain of Istanbul cafes.
Balikci Sabahattin
Some of the best fish in Istanbul is served in this charming simple restaurant in the Old Town. Balikci Sabahattin is particularly recommended in summer for its pretty outdoor dining.
Carnival
Good for breakfast and healthy lunches, refuel here before heading back onto the main thoroughfare to shop for sunglasses, denim and cheap and cheerful clothing.
Witt Istanbul Suites
Witt Istanbul professes to provide home comfort in a boutique hotel ambiance, and indeed it does, but only if your home is an Autoban-designed interioristas paradise located in a trendy arty district. =display:"
Ritz-Carlton Hammam
One of the world's most indulgent spas, this is on the top of our list and a must-try if you're in the area.
Bebek Hotel
Located in the smartest village along the Bosphorus Shore, the charming Bebek hotel, with its great rooms and terrific views, is a perfect place to escape the hubbub of Istanbul's centre.
Approach to the city by water
Approach Old Istanbul as visitors over the millenia would have done and feel the years roll away...
Vogue
As you would expect from the name, glamour is the order of the day here. Well-designed and slick decor complements the well-dressed crowd enjoying the international cuisine.
Whirling Dervishes
Undeniably uber-touristy, we nevertheless recommend that you give in to your urges to watch the Dervishes whirl away... 
Hippodrome
Holding some of the most ancient artefacts in Istanbul, the HippodRome was once the scene of intense rivalry...
Galata Bridge Bars
The many indistinguishable Galata Bridge bars, though tacky, present beautiful views of the Bosphorus if you're looking in the right direction (away from the bridge), especially at dusk.
Ansen Suite Hotel
Pleasantly informal, the Ansen Suite Hotel is a welcome addition to the more traditional hotels in the Pera district of Beyoglu. The hotel is within walking distance of the buzzing streets around Istiklal Caddesi.=d"

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