Istanbul’s clamorous hotel industry looked guardedly on when the Edition opened in May 2011. Would its location in business-friendly Levent be too far out? Would the group behind the grand design, Marriot, prove too cost-conscious and conservative? They didn’t factor in Ian Schrager, the hotelier behind London’s The Sanderson and Miami’s Delano, who teamed up with the chain for this new business-class hotel concept. The 78 rooms, spread over 12 floors, are vast. Each one is refinement personified, with heavy B&O remotes, carved Corian bathrooms and drapes that whiz noiselessly open to reveal the Istanbul skyline at the touch of a button. Schrager’s insistent touches are all over the communal areas, too: calves’ leather cushions and free coffee in the first floor lounge and Italian Travertine walls in the meeting rooms. An ESPA spa stretches five storeys underground, where a leather floor is soft on the toes, and there’s a real-live snow room if you’d like to go Finnish after a steam in the hamam. Taksim Square is four speedy stops away on the nearby Metro.