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It’s a sign of Istanbul’s growing reputation that hip W Hotels chose the Turkish capital as the location of their first European opening.
Located in the exclusive Besiktas district, the hotel is surrounded by fashionable boutiques and some of Istanbul's finest restaurants.
As with the hotel as a whole, the bedrooms and suites are decked out in an Ottoman-meets-contemporary-cool style with appropriately eponymous trunks and hammam-style basins in every room and bathroom respectively.
The Living Room bar and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's (the chef who puts Gordon Ramsay to shame in terms of worldwide exposure) Spice Market restaurant are the places to be seen in Istanbul at present and Spice Market's menu is inspired by the street food of South-East Asia.
There is no letter 'w' in Turkish which can make it difficult when getting into a taxi at the airport and asking for your hotel...
Harriet, Original Traveller