The vibrant and luxurious W Istanbul Hotel should be on your to-stay list, if you ever intend to visit Turkey. Located in the historic centre of Akaretler, a prosperous neighbourhood filled with chic cafes and art galleries, the hotel has 140 guestrooms and suites — and it has recently been refurbished!

GeoID, a multidisciplinary architectural agency helmed by co-founder Tugce Rizeli, kept the historical Ottoman elements, but added a dash of contemporary luxury to the design. It’s trendy, and yet offers a connection to history.

We particularly like the combination of black and gold, as well as the modern take on the culture’s famous geometric motifs.

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