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Raffles to open in Istanbul, Summer 2014

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Raffles Istanbul will open at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Beşiktaş - overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula.

raffles10logoLike those of its stylish sister, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, the sleek modern interiors at Raffles Istanbul will be embellished with an impressive collection of artwork, specially commissioned from local artists, a mix of paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations. These will all come together under the common influence of Turkish culture and heritage, giving the hotel a strong sense of place.

And as in Paris, Raffles Istanbul will have an Art Concierge, to steer clients through the city's exciting new art scene which, over the last few years, has shifted from heavily traditional to a reinvigorated one, energetically celebrating its new generation of artists. The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey's first private museum to stage modern and contemporary art exhibitions, was founded in 2004 on the shores of the Bosphorus, and in 2012 the contemporary art space SALT opened. Last year a number of Istanbul art galleries attended Frieze London, as well as Art Basel in Basel and Hong Kong.

Peter French, President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, explains, "Turkey is a rising star of the global economy and Istanbul is a rising star of global tourism. It is a meeting place between East and West, between Asia and Europe. A city on which, over many centuries, great civilizations and cultures have left their mark. Travellers have come to Istanbul for thousands of years: it is a place where people meet, exchange ideas, tell stories, rest, refresh and set out again on their journeys. And it is this tradition of bringing people together – which is very much part of the Raffles philosophy – that is an essential feature of the story of Raffles in Istanbul. The Zorlu Center is a new destination for the city of Istanbul and for people from all around the world. A new icon, both in function and design – very much like our hotels, wherever they are."

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