Raffles Hotel Istanbul to Open in 2013

By Paul Joseph

Luxury hotel group Raffles is to open a new residence in Istanbul, Turkey that will form part of a vast cultural and retail complex.

The hotel will take centre-stage in Istanbul’s new Zorlu Center, situated in the heart of Istanbul’s prime residential and commercial centre, and featuring an arts centre, offices, a shopping mall and private residences.

Boasting 130 guestrooms and 50 suites, Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center will feature a vast range of amenities including a ballroom, two restaurants and a bar, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a heliport, and a signature Raffles Spa expected to be one of the largest in Istanbul

Hotel guests will also have direct access to the Performance Arts Centre, which will offer world-class dramas and musicals simultaneously with their openings in London and Broadway.

Founded in 1989, Raffles Hotels & Resorts currently has 10 properties in locations around the world.

In addition to its Istanbul opening, the group also has hotel developments planned for Bali, Jakarta, Macao, Tianjin, Manila, Phang Nga, Da Nang, Marrakech, the Maldives, the Seychelles, St. Lucia, Tortola and French Polynesia.

By Paul Joseph