Berlin, October 17, 2012 – They say all roads lead to Taksim Square, at least in Istanbul, where neoclassical buildings compete for pride of place with modern glass structures.
Just steps away from the square locals have dubbed as “the place that never sleeps” hides Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Design Hotels™ latest member hotel in the buzzing metropolis. Come November, the hotel will reveal four new Sky Suites with panoramic views of the Bosphorus from bed to bath. Each of the suites will feature Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies for guests to take in the scenery of Istanbul, the bridge to the Orient. On the ground level, Gezi grants access to the thriving neighborhood surrounding Taksim Square, a place of congregation for students, intellectuals and creatives from all over the world.
The gently curved 17-story zinc and titanium façade which houses Gezi Hotel Bosphorus peers out over the Istanbul Strait, evoking a new spin on the modernist architectural styles of the 1940s and 50s. Each of the hotel’s 56 rooms and 11 suites feature superlative views of either the Bosphorus, Taksim Gezi Park or the hotel’s own lush garden. Beauty is cultivated inside and out, with high-quality wood and leather incorporated in the furnishings, providing a warm, cozy atmosphere amplified by a contemporary design ethos, fusing the rich color-blocking of Piet Mondrian with high-tech flourishes. Each of the guestrooms is inspired by an element of one of Mondrian’s paintings, while sumptuous materials soften the strong, linear forms typically associated with the Dutch painter. The new Sky Suites, located on the rooftop, offer additional comforts from fireplaces to 20 square meter terraces. Even the exterior of the building subtly mirrors the motif, with long, gridded windows jutting from the façade. Acclaimed architect Sinan Kafadar restructured the building according to his signature fusion of timeless design with the latest green technology, particularly in regards to energy and water conservation, resulting in a hotel that is practically zero-emission.
In the hotel restaurant, G’nova, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Bosphorus and savor the rich variety of Mediterranean cuisine, modern Turkish dishes and creative cocktails. After spending a day in the vibrant and pulsating city, guests can unwind in the hotel spa and Turkish bath, with traditional water rituals and massage principles incorporated in the treatments. The spa area also features a state-of-the-art fitness center and healthy bites. Gezi Hotel Bosphorus is the perfect key to the city, where Orient and Occident seamlessly blend, giving Istanbul a unique charm that will continue to make it one of the world’s hottest destinations for years to come.
Rates start at EUR 220.
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