The Peninsula Istanbul is the embodiment of ultra-luxury  

The dining experience at the hotel is exceptional
The Peninsula Istanbul is the embodiment of ultra-luxury  
Peninsula Istanbul

There is no shortage of world-famous luxury hotels on the shores of the magnificent Bosporus Strait. In fact, over the past decade, an impressive surge of ultra-luxury properties has emerged along the coast, enhancing the allure of the city for discerning travelers who seek beyond the ordinary 5-star experience.

Among these remarkable establishments, The Peninsula Istanbul stands as the latest and most awe-inspiring addition to the city’s ultra-luxury hotel scene. As a proud subsidiary of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited, the Peninsula hotels trace their origins back to 1866 when the parent company was incorporated. In 1928, they unveiled their flagship property, The Peninsula Hong Kong, which has since become an icon of opulence, hosting distinguished guests including royalty, James Bond, and many other illustrious personalities. Notably, The Peninsula Hong Kong holds the distinction of placing the largest-ever order of Rolls-Royce cars, all elegantly adorned in the signature peninsula green.

The Peninsula Istanbul

As part of the revitalization of Istanbul’s historic Karaköy area, The Peninsula Istanbul is situated at the edge of Galata Port, overlooking both the Bosporus and the Golden Horn. Managed by Jonathan Crook, an experienced leader who has overseen numerous properties within the group, the hotel opened its doors in February. The Peninsula occupies three remarkable historical buildings that once played a significant role in the passenger shipping industry, alongside a modern structure designed for banquets.

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Constructed during the transition from the 19th to the early 20th century, each building showcases a unique architectural style. Over a span of seven years, the Peninsula Hotels group, in collaboration with their Turkish partners, diligently restored the buildings, emphasizing the utilization of local talent. The restoration process involved meticulous efforts, such as the removal of individual tiles, aimed at revitalizing the magnificent façade.

Peninsula Istanbul

The Lobby

Yolcu Salonu, which translates to Passenger Terminal, serves as the Lobby and indoor restaurant of the Peninsula. Staying true to the brand’s traditional style, the lobby leaves a lasting impression on all who pass through it. The meticulously restored building retains its original charm while incorporating essential elements of the group’s identity. Located on the shores of the Bosporus, it offers breathtaking views of Saray Burnu, with the magnificent Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia adding a touch of mystique to the hotel’s surroundings. As the day progresses into the late afternoon, Peninsula Istanbul treats guests to an exceptional afternoon tea accompanied by live music that continues well into the early hours of the morning.

The dining experience at the hotel is exceptional. Guests can enjoy a delectable à la carte breakfast, while lunch and dinner feature a diverse selection of Turkish and international dishes. The hotel is also home to the signature restaurant, Gallada helmed by Turkey’s first two Michelin-starred chef Fatih Tutak serving an enticing fusion of Turkish and Asian cuisine.

The Rooms

The Peninsula offers a premier experience with its selection of 177 rooms and suites, featuring a diverse range of over 20 room categories, with each space meticulously crafted to provide the utmost comfort and luxury to discerning guests. In fact, the group’s chairman, renowned for his attention to detail, personally tests hotel room layouts to ensure that even the tiniest aspect is not overlooked.

In addition to the sweeping views of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn, the rooms are also equipped with state-of-the-art technology, seamlessly integrated to cater to guests’ needs. Throughout the room, Peninsula-designed tablets are strategically placed, allowing control over various amenities such as curtains and the television, while also serving as a means of communication with dedicated hotel staff.

Every detail has been finely tuned to perfection, including a dedicated tablet showcasing a video guide on how to use the espresso machine. Furthermore, to prioritize privacy, each room at the Peninsula Istanbul is furnished with a valet box, a discreet two-way door system that enables the delivery of any ordered items without inconveniencing guests.

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The Peninsula Suite

At the Peninsula, it’s not referred to it as the presidential suite; it is, without exception, the Peninsula Suite. The one in Istanbul is perhaps one of the most impressive. Boasting a vast expanse of over 500 m2, this suite encompasses a variety of luxurious amenities. On the first floor alone, guests will discover a sophisticated study, a spacious living room, an elegant dining area, a private cinema room, a state-of-the-art gym, and a traditional Turkish Hamam.

However, the magnificence of the Peninsula Suite extends beyond its first floor. The equally awe-inspiring rooftop terrace features a private deck, a personal swimming pool, and stunning panoramic views that encompass not only the Bosporus and Golden Horn but also the majestic Galata Tower. As expected, the entirety of the Peninsula Suite is equipped with state-of-the-art bulletproof windows, ensuring the utmost security and tranquility for its guests.

The Verdict

The Peninsula Istanbul is an exquisite masterpiece, meticulously crafted to perfection. From the fastidious restoration of its buildings to the singular attention to detail in hospitality, this project embodies true artistry. The service provided is impeccable, offering guests an unparalleled level of privacy. It is destined to become an iconic symbol of Istanbul, leaving indelible memories for all who step through its doors.

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