Zorlu Center, Besiktas
Istanbul 34340 Turkey
Raffles Hotels & Resorts / Accor
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Christian Hirt, appointed as General Manager to Raffles Istanbul as of April 11th, began his career as a hotel specialist in Germany and has worked in three different continents including North America, Europe and Australia.
5-star Luxury hotel, to become the leading luxury service provider in hospitality industry.
To position the Raffles Istanbul as the most iconic, glamorous addition to Istanbul’s hotel and social scene by differentiating ourselves with our great employees, that are charming, graceful, thoughtful and welcoming service professionals.
History & Story
Raffles Istanbul is at a very unique location overlooking the panoramic Bosphorus views that links Istanbul’s most important business, financial, entertainment and artistic districts. The hotel is within the internationally awarded Turkey’s first and only ‘mixed use’ project Zorlu Center that brings together the cutting-edge performing art center managed by Broadway company Nederlander, a luxury retail where various stylish international and local brands opened their unique design stores, offices and residences.
Featuring a total of 185 rooms; including 49 suites, Raffles Istanbul provides a butler service for each hotel guest, also bringing a signature 3.000sqm Raffles Spa, Lounge 6 and Long Bar with a Specialty Restaurant, ISOKYO. Raffles Istanbul is bringing a new perspective on this timeless city by promising to provide emotional luxury as being an oasis for the well-travelled.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
• 24 hours complimentary butler service
• One-of-a-kind location
• Contemporary design with neo-classic elements
• Signature Raffles Spa
• Outdoor seating in all F&B outlets
• Largest rooms starting from 62 sqm with private balconies
• Rooftop Heliport
On top of a natural hill at the heart of a triangle, close to business, financial and entertainment disctricts; at the entrance of Bosphorus bridge, with well-planned roads, nearby subway, direct connection to Zorlu Center and Performing Arts Center & Luxury Retail.
Key sites/activities in the area
Direct connection to Zorlu Center and Performing Arts Center & Luxury Retail, Besiktas
Easy access with subway to Istiklal Street, Galata Tower, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Sultanahmet – Eminönü Area,Topkapı Palace,Hagia Sophia Museum,Blue Mosque,Basilica Cistern,Grand Bazaar.
The sights, sounds and smells of Istanbul will tantalize every sense. Heritage, culture, eating and shopping are all there for the Traveller to experience. Raffles Istanbul is delighted to recommend and organize activities for individuals, families or groups.
Kids’ Club, kids pool (indoor and outdoor)
Direct connection to Luxury Retail area with Movie Theatre
• 62 Deluxe Rooms create a fantastic base in the city; offer light and city views with floor to ceiling windows and a furnished private terrace.
• 52 Premier Rooms create a romantic environment. All offer light and views with floor to ceiling windows and a furnished private terrace. Some offer partial views of the Bosphorus.
• 22 Signature Rooms are designed to take in the breathtaking views to the Bosphorus & beyond. Floor to ceiling windows and a private terrace offer a spectacular panorama across two continents
• 15 Silhouette Suites are designed to give the business & leisure traveller all the space and amenities they need. A beautifully designed bedroom and living room create a relaxing personal space.
• 10 Urban Suites are designed for those wanting more space providing living & dining space. It’s an environment where families can unwind & couples can relax.
• 21 Horizon Suites with spectacular views across the Bosphorus from the bedroom, living room & bathroom offer views that are impossible to ignore.
• 2 Continents Suites offer a generous space for living, including two bedrooms and separate living, dining rooms as well as the most stunning views of Bosphorus.
• 1 Raffles Suite with two bedrooms, as well as rooms for dining, exercise, work offers the most luxurious & well-equipped base
Restaurants & Bars
Rocca Brasserie’s sharing menu created by our Executive Chef to be enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones. The menu features international dishes from seafood to dry aged meat selection and homemade fresh pasta to vegetarian choices, accompanied by an extensive wine list and exquisite Raffles cocktails.
Isokyo promises an enhanced social venue featuring a refined, playful and interactive menu ideal for sharing, all within a stylish setting and a vibrant atmosphere enhancing the dining pleasure. The contemporary, unconventional twists and creative presentations of both dishes and cocktails will complement the unique flavors creating a memorable dining experience. Executive Chef Clinton Cooper. Showcasing the best of the East with Japanese flavors flamboyance and its unique Umami flavor, choices of Thai that balances the sweet, the sour and the spicy; the amazingly colored, fermented and pickled Korean selections as well as the complex, delicate and seasoned Chinese dishes.
• Long Bar
Lively & energetic, welcoming guests and locals alike for drinks, light bites and conversation. Live music and DJs create a colorful and vibrant backdrop.
Raffles Patisserie is a modern-day jewellery box, filled with delicious treasures just waiting to be discovered: gem-like cakes, macaroons and pastries, beautiful ice creams and homemade breads, chocolates and local delicacies by chef Şule Gündoğan.The menu will feature Turkish specialities as well as European creations – like bridges between East and West, mirroring this amazing city that has been a meeting place for centuries.
• Lavinia (Lounge)
A space to meet over a drink, take afternoon tea, and enjoy a menu of Raffles delicacies. Live entertainment brings a relaxing touch to the bustle and activity.
• Lounge 6
Lounge 6 offers a new space to gather over drinks and cocktails while taking in captivating views of the Istanbul skyline. Located at our poolside on the sixth floor, Lounge6 features the best of both worlds: cocktails from Long Bar and Raffles tastes. Summer nights in Istanbul are set to be more lively than ever.
Imagine a revitalizing oasis, right in the heart of Istanbul. Experience local traditional treatments in our 3 Turkish Hamams, enjoy the privacy of one of our 2 Couples Suites, or retreat to one of our 7 luxuriously appointed treatment rooms. With 3000 square metres of spa and wellness facilities, there is plenty of space to indulge.
Our Spa features male and female relaxation areas with saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, experience showers and ice fountains. Our outdoor pool offers stunning panoramic views of the city and both indoor and outdoor pools are bathed in natural light. Completing our suite of facilities are a yoga and pilates studio, personal training, Technogym® equipment, and 2 hair and nail salons.
• Signature Raffles Spa
• 3000 sqm
• 2 VIP Spa Suites, 7 Treatment Rooms
• 2 Vichy Showers
• 4 Saunas, 4 Steam Rooms, 2 Jacuzzis
• 3 Hammams, Vitality Pool, Ice Fountains
• 16 meters Indoor Pool with daylight
• 15 meters Outdoor Pool located on the 6th floor with a stunning view
• Fitness Center & Gym Studios
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Large variety of event venues with contemporary designs located in two floors
• Grand staircase available from main lobby to the pre-function area
• Direct entrance for meeting guests through the driveway
• 1200 sqm Ballroom
• Two floors ceiling height, special lighting, embedded LCD screens
• 8 Meeting Rooms
• Private pre-function areas
• Dedicated event planners
• Meeting concierge
• State-of-the-art in-house audio visual devices and a dedicated team
• Creative culinary team
• In-house IT services
• In-house florist
Extra Notable Features
• Raffles Heritage in luxury hospitality
• Interesting and Relevant Food & Beverage Concepts Specialty Restaurants, Exclusive Patisserie,
• Long Bar, Champagne Room
• Signature Raffles Spa
• Direct connection to Luxury retail area, Zorlu Center
• Beautiful & practical Event Space
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
International Hotel Awards “Best Luxury Hotel Turkey, Europe & International 2017 – 2018
World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 “Luxury Spa Resort, Europe”
CN Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2016&2017
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2016&2017 ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels-Turkey&Europe’
World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018, Asian cuisine global winner – ISOKYO
World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018, Most luxurious ambiance continent winner – ISOKYO
World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018, Best food styling regional winner – ISOKYO
Number of employees