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Starwood opens W Hotel in Istanbul

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Starwood has celebrated the grand opening of the W Istanbul. A glittering tower amidst gilded domes and minarets, W Istanbul embodies the multicultural and financial center of Istanbul, situated at the point where Europe meets Asia, ancient monuments meet sublime design, old world romance meets haute couture.

Owned by Akaretler Otel Isletmeciligi ve Turizm A.S., W Istanbul will serve as the centerpiece of the Ottoman Row Houses, one of the most significant renovation projects ever completed and opened for public use in Turkey. W Istanbul features 134 luxurious guest rooms, including 26 suites, the signature W Living Room experience, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichtens Spice Market restaurant, and a signature spa.

W continues to extend beyond the boundaries of everyday travel, offering a magical mix of sophisticated destinations and sublime design, said Ross Klein, President of Starwoods Luxury Brands Group. Istanbuls dynamic mix of history and modernity make it a fantastic backdrop for W. The surfacing of world-class restaurants, art galleries and luxury retailers in the city contribute to Istanbuls emergence as a favorite international business and leisure destination. From Istanbul to Austin, Minneapolis to Milan, Hoboken to Hong Kong, W Hotels is going global as the influential and innovative lifestyle authority.

 W Istanbul will feature Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichtens Spice Market restaurant, specializing in the flavorful street food of Southeast Asia. Spice Market teases the taste buds with piquant elevations of the regions street cuisine where Jean-Georges dishes boast the curries and spices of the region, all served within sensual  interior decorations, creating a stylish, yet casual atmosphere and spectacular views of the Bosphorus, the renowned waterway between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

W Istanbul will serve as the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the landmark Akaretler Row Houses in Besiktas. The historical Row was constructed by Sultan Adbulaziz in the l870s to house workers of the Dolmabahce Palace, a symbol of the magnificence and decadence of the 19th century Ottoman Empire. Located in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, known for its destination restaurants, bars and cafes, the W Istanbul is in close proximity to the Bosphorus Strait and Nisantasi, the SoHo of Istanbul. The hotel is also be a stones throw away from the Museum of Painting and Sculpture and a short drive to the Old City, the Blue Mosque and the Istanbul Modern art museum. The project complex in which W Istanbul is located includes luxury residences along with a retail component featuring a variety of global luxury  brands.

W Istanbuls 134 luxurious guest rooms include suites and duplex suites of diverse categories, many having their own private gardens, terraces and cabanas, making it a unique destination within the destination. Each room offers a variety of decoration and light concepts creating a stylish blend of modern and Turkish design in  perfect harmony. W Istanbul guest rooms feature contemporary sophistication within the design with soaring ceilings, wooden arched frame windows, airy living spaces with tech and state-of-the-art entertainment systems, luxurious beddings and spectacular views over the Istanbul skyline and surrounding panoramic vistas. Every guest room at W Istanbul will feature the W signature bed with pillow top mattresses and feather beds, 350-thread count cotton blend sheets, feather and goose down pillows, an oversized desk, clock radio with CD/DVD player, CD/DVD library, MP3 docking station, high-speed wireless internet and Ethernet connection, 32 inch TVs and in-room movies on demand, dual line cordless phone with data  port, voicemail, speaker and conference capabilities, in-room W Istanbul features two exclusive meeting rooms and a private dining room. 

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