In this week’s installment of Travel, we take you to Turkey, highlighting the stunning A’jia Hotel in Istanbul.
Sitting on the banks of the Bosphorous (also known as the Istanbul Strait), the property was once the mansion of a Pasha. Today, it serves a waterfront boutique hotel, upgraded with a spacious modern interior.
Its houses just 16 rooms and deluxe suites, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area with easy access to historical and cultural attractions of the city.
It’s close to attractions like The Golden Horn in Istanbul, one of the world’s gorgeous natural harbors; the Ottoman palace of Topkapi, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years (1465-1856); and the Blue Mosque, a historic mosque built in 1609, and named after the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.
The rooms themselves are furnished with the latest amenities — flat screen TVs, A/C, minibar, wireless Internet, butler service — but with the timeless elegance of the 1800’s. Luxurious detailing includes marble bathrooms, wood flooring, tiled outdoor terraces, and more.
As for facilities at the hotel itself, there’s the A’jia restaurant, which serves Mediterranean/Italian food, and is praised for “the best Sunday brunch in town,” says SmithHotels.com; the hotel’s long white bar sits on the waterfront terrace, allowing guests to relax with a cocktail, while taking in the beautiful scenery; and in-room Thai massage is available by request. VIPs can also arrange for their arrival via a boat ride from Atatürk Airport for $500 dollars one way.
Instabul offers a Mediterranean escape from your run of the mill, tropical vacation spots; and Ajia Hotel is the perfect private hideaway in the city.