Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekend Away in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world. It is a perfect blend of Middle East Exoticism and Western culture. With a long rich history the city has a commanding position on the Bosphorus spanning two continents.

If I just happened to be lucky enough (which I am not) to be jetting off to Istanbul for the weekend there would be no better place to stay than the A’jia Hotel. This luxury boutique hotel of only 16 rooms is housed in a traditional Ottoman Mansion from the 19th century perched on the Asian edge of the Bosphorus.

Blending traditional and modern design the hotel is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, not to mention that the views are stunning. Each room is decorated in a different style which is a welcome relief from the larger hotels. With an emphasis on simplified luxury the modern décor of the hotel is in perfect harmony with the historical exterior.

However I think the crowning glory of the hotel is the terrace of the restaurant, and the outside terrace bar one level above. Who can not imagine themselves sitting there having cocktails or dining whether be it night or day?

So who wants to spend the weekend in Istanbul? I do!
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