Marti Istanbul Hotel

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  • Patricia Harris and David Lyon

Opened in January, the Marti Istanbul Hotel is a quiet, contemporary haven at the edge of the Turkish city’s bustling Taksim Square. The 270-room property is the work of the local architect Zeynep Fadıllıoˇglu—best known as the first woman to design a mosque—whose use of subtle patterns and rich fabrics embraces the sensual touch and visual motifs of the fabled city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.

Fadıllıoˇglu’s modern take on opulent Ottoman architecture includes a restaurant crowned with a canvas tent, medieval window grates repurposed as wall panels, and specially commissioned works by some ofTurkey’s leading artists. Custom furnishings and velvet throws adorn the guest rooms, which include 31 suites with private mosaicked hammams.

Three lavish hammams highlight the hotel’s top-floor spa, which also features a Roman bath and dimly lit relaxation lounges swathed in fine fabrics and tiles. Offering everything from Hawaiian lomilomi massages to Indian ayurvedic therapies, the spa provides a tranquil escape from the buzzing streets below. Marti Istanbul Hotel, +90.212.987.4000, www.martiistanbulhotel.com

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