‘East meets West’: Ultra-luxe hotel group The Peninsula’s latest 5-star destination


The Peninsula has opened up a new location in Istanbul, with a view to bring Turkish artistry to its luxury accommodation.

5-star luxury accommodation group The Peninsula, which was established in 1928 and has prestigious properties across ten major cities, has now launched a new location in Istanbul, Türkiye.

The new hotel, which welcomed its first guests on 14 February, 2023, but all of its facilities including its outdoor pool will officially be in use from October this year, was developed in partnership with many of Türkiye’s well-known artists and designers. Interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, art consultant Çağla Saraç landscape architect Enzo Enea, fashion designer Arzu Kaprol were all consulted for the build, which chief executive of The Peninsula’s parent company, Clement Kwok, says “truly embodies East meets West”.

“This is an important milestone for our group… It offers such an incredible blend of ancient and modern,” Kwok says.

“It is a great pleasure to have partnered with some of Türkiye’s most preeminent creative minds to craft our hotel’s distinctive aesthetic,” The Peninsula Istanbul’s managing director, Jonathan Crook added.

“As well as providing an authentic and beautiful environment for guests, these artists are also carrying on the cultural legacies of their home country.”

The new hotel is set along the Bosphorus waterfront in the historic district of Karaköy, and award-winning international landscape architect Enzo Enea, who specialises in creating outdoor spaces and gardens, used his knowledge of native flora, shadow cast, rainfall, wind and light conditions to inform the design and layout of the hotel’s landscape.

“When I first visited the site, I immediately felt its singular genius loci (the spirit of the place) connected to the historical quarter of Karaköy,” Enea says. “We wanted to integrate the Peninsula Hotel in its surroundings and articulate the landscape as unifying element around the four buildings.”

Çağla Saraç, academic and art advisor at one of Türkiye’s largest business conglomerates, Dogus Group, applied her expertise in modern and classical Turkish art to select the diverse collection of original artworks displayed throughout the communal spaces and guest lodgings at The Peninsula Istanbul.

There are 177 rooms and suites available at The Peninsula Istanbul, some with views over the water from floor to ceiling windows, balconies, and private terraces; others with direct access to the gardens, expansive swimming pool, private boat dock, and restaurants and bars.

Each guest room features state-of-the-art in-room technology, including bedside touchscreen controls for lighting, temperature, and window treatments; and round-the clock access to The Peninsula Hotels’ dedicated e-concierge service. An overnight stay starts from 950 euro (AU$1,544) per night excluding taxes and fees for a superior room. The price varies based on room type.

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