Discover the dynamic culture and electric rhythm of Istanbul. Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, the city is a bold fusion of past and present. Here, the bustling Grand Bazaar remixes with the premier restaurants and renowned nightlife of Turkey’s largest metropolis, which radiates the pulsating energy of over 16 million inhabitants. Traditional hammams and characteristic hookah lounges reside alongside modern rooftop bars, contemporary museums, and premier shopping districts.
Meet in the heart of it all at W Istanbul. Situated in the center of the restored Akaretler Row Houses, it is just steps from visionary design and art galleries and countless cafes and restaurants populated by cosmopolitan locals and worldly jetsetters. Stroll down to Besiktas and discover the lively fish market, family-owned restaurants, and authentic teahouses. Afterwards, venture across the Galata Bridge for signature views of the city—or explore both Europe and Asia in a day by hopping on one of the many boats bobbing in the Bosphorus.
Magnify any visit with a stop in Nisantasi. The “Soho” of Istanbul, it is an epicenter of international and local fashion boutiques featuring designers ranging from Chanel and Hermès to Cengiz Abazoglu and Hakan Yildirim. Or simply revel in the neighborhood’s cafes and brassieres, each offering a matchless experience along with famous Turkish warmth and hospitality.