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The Ritz Carlton, Istanbul, Turkey

The Ritz Carlton sits on the hillside close to Taksim Square, and has exceptional views out across the Bosphorus. Although the building itself is rather unattractive, the hotel's interior is beautifully decorated with classic Turkish decor in a red and gold theme. Facilities are excellent and include a lavish spa with hammam, an indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and an outdoor spa complex for the summer months, which makes the most of the hotel's spectacular views. The hotel offers a choice of two restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine, or if guests wish to eat outside the hotel, the famous Istiklal Street is within easy walking distance. Rooms here have an Ottoman-inspired décor and offer views over the park or the Bosphorus through large windows. They come fully-equipped with modern amenities and begin at a spacious 38 square metres in size.

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