Our propensity for devouring rolling news means we are only too aware of Turkey’s bad press, thankfully we are still choosing to take holidays there despite the hysterical headlines; over 2,500,000 British nationals continue to visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble –free.* Boston, Paris, New York, London and Madrid have all been subject to high -profile violent incidents, and travellers still opt to visit, this stoic attitude is indicative of the human spirit and innate need for travel.
Istanbul is a unique city with its distinct Byzantine and Ottoman cultures, along with the curious mixture of ancient and modern, not forgetting the fusion of east and west.
Park Bosphorus Hotel located in the popular Beyoğlu district, is a high spec, luxurious, modern hotel housed in an historic building, it neatly encapsulates Istanbul.
Due to its prime, central location, Park Bosphorus is an ideal position for exploration, its concierge has offered their top tips as to what to experience and explore when staying in the Beyoğlu district:
Taksim Square – the centre of the city and the symbolic heart of modern Istanbul.
Istiklal Street – Beyoğlu’s premier boulevard and a perfect metaphor for 21st century Turkey being an exciting mix of modernity and tradition. Contemporary boutiques and cutting-edge cultural centres are housed in its grand 19th century buildings whilst an antique tram traverses the length alongside crowds of pedestrians making their way to the bustling cafés, bistros and bars that Beyoğlu is known for.
Branching off Istiklal are many hidden gems, including:
Flower Passage – one of the most famous and historical arcades in Istanbul. Multiple wine-bars, restaurants and cafés are housed within the historic walls of the arcade and offer patrons lots of entertainment with live music throughout the week. Nevizade Street right at the end of the Flower Passage is the perfect option for nightlife – it is buzzing and lively every day of the week into the early hours.
St. Anthony of Padua Church – is one of the biggest churches in Istanbul and has the largest Catholic community in the city.
French Street – a beautiful street of French design and influence. Lining the narrow street are elegantly restored terraced buildings, boutiques and galleries, patisseries, wine bars, cafés and restaurants all specializing in French cuisine and wines.
Çukurcuma Neighbourhood – Popular with the arts industry, this district has a fantastic café culture and is definitely calm within the storm of Istanbul.
It is currently Istanbul’s Biennial until the 1st November and a great opportunity for visitors to experience Istanbul’s historical gems alongside the contemporary offerings from Istanbul’s Biennial.
Following a long day of site-seeing, guests can return to the hotel to relax and rejuvenate in the Safira Spa – and at an impressive 8,500 sq.m, it’s the largest hotel spa in Europe. The spa boasts a state-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Centre with exclusive VIP areas and an indoor pool with a retractable roof. It is also one of the best places to experience the traditional Turkish Hammam.
For a cultural escape where east meets west and tradition is fused with modernity visit Istanbul.
A Superior King Room costs from £159 (EUR215) per room (per night) inclusive of breakfast.
For further information and reservations please visit: www.cvkhotelsandresorts.com