Starwood Opens First Le Méridien Hotel in Turkey
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler, Turkey’s first Le Méridien hotel, designed by Turkish architect Emre Arolat.
The 34-story hotel’s exterior is rather distinctive as it appears to be three stacked blocks joined together. The interior was designed by Turkish designer Sinan Kafadar.
Amenities at the 259-room hotel, which overlooks the Bosphorus (also known as the Istanbul Strait), include both indoor and outdoor pools, 21 long-stay suites, a Turkish hammam or bath, more than 21,500 square feet (2,000 square meters) of meeting space, and a rooftop bar with city views.
A permanent art exhibit features works by contemporary Turkish artists. Key cards display artwork by :mentalKlinik, a contemporary artist duo from Istanbul, as part of Le Méridien’s UnLock Art program.