Mahmut Anlar redesigns W Istanbul

W Istanbul unveiled its new look, designed by Turkish designer and Geomim co-founder Mahmut Anlar.

Following the revamp, the property has a new entrance “tunnel” leading into the hotel. This was transformed into a place mimicking a fashion runway and was a collaboration between Anlar and Thierry Dreyfuss, who designed the lighting for the feature.

Anlar also juxtaposed interior images of Istanbul landmarks and Turkish traditions with a design inspired by Ottoman art and treasures. The Ottoman theme runs throughout the communal spaces, with specialized furniture design and seating areas. Domes play a big role. For instance, there is a seating area with the “domed design” reflecting the characteristic design of Ottoman Turkey.


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The refresh of the hotel also included a new “Cool Corner Suite” on the third floor. The one-bedroom retreat has a separate living room and Bosphorus views from the balcony. The suite can also be combined with a “Studio Suite” and a “Mega Room” to create an area of more than 158 square meters (1,700 square feet).

W Istanbul similarly introduced a new W Day Spa with two treatment rooms, a Turkish Bath and Hammam. The new FIT fitness center on the third floor also offers views and a space with natural daylight.