Raffles to open in Istanbul

 Raffles has announced plans to open a hotel in Istanbul in 2012. The hotel will be a key feature of the new Zorlu Center, Turkey’s first and only mixed-use project with five functions that will bring together a performing arts center, offices, residential property, retail and the hotel.

Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center will be developed by Zorlu Property with an investment of over US$175 million, excluding the land value. It will have 130 guestrooms and 50 suites, with the standard rooms averaging at 65 square meters, and suites with a maximum space of 370 square meters.

The hotel will have a ballroom with a 1,200 person capacity, two restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a heliport. It will also be home to a signature Raffles Spa, which is set to be one of the largest spas in Istanbul at approximately 3,000 square meters.

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