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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Break Out of the Bazaar in Istanbul

The Beyoğlu district offers modern-art galleries, designer hotels, and boozy rooftop clubs within this historic Turkish city.


1. Where to Stay

Four Floors' penthouse loft offers views of the Sea of Marmara.  

Sleep among the metal sculptures and carved wooden furniture of interior designer Sema Topaloğlu (a “Name to Watch," per Wallpaper) at Four Floors (from $135), a renovated nineteenth-century townhouse housing four artfully decorated apartments.

Watch the sun sparkling on the Bosporus from your bathtub—set beneath a sea-view window—in room 9 at the A’Jia Hotel (from $350). The 1870s mansion turned boutique hotel has fifteen modernist rooms decked in white linens and purple shag carpets.

Relive the opulence of the Ottoman Empire in the 136-room W Istanbul (from $400), where the former row houses of the nineteenth-century Dolmabahçe Palace are outfitted with marble flooring and colorful quilted ottomans.

Published on Apr 29, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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