Fairmont Quasar Istanbul
The first Fairmont hotel in Turkey brings luxury to the banks of the Bosphorus, encapsulating the city’s modern sophistication and historic influence…
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, the luxury hotel company’s first property in Turkey. Situated on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait and overlooking the waterway’s sapphire blue waters, the Fairmont Quasar Istanbul sits at a crossroads in Istanbul, where East meets West and modernity meets centuries of eclectic history. This idiosyncratic experience is reflected in the hotel’s design, with blue leather-tufted headboards calling to mind the Bosphorus; leather-bound and studded minibars inspired by vintage travel trunks; and ensuite showers designed to resemble traditional Turkish hammams.
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul provides 209 guestrooms including 25 suites. Each has a wide panoramic view overlooking either the serene Bosphorus or the city skyline. Rooms are designed to maximise comfort and technology, with stylish flair and extra touches, plenty of space and natural light. The Royal Suite offers guests unrivalled luxury, while forty exclusive Fairmont Gold rooms create a boutique feel with unparalleled service and access to exclusive services.
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul is also a destination for world-class dining, offering an array of restaurants and bars, including:
- Aila, a Turkish-style ‘ocakbaşı’ grill and live mezze kitchen, with a spice library and bar for a modern spin on classic cuisine.
- Stations, an atmospheric restaurant, capturing the legacy of the old liquor factory and providing casual dining throughout the day;
- Demlique, an exquisite café with dark-wood herringbone floor and distinctive geometric ceiling, celebrating the Turkish tradition of tea and coffee with sweet pastries and freshly baked bread;
- The Marble Bar, at the heart of the hotel, a legendary lobby bar where guests can partake in the art of the perfect cocktail;
- Ukiyo, located on the terrace, with inspiring Bosphorus views, the pinnacle of summer style.
Guests can also relax during their stay in the Willow Stream Spa – a wonderfully serene escape from the bustle of the city. Nine treatment rooms, traditional hammam, an indoor pool, yoga room and state-of-the-art gym provide ample space to replenish the mind, body and spirit. Fairmont Fit, available to Fairmont President’s Club members, delivers Reebok fitness apparel and footwear to guest rooms upon request.
The hotel’s unique concept provides a new icon for the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district, where eclectic neighbourhood bazaars and colourful side streets meet modern shopping centres with contemporary architecture and design. Set on the site of the 1930’s Robert Mallet Stevens-designed Art Deco liquor factory, Fairmont Quasar blends a sense of urban culture and industrial flair with the city’s heritage of long-held customs and traditions. Encapsulating the vitality of this captivating location, the hotel offers glamour and luxury within touching distance of Istanbul’s most famous cultural landmarks – Taksim Square, the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque. Access from Istanbul’s two airports is easy and efficient, while guests travelling on a tight schedule have access to a private helipad.
Commenting on the luxury hotel company’s first property in Turkey, Chris Cahill, CEO, AccorHotels Luxury Brands said: “Fairmont Quasar Istanbul will be a landmark hotel for Fairmont – bringing the company’s history of hospitality to the heart of one of the world’s most compelling cities. Istanbul is a city that has fascinated travellers for millennia; a meeting point between East and West, Asia and Europe, old and new. We plan to become an intrinsic part of Istanbul’s dynamic future, with timeless style, unrivalled service and an incredibly personal experience for every guest, whether travelling for business or leisure.”
Fairmont Quasar is the fifth property of parent company AccorHotels luxury brand portfolio within Istanbul, joining sister properties Raffles Istanbul, Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Pullman Istanbul Airport and Convention Centre and The Elysium Istanbul MGallery by Sofitel. AccorHotels presently has 32 hotel and resort properties across Turkey, with an additional three hotels slated for opening in Istanbul in 2017, including Galata Hotel Istanbul MGallery by Sofitel.