Besiktas with its fish market and stylish streets like Akaretler, brings together what is traditional about Istanbul and what is elegant and stylish. W Istanbul reflects this to the fullest. Located at the centre of historical Akaretler Row Houses, an upscale neighborhood filled with a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as design and art galleries. In the neighborhood, you can explore the local and authentic Besiktas, and conveniently walk towards Nisantasi, the most stylish district of Istanbul where you can shop from high profile brands as well as amazing local boutiques. On the inside, W Istanbul combines modern with the traditional: Marmara marble and Ottoman patterns perfectly brought together in a modern and elegant style.
The hotel offers 140 guest-rooms, including allergy-free rooms, non-smoking and smoking rooms, family suites, bridal suites and rooms with private balconies and/or gardens. The rooms include flat-screen TVs, signature W beds and many more luxurious goods to make you feel like home.
If the variety of cafes nearby are not enough to satisfy you, or if you are simply looking for an extended experience of Turkish coffee where you also learn, Turkish Coffee Trail tour is just for you! As you probably heard before, us Turks really care about our coffee, come join if you want to experience this first hand! The Turkish word for breakfast, ‘kahvaltı’ comes from the words ‘kahve-altı’, literally meaning followed by coffee, so the traditional breakfast culture is both linguistically and culturally intimately linked with coffee. You should explore more about this very important historical tradition.
The tour begins with coffee tasting in historical venues. An important visit will be for Haci Bekir, Confectioner, specialized on traditional sweets such as Turkish delight and hard candy which are traditionally served with Turkish Coffee.
But best part of the trip is at the end: You will be attending a course on Turkish coffee making through which you’ll get a certificate, so that you can make verified Turkish coffee for your loved ones when you get back!
If you want to learn more about the history of Turkish coffee, you could visit the permanent exhibition in Pera Museum called “Coffee Break” that explores “The Adventure of Coffee in Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics”. Apart from its permanent exhibitions, Pera Museum is home to many important art pieces, like the “Turtle Trainer” painted by famous Osman Hamdi Bey. Also on the top floor you can see many contemporary temporary exhibitions taking place. You should see Pera Museum, one of the gems in Istanbul art-wise.
W Istanbul offers a combination of modern and traditional backdrop for your trip to Istanbul, which in itself contains the same combination. Explore this magical city with style!