Another Great Getaway Idea

Doesn’t this look like a great getaway?  I’ve always wanted to go to Istanbul and this looks like a fantastic place to stay!

Jetsetter is featuring an escape at the A’jia, a mansion-turned-hotel on the banks of the Bosphorus.

From Jetsetter.com

Jetsetter review

Full of history yet still changing, Istanbul has two distinct influences — Europe and Asia. Between the two world cultures, as the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul has recently come into its own as a more modern capital for fashion and fun. And in this city of many moods and layers, a quiet place like the A’jia is a welcome retreat.A’jia’s private yacht enables guests to explore the city while still enjoying the hotel’s privacy.Like any historical property, the 16-room A’jia comes with a story. The landmark building, in a stunning location on the banks of the Bosphorus, was originally a private residence in the 1800s, then served as a public elementary school until 1970, before finally being restored in 2004 to its former grandeur.But the hotel of today is not period lodging. Inside, it’s more akin to a white cubist gallery than to the Belle Époque hostelry one might expect from the exterior. With stark white interiors and slim, modern furniture, the hotel’s lobby looks like it belongs in a photo spread in Wallpaper magazine.

My room is lofty, with glossy magazines and crisp sheets. Four people could sleep comfortably in my bed. All rooms are modestly decorated, with Acqua Di Parma amenities in the white-tiled bathrooms. But that all comes secondary to the view — the mighty Bosphorus is the focus here. In the on-site restaurant, outdoor tables are positioned right up to the boardwalk’s edge. Attracting foodies with a sophisticated French-style fusion menu, this restaurant serves elegant cuisine with modern touches.

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