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Step Inside the Opulent Mandarin Oriental Istanbul Hotel

The paradox facing the first-time visitor to Istanbul, entering a suite at the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, is a knotty one: If you wish to fully savor the interior design project surrounding you, you need to do the very last thing you wish to-leave. Albeit just for a few hours.

Because it’s only once you’ve taken in some of the city’s historical gems-such as the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and Sultanahmet Square, the focal point of Constantinople when it was capital of the Byzantine Empire—that you’ll truly absorb the wit and wonders of the decor project executed by New York-based Tihany Design. Elegant flourishes that pay homage to the hotel’s storied locale even extend to the Ottoman mosaic patterns on the leather TV remote control cases, and stunning Çintemani patterns (once used on Sultans’ robes) gracing the interior of the mini-bars (which incidentally, if they were they any larger, would warrant a “walk-in” prefix). Read more…

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