Mama Shelter Istanbul Hip Hotel in Beyoğlu

Mama Shelter Istanbul is another of French-based Mama Shelter chic boutique budget hotels that recently opened in Turkey. Their first hotel was launched in Paris in the 20th arrondissement, see our writeup “Mama Shelter: chic Paris boutique hotel for the budget-conscious“.  Since then, the group has also opened a hotel in Marseille and will be […]

Istanbul EDITION: New Luxury Boutique Hotel by Marriott

Istanbul EDITION is a recently opened boutique hotel in the neighborhood of Levent in the European side of the city. EDITION was created by the Marriott Hotel Group in partnership with boutique hotel pioneer Ian Schrager. Each hotel with its rare individuality, authenticity and unique ethos reflects the best of its location and of the […]

Top 10 destinations for spring

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Top 10 destinations in 2013

Here are our top 10 destinations in 2013. We selected places that have a lot of history and culture, or natural beauty. Plan early because some destinations, such as Burma, have limited hotel availability. (1) Burma The country is opening up to the outside world and sanctions against it are being dropped. It is much easier […]

Top seafood restaurants in Istanbul

One of the best things about eating out in Istanbul is the amazing variety and quality of seafood in Turkey. Here are the top seafood restaurants in Istanbul, selected Ugur Ilgar, founder of LuxuryIstanbul. Because these restaurants are extremely popular with locals, make sure you reserve in advance. LACIVERT (Address: Körfez Caddesi No: 57/A Anadoluhisari, Istanbul, Tel: […]

Top Asian restaurants in Istanbul

If you are craving Asian food in Istanbul (yes, it happens sometimes), then check out these three outstanding places chosen by Ugur Ilgar, founder of LuxuryIstanbul, a luxury travel company that organizes tailor-made holidays and special tours. HAKKASAN (Address: Buyukdere Cad. No: 206 Kanyon AVM  Levent, Istanbul, Tel : +90 212 319 8888) Hakkasan is located on […]

Istanbul restaurants and clubs where the fashionable crowd hangs out

Looking for a restaurant in Istanbul where the young, hip and fashionable congregate? Here’s our list of the hottest places in the city: REINA (Muallim Naci Cad. No:44 Ortakoy, Istanbul, Tel: +90 212 259 59 19) Pearl of the Bosporus and one of the most popular in the city. The Mediterranean and Turkish dishes are […]