Sanasaryan Han, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Debuts in Istanbul

In the heart of Istanbul’s historical peninsula, The Luxury Collection —part of Marriott Bonvoy’s prestigious portfolio— introduces its newest property the Sanasaryan Han, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Istanbul. This luxurious haven, positioned in the charming Old Town district, promises a respite from the bustling city streets, embodying the spirit of the city known for its dynamic blend of Eastern and Western influences.

The hotel itself has a storied past. Originally erected in 1895 by Ottoman architect Hovsep Aznavur and commissioned by philanthropist Migirdiç Sanasaryan, the building’s neo-classical architecture offers a window into the grandeur of old Istanbul. Located mere steps from significant landmarks like the Spice Bazaar, the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the vibrant district of Karaköy, the hotel is ideally situated for those eager to explore the rich history and cultural heritage of the city.

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A meticulous restoration has breathed new life into Sanasaryan Han, blending luxury with historical reverence. The lobby is dominated by a grand chandelier, surrounded by warm, elegant furnishings and large arched mirrors. A curated library of books and artefacts draws on the building’s educational heritage, while contemporary art installations and a collection of monochromatic photographs by Harun Doğan provide a modern contrast, capturing the timeless allure of Istanbul.

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The hotel’s 63 guest rooms, including six suites, offer luxurious comfort with panoramic views of Istanbul through grand Ottoman arched windows. Each room features a unique blend of traditional and contemporary design elements—from handcrafted copper accessories that nod to Turkish customs to modern amenities like a curated Turkish tea set, ensuring a memorable stay for every guest.

Culinary delights await at the hotel’s restaurant, Sini, where traditional Turkish dishes meet sophisticated flair. The adjacent Library Bar not only serves exquisite cocktails but also becomes a cultural hub with weekly thespian events, enriching guests’ evenings with poetry readings, book presentations, and live performances.

Sanasaryan Han is more than just a hotel; it is a gateway to the past and a luxurious step into the comfort of modern hospitality, all while sitting at the crossroads of Istanbul’s storied history.

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