x0x Three Istanbul hotels lovingly preserve their Ottoman past
Three Istanbul hotels lovingly preserve their Ottoman past
BY LYNN LEVINE, POSTMEDIA NEWS DECEMBER 30, 2011
As the latest destination among trendsetters and globetrotters, Istanbul has, in the past few years, exponentially increased the number of boutique and designer hotels stocked with state-ofthe-art amenities, modern decor and spa facilities. It seems that everywhere you look, MP3 docking stations and flatscreen TVs abound.
But what if you're looking for a taste of the authentic?
Sadly, up until a few decades ago, taking the scorched-earth approach was a property owner's answer to the idea of historic preservation. But now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and visitors to the city that hosted three great empires can eschew modern minimalism and opt instead for Old World elegance.
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