Sanasaryan Han, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Istanbul, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 global hotel brands, has opened in the heart of Istanbul’s historical peninsula.

Located in the Old Town district, Sanasaryan Han is an urban sanctuary that aims to provide a luxurious respite from the vibrant city streets, within easy access of treasured landmarks such as the Spice and Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Karaköy district.

“We take pride in introducing The Luxury Collection to Istanbul, a city renowned as an international hub for both commerce and culture,” said Philipp Weghmann, vice president and global brand Lleader of The Luxury Collection. “Sanasaryan Han, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Istanbul, marks a fitting entrance for our esteemed collection, encapsulating the essence of this historic city and embodying the adventurous spirit of global explorers through dynamic design and curated experiences.”

Originally constructed in 1895, the neo-classical structure blends the opulent grandeur of the Old City with Istanbul’s cultural heritage. The property, which has undergone a meticulous restoration, was designed by Ottoman architect Hovsep Aznavur and commissioned by philanthropist Migirdiç Sanasaryan. It has 63 guestrooms, including 6 suites with sweeping views of Istanbul framed by grand Ottoman arched windows.

Its atrium hosts a grand chandelier, a curated collection of artifacts and antiques, and a library of books and relics that draw inspiration from the property’s storied past of supporting education foundations. Displays of handmade ceramic parchment with drawings and paintings are housed in modern glass cases alongside contemporary art installations. The hotel also features a striking collection of monochromatic photographs by Harun Doğan exhibited throughout, capturing the timeless allure of the city.

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The hotel also offers a personalised concerige service, while the local culture is infused into every room through spacious bathrooms that are inspired by ancient Turkish hammams, along a Turkish tea set in each room curated by the hotel’s Tea Master, complete with traditional glass cups. It also boasts a distinctive restaurant inspired by the vibrant streets of Istanbul, along with a library bar that hosts weekly thespian events such as poem readings, book presentations, and live performances. For business travellers, The Book Meeting Room can hosts meetings and gatherings of up to 80 guests.

“Istanbul is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations and we are proud to showcase the history, culture and traditions for global explorers and collectors to immerse themselves in the city’s soul, experiencing it like true locals,” said Volkan the hotel’s multi-property general manager. “We look forward to welcoming guests who seek a journey that is both transformative and unforgettable when they come to the heart of Istanbul.”

To celebrate its opening, the hotel is offering Marriott Bonvoy members a curated welcome package including a traditional Turkish breakfast, a photographic walking map for city exploration, exclusive tea tasting sessions led by the hotel’s Tea Master, a private tour of the Spice Bazaar, and an additional 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay.