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Good choice and taste with the Luxury Collection!
I found your posting very interesting indeed. I should just say two things:
I wasn’t trying to compare W with Four Seasons – normally I would always choose the latter. The reason I didn’t this time was that the W Istanbul looked interesting. It certainly was!
Secondly, I am not against “trendy”/boutique/designer hotels in principle. Indeed, I stay a fair amount at Malmaison/HdV in the UK, the Lady Hamilton and the Lord Nelson are two of my favourite hotels in Stockholm, and I use the Hotel Bergs and Ainavas in Riga.
In London, I much prefer the ‘funky’ Trafalgar to the very staid Hilton on Park Lane. It’s just when I can’t getting the lighting as I want it, the TV is unviewable and I can’t work out whether I’m in the toilet or the wardrobe that I get a bit perturbed…..