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Recommendations of hotels, B&Bs and self catering apartments.

One Apart Galatasaray. Photo credit: Cross Pollinate.

Istanbul is one of my favorite places on earth and I am extremely fortunate to be hosted by generous friends in their lovely apartments. Staying in an apartment with a kitchen provides a richer city experience than a hotel ever could. Food lovers, in particular, can engage so much more with the city and its commerce if they can prepare food bought at bazaars in a home kitchen. There are lots of apartment options out there (more…)

The new House Hotel in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district offers rooms on the Bosphorus at a fraction of the price of the nearby Four Seasons and Çırağan Palace. Read my full review in the NYT this weekend for more details.

Back in the fall I interviewed the lovely Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver about their newest venture, the St John Hotel, which, at that time, was slated to open in London’s Chinatown in November. Then the opening date was moved to December. Then it was scooted (more…)

A completely adorable Trevor Gulliver in his new St John Hotel. Photo Patricia Niven.

The St John Hotel, the newest venture of chef Fergus Henderson and restauranteur Trevor Gulliver, is slated to open in London’s Chinatown in late January. (more on…)

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

As 2010, Istanbul’s year as Europe’s Cultural Capital, draws to an end, I thought it was time to rework my guide to the city. (The fact that half a dozen friends are traveling there in the next couple of months provided additional motivation!) What follows are links, resources (more…)