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By Elite Traveler | July 11 2017
Handmade silk carpets, aged mirrors, sculptures and paintings personally selected by the owners set the scene in the two-bedroom suite overlooking the Bosphorus Strait; it resembles a medieval palace in the Ottoman Empire. Fine furnishings and luxurious fabrics fill the space. With discreet service and a hidden entrance to the suite, you will feel like a sultan during your stay. The view is undoubtedly the highlight. Three private terraces showcase Istanbul’s fascinating cityscape and iconic buildings such as the Topkapi Palace can be seen. Shangri-La’s location on the bank of the strait is a great base for exploring the city—it’s close to Dolmabahçe Palace and the city’s bazaars too.