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Boutique on the Bosphorus

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We haven’t featured many Turkish hotels on Been-Seen. In fact, we’ve only featured two. One is uniquely situated, inside a network of caves. The other is a Victorian-style townhouse that’s been given a contemporary makeover. So, here’s a third: A’jia, a former pasha’s mansion located on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

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Its exterior is grand, Ottoman architecture dating back to the 1870s. Inside, it’s a contemporary boutique hotel with 16 rooms. Five of them have private balconies, six are deluxe suites, and three have mezzanine floors.

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A’jia is minimalist in style, with white walls and soft furnishings, contrasting with dark floors and cabinetry.

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The hotel is located in Kanlica (a town best known for its yogurt), on the Asian side of the water, making it an oasis of calm in a bustling city. A little off the beaten track, it is, however, easily reached by complimentary shuttle boat.

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