Luxury Istanbul Hotels & the Istanbul Jazz Festival

Luxury Istanbul Hotels & the Istanbul Jazz Festival

Claire Hillsmith

Visit Istanbul for the Istanbul Jazz Festival and experience this wonderful genre of music as you explore one of the world’s most fascinating cities. As the Bosphorus Strait both divides and connects Europe from Asia, Turkey becomes an Aladdin’s cave of gems as a result of the intertwining cultures with spectacular historical architecture and a variety of traditions. Let help you in making the most of the Jazz Festival, and guide you towards the city’s most interesting attractions.

Finding a luxurious hotel in Istanbul is easy, from breath-taking views to pampering spa packages, the city’s hotels have enough to offer anyone’s tastes. Offering plenty of in-room entertainment, a sauna, and located close to the Blue Mosque and the historic Sultanahment District, Darussaade Istanbul Hotel & Café is an ideal choice for those wishing to explore the city.

With plenty of amenities in their comfortable guestrooms, Best Western Antea Palace Hotel & Spa also provides beauty treatments and on-site dining so guests never have to travel for luxury. If you’re looking for a lavish hotel, the five-star Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has Turkish baths, Jacuzzis and a solarium, to name a few facilities. The guestrooms are equipped with movies, bathrobes and internet access so whether you’re on business or pleasure all of your needs can be met.

The Istanbul Jazz Festival is hosted by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), an organisation which aims to display the cultural and musical talent of Turkey. The festival provides audiences with jazz and a combination of funk, pop and rock music in over 30 historical buildings throughout the city. Venues include the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre and Istanbul Archaeological Museums, providing you with the chance to explore culture and music together. Turkey’s leading jazz group, FOURinthePOCKET open the festival on 1 July with their catchy tunes at the Consulate General of Austria. Other musicians include Hugh Laurie on 9 July and Katie Melua the following day.

Some of Istanbul’s top attractions include the Rumeli Fortress on the Bosphorus, or the ancient Basilica Cistern near St. Sophia. For light-hearted fun for both adults and children, the Istanbul Aquarium is perfect for an afternoon out, or the The Chora Church displays magnificent mosaics and is known as one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church that shouldn’t be missed!

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