Straight from the pages of a coffee table design book (the Design Hotels Book 2013 to be precise) the stylish Witt Istanbul Hotel is the ideal place for a cultural city stopover before moving to the beaches of Bodrum or Kalkan.
The 17 luxe loft-style rooms are spacious, with organic wood furniture, laser-cut motif walls and all the tech you'd expect given the ultra-modern surroundings.
Set in trendy Cihangir, the hotel is moments from the Museum of Modern Art and the Galata Bridge, where a grilled fish sandwich from one of the barbecue vendors is a must.
After a day's sightseeing, the Molton Brown treats in the marble bathroom are spot on, as are the brownies, which appear daily.
Rooms also feature a mirror-tiled kitchen/bar area with Nespresso machine, but don't miss the buffet breakfast with eggs-to-order and platters of Turkish cheese and dried fruits.
WOW FACTOR: Every room has spectacular views of the Golden Horn, but the best place to enjoy the sunset and evening call to prayer from the Blue Mosque is on your terrace in the two panoramic penthouse rooms.
FLIGHT TIME: 4 hours.