Mention Istanbul and thoughts of an ancient land immediately come to mind. Although things have changed in this Turkish metropolis, you can still find some hidden treasures: welcome to The Sofa Hotel. With just 82 guest rooms and suites, this sophisticated hotel embraces a minimalist design while packing in plenty of stylish elements. Among the lot are the infamous fainting couches, uniquely designed for The Sofa, as well as streaming showers that engulf your body with cascading water. All rooms feature laptop safes and in-room bars stocked with impressive spirits. Treat yourself to 24-hour room service, and enjoy the twice-daily maid service. Adding to The Sofa's appeal is the "24 Hours Anything Anytime" approach, which ensures guests have their needs tended to each time the urge strikes.
At Café Sofa, which features a charming book nook guaranteed to appeal to the bibliophile in all, offers all-day dining on the hotel's main floor. You may select a tome from the shelf, order a traditional Turkish coffee, and kick back for some literary stimulation. While vacationing, there is no need to stray from your fitness regimen while residing at The Sofa, as it has a complete health center with cardio equipment and yoga instruction. After your workout, you may choose to submerge yourself in a steam bath and then drape yourself across a massage table, allowing a skilled therapist to lather your body in nutrient-creams and work her masseuse magic. Once you are all refreshed, explore Istanbul's new generation of bars, cafes and high-end shopping destination flanked with the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other creators of couture.