Whenever you are in Istanbul, make it at A’jia.

This landmark building, in a stunning location on the banks of the Bosphorus, comes with a load of history to go with the view. Starting out as a private residence in the 1800s, it housed an public elementary school until 1970 (imagine that!) until it was restored to it former and original glory in 2004.

This 16-room boutique hotel is the perfect base from which to take in the pleasures of Istanbul, a mélange of the east and the west, Europe mingling with Asia, the antiquities of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

While the facade puts it firmly in the Belle Époque, the A’jia has a modern, even minimalist interior design concept. The idea, perhaps, is to give pride of place to the waters of the Bosphorus. That is why all the ten deluxe rooms and all the six suites have direct view of the Bosphorus.

The award-winning restaurant serves delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine with a view to match. For special occasions and events, A’jia turns private dinings and weddings into sumptuous, entertaining affairs with its sense of style, exqusitive menus, creative ideas and the Bosphorus view.

So, whenever you are in Istanbul, do not look beyond A’jia.

To enjoy its Bosphorus view and partake of its delightful history, call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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