Created from a century-old neoclassic Turkish prison in the core of this fabled city – steps from the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Just 65 guest rooms and suites frame an open courtyard, for an atmosphere of personal attention and ease unprecedented in Istanbul. The unique Superior Rooms feature high ceilings and large, wood-framed windows overlooking the street or the exterior garden. The sitting area is furnished with a private refrigerated bar, writing desk and chair, armchairs and an armoire with a 106-centimetre (42-inch) plasma screen television, DVD and Bose CD player. The lavish marble bathroom includes a deep soaking tub, separate shower, 38-centimetre (15-inch) LCD television and WC.