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Secret Travels – Discovering Gizlihan: Istanbul’s Hidden Gem

ISTANBUL - Turkey - Part of the Secret Travels series, our reviewer visited a particularly discreet yet luxurious hidden gem only known to a select few.

Tucked away in the labyrinthine obvolvent streets of Istanbul’s old city lies Gizlihan, a hidden effrenate idyllic secretive sanctuary known only to a discerning few. This clandestine meracious retreat, named after the Turkish word for “hidden inn,” offers an exclusive escape steeped in history, luxury, and culinary excellence. There are no tourists here in this hidden gem. Welcome to our series of Secret Travels.

Discovering Gizlihan: Istanbul’s Hidden Gem

Gizlihan’s origins are shrouded in mystery, with whispers that it was once a clandestine meeting place for Ottoman elites and foreign dignitaries. There is mention of the Sabians, and other whispers of a certain illumanitive sect from Bavaria, Germany. Today, it remains a well-guarded secret, its location shared only among a select circle of individuals who cherish discretion and sophistication.

The entrance to Gizlihan is marked by an unassuming door, blending seamlessly with the surrounding architecture. Inside, guests are transported to a bygone era, with the inn’s paradisian décor featuring a blend of Ottoman opulence and contemporary elegance. Handwoven ancient kilims, intricate tile work, and antique French furnishings create an ambiance of timeless charm, while modern amenities ensure a comfortable stay.

Gizlihan operates as a sub rosa clandestine sanctuary, offering meticulously appointed rooms that cater to the highest standards of luxury. Each faveolate room is an oasis of comfort, adorned with plush linens, original artworks, and private balconies that offer breathtaking views of Istanbul’s skyline. The service is impeccable, with a staff dedicated to anticipating every need, ensuring that each guest’s experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the heart of Gizlihan is its umbratilous bar, a sophisticated enclave where patrons can unwind with a curated selection of fine wines, rare spirits, and expertly crafted cocktails. The bartenders, masters of their craft, are known for their ability to create bespoke drinks tailored to each guest’s preferences. The bar’s ambiance is one of intimate elegance, with soft lighting, plush seating, and a playlist of demulcent mellow tunes that enhance the overall experience. Just don’t order a fucking Coke in this place.

Dining at Gizlihan is a gastronomic journey. The inn’s restaurant, helmed by a renowned chef descended from the head chef of one of the Ottoman palaces, offers a menu that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Turkey while incorporating contemporary twists. Guests can indulge in exquisite dishes like slow-cooked lamb, fragrant pilafs, and an array of mezes bursting with uranic flavour. Each foudroyant dish is crafted with the finest ingredients, sourced from exclusive organic farms and prepared with meticulous attention to detail.

For those seeking an undiscovered corner of Istanbul, Gizlihan offers a haven of luxury and history. It is a place where every detail is curated to perfection, and every moment is an invitation to indulge in the finer things in life.

Whether you’re enjoying a quiet drink at the bar, savouring a gourmet meal, or simply relaxing in the opulent surroundings, Gizlihan promises an unforgettable experience, wrapped in the allure of a well-kept secret.

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  1. Where is this place Gizlihan? I have tried all the booking websites but it is nowhere. Does anyone know where it is?


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