Soaring ceilings studded with crystal chandeliers, miles of marble, and a fortune in silk pillows on velvet divans make the lobby an awesome showpiece.
No matter how large your harem, there's room for everyone.
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Given the value of the property — or perhaps the questionable provenance of some guests — one must pass through a metal detector at the entrance to the vast lobby.
The massive space is decorated not only with crystal chandeliers but also has crystal rails on a winding double staircase beneath a stained-glass ceiling.
Multiple seating areas evoke a sultan’s palace with velvet couches plumped with silk pillows atop handwoven carpets and surrounded by original paintings displaying Turkish themes that range from harem girls to whirling Dervishes.