The Sofa Hotel
Teşvikiye Caddesi No. 41-41A, Nişantaşı, Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey, 34367
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Singles, Art, Celebrity spotting, Design and architecture, Shopping, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of The Sofa Hotel
With its big, stylishly designed rooms, high-end spa, and trendy restaurant and bar in the heart of one of Istanbul’s poshest areas, the Sofa Hotel draws a chic, well-heeled crowd. I like how it combines an air of luxury with some hipper flair.
Set in the centre of Nişantaşı’s designer shops and see-and-be-seen cafes, and not far from the Beyoğlu nightlife, the Sofa is well-located for a city break out on the town, though not so much so for traditional sightseeing excursions. It’s set on a bustling street that often becomes clogged with traffic.
The bedrooms and, especially, the bathrooms are surprisingly spacious and airy. I like the clean lines of the furniture (enlivened by curvy retro-styled chairs), the square bedside lamps, and the dark chequered bedspreads. Suites add on a living room and kitchenette. Street-facing rooms don’t block out all of the honking from the street but have better light than those looking out over the attractive Japanese-style garden in the hotel’s interior.
The first-floor café/bar replaces the traditional, and often stodgy, lobby, incorporating a library corner with big chairs and books to browse. An eighth-floor “art lounge” with a view hosts special events.
The hotel’s Longtable restaurant and bar, full of mirrors and animal-print accent fabrics and specialising in steaks and cocktails, is one of the “it” hangouts of the moment. Like many trendy venues in Istanbul, it’s seasonal, and open only during the winter months.
A brand-new spa offers a variety of treatments in a relaxing, subtly lit atmosphere. Options at the fitness centre include group and individual pilates classes.
Service is crisply efficient, if not overly friendly.
The hotel caters to a young, trendy crowd, with lots of amenities for business travellers. The Sofa is the sponsor of the Contemporary Istanbul art exhibition, so book way ahead during that and similar events.
Breakfast is 44 Turkish Liras (22 euros) extra; with so many places to eat in the neighbourhood, I’d recommend skipping it.
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- Teşvikiye Caddesi No. 41-41A, Nişantaşı, Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey, 34367
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service