Full of antique dealerships and handsome, if sometimes crumbling, old buildings, the winding streets of Çukurcuma are picturesque and pleasant to wander. The neighbourhood is relatively quiet while still being very close to a bevy of transit, nightlife, shopping, and eating options. The hotel also has a branch in the upscale Nişantaşi district and one on the way in the waterfront village of Ortaköy.
Grand doorways (though not doors) separate the sitting and sleeping areas of these spacious suites; unusually, the stand-up showers are located in the bedrooms, their narrow rounded forms echoed in the bedside tables and bolsters. I like the modern, almost organically shaped chandeliers and hexagonal mirrors, which add visual interest to the rooms’ subdued hues. With the garden area of the popular bar/restaurant Cezayir out back, rooms in the front of the hotel are the quietest.
With its exposed ceiling beams, dark leather sofas, and many plants, the elegant terrace lounge has an almost tropical, colonial vibe – and a gorgeous view over the area’s colourful rooftops to the Galata Tower.
Eating and drinking
The tasty buffet breakfast served in the terrace lounge features a mix of Turkish and French specialties, including bacon and other pork products, a rarity in Turkey. Drinks and light snacks are on offer in the evening.
I was impressed by the staff’s smooth, though not impersonal, professionalism and excellent English skills.
Who stays there
Foreigners on both business and pleasure trips. The hotel appeals to artsy types, so book well ahead for events such as fashion week or film festivals.
All rooms are similarly appointed suites, so extra space is the main thing you get with the more expensive ones.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Stylish lounge
- Gorgeous building
- Luxurious rooms
- No elevator
- Some rooms can be loud