On a relatively quiet street running behind the main pedestrian avenue in the Beyoğlu district, the Miapera is just a stone’s throw from the city’s liveliest restaurant, bar, and café scene. It’s also halfway between Taksim and Tünel, both of which offer easy transit access to the sights of the Old City.
Attractively decked out in rich chocolate browns, blues, and oranges, the rooms are sleek without being cold. I like the colourful tiles in the bathrooms, the bright retro-style egg-shaped chairs, and the matching maze-like patterns on the round hanging lamps and cushioned headboards. Four duplex suites offer loft bedrooms and cosy window-side sitting areas. Avoid the 8th-floor rooms, especially on weekends, if you want a quiet night; they're situated right below the terrace bar and can be loud.
With its hanging wood-panelled lamps, bright-orange two-sided couch, and white-on-white reading nook, the lobby sets the stylish tone for the whole hotel.
Eating and drinking
The menu at the strikingly illuminated Caladdo restaurant and lounge combines Turkish-inspired tastes such as pistachio-crusted levrek (sea bass) with Italian and other international dishes. Drinks with a view are served on a rooftop bar with big umbrellas, multicoloured tile walls, wooden tables, and white-cushioned bench seats.
The small but attractive indoor pool, inlaid with blue tiles and connected to a hot tub, is unfortunately often crowded. There’s also a Turkish bath, a wood-panelled sauna, and a massage room.
Some kinks still need to be worked out with the service, though the staff are friendly and eager to offer recommendations for what to see and do in the city.
Who stays there
The hotel draws both business and leisure travellers from around the world.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Nice restaurant and bar
- Good location
- Stylish rooms
- Rooms below bar can be noisy
- Service could be improved