This Ottoman-era mansion in Istanbul’s party heart reinvents itself as an all-suite hotel that is a design buff’s dream.
The House Hotel Galatasaray’s sensitive restoration of an elegant four-story Ottoman-era mansion has preserved the property’s original features — lofty ceilings, ornate plaster work, tile floors, a sweeping marble staircase — and enhanced them with interiors from the supercool Turkish design studio Autoban.
The room decor is cool, calm and contemporary, with polished parquet floors, gleaming white walls and contemporary brass light fittings that play off the original moldings.
Suites are dominated by kingsize beds draped in crisp white linens and plump goosedown duvets and pillows. The separate sitting rooms come with streamlined taupe sofas, custom-made dark wood tables, and smoked glass coffee tables, as well as flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines and minibars.
The small but sparkling bathrooms are whiter than white, lined with vintage tiles and fully stocked with fluffy towels and Lokum Istanbul lotions and potions.
The buffet breakfast is served in the light-filled top-floor lounge bar. Tuck into freshly baked bread and menemen (the Turkish take on scrambled eggs), and wash them down with fresh orange juice and a strong Turkish coffee while looking out over the city’s rooftops.
Just outside, the narrow streets are crammed with antique stores and funky boutiques, and Beyoğlu, Istanbul’s party heart, is just around the corner.
—Review by Sarah Gilbert, courtesy of Jetsetter.com.
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