Istanbul cool

I am really liking the hotels I am discovering under the Le Meridien Label from Starwood lately, and the one in the fashionable Etiler district of Istanbul is a pretty cool example of this upscale brand that focuses on art and culture to create a distinctly different hotel for each property. Owned by Makyol  with a segmented architecture by Emre Arolat and interior design by Sinan Kafadar, it’s a great contemporary complement to the incredible Byzantine and Ottoman architecture of the city.

The interior design carefully mixes a number of modern styles and influences to create the element of surprise, yet sits cohesively together with a dramatic use of pattern and scale with minimal muted colour and quality finishes. The result is sophistication with an edgy expression. The hero for me is refined  and understated La Torre Restaurant, which I must admit is a bit of a reference point for a restaurant I am currently working on.

There is a  combination of a number of design devices you have probably seen in 5 star digs elsewhere, but hey, its been done with style and a high contrast palate that’s just damn sharp. After all, Istanbul is the confluence where the exotic ancient east meets ancient west Europe, so it has always had borrowed stylistic influences. This hotel a great example of understated funkiness.

Check out the Le Meridien Zhengzhou

Images from Starwood website

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