I explored the very cool city of old Istanbul last long weekend escape, so had to suss out one of the offers from the very hip and unique Boutique chain of Turkey, House Hotels. I chose The House Hotel Galatasaray, which was an awesome base to meander the windy, hilly streets of bohemian Beyoglu area rammed with antique stores and cosy local cafes. It may be a quiet little area, but only a short walk to party central of Istiklal Cadessi. I felt pretty spesh’ in the grand proportions of my Executive suite. The famous Turkish architect/Designers, Autoban, created this hotel in 2010 from former apartments owned by the Zenovich family.
It clear to see, the heritage listing and nature of the building influenced a very sensitive approach to the conversion. You really get a sense of residing in a classic old apartment as most of the design elements are inspired directly from the original apartments. Wall panel mouldings, parquet and marble Parisian street name tiles were copied from remaining heritage finishes. The grand marble staircase and floor tiles are still in place. It’s a true romantic boutique hotel offering only twenty suites of differing layouts and dining lounge on the top floor with rooftop views. The modern shower pod in the bedroom is a funky contrast and I felt like I had been beamed up to a Paris hotel the first time I stepped out of it. Good if you want to perve at your partner in the shower too… ;-).
I couldn’t resist sharing with you some of my snaps of the surrounding boho streets that I explored, and of course Istanbul’s famous sites …..enjoy.
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Check out my post on one of the another House Hotels, Nisantasi