I don’t think there are many tourists that have visited Istanbul and not sauntered along the pedestrianised high St of Iskital Avenue. I walked past The The Public Hotel, from the lane down the side so many times and was drawn to the ambiance of the ground floor 1901 cafe with its paper pendants, and decided to stop by on my forth day of my long weekend visit to this amazing city. Not only is this street so dynamic, historical, bustling and bohemian, as is the whole are of Beyoglu. It is a city to explore on foot. So much to see.
This 52 room hip boutique hotel designed by Atilla Ozkaynakci and Onur Karahan celebrates the bohemian character of the area with paired back wall linings, eclectic furniture and artworks randomly scattered. There is a subtle madness to the public spaces, connecting them to the streets of Istanbul. I think I need a purple velvet rhino head in my home now.
The rooms have a funky warehouse feel where the abstract artwork takes centre stage. The beat of Beyoglu is felt in the honest rustic timber, bare concrete, aged metal and stone surfaces. Space is optimised with the use of glass walls to bathrooms. I think I know where I will be staying next crazy weekend in Istanbul!
Hotel picks from The Public Hotel website.