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Originally built as a bank, Karaköy, the House Hotel Karakoy is a hip addition to the portfolio of places to stay in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Karaköy. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring bohemian Beyoglu, historic Sultanahmet and the Galata Port.
Award-winning architect Han Tümertekin has done a fantastic job in restoring the original building, giving it a 21st century facelift with sleek interiors and a fantastic collection of contemporary art work thanks mainly to the in-house art curator. Culture aficionados will also enjoy the fine collection of art and music-related books.
There are 63 chic guest rooms and suites, all of which have an arty and elegant décor and individual features such as cosy fireplaces in some rooms, restored from the building's former infrastructure.
For wining and dining guests can sample the hotel's Kasa Lokanta restaurant, which serves a delicious range of modern Mediterranean dishes. The Circular Gold Bar is a fantastic spot for a pre or post-dinner cocktail.
Aside from exploring the nearby Turkish delicatessens, buzzing cafes, museums and art galleries galore, guests can unwind and relax in the hotel's spa, which, as one would expect, has a white marble Turkish hammam as well as offering several other indulgent treatments.
Not only is staying in a bank vault pretty cool, you're also only a two minute-walk from my favourite place to grab lunch in the whole city... a ramshackle stall tucked under Galata bridge where a local fisherman turns the catch of the day into the best fish sandwich you've ever had.
Harriet, Original Traveller