At almost every Le Meridien, you can count on finding cool, unusual textures, beautiful contemporary art, and some new configuration of the brand's "hub" lobby concept (which we wrote about last spring, and which launched most recently at Le Meridien Barcelona). Here, the lobby is decidedly minimalist, playing with different shades of black, white and gray. In what looks like a series of flip picture book images, a series of wood panels depict an athlete setting off on a run.
Just like with the mosaic lantern in the rooms, the lobby only really hints at the fact that the hotel is located in Turkey—specifically, in the carvings on the wall behind the Front Desk and on the lamps. Though both the interiors and exterior were designed by Turkish architects (Emre Arolat, who worked on the exterior, made it so that the building gradually becomes transparent as it gets higher), the Turkish influence on the design here is scant.
One other thing we like about Le Meridien Istanbul in addition to the views? How cheap it is! Unlike, say, Le Meridien Panama (from $240) or Le Parker Meridien in New York (from $400), rates here start at just EUR 149.
[Photos: Starwood Hotels]