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Your New Turkish Room Mate Is Smoking Hot

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  Site Where: Meşrutiyet Caddesi Nş 34, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34435
June 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

“You have got a new friend in Istanbul” said the email that popped into our inbox yesterday. Good thing we didn’t click the spam button – it was from Room Mate Hotels, announcing their first place in Turkey will open 1 July.

Room Mate Kerem (so new, they have yet to put a face to the name*) will be in Beyoglu, a block up from pedestrianized shopping strip Istiklal Street, right by the British Consulate (a few minutes away from the Pera Palace).

It’s a historic building (of course – it’s Beyoglu) re-envisioned by designer Lázaro Rosa Violán, and the renderings look superb: a modern take on Art Deco, with lofty ceilings and oversized windows, lots of mirrors and glass to flood the lobby with light, and even a library and what looks like an antique display cabinet of glass and pottery. Drool over all the pictures here.

There don’t seem to be pictures of the rooms yet, but according to the descriptions, there will be 61 of them split across six categories, with parquet flooring, wallpaper recalling Islamic art and even hammam-style bathrooms. There will also be a terrace (roof?) and a spa. The standard Room Mate accoutrements – free WiFi, breakfast till midday etc in the rather midcentury restaurant – will of course be available.

We already love Room Mate, of course, but Kerem looks like a design step up for the brand, so we can’t wait to see this. There are also plans for two more Room Mates in Istanbul, though the locations haven’t yet been announced. May we suggest something on the Asian side?

Rates look typically sound, with doubles from €55 ($74) and singles (yay, singles) from €48. It looks like this includes the 30% opening discount, which is valid on stays through December, booked by 17 June.

Istanbul already has a phenomenal selection of boutique hotels, of course, but this one is getting us really excited. Bring on July!

*PS: If you reckon you have what it takes to be 'Kerem', the face of the hotel, you could win free stays for life: see here.

[Photo: Room Mate]

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