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The Killer Views And Classy Rooms Of Istanbul's Sumahan on the Water

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  Site Where: Kulelí Caddesi No 43, Cengelkoy, Istanbul, Turkey
August 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)


The house launch and the Bosphorus Bridge, from the garden at Sumahan

A converted alcohol factory on the Asian side of Istanbul, right on the bank of the Bosphorus. There’s little not to love about Sumahan on the Water, which we mentioned last week as one of our favorite Bosphorus hotels. Today, we’ll take you through the keyhole.

First impressions are key, of course, and Sumahan does a blinding one: it sends its wooden boat to fetch you at the little dock in Tophane, on the European side. From there, it’s a 15-20 minute chug up and across the Bosphorus to Çengelköy, where you’ll dock just beside the ground floor rooms.

Sumahan was designed by its Turkish-American architect owners, Nedret and Mark Butler (Nedret’s family originally owned the factory, and transforming the abandoned space was the subject of her thesis). You can tell it’s a labor of love: each of the 24 rooms is named after a different village around the Bosphorus, and a huge amount of thought has gone into the design.

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5 Of The Best Hotel Bars In Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
August 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)


The Golden Horn and Sultanahmet from Zelda Zonk

Istanbul Week continues! We’ve outlined your must-stay hotels in your major areas – Sultanahmet, or the Beyoglu and the business triangle – as well as where to stay on the Bosphorus. Today, we’ll wind up Istanbul Week with the best hotel bars, from rooftop clubs to posh patisseries. Here’s where to drink in Istanbul:

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5 Hotels With The Best Bosphorus Views in Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
August 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)


Kempinski Ciragan Palace

Istanbul Week continues! Your must-stay hotels in your major areas are all well and good, of course, but what if you don’t care about the tourist sites or the nightlife or your bizness connectionswhat if you just want to wake up to the Bosphorus outside your door?

The downside of staying on the Bosphorus – other than the premium prices – is that it’s slightly out of the way, so makes it longer to get to the sites/your meeting/that hot new restaurant everyone is talking about. The upside of staying on the Bosphorus is that it’s so bloody beautiful, you’re unlikely to stray from your hotel. The solution? Work out how many nights you want in the other locations, and then add at least one (ideally two) on the water. You won’t regret it.

Here are some of the best waterfront properties:

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels For Summer 2014: Business Triangle, Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
August 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

View of the Bosphorus from Le Meridien in Levent

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in Istanbul? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Istanbul is famously enormous – if spanning two continents wasn't enough, it also enjoys the largest urban sprawl in Europe – so location is key for getting the most out of your stay. If you’re going for work, you’re probably going to be spending most of your time well away from Beyoglu and Sultanahmet - you’ll be in the ‘business triangle’ north and east of Beyoglu that encompasses Levent, Besiktas and Sisli. Obviously these are all suitable for business, but some business hotels are more ‘business’ than others.

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels For Summer 2014: Beyoglu, Istanbul

Where: Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
August 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in Istanbul? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Istanbul is famously enormous – if spanning two continents wasn't enough, it also enjoys the largest urban sprawl in Europe – so location is key for getting the most out of your stay. Beyoglu, separated from old town Sultanahmet by the Golden Horn and the Galata Bridge (pictured top) is the trendy part of town (divided into even trendier districts like Karakoy and Cihangir). When you’ve finished sightseeing, you’ll come here for the eating, drinking and shopping. By the way, all these have free WiFi.

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels For Summer 2014: Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
August 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Welcome to Istanbul Week! Looking for a hotel? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Istanbul is famously enormous – if spanning two continents wasn't enough, it also enjoys the largest urban sprawl in Europe – so location is key for getting the most out of your stay. Sultanahmet, the old town, is where most of the tourist sites are, so if it's a quick in-out sightseeing visit you're after, stay here. Here are four different hotels to try within walking distance of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Better still, they all have free WiFi.

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St. Regis and Raffles Are Opening in Istanbul this Year, But Will Viceroy?

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
June 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Every hotel brand out there seems to muscle its way into the Istanbul scene at the moment, with St. Regis and Raffles both opening a brand new hotel just after the summer. While we were ready to include Viceroy on that list, when we checked its website a week ago it still said “early 2014”, but since has completely disappeared. Trouble in paradise?

Starting with confirmed openings, The St. Regis Istanbul (above) will be opening on October 15 in the city’s Nişantaşi neighborhood, on the European side of the Bosphorus strait. The hotel will have 118 rooms and suites, with four suites featuring “custom interiors by world-renowned designers”. All the usual features you’d expect will be here, including a rooftop restaurant, something very quintessentially Istanbul. Reservations aren’t open yet, but expect rates from €400 ($545) a night and up.

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Not Even Google Glass Can Spoil Vault Karakoy's Killer Istanbul View

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  Site Where: Bankalar Caddesi No. 5, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34420
June 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

That view from the Penthouse

Focus on the positive. Focus on the positive. Focus on the positive. Ok… It’s great that a hotel is trying something new. We're all about hotel technology.

Time for the negative. By “trying something new” we mean posting a video of your hotel experience via Google Glass.

House Hotels, possibly our favorite chain in Istanbul, is pimping its newest property, Vault Karaköy, by way of this video. Not sure why they’ve picked on this one to endure the Glass treatment – possibly because Karaköy is Istanbul’s trendiest nabe – but for us, at least, it’s not conquering our Glass misgivings.

On the plus side, the hotel – which opened in March in an old bank facing the Galata Bridge – looks stunning, and the staff look suitably bashful in the face of Google Glass (0:18). So let’s focus on what’s to love: an old-style cage elevator (0:21), a whopping breakfast buffet (0:34), some lovely (original?) tiling (0:39) and a bathroom with a seriously OMG view (1:11).

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Your New Turkish Room Mate Is Smoking Hot

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  Site Where: Meşrutiyet Caddesi Nº 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.

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Meet The Resident Cats At Istanbul's Empress Zoe

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  Site Where: Akbiyik Caddesi 10, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34122
June 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Friday. You know what you need to get you through the rest of the day? Cat pictures.

So without further ado, here are our current favorite hotel cats. These two, along with one other, reside at the Empress Zoe hotel in Istanbul: a one-of-a-kind boutique pad in Sultanahmet, just below Hagia Sophia.

All three are former street cats who walked in one day and never left. (Istanbul is all about the street cats.) They aren't BFFs with each other; but, luckily for you, they are with the guests. Cuddling opportunities, should you be so minded, are unlimited.

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Four Seasons Hotels in Europe are Offering a $69,000 'Backstage Pass'

March 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

As spring continues to elude a lot of us, you might be mind escaping by leaving on a jet plane to far-off destinations. To feed your fantasy, we thought we’d share with you this flight of fancy offered by Four Seasons: A $69,000 backstage pass package to some of Europe’s most iconic cultural kicks.

This 16-day Backstage with the arts package includes the use of a fully kitted out 757 private jet that’ll whisk you from European capital to European capital: Lisbon, Milan, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Paris and Prague, complete with a Four Seasons Global Guest Services Manager to help make all of your arts and culture dreams come true along the way.

To further whet your appetite for this OTT fantastic fantasy, here are some of the behind-the-scenes treats for the 52 people who will be able to book the package.

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It's Funky Friday and Le Méridien Istanbul Has Us Hypnotized

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  Site Where: Cengiz Topel Caddesi No:39, Etiler Istanbul, Turkey, 34337
February 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for – and find a lot of – wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We kick off Funky Friday in the lobby of Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler. It’s kind of hard not to notice the larger-than-life starburst patterns, created by artist Mustafa Hulusi. While we cannot say for certain what the meaning is behind this stroll down psychedelic lane, one clue may lie in that Hulusi himself couldn’t come up with a name for his work (“Untitled”).

Whatever the artist’s intentions may be, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler clearly want modern art of be a part of the guest experience. The hotel has partnered with Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in their "UnlockArt" program and offer free entrance to guests who present their room key. (This program is actually in effect at all Le Méridien hotels.)

Now, stare straight into the center of any starburst and repeat to yourself, “I love HotelChatter.com and recommend it to everyone I meet …I love HotelChatter.com and recommend it to everyone I meet.” Feel better?

[Photo: Le Méridien Istanbul/Facebook]