“A super-stylish design hotel set on the Turkish equivalent of Bond Street, in the heart of Istanbul’s most upmarket neighbourhood”
The 44 rooms and suites all carry design duo Autoban’s sophisticated stamp. Decked out in their signature muted tones, they have luxuriously thick carpets, textured walls, bespoke lighting and tactile chairs, as well as custom-made wooden furniture whose modern curves contrast beautifully with the walls’ sharp lines. Compact marble-clad bathrooms sit behind glass walls (with Venetian blinds for modesty) and contain powerful rain showers (no tubs), Lokum Istanbul toiletries, fluffy white towels and soft robes.
We stayed in one of the standard Classic Rooms. Our kingsize bed (twins are also available) had a superb mattress topped with plump goose-down pillows and crisp white linen, and a desk stood in front of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street below - perfect for people-watching. We also had an open rail for hanging clothes, a large flat-screen TV, tea-making paraphernalia, a Nespresso coffee-maker, and a fabulous backlit minibar stocked with all the equipment needed to rustle up in-room cocktails.
For the same style but more space, opt for a Superior Room with a sofa and walk-in dressing area. And if you want a larger lounge area with a coffee table then choose a Deluxe Room or Junior Suite, located towards the top of the building, some of which have private terraces with tables, chairs and Bosphorus views. Do note that there is not a lift so it may be tricky for some guests to reach the rooms on the top floor.
The smart reception area doubles as a bar and dining room, and from 7am to 11am it serves up a relaxed buffet breakfast. We tucked into freshly baked bread (including Turkish favourite, sesame-coated simit), a selection of homemade jams, plump black olives, juicy tomatoes, cheeses, cold cuts, pastries, fresh fruit and menemen (the Turkish take on scrambled eggs, with spices, peppers and onions). We washed it all down with juice, coffee and steaming glasses of sweet çay.
Later in the day you can order from a menu of light international dishes - salads, pasta, steak - which are available until 11pm. And indulging in a cocktail or 2 while perched on an elegant Autoban stool at the marble-topped counter is the perfect antidote to a hard day’s shopping and sightseeing.
Otherwise, there are plenty of good restaurants, cafés and bars nearby. Kantin pioneered the farm-to-table concept in Istanbul and uses only seasonal and locally sourced ingredients in its constantly changing menu. We loved the citir (‘crispy’ in Turkish) - whole-wheat flour flatbreads with a range of toppings (salmon, goats' cheese, pumpkin), served straight from a wood-burning oven. Also worth trying is Kosebasi, which is said to make the best kebabs in the city. Its menu includes meaty treats such as cig kofte (meatballs) and cop sis (grilled meat on a skewer), as well as plenty for vegetarians to enjoy. Or head to Hunkar for an upmarket take on traditional Turkish fare.
Children of all ages are welcome, and those under 6 stay for free. Baby cots can be added to Superior Rooms upwards, and Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites can take an extra bed. There’s also a babysitting service with a local nanny - useful for parents who want to head out and make the most of Nisantasi’s upmarket bars and restaurants.
Babies (0-1 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Available by arrangement.