We spent 6 nights in a 'Superior Room' at this lovely hotel. The archtiectural details and stylish decor were impeccable - understated and elegant. The room pluses - immaculately clean, the king size bed, comfortable bedding, the black out curtains that could be closed with w/ remote, rain shower head as well as a handheld shower spray, robe and slippers, soft large towels, sufficient counter space to hold toiletries. The minuses - only one person could access the closet at the same time(the bed took up most of the room space), the safe was awkwardly placed in the closet, the shower door could not be easily opened while in the shower (no handle), no bathroom extraction fan or window, noisy hotel room neighbors (street side noise was very quiet but hotel guests were very loud - especially in the middle of the night). BUT the pluses far outweighed any negatives!
Location was excellent - within walking distance of Old Town, Spice Market. The street was very
quiet (our room was on street side) and never had an issue with outside noise. We were glad to escape the hustle, bustle and massive crowds that come with the Old Town.
Staff was so accommodating - the reception staff made excellent restaurant recommendations and arranged for transportation to/from. The bar and wait staff was friendly and tried hard to please. If one of them could not understand our requests, they quickly brought another person who had better command of the English language.
Breakfast buffet, although not large, was of high quality. The hotel also offers a breakfast menu for eggs, omelets, pancakes. Eggs were very salty - so be sure to request no salt.
We decided to try the spa on our last afternoon at the hotel - the spa is not widely advertised - we happened upon it when we checked out the fitness center. We had the couples Turkish Bath treatment - and my husband had a massage following. We highly recommend the spa - excellent service, beautiful treatment rooms and a wonderful way to relax after 5 days of touring the city. It is a hidden gem!
We certainly recommend this hotel - it has only been open for 5 months - so I think that it will be difficult to find rooms when the word of mouth continues to spread!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Karaköy on Bankalar Caddesi, a convenient launching pad to explore bohemian Beyoğlu and historic Sultanahmet.Restored by the Agha Khan award-winning Turkish architect Han Tümertekin, the building structure retains original features, while the luxurious modern interiors were designed by Sinan Kafadar who was inspired by its imposing bank vaults, which also gave rise to the hotel's name.The contemporary classic room interiors also evoke wealth and luxury. An in-house art curator will organize events and exhibitions throughout the hotel. Also, a collection of precious books related to art, culture & music will be displayed. Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel highlights Art & Culture, blending classic and contemporary styles, thus bringing together visions of Ancient and Modern Istanbul. ... more less
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