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Vault Karaköy Hotel, Istanbul: Bank On It

February 01, 2016

The Vault Karaköy is the fourth incarnation from the crack team behind Istanbul’s fabulous House Hotels, and just like the rest of ‘em, she sure is a looker.

Restored to her former glory, and then some, by Turkish architect Han Tümertekin and interior designer Sinan Kafadar, the C.19th Ottoman bank is today a moneyed vision of wood and coffee tones, towering ceilings, Carrara marble baths, and vast period windows overlooking the boulevards below.

The in-room amenities impress with goose-down duvets, flat screens, free WiFi, and Julius Meinl coffee machines, while the walls boast a jaw-dropping array of Zeynep Berik-curated artworks. Meanwhile in the lobby, Kasa Lokanta serves up contempo regional cuisine, and the sceney Gold Bar features the original bank vault in its new life as a liquor cabinet. All that’s left? A visit to the hotel’s hammam – a dream in steam and white marble – where a killer kese will leave your skin as soft as a baby’s bot.

Bankalar Caddesi 5, Beyoğlu, +90 212 244 6434, thehousehotel.com

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