Sunday, February 25, 2018


Sultanahmet, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'16.9"N 28°58'50.4"E / 41.004683, 28.980675


This 19 century Ottoman style Turkish Mansion situated in the heart of the ancient city is an embodiment of the authentic cultureand history. Joining the tourism sector in 1998, this family run hotel offers its guests a friendly and cosy atmosphere. Topkapı Palace, St. Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and The Hippodrome are all with in a five-minute stroll.

The Ottoman commander and statesman of the eighteenth century. Place of birth, date, and his family are unknown. Husband epithet from slavery developmental process called Yusuf Paşa. Gazi Hasan Paşa, under the auspices of the Algerian captain-state input stage. Kethüda Gazi Hasan Pasha, found the door. Sultan Abdülhamid Khan (1774-1789) period while the vizier with the task of household and the tax Mora, 25 January 1786 was the Vizier-i-Azam.

In the meantime, Russia formed an alliance with Austria for the fall of the Ottoman Empire. England and Prussia, Russia and Austria were united against. The Russians and the Muslim populace who knows well the insidious ambitions and Yusuf Pasha in the Ottoman lands, Shaykh al-Islam and Sultan Khan's Approval of the Sultan Abülhamid I provided with the declaration of war on Russia August 19 1787.

Russia also has sided with Austria. Yusuf Pasha, the Ottoman-Russian-Austrian battles, Serdar-ı Ekrem was appointed. Despite the Janissaries September 20 1788 against the Austrians won the Battle of Sebeş. When he moved the throne of Sultan Selim III, while the Russian side, on June 7, 1789, was appointed Seraskerlik Vidin.

In 1790 was appointed governor of Bosnia. While the mission control in Russian front in 1791, again dealing with queen-i azam Koca Yusuf Pasha, the army knows the status of irregular, has chosen the path of the treaty. Age Treaty was signed with Russia. May 4 1792 Seraskerlik Anapa and was appointed Governor of Trabzon. Last duty is Seraskerliği Medina, where he died (1800).

Koca Yusuf Pasha and hardworking person. Although hard-working and well-to-thumb rather than a benign personality, and does the job and by the time you'd move. Undertaken by the Russian massacres perpetuated against Muslims, so it felt a huge grudge against the country. Disorder participated in the battles, however, sees the Janissaries, completely against the enemy could not perform his intention.


Yusuf Paşa Konağı man in this state hosted and entertained guests. Known by everyone here in this mansion has been frequented by tourists until today, and all remaining Ottoman Turkish hospitality shown to guests.

All rooms with private bathroom, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, Tv satellite system, windows with blackout  curtains, are equipped with latest technology individually controlled air-conditioning, central heating system.

There are 2 category of the room that Standard Rooms and Deluxe Rooms. Only Deluxe Rooms has a magnificent view of the Marmara Sea,Islands,Asian Continent,Bosphorus, City Walls and Light House. Some of Deluxe Rooms has Jacuzzi and some of Deluxe Rooms bathrooms decorated like a Turkishbath.

Standart Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Family Rooms

Room Service, Central Air Conditioning, Safe Box in the Lobby, 24hr Reception Desk, Open Buffet Breakfast, Daily housekeeping, Restaurants, Rental Car Service, Airport Service, Bar, Free Wi-fi access, Parking Service, Wake-up calls, Internet Connection, Exchange Office, Tour Guide, Free Bussiness Service (Computer-Fax-Copy-Printing Service), Information Desk


WEB SITE : Yusufpaşa Konağı Hotel

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 458 0001
Fax : +90 212 458 0009

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Çırağan, Beşiktaş - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'35.0"N 29°00'41.5"E / 41.043067, 29.011526



Former 19th-century Ottoman palace known as Atik Ali Pasha. Built as a secondary residence near the Sultan’s principal summer palace on the Bosphorus converted to a Four Seasons hotel in 2008. Atik Ali Pasha Palace at the Bosphorus occupies a former 19th century Ottoman palace known as Atik Pasha. It was one of a group of several palaces originally referred to as the Feriye Palaces, built as secondary residences along the Bosphorus’ European coast near the Sultan’s principal summer palace.

Atik Ali Pasha Palace impressive, symmetrical façade faces the Bosphorus. At night, the frontage is lit by flaming torches - a spectacular welcome for those arriving for dinner via the Hotel’s private, waterfront dock. A 190 m (623 ft) wide promenade extends in front of the palace building. It is landscaped with lawns and gardens, bar pavilions, seating areas and a large pool with open views across to the forests and yalis that line the Asian shore.


Two modern accommodation wings flank the back of the original palace. Designed as contemporary interpretations of old civic architecture, they include wooden windows and copper roofing with stone and stucco finishes. Together, the buildings line three sides of the landscaped gardens, steps and driveway that descend amongst cascading pools, fountains and mature trees from Çırağan Road to the Hotel’s lower, glass-covered entrance.

The Hotel’s interiors are inspired by their surroundings : shades of aqua, silver and taupe reflect the shimmering hues of the Bosphorus, whilst light marble and cool blue glass impart the freshness of a coastal resort. Throughout the Hotel, prints of the 18th century engravings of artist, architect and voyager, Antoine Ignace Melling, recall the glamour of the Bosphorus of old.

Decorative geometric motifs, hand-painted ceiling details, Turkish carpets and interesting marble inlays showcase the talents of local craftsmen and imbue an air of understated, Ottoman elegance. Achic city retreat on Istanbul’s glorious seafront, this converted Ottoman palace is surrounded by indigo waters and mountaintops. Visit the place where East meets West and the past meets whatever's coming next. Stimulating days and vibrant nights await.

Along the Bosphorus, in one of Istanbul's trendiest and most naturally beautiful neighbourhoods, find a former 19th-century Ottoman palace transformed into a hotel sanctuary of luxury and comfort. Experience a seldom-seen side of Istanbul, with legendary Four Seasons service there to ensure you enjoy every moment of your luxury hotel stay in Istanbul, Turkey.


Guest Rooms
Deluxe Room, Palace Courtyard Room, Courtyard Room, Superior Room

Atik Pasha Suite, One-Bedroom Bosphorus Palace Suite, One-Bedroom Bosphorus Suites, Palace Roof Suite, Four Seasons Junior Suites

Choose Aqua for Mediterranean fine dining, highlighting Italian and Turkish cuisines. Relax in the intimate and sophisticated Lobby Bar and Lounge. Or dine in the breezy quayside atmosphere of the Pool Grill.

Aqua Restaurant, Pool Grill Restaurant

Lobby Bar And Lounge, In-Room Dining

Family, Outdoor Pool, Indoor Pool, Fitness Facilities, Business Services, Business Amenities And Services

In-Room Massages And Spa Services, Signature Treatments, Massages, Hammam Moments, Facial Treatments, Spa Therapy, Body Treatments, Hand And Foot Treatments, Treatments for Men, Salon Services

Atik Pasha Pre-Function, Bosphorus Ballroom, Bosphorus Pre-Function, Kanlıca, Hisar, Tarabya, Beylerbeyi, Emirgan, Yeniköy, Atik Pasha Terrace

Celebrate life, love, and romance in a 19th-century Ottoman palace transformed into a chic urban resort. Let the beautiful and ever-changing Bosphorus Strait be your backdrop.


WEB SITE : Four Seasons Bosphorus Hotel

Phone : +90 212 381 4000
Fax : +90 212 381 4010

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Beylerbeyi, Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'41.8"N 29°02'47.3"E / 41.044934, 29.046466



It was used as the Mansion of Debreli Ismail Pasha between 1876-1909. The mansion which burned in 1983, was faithfully rebuilt according to the present building survey and photographs and between 1993-1996 with the approval of the Ministry of Tourism " Mansion Tourism Investment and Management" and regained for tourism.

Debreli Ismail Pasha Mansion is one of the finest examples of neo-Ottoman architecture. Constituted on 1486 square meters of land, the building is 300 square meters. One side of the mansion, facing the garden, was used as haremlik (women's quarter), and the other side, facing the sea, was used as selamlık (men's quarter).


The hotel welcomes the guests with decorated Ottoman motifs and with gilded, notched elegant ceiling ornamentations, a crystal chandelier, original firmans and manuscripts of the Sultan, embraces them with the blue waters of the Bosphorus and hosts with personalized sense of hospitality.

The importance given to the smallest detail and comfort in each of the 14 private rooms of the mansion immediately greet the eye. As the ornamentations of the ceiling and the walls draw attention, the furniture are coated with 18-carat gold leaf handmade Italian and the bathrooms are decorated in English style.

By converting 200 year old boathouse on the sea floor of the mansion into the hotel restaurant, this special place was created, and it offers you the privilege of tasting a delicious selection of international cuisine in a highly luxurious and romantic atmosphere. The wedding organizations that are held at the Bosphorus Palace Hotel also offers wedding couples other special facilities.

From the moment you step into the hotel, you feel the privilege at every turn. On this special romantic day, you enjoy your cocktail and wedding meal with a quality sense of service and delicious menus and stay in a specially prepared room for free and benefit from the facilities of champagne and refreshments, the first romantic breakfast, turn down service to your room.

In addition, in order to make your special and important days unforgettable, weddings, parties, meetings and all kinds of receptions are held with many years of reliable experience by providing exceptional guest service and superior hospitality.

Whether business meetings and dinners or special invitations like wedding and engagement, you can stroll through the depths of history and experience this magical atmosphere at the first Mansion Hotel of Istanbul with your guests.

Standart Rooms, Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Palace Rooms

Wedding - Engagement Ceremonies
Henna Night

Historical Boathouse Restaurant


WEB SITE : Bosphorus Palace Hotel

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 216 422 0003
Fax : +90 216 422 0012

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Friday, February 23, 2018


Galata, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'43.4"N 28°58'23.3"E / 41.028708, 28.973148


The beautiful building of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul was originally built as the winter residence of the french levantine family Décugis. It was built in 1881, one of the oldest stone buildings in Taksim & Pera area build as a mansion. Monseiur Henri Hypollite Décugis lived here more than 60 years together with his family. He was levatine French businessman - an interesting and well known character in Pera.

His shop ''Constantinople-Pera'' was in Grand Rue de Pera (now the Istiklal Avenue) at the first floor of the Botter Apartment, which also one of the most beautiful examples of the art nouveau style buildings in Istanbul. He was selling valuable antiques, porcelains and crystals. He was supposed to be a master in his business and was well known about his business ethics and honesty.

His fine porcelains, Christofle silver spoons, knifes and forks, crystal chandeliers were used in the finest places in that time, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Pera Palace Hotel, Markiz Pattiserie. After the death of his wife, he spent his life in the mansion and shut down all the covers of the windows of the mansion as an expression of his mourning. M. Décugis died in 1942 and his grave is in Feriköy Catholic Cemetery in Istanbul.

Alexandre Vallaury, the talented and remarkable architect of Maison de Decugis. There are some speculations about his nationality but he was supposedly known as French. He was born in Istanbul in 1850 as a son of levantine family. He studied architecture at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was awarded with the French order Légion d'honneur together with many other medals and awards from the French and Ottoman governments.

The mansions of the most prominent families were on Tepebaşı and Pera , and the architecture of these buildings were one of the most important part in developing the characteristics of the Taksim, Pera and Galata region in Istanbul. In his approach to architecture, he also used a synthesis of Islam-Ottoman and Neo-Classic styles in the broad sweep of which there was great variety.

In some of his designs he used Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Ottoman elements togther with occasional use of motifs from an International Oriental style. In particular, in some buildings he undertook in a Neo-Ottoman style he used details from New Baroque, indeed, even from Art Nouveau. He had constructed many beautiful monuments in Istanbul.

Alexandre Vallaury was the talented and remarkable architect who designed the Décugis mansion. Some uncertainties remain concerning his nationality but it is believed he was French. Born in 1850 in Istanbul, Vallaury was born in a Levantine family. He studied architecture at the school of Fine Arts in Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He received many awards for his work from both the French and Ottoman governments including the prestigious French Légion d’Honneur.

Maison de Decugis was built in the early 19th century in Pera (former name of Beyoğlu) as a mansion for a French levantine family "Décugis".  Neo- Renaissance style mansion is constructed by the talented architect Alexander Vallaury.


Galata Antique Hotel, 5 storey building consists of 22 guest rooms and a roof top terrace where the breakfast is served. Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul is conveniently located in Istanbul's one of the famous bohemian quarters Tunel (Tünel Meydanı). Istanbul's best restaurants, bars, cafes and a short stroll to everything else is in this genuine district, Beyoğlu. During the year Istiklal Street and Taksim hosts various festivals, art exhibitions, theater, opera and ballet performances in AKM. Taksim is a unique place where the art, history and culture and social life combines.

A stay in Hotel Galata Antique will be an opportune decision if you intend to discover the real Istanbul. The friendly staff and the two sister-managers of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul always would be more than happy to assist you about the wonder around places in Istanbul and Taksim in arranging interesting places to visit, according to your personal requests, to include special sightseeing visits to museums, gardens and parks, theatres, concert halls, places for shopping and much, much more!

Located just steps away from the famous Istiklal Avenue, Galata Antique Hotel welcomes guests with its elegantly designed 22 rooms, warm hospitality and the privilege of staying in a 131 year-old Pera mansion.

Each of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul's 22 guest rooms is elegantly designed and furnished recently. All rooms differ one from the other in style, dimensions and size. There are six types of rooms; Standard, Superior, Superior Attic, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suite and Executive Suite.

Digital Satellite Flat Screen TV, Complimentary WIFI broadband Internet access, Double-glazed windows, Blackout curtains, Individually controlled air conditioning, A direct-dial telephone, Working desk with mirror, A combined marble bathroom with shower, Bathroom Amenities, Hairdryer, Slippers, Daily housekeeping service

All standard room amenities, Extra space, Arm chair or sofa, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Nostalgic design, Wood parquet floor decorations, City view, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Extra space, Corner room with three windows, City and Galata Tower views, Arm chair, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Extra space, Sofa, Two twin beds, Clawfoot Bathtub, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Extra space, High ceilings with decorations, King size bed, Bay window with a sofa over looking Sishane Square, Clawfoot Bathtub, Non-smoking only


WEB SITE : Galata Antique Hotel

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 245 5944
Fax : +90 212 245 5947

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Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'00.2"N 28°58'51.0"E / 41.033389, 28.980833



The building was built in 1911-1913. The building was constructed by the Architect Kemaleddin Bey, one of the most distinguished architects in the history of the Ottoman and Republican era His name is still honored in our country. The building is one of the finest examples of the Neo-classical Ottoman style.

The Corinne is a wonderful conversion of an apartment block designed by Kemaleddin Bey, the moustachioed, late Ottoman-era architect featured on the back of the twenty-lira note. Behind its intriguing name there also lurks a story, that of Madame Corinne, a pianist who lived a few streets away in Sadri Alışık Sokak and was a friend of and correspondent with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The building has a glamorous history. Designed in Neo-Classical Ottoman style by Mimar Kemaleddin, Istanbul’s most admired architect of the period, it opened in 1911 as an apartment building. Soon after, installed Italian-born, Madame Corinne Lütfü in an apartment there. Later, the building would become a film studio and, more recently, the location for the filming of Turkish TV soap operas.


Corinne Hotel is a 100-year-old building, located at the heart of Pera, on a quiet street. The boutique hotel with a historical architecture has 39 rooms, and faces the breathtaking historical peninsula, close to nightclubs, historical sights, as well as famous gourmet restaurants. The boutique hotel’s special packages include romance, weekend, luxury, and cultural services, all including something special for the occasion at hand.

With its unique location, Corinne Hotel invites you to freely discover Pera, the center of Istanbul. The Corinne Hotel has transferred the mysteries of the past to the present and staying loyal to the original structure of the building it was restored with respect for nature using ecofriendly technology. Our hotel with its interior design blending the modern with the historical past opens the doors to its 39 rooms to host guests who crave luxury and boutique service.

Classic Room, Classic Room with Jacuzzi, Deluxe Room, Studio Deluxe Room, Deluxe Room with Balcony, Corner Deluxe, Corinne Suite

Restaurant, Brasserie


WEB SITE : Corinne Hotel

E-Mail :
Tel : +90 212 293 9494

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Kanlıca, Beykoz - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°06'10.4"N 29°04'00.4"E / 41.102884, 29.066789


A distinguished boutique Hotel A'jia is a traditional Ottoman mansion that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. With well appointed contemporary interior design, and its centuries old architecture the venue oozes trend and excitement. When you add the extraordinary attention to detail, individualized service and HIP aspect in the mix, hotel experiences is simply redefined.

The A'jia is located in the Asiatic part of Istanbul, on the shores of the Bosphorus, stands a renovated mansion, former residence of an Ottoman governor. Its whiteness contrasts with the intense blue of the sea over which it rests, as well as the exuberant verdant surroundings that serve as a background.

Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalısı was built at the end of the 19th century. Although the architect of the building is not known, the ampiric style and the era it belongs to leads to the allegation that it must be the work of Balyan family.

The yalı is named after Ahmet Rasim Paşa (1826-1897). Having lived during the regency of Sultan Abdülaziz and Sultan Abdülhamid, Ahmet Rasim Paşa served various governships such as Yanya, Tuna, Trabzon, Aydın until he was appointed as Istanbul Şehremini’s mayor, police chief in 1878. Later, he was sent to the governship of Tripoli where he served for 13 years until his death in 1897.

After it was burnt down, the yalı was rebuilt in 1898 to be sold to the Istanbul Municipality by Ahmet Rasim’s family. Following the Turkish War of Independence, it functioned as the 36th elementary school of the new Turkish Republic until 1970.


In 2002 the restorations began to turn the building into a hotel. Since year 2005, A'jia Hotel has been hosting guests from all around the world in this historical mansion with its contemporary interior design.

A'jia Hotel is a boutique hotel with an impressive atmosphere, of interiors with minimalist inspiration and influences from the beginning of the 19th century, in which peace and tranquillity reign. There are 16 rooms, offering modern and luxurious design, as well as marvellous views of the Bosphorus. With its 16 rooms that feature breathtaking scenes from the Bosphorus, A'jia truly offers a private hideaway with easy access to historical and cultural attractions of the city.

Contributing to overall experience of its valued guests, each room is a delight to discover as they are uniquely designed, furnished and equipped with all the latest gimmicks and amenties belending in perfectly with the timeless elegance of the 1800's. The Ajia restaurant is an exlusive venue with a gusto that is happy duel any "gourmet" to perfection. And private events are a treat, with unique approach in offering exqusitive menus and creative ideas.

16 - room boutique hotel with luxury and modern designed rooms in an 1870's pavillion setting : 10 Deluxe Rooms; including 5 rooms with private balcony.
6 Deluxe Suites; including 3 with Mezzanine Floors.

10 of the Deluxe Rooms and all the Suites have direct view of the Bosphorus. Non-smoking rooms and one handicapped room is also available.

Deluxe Rooms
Deluxe Park Room, Waterfront Deluxe Room, Bosphorus Deluxe Room, Bosphorus Terrace Room

Mezzanine Deluxe Suite, Bosphorus Deluxe Suite, Bosphorus Pasha Room


Restaurant Outdoor, Bar Outdoor, Restaurant Indoor, A Lounge, Private Room 4, Private Room 9


WEB SITE : A'jia Hotel İstanbul

Phone : +90 216 413 9300
Fax : +90 216 413 9355

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Sultanahmet, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'22.6"N 28°58'48.3"E / 41.006263, 28.980092



Sultanahmet Prison (Turkish: Sultanahmet Cezaevi), a former prison in Istanbul. It is located in Sultanahmet neighborhood of Fatih district on the historical peninsula. Built in 1918 / 1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences.

The building was designed in Turkish neoclassical style in the beginning of the period called "First National Architecture". It was built next to the courthouse building, which was constructed in 1845 initially as university (Ottoman Turkish: Darülfünun). An inscription in Ottoman language upon the main gate of the building states the name of the facility as the "Capital City Murder Jail" (Ottoman Turkish: Dersaadet Cinayet Tevkifhanesi). It is a four-story building with guard towers enclosing a courtyard.

In the jailhouse, juveniles and women were also detained. Following the establishment of the Sağmalcılar Prison, the inmates were transferred to the new site and the jail was abandoned on January 25, 1969. Later during the military rule, the building continued to be used as a military jailhouse.


In 1992, after a long period of neglect, a redevelopment project was considered to convert the building into a hotel. The jailhouse, having great significance in terms of history of art and architecture, was renovated and opened in 1996 as a deluxe hotel of the Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts chain.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is an intimate retreat of just 65 rooms and suites located in a former prison in the centre of Istanbul’s Old Town. The three-storey, neo-classic building wraps around a landscaped, courtyard garden - formerly the prisoners’ exercise yard - and neighbours some of the city’s most impressive historical monuments. Opened in 1996, the Hotel is one of the jewels in Four Seasons’ crown, most recently named "Best Small Hotel in Europe - 2012 by Travel & Leisure’s coveted annual readers" poll.

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Topkapı Palace, Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are just a couple of minutes stroll from the Hotel. In keeping with this privileged location, the Hotel’s interiors and decoration pay homage to the city’s rich Ottoman heritage. Shuttered windows and arched doorways open to reveal well-lit, uncluttered spaces; decorative Ottoman artefacts and antique rugs are incorporated amongst neoclassical furniture and welcoming Turkish sofas. The resultant effect exudes an easy, homely ambience that belies the exclusivity of the address.

The Hotel’s restaurant, Seasons, is located within a glass pavilion that forms the focal point of the lush, courtyard garden; here, International and Turkish fine dining come together. Turkish traditions are also evident throughout the Hotel in the warmth of the welcome and consistently high level of service – both exceptional, even by Four Seasons’ standards.

Inside, the prison’s original wooden doors, a multiple-arched hallway opens onto a series of inviting lounges - simple and relaxing yet richly decorated with Ottoman tapestries, antique rugs and paintings. Ottoman traditions are further mirrored in the mural-style artworks by Timur Kerim Incedayi, which also complement the cosy, residential appeal of the ‘Blue Room’ lounge and lobby areas.

Sensitively preserved details throughout the Hotel recall its fascinating history: from the courtyard watchtowers (now housing the elevators) to torque-like brass rings and an inmate’s poignant engraving on an old marble pillar. The use of local materials and decorative geometric motifs further evoke Turkey’s rich history and link the regenerated interiors to the traditional artefacts on display.

The Hotel features a total of 347 windows - a surprising number considering its size and previous use. Light and airy interiors are decorated in warm, natural tones, which defer to the vibrant beauty of the landscaped courtyard and historical monuments beyond. Three-dimensional mosaic artworks by local artist, Hulya Vurnal Ikizgul, bring a simple yet powerful beauty to alcoves and walls both within the Hotel and courtyard, providing an appealing synergy between the indoor and outdoor areas.

With 65 Old City Istanbul luxury guest rooms and suites circling a manicured courtyard where birds sing and a fragrant herb garden gives off an enticing smell, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet provides an intimate enclave in the heart of the city.

Four Seasons Executive Suite, Premier Room, Deluxe Room

Marmara Suite, St. Sophia Suite, One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite, One-Bedroom Suite

Seasons Restaurant, Lounges, In-Room Dining

Ballroom, Ballroom Pre-function Room, Divan Meeting Room, Boardroom

Spa Services, Fitness Facilities


Wedding Planning
From invitations to wedding cakes, floral creations to memorable farewells, our team of event planners and experts will simplify your planning and make your wedding in Istanbul everything you have ever imagined, whether it's a private ceremony for two, a week-long celebration with family, or an outdoor event on our rooftop terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque.

Spend sunny days and food-and-music-filled nights in a peaceful oasis and Ottoman landmark in the heart of Istanbul's historic centre. We'll do everything we can to make sure you get the most out of this special time.


WEB SITE : Four Seasons İstanbul Hotel

Phone : +90 212 402 3000
Fax : +90 212 402 3010

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Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'51.5"N 28°58'25.2"E / 41.030986, 28.973668


The Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah (Turkish: Pera Palas Oteli) is a historic special category hotel and museum hotel located in the Beyoğlu (Pera) district in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built in 1892 for the purpose of hosting the passengers of the Orient Express and was named after the place where it is located. It holds the title of "the oldest European hotel of Turkey".

The Pera Palace Hotel, offering magnificent views of the Golden Horn and the skyline of the historic peninsula, is located in the Tepebaşı neighbourhood of Pera, once known as "Little Europe". Today, Pera is the cultural and social centre of Istanbul with its vivid night life and sophisticated museums. In addition to its historic grandeur, Pera Palace Hotel is also attractive due to its central location. It is about 20 km from Atatürk International Airport.

The hotel is in walking distance of Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square and the British, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Italian, French and German consulates. The hotel was closed from 2006, undergoing a major renovation and restoration project and reopened on September 1, 2010.


In the late 1800s, a gap in the market for luxury hotels in Istanbul was recognised. Passengers aboard the Orient Express, the preserve of the elite, desired somewhere of equal elegance at which to rest their heads upon reaching the last stop in the East from Paris. With this in mind, the Pera Palace Hotel was born. Establishment work began in 1892 and the grand opening ball was held in 1895.

Alexander Vallaury, a French-Turkish architect living in the city designed the hotel in a blend of neo-classical, art nouveau and oriental styles. Vallaury undertook a number of other projects in Istanbul, including The Ottoman Bank Headquarters and The Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

Pera Palace, the longest established European hotel in Turkey, was the first and only building to be powered by electricity, other than the Ottoman Palaces. It was also the only address in the city to provide hot running water for its guests and was home to the first electric elevator in Istanbul.

Architecture and renovation

Pera Palace Hotel opened as the first luxury hotel in the Ottoman Empire providing the last destination stop in the East for passengers on board The Orient Express. Pera Palace Hotel is today regarded as an important historical building and is listed under the general protection of Turkish Law (No. 2863 of 1983, amended with Law No. 5226 of 2004) concerning cultural heritage in Turkey.

All the interior systems of Pera Palace Hotel are built around a 46 x 28 meter rectangular base, giving an open space in the middle of the building. This space with exceptionally high ceilings is named the Kubbeli Saloon and due to its central location, acts as the heart of the building. A roof which previously enclosed the six domes on top of the Kubbeli Salon has been opened up. The domes have been cleaned and the roof has been converted into glass to let in more sunshine.

The exterior façade, as well as the layout of the property, follows a neo-classical approach. The interiors of the building feature a more oriental style, mostly concentrated in the ballroom interior. In keeping with this eclectic vision, art nouveau lines feature in and around the elevator and in the coffee house section.
Although a prominent symbol of Istanbul’s cityscape, the Pera Palace property was in need of an extensive renovation. Consequently in April 2008, the owner launched a 23 million Euro renovation and restoration project. The entire renovation project is completed on September 1, 2010.

The key objectives of the restoration and renovation project were to ensure that the original architectural and design features of the property were preserved in accordance with Turkish Law, seeking to protect the cultural heritage of the country. Equally important was to enhance the infrastructure and technology of the Pera Palace Hotel, to ensure that it delivered on an experience synonymous with the standards of a five star luxury hotel.

The lobby area has been meticulously restored and retains the original art nouveau, neo-classical and oriental design influences. The first electric elevator in Istanbul remains intact, save for technical enhancements to keep it in working order. The communal areas on entrance floor level including The Orient Bar, The French Patisserie, Patisserie de Pera, the Tea Lounge Kubbeli Saloon, as well as the meeting rooms have all been restored whilst retaining the original architectural space and design detail.

A key attraction, the Atatürk Room 101 remains as a ‘Museum Room’, with many personal items and reading material of the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk exhibited to the public.

In terms of renovation, the priority was to provide the highest level of comfort in the 115 guest bedrooms including upgrading interior fittings and installating new telecommunication systems. The Murano chandeliers to illuminate the bedrooms and heated Italian Carrara marble within the bathrooms. The names of the hotel suites pay homage to celebrated figures of history who stayed at Pera Palace and these key figures, who include Pierre Loti, Ernest Hemingway, King Edward VIII and the Emperor Franz Joseph are referenced through objet d’arts, archive photography, subtle colour schemes and soft furnishings.

Also new to the property is the opening of the new 380 sqm Pera SPA with indoor pool with jet stream, a traditional Hammam, steam bath, jacuzzi, sauna and three treatment rooms. A gym / fitness centre is also be available.


In 1918, Bodossakis Athanassiades, a Greek entrepreneur of Niğde, moved to Constantinople and settled at Pera Palace Hotel. It was during that time that Bodossakis found out that Compagnie Internationale de Wagon Lits, owner of Pera Palace Hotel, wanted to sell it. Fascinated by the allure of the prestigious Hotel and responding to the trend of the time by which Greeks were buying prime real estate in Constantinople, he immediately offered to buy it. He swiftly arranged a meeting with Baron Jean Batiste de Bourge, who was authorized to sell it. It took one and only meeting for Bodossakis to conclude the deal.

The contract was signed on December 21, of 1918 in Paris for the sum of 5.250.000 French francs. Shortly after, he spent 1.500.000 French Francs for the renovation of Pera Palace thus making it one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe and the centre of all social events in Constantinople. In 1922, following the Asia Minor defeat of the Greek army, Bodossakis settled in Athens. One year later, in 1923, the new Turkish State took control of Pera Palace.

After 1923, Misbah Muhayyeş, who gave much to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during the Syrian campaign, received a letter of gratitude from Atatürk, who, upon Muhayyeş’s wish, honored him with Turkish citizenship and also handed over the management of the hotel. Muhayyeş' will determined that the income of the enterprise be divided between humanitarian foundations.

In 1963, trustees left the management entirely to these organizations after forming the Istanbul Hotel Management, Tourism and Trading Company. Towards the end of 1977, a businessman from Gaziantep, Hasan Süzer, bought 60% of the hotel's shares and became the top executive. Shortly thereafter he purchased the remaining shares.

The destiny of this weary building changed with the lease of its on-ground utilization rights to Beşiktaş Shipping Group in 2006 and a project of restoration, rehabilitation and renovation started immediately. This project consists of a detailed structural documentation and aims at returning Pera Palace Hotel to its magnificent times without damaging its historical foundations and integrity.

Jumeirah Hotels assumed management of the hotel on May 1, 2012 and the hotel has since been known as the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah.

Famous guests

Along with politicians, artists and writers, kings, queens and heads of state have also strolled along the halls of Pera Palace Hotel. King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, as well as Sarah Bernhardt, Alfred Hitchcock, Pierre Loti and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have all stayed, to name a few. As testimony to the hotel’s en vogue reputation, the first fashion show in Istanbul was held at the hotel in 1926.

In 1917, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern-day Turkey, stayed at Pera Palace for the first time. The great leader always chose to stay in Room 101 and on his 100th birthday in 1981 his room was turned into a museum as a tribute to his life. The Atatürk museum room exhibits a spectacular collection of rare Turkish and foreign Atatürk books, magazines, post cards, medals all gathered from auctions by the Pera Palace team.

Ernest Hemingway was also often found whisky in hand, lost in the depth of his thoughts at the Orient Bar of the hotel. Greta Garbo too was a regular – she always cherished the days she spent in Istanbul, daydreaming while watching Istanbul city life from her window.

The world famous thriller writer Agatha Christie allegedly wrote Murder on the Orient Express whilst staying at the hotel. A small key, possibly to her diary, was found in her favourite room, 411.


Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah overlooks the magnificent view of the Golden Horn and is located in Tepebaşı district of Pera once known as the “Little Europe”. Historically named Pera, today’s dynamic lively Beyoğlu is the historical, cultural and social city centre of Istanbul. In addition to its historic grandeur, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah is also preferred due its central location.The hotel comprises:

83 Deluxe Rooms (44 Pera View, 39 Golden Horn View)
10 Studio Rooms, 6 Corner Rooms and 16 Suites which are named after the iconic guests of the hotel
Elegant dining at Agatha Restaurant
Historical outlets; Kubbeli Saloon/ Tea Lounge, Orient Bar & Terrace, Patisserie de Pera
380 sqm Spa includes jet stream indoor pool, steam bath, sauna, Jacuzzi and fully equipped fitness centre along with a Turkish Bath
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
The hotel offers five meetings & events facilities featuring high ceilings and natural light

With its 115 rooms, including 16 suites, retaining the characteristics of the 19th century elegance through historical furniture, the hotel combines refined elegance with state-of the-art technology to fulfill the needs of 21st century travellers.

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah offers a range of revitalized restaurant and bar choices, including the Agatha Restaurant with its show kitchen and wine cellar. The Kubbeli Saloon / Tea Lounge offer afternoon tea, or visit the French style Patisserie de Pera and the legendary Orient Bar & Terrace. The hotel also has various meeting rooms, a 380 sqm Pera Spa with traditional hammam, steam bath, Jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna, three treatment rooms and fully equipped fitness center.

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is a “Museum-Hotel” due to its room 101; Atatürk Museum Room that is registered to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It is one of the rare examples in the world to have such a special character.

Deluxe Pera View Room King, Deluxe Golden Horn Room King, Grand Pera Studio Room King, Agatha Christie Room King, Greta Garbo Corner Room, Ernest Hemingway Suite, Pierre Loti Suite, Inönü, Bayar & Piano Senior Suites, Presidential Suites

Agatha Restaurant, Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge, Patisserie de Pera, Orient Bar, Orient Terrace

Venues, Grand Pera Ballroom, Aynalı Room, Pasha Room, Galata Room, Catering, Corporate Events, Weddings, Social Events

The Health Club, Pera Spa & Health Club Facilities, Spa Treatments, Spa Journeys


WEB SITE : Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 377 4000

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Teşvikiye, Şişli - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'50.4"N 28°59'37.9"E / 41.047334, 28.993861



The history of Maçka Palas dates back to 1922, when the Italian tradesman, Vincenzo Caivano has chosen the current venue to built an apartment mainly due to 2 important  reasons; the location of the Italian embassy in the front side which would potentially turn Maçka Palas into a residence of the diplomats, and his vision that this area would become a valuable place.

He gave the mission to draw the architecture of Maçka Palas to the Italian architect, Guilo Mongeri, graduated from the Academy of Brera in Milan and the building has been completed within 11 month which was a short period of time in those days. In November of 2008, the former prestigious residence, re-opened it’s doors as the Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas.

This classic, contemporary property incorporates sophisticated minimalism, luxury amenities with subtle Turkish flair - a departure from the classic “Ottoman” design that is often overdone. The guest room interiors were designed by New York architect, Randy Gerner, of Gerner, Kronick, Valcarcel Architects, PC and in 2010 they Park Hyatt was awarded a Golden Key Design Award for “Best Guestroom Design” by the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show.


Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas promises genuine service and authentic hospitality in Istanbul. The five-star hotel is ideally located in the heart of the residential, shopping and fashion districts as well as the trendy bars and restaurants of Nisantasi. It is also within walking distance of Taksim, the Bosphorus and the Istanbul Convention Centre. It is 15 minutes taxi drive to the Old City.

The luxury five-star Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas combines elegance with distinctive regional character and historic art deco architecture with innovative interior design. The five-star city centre hotel has 90 generously sized luxury rooms and suites that present traditional Turkish patterns and icons in contemporary scale and composition, providing our guests with what we call “unexpected pleasures”.

Park King, Park Twin, Park Spa King, Park Suite King, Terrace Suite King, Terrace Suite Twin, Park Executive Suite, Diplomatic Suite, Presidential Suite

The Prime, The Terrace, Lounge at Park Hyatt, The Wine Bar, The Terrace Bar, Room Service

On Site Activities, Off Site Activities, The Spa İstanbul, Spa Suites, Wedding at the Park


Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palace  provides a wide range of services coupled with personalised service to ensure that every guest experience is impeccable. A well-equipped Business Centre offers guests a host of business services and facilities.

The other services available at the hotel include concierge service, 24 hour in-room dining, safe deposit locker, currency exchange, baby-sitting services, parking, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, air-conditioned car hire, multilingual staff, filtered drinking water is available in all rooms Complimentary tea/coffee service in room and a doctor on call, A host of recreational services such as the Spa, swimming pool, and fitness centre, are also available.


WEB SITE : Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palace

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 315 1234
Fax : +90 212 315 1235

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Sunday, February 18, 2018


Akaretler, Beşiktaş · Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'32.0"N 29°00'09.5"E / 41.042213, 29.002628



The historical Row Houses were constructed by Sultan Abdulaziz in the l870's to house the workers of the Dolmabahçe Palace; a symbol of the magnificence and decadence of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire. They can be called as the first example of public housing in Ottoman Empire. This set of residences are one of the best examples of the civil architecture of 1870's with their neoclassical front design, lacking the influence of earlier Baroque and Rococo styles.

These forms were the direct reflection of the first westernization moves, which effected the Ottoman Empire, not only in fields of science, art, agriculture and trade but on architecture and housing styles as well, in the first quarter of 19th century. Row Houses are the first examples of the change at the time, from traditional stonework/ wooden to stone or brick houses with 4-6 story row or block dwellings, detached houses with gardens. The architectural study of the Row Houses were completed by Sarkis Balyan.

Akaretler Row Houses Project is on 60.000 m2 area, 55.000 m2 of which is indoor and 5.000 m2 of which is outdoor.


Besides the unique historical advantage, the location of the Akaretler Rowhouses is another attraction point. Being in close proximity to the Bosphorus Strait, city center, the Old City, Nişantaşı; the city's most fashionable shopping district and central business districts surrounded by Turkish and international companies, is a promise that the project is well positioned to attract a myriad of users. Also, the mixed use concept that Akaretler has created is well balanced, offers a high quality choice to the guests, clients, tenants, and shoppers.

The first W Hotel in Europe “W Istanbul“, will serve as a centerpiece of the redevelopment of the landmark Akaretler Row Houses in Beşiktaş. W Istanbul offers a total of 134 rooms including 28 suites as well as the Extreme Wow Suite overlooking the Bosphorus.


The 140 guestrooms and suites in the W Hotel carry the soul of both history and contemporary luxury. Marmara marble, Ottoman patterns, and lighting to experiment along with your mood. Rooms and suites with gardens, terraces or cabanas adorned with flat screen TVs, the signature W bed and stylish luxuries.

Wonderful Room, Spectaculer Room, Marvelous Room, Mega Room, Studio Suite, Fantastic Suite, Spa Studio Suite, Marvelous Suite, Wow Suite, Extreme Wow Suite

Whether you are looking to linger over a delectable meal, or if you prefer to experience heightened nightlife in Istanbul, you will never have to leave the hotel or your guestroom. W Istanbul provides a haven for those with a discerning palate and an appetite for good company. If it's ambiance you're after, see what's happening in two of Istanbul's hottest restaurants, Okka and Minyon. If you're looking for lighter fare or a place to unwind while enjoying your favorite libation, join us at W Lounge or SIP. Whatever you choose, our staff will provide W class service to enhance your stay.

Okka Restaurant, Minyon Bar and Restaurant, W Lounge, Sip

Perfect for work and play, W Hotel offers everything you need to make your business beautiful, meeting in Istanbul memorable, and special event spectacular. W Istanbul has 400 sqm (4305 sq ft) of meeting space to accommodate small to medium sized groups and beautiful space for meals and events. Creative in approach and innovative in design, W Hotels engage and energize meeting attendees. The city center location in Akaretler is convenient for local and international guests. Plus, all rooms are fully wired with the latest technology for Wi-Fi and more.

Rooms, Event Spaces, Okka, Minyon, W Lounge, Private Dining Room

İstanbul Hotel Spa, Sweat Fitness Center, Wired Business Center

The following services are available for your four-legged friend at W Istanbul : Custom Pet Bed, Food and Water Bowls with Floor Mat, Pet Toy, Litter Box, Litter and Scoop (For Cats), Turndown Treat, Clean-up bags, Dog-Walking Service, Pet-in-room door sign


WEB SITE : W Istanbul Hotel

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 381 2121
Fax : +90 212 381 2199

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Çengelköy, Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°03'11.3"N 29°03'07.6"E / 41.053130, 29.052119



 Nineteenth century Ottoman distillery, where the high proof ingredient was produced for Rakı, the famous Ottoman tipple. Suma is the word for unadulterated spirit and Han was the word for inn in Ottoman times.

It was built in the mid-nineteenth century to produce “suma” the unadulterated spirit used to make raki, the Ottomans’ favourite tipple. Where today a motorised launch ferries hotel guests to and from downtown, barges laden with figs would arrive to keep the stills of the Sumahan busy.


Sumahan Hotel sits on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits which separate Europe from Asia and link the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean beyond. The Bosphorus feeds the heart and spirit of the city.

It is a rare Bosphorus-front property that has remained in the hands of the original family. Turkish-American owner-architects Nedret and Mark Butler have transformed an unlikely family heirloom - a derelict late Ottoman alcohol factory, into special retreat for visitors to the modern city. Its aim is to provide the highest degree of service to the independent traveller in the intimacy of a family-owned hotel.

Status in Istanbul has long been determined not by the horsepower of your car but the magnificence of your living room view. Every bedroom in the hotel offers an ever-changing seascape of fisherman and ferryboats and ships gliding through the night. It’s a view of myth and of history. Odysseus, Jason and his Argonauts all passed in front of the Sumahan as did Soviet submarines.

In a list that includes Topkapı Palace and the Maiden’s Tower, the Guardian newspaper cites Sumahan as the only hotel among Istanbul’s five best waterside views. The busy city of Istanbul is there on display - on a clear day, close enough to touch - but guests of the Sumahan enjoy this panorama from the quiet privacy of a secluded waterfront.

Sumahan is just outside Çengelköy, a part of the city that still preserves its air of an authentic Bosphorus neighorhood. It is a village of wooden houses, fish restaurants and seaside promenades. The Bosphorus-front mansions nearby are among the stately homes of Turkey, and include the residence of Abdullah Paşa, the son of a Çengelköy boatman who went on to become the Grand Vezir. Çengelköy is famous for its fruit orchards and market gardens and had the royal palace where the last Ottoman Sultan was raised.

Sumahan on the Water is among the city’s best hotels and most enduring design phenomena, a small luxury hotel that integrates high quality design with a respectful presence within its historical setting. In essence the Sumahan experience is about modern comfort in an ancient and spectacular context with a friendly and personal service. It is a contemporary architectural treasure, a heaven for escape and a gateway to Turkish culture. Welcome to Sumahan on the Water.


The properties of light and water, different at every time of day and in every season provide the instant attraction of staying here. There is a choice of suites and bedrooms, each with its own personality, most with fire places, but all with magnificent views. The twin level suites have their own Bosphorus-side garden.

In the purity of its conception, the choice of wood and marble, steel and brick, fabrics and linens, Sumahan sets a standard in restoration architecture and interior design. The furnishings are contemporary. The large bathrooms are well-appointed with thick Turkish towels and a choice of traditional colognes and special toiletries including rich natural soaps. Many of the rooms have their own Turkish-style bath or hamam.

3 small deluxe, 8 deluxe, 3 junior suites, 4 loft suite, 3 family loft suites, 3 executive suites

Waterfront Terrace Restaurant with sea side terrace serving lunch, dinner and beverages and Waterfront Cafe serving breakfast.

Sumahan provides businesses privacy in the heart of Istanbul.

The Sumahan Wellness strategy is to make you feel that much better when you leave us than before you arrived.


WEB SITE : Sumahan Hotel

E-Mail : 
Phone : +90 216 422 8000 
Fax : +90 216 422 8008

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Galata, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'48.5"N 28°58'39.8"E / 41.030146, 28.977714



The building seen today was built in 1901 as the Soeurs Garde-Malades Apartment, where there had once been an outbuilding of the French Palace, reserved for the Franciscan nuns. After the years of occupancy, following the departure of the Levantines and Greek families, who used to be the residents of the apartment until the end of the 1920s, the structure faced destruction for many years to come, due to changing hands and neglect.

Tomtom Suites is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from the 1850s to recent. Throughout history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families.


Appartement des Soeurs Gardes Malades. Tomtom Suites is located at Galata, the area which best represents the multi-cultural identity of Istanbul, one of the world’s biggest and most energetic metropol. Tomtom Suites is an oasis where elegance mixes with tranquility and history meets the 21st century. A witness to the last century of the Ottoman Empire’s capital city, Tomtom Suites’ story goes back to the 1850s.

When the neighborhood went through a major renovation at the beginning of the 2000s and thus became the city's cultural, artistic, entertainment and gourmet center. The building, as a result of the careful restoration faithful to its authenticity, obtained its fascinating appearance. Tomtom Suites opens its doors on a silent street of the city's most appealing area, and is more of a life style than a hotel.

Tomtom District is one of the most authentic spots of the old city, Beyoğlu; in walking distance to İstiklal Avenue. İstiklal Street has created countless fans with its monumental buildings, arcades, theaters, galleries and shops. Despite its central location and convenient accessibility, Tomtom Gardens still preserves its self-contained, calm and peaceful atmosphere due to the consulates, schools and gardens in the area.

Tomtom Gardens is comprised of 8 buildings, surrounding two courtyards. It is a mixed-use development project consisting of residential units, offices, art galleries, retail units. Tomtom Gardens is a “prime real estate” renovation project.

The first phase of Tomtom Gardens consists of three buildings, two of which are historical. These three buildings are surrounding a 450 sqm courtyard in the middle. This courtyard designed with inspiration by an Italian landscape architecture will be exclusive for use by Tomtom Gardens residents.

4 Standard, 5 Classic, 5 Deluxe, 5 Superior and 1 Luxury Suite of Tomtom Suites are all designed as spacious living and working environments. Every suite is furnished with custom made furniture and the architectural features of the building are preserved through high ceilings and solid wooden floors. The soft and natural colors that identify contemporary design are enriched with modern and traditional works of art such as prints, paintings, handmade rugs and ceramics which project each room’s unique character.


Contemporary mediterranean cuisine served at a chic terrace with a magnificent view of the Old Town, Prince Islands and beyond.

To make your special moments memorable, or to make a good impact on your clients with a business dinner, Nicole Restaurant’s terrace offers a perfect setting.

The Art of Dining and Wine, La Mouette, Bistro


The library located at the ground floor of Tomtom Suites has a collection that will please those who wish to grasp the mysteries of Istanbul. The books about the city's historical and cultural legacy, tourist attractions, as well as a variety of books on Turkish traditional arts await the book lovers in a calm and relaxing environment. With the addition of computer access, a comprehensive multilingual DVD archive and a fine selection of classical music and jazz CDs, this delightful library may be the starting point of your journey.


WEB SITE : Tomtom Suites

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 292 4949

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Saturday, February 17, 2018


Karaköy, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'25.3"N 28°58'27.1"E / 41.023690, 28.974207



The building is believed to have been constructed in the late 16th century. It served as the headquarters of Credit General Ottoman and Chemins de fer d'Anatolie (Anatolian Railroads) beginning in the second half of the 1880s. Prior to Sümerbank, the building also housed Deutsche Bank.

With different architectural styles catching foreigners' eyes, the historic buildings along Bankalar Street in Karaköy functioned as financial centers during the Balkan and World War I eras. In recent years, many of them, including the inns, have undergone renovation and been converted into art centers.

A most substantial building on Bankalar Street in the district of Karaköy, the Historical Sümerbank Building was built in 1867 by the Istanbul-born Italian architect Antoine Tedeschi in neo-Renaissance style. It has been the house of Credit General Ottoman, Deutsche Bank, and Sümerbank respectively. The Sümerbank Building is a first-degree historical monument.


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, historic Sultanahmet and the Galata Port.

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. Obviously the hotel is located between the 2 Istanbul in respect to the different eras;  the old, historical Istanbul (Sultanahmet area) and the new, vibrant Istanbul (Karaköy upcoming neighbourhood). Thus, the Vault Karaköy aims to be the “meeting point” of the old and the new Istanbul.

The House Hotel Group is approaching this project in a whole different manner than its current hotels and projects, due to the uniqueness of the property with its history, location, restoration process and facilities.

In total, there will be 63 rooms in the building, including 5 suites with breath taking views on the old peninsula.

Classic King, Deluxe King, Deluxe Twin, Superior King, Executive Suite, Penthouse Suite, Duplex Suite

Kasa Lokanta, Kasa Bar, Gold Bar

The Spa at Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel combines modern and traditional wellness with a classic, white marble Turkish Hamam by appointment, a state-of-the-art gym, relaxation room, as well as a sauna, steam rooms and three treatment rooms (1 couples’ room, 2 singles) for massages or facials.

Gyms, Yoga, Massage, Very Important Baby

Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel has four spacious meeting rooms, including one featuring an original bank vault. The meeting rooms cater for groups from 5-40 persons, in a variety of different setups in a boardroom or theatre style to suit your needs. Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel offers a spacious lounge area where you may organize all sorts of meetings, invitations, and special events.


WEB SITE : Vault Karaköy House Hotel

E-Mail :
Tel : +90 212 244 6434
Fax : +90 212 244 6414

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Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'50.6"N 28°58'32.8"E / 41.030722, 28.975778


The Ravouna Building was built in the Art Nouveau period by Alexandre D. Neocosmos Yenidunia and C.P. Kyriakides who have their signature on quite a few other buildings built during the same period in Istanbul. The Ravouna Building, as an antique boutique and home for the Italian Ravouna Family in 1894 and built during 1901-1906 together with A.D. Yenidunia is one of the two best preserved Art Nouveau buildings in Beyoğlu.

Both Alexandre D. Neocosmos Yenidunia and C.P. Kyriakides were born and educated in Istanbul. They graduated from Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi which is todays Mimar Sinan University.

The names of the architects can be seen on the building as well as the letters RF for Ravouna Family. Kyirakides designed the building and Greek architect Yenidunia designed the wooden interiors and accessories as an antique shop. Another writing found on the building is G. & RFL Michelini Enterpreneurs represents the Italian enterpreneurs who undertook the production of the building. Kyrikides worked in Istanbul until 1922 when he immigrated to Athens.

Ravouna 1906 serves keeping the historical soul. With elegant decorations in the foreground plant motifs were commonly used as can be seen on the exterior of the Ravouna Building. As a reaction to the academic art, art nouveau suggested being new and modern as opposed to the idea of the revival of ancient techniques adopted during the 19th century. Art Nouveau has affinities with the symbolist styles and has many different names in other countries.

It is not known for sure when the Ravouna Family left the building. It is said that after thay left it was used as a bookstore. It has changed hands many times and has been use as a jewellery store in recent years.


At present it is in service as Ravouna 1906 Suites and Ravouna Coffee and Bar. The building is a second degree listed historical building.

The 8 suites located on 4 floors have been redesigned to maintain their original style in 8 different colors and textures. The rooms are decorated with vivacious furniture and especially woven fabric. These rooms are equipped with kitchenettes and dining tables and have specially designed sofa beds for parties of 2 or more.

The rooms are decorated with the warmth of oak especially on the floors and the antique appearance of Carrera Marble in the bathrooms together with the light of the color white. In the rooms there are custom towels and robes of Turkish origin embroidered with the name Ravouna.

Ravouna 1906 Coffe & Bar which set out to serve the best espresso in town is a bustling and vigorous meeting point. The best quality green coffee beans are meticulously chosen from all around the World and roasted on the premises.

Dishes from the Ottoman Empire and todays Turkish Cusine can be found on our menu.

You can snack on healthy cookies, cakes, protein bars and stay healthy, guilt-free and satisfied.

Located on the 7th floor of Ravouna 1906 on Istiklal Street, our spacious rooftop bar and lounge overlooks the spectacular view of the Bosphorus, historic peninsula, including Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace and offers delicious food, cocktails, extensive wine list and music under stars. Ravouna 1906 Terrace is also available for private functions.


WEB SITE : Ravouna 1906 Suites

E-Mail : 
Phone : +90 212 924 8760
Fax : +90 212 924 8768

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Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'50.2"N 28°58'24.9"E / 41.030611, 28.973583


This fancy baroque pile, which opened last summer, is a handsome 19th century remnant of the “belle epoque” of Beyoğlu. It was named after musician Giuseppe Donizetti, older brother of the famous Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Known in Turkey as Donizetti Pasha, Giuseppe came to Istanbul to teach European music to the Ottoman band and to members of Sultan Mahmut II’s family.

Giuseppe Donizetti (6 November 1788 - 12 February 1856) was an Italian musician. Starting from 1828, he was Instructor General of the Imperial Ottoman Music at the court of Sultan Mahmud II (1808 - 1839). He never left. He had no connection with the building itself, but lived in the same street. His younger brother Gaetano Donizetti was a famous opera composer. Although the elder Donizetti was born in Bergamo, Italy, Istanbul became a second home for him, where he lived until his death in 1856. He is buried in the vaults of the St. Esprit Cathedral, near the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, in Pera.

Donizetti Paşa, as he was called in the Levant, played a significant role in the introduction of European music to the Ottoman military. Apart from overseeing the training of the European-style military bands of Mahmud’s modern army, he taught music at the palace to the members of the Ottoman royal family, the princes and the ladies of the harem, is believed to have composed the first national anthem of the Ottoman Empire, supported the annual Italian opera season in Pera, organised concerts and operatic performances at court, and played host to a number of eminent virtuosi who visited Istanbul at the time, such as Franz Liszt, Parish Alvars and Leopold de Meyer.


A luxury design hotel named after the composer Giuseppe Donizetti who lived in Beyoğlu during the Ottoman era. With a convenient location, close to the city center and all major means of public tranportation. The hotel features 79 rooms that combine elegance with history and modernity. The decor features Carrera marbles, antique Venetian colors, stained glass lighting, and high ceilings with classic motifs.

The neo-classical interior design avoids excessive flourishes. It is quite restrained. The entrance, in particular, has been left quite bare to avoid drawing attention away from the grandeur of the structure. The hotel boasts an inviting spa with an art nouveau decor. Its restaurant, called Kalamata, specializes in Rumelian and Balkan cuisine. A jazz bar and a North Shield pub also figures among the hotel’s attractions.

Deluxe Room, Corner Suite Room, Pasha Suite Room

LAZZARO Jazz & Dine, Duble Bar Restaurant

Hamam, Massage, Spa Pleasure

Mecidiye Conference Room in Istanbul is ideal for a variety of purposes including meetings, seminars, banquet events for about 80-120 people, auctions and mini exhibitions.


WEB SITE : Palazzo Donizetti Hotel

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 212 249 5151
Fax : +90 212 249 5193

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Thursday, February 15, 2018


Sultanahmet, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

Topkapı Palace Museum / Harem



It is located before the section that is between Official wife of Sultan Flat (Sultan Sarayı) of Goldenway that was built during Fatih era (1451-1481) and I. Selim Tower. This section is the closest part of harem to Selamlık, or Private Room in other words, and fourth section that was also called as Imperial Sofa where some pavilions were located, and is directly linked to them.

The difference of Mabeyn Stone Courtyard from other courtyards is that the front is open. Various buildings surrounds it. There is a courtyard, called as Gin’s Consultation Place (Cinlerin Meşveret Yeri), in the direction of Mother Of Sultan Stone courtyard. The highest floor of this courtyard is Prince Flat. In the same direction, there is Double Kasırlar on Stone Courtyard. The courtyard expanded as a high garden.

The sides of this Stone Courtyard had not been filled too much, but were allocated to the controlled lives of princes. This place had also been opened to women after Sultan Abdülhamid I (1774-1789) built Favorites’ Flat (Gözdeler Dairesi) over Goldenway and Sultan Selim I Tower. Sultans had their private apartments built around hamam and Haliç side of Mother Of Sultan Stone courtyard. The connection of this place to Mabeyn Stone courtyard, where they maintained sometimes a public or private life, was provided by a courtyard called as Gin’s Consultation Place. In addition, there used to be places there which were allocated to princes.

The construction building during the 16th and 17th centuries consists of Sultan Murad III’ Private Room, Çifte Hamam, Sultan’s Sofası, Sultan Ahmed I’s Room, Sofa with Fireplace (Ocaklı Sofa), Sofa with Fountain (Çeşmeli Sofa) and Sultan Ahmed III’s Room. These constructions especially reflect the classical Ottoman taste with their architectural features and decoration styles.

The buildings that were made starting from Sultan Mahmut I era (1730-1754) display an integrity in terms of style. They were built in front of Sultan’s Sofa and hamam corridor to enable the use of hamam. The whole pavilion and all rooms were designed as it would not permit women to enter, when Mother Of Sultan’s Flat’s door facing hamam corridor and the door of Sofa with Fireplace are closed.

This domed space in the Harem, where ceremonies and receptions were held, is believed to have been constructed toward the end of the 16th century. Entertainment, weddings and exchange of Bayram felicitations took place in this Hall. The faience inscription on the wall dates from the 18th century revetted with blue and white Delft tiles decorated in the rococo style after the 1665 Harem fire.

The dome, the arches and the pendentives are ornamented with classical patterns traced by brush dating from the beginning of the construction. The Sultan’s Throne and the gallery of the Valide Sultan and Kadinefendis have an imposing aspect. A cellar and the doors of other apartments open on to the Throne Room which is the entrance of the Sultan’s apartments in the Harem.

This Hall which is the largest domed space of the Palace is the most important part of the apartments reserved for the residence of the Sultan, his mother and wives, who had moved into here in the 1580s. This hall, built a few years after the Privy Room of Sultan Murad III in 1579, and whose original character based on the pillared and arched infrastructure, was designed as an open domed hall surmounted by a big dome seated on four suspension arches with a monumental projection at the entrance and façade whose abutment being without windows.


The Courtyard of the Favourites (Gözdeler / Mabeyn Taşlığı ve Dairesi) forms the last section of the Harem and overlooks a large pool and the Boxwood Garden (Şimşirlik Bahçesi). The courtyard was expanded in the 18th century by the addition of the Interval (Mabeyn) and Favourites (İkballer) apartments. The apartment of the Sultan's Favourite Consort along with the Golden Road (Altın Yol) and the Mabeyn section at the ground floor also included the Hall with the Mirrors. The wooden apartment is decorated in the rococo style.

The Interval (Mabeyn) unit was built for the Sultans during the reign of Sultan Osman III (1754-1757). The Mabeyn Courtyard was eventually opened to women with the construction of the Apartments of the Favourites (Gözdeler Dairesi) in mid-18th century. Rooms on the upper floor destined to the use of Chief / Official Consorts (Kadınefendiler) have been built under Sultan Abdülhamit I (1774-1789).


The favourites of the sultan (Gözdeler / İkballer) were conceived as the instruments of the perpetuation of the dynasty in the harem organisation. When the favourites became pregnant they assumed the title and powers of the official consort (Kadınefendi) of the sultan.

The three independent tiled units, equipped with fireplaces, located on the courtyard section facing the Golden Horn were the living spaces of the Sultan’s Chief Consorts. These quarters were erected at the end of the 16th century contemporaneously with the transfer of the whole Harem population into the Topkapı Palace. The porticoes of the three units were merged together in the 17th century so as to form an entrance section.

The apartments are two-storey structures featuring main halls with a double-level height facing the scenery on the one side and the staircase on the opposite side. The upper floors consist of stairheads overlooking the courtyard and mezzanines opening onto the main halls. The main halls equipped with fireplaces are covered with 17th century Ottoman tiles and ornamented with hand-drawn patterns. The apartments are seated on pillared basements, which constitute the multi-storey wards allocated to the concubines providing exclusive service to the members of the dynasty.

The Apartments of the Favourites are to be characterized as an 18th century neo-classical wooden mansion with cloisters, elevated on a platform and featuring lathwork-built halls. The ranges of protruded rooms overlooking the terrace are buttressed through curved supports. The mezzanines with grid windows vis-à-vis the cloister arches are the wards of the concubines.

The Apartments of the Favourites are to be characterized as an 18th century neo-classical wooden mansion with cloisters, elevated on a platform and featuring lathwork-built halls. The ranges of protruded rooms overlooking the terrace are buttressed through curved supports.  The mezzanines with grid windows vis-à-vis the cloister arches are the wards of the concubines.

The Sultan Abdülhamit I apartment situated at the lower level was built onto the partially destroyed Selim I Tower. The tower with its bath and its protective structure which had been historically used by the princes of the dynasty, eventually turned, following the construction of the Apartments of the Favourites,  into a space where Sultan Abdülhamit I lived together with his family.


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Topkapı Palace Museum / Harem


The Twin Kiosk / Flats of the Crown Prince (Çifte Kasırlar / Veliahd Dairesi) consists of two privy chambers both with classical fireplaces, built in the 17th century, at different times. The two rooms date from the reign of Sultan Murat III, but are more probably from the reign of Sultan Ahmed I. These chambers represent all the details of the classical style used in other parts of the palace. The pavilion has been completely redecorated and most of the Baroque woodwork has been removed.

The building is connected to the palace and consists of only one storey built on an elevated platform to give a better view from inside and shield views from the outside. One of the units is domed; the other has a wooden ceiling. The ceiling is not flat but conical in the kiosk style, evoking the traditional tents of the early Ottomans. As in tents, there is no standing furniture but sofas set on the carpeted floor on the side of the walls for seating. These chambers represent all the details of the classical style used in other parts of the palace.

The hall located at the entrance is thought to have been built by Sultan Murat IV; and the one situated inside is believed to have been built by Sultan Mehmet IV. The Twin Kiosk has been used as the privy chamber of the Crown Princes from the 18th century onwards. The crown prince (Şehzadeler) lived here in seclusion, therefore the apartments were also called kafes (cage).

The decorative tiles, reflecting the high quality craftsmanship of the İznik tile industry of the 17th century, were removed in accordance with the original concept and replaced with modern copies. The paintwork of the wooden dome is still original and is an example of the rich designs of the late 16th/early 17th centuries. The fireplace in the second room has a tall, gilded hood and has been restored to its original appearance.

The walls are adorned with two superimposed rows of windows grouped in sets of three. The stained glass pointed arches of the upper row of windows were renovated.  Fountains with marble-basins placed on the jambs of the window frames stand out as elements of the architectural style of the era. The hand-drawn gilded ornaments on the fabric coating the wooden ceiling are original.

The window shutters next to the fire place are decorated with nacre intarsia. The windows in coloured glass look out across the high terrace and the garden of the pool below. The spigots in these windows are surrounded with red, black and gold designs. The window frames and marble niches are gilded.  The walls, both internally and externally are covered with examples of the highest quality of the 17th century Iznik tile making in harmony with the style of the period.

The crown prince and other princes were trained in the discipline of the Ottoman Harem until they reached adulthood. Afterwards, they were send as governors to Anatolian provinces, where they were further trained in the administration of state affairs. From the beginning of the 17th century onward, the princes lived in the Harem, which started to have a voice in the palace administration. The Twin Kiosk was used as the privy chamber of the crown prince from the 18th century onward.


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