The House Hotel, Nisantasi, Istanbul – Review
Celebrated Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk describes Istanbul as “an archipelago of neighborhoods” and, from my personal experience, they all exhibit their own unique character. Nisantasi, part of the Sisli quarter on the European side of Istanbul, has always been an upscale neighborhood known for its cafés and exclusive shops. Here on Abdi İpekçi Street, Istanbul’s premier shopping street, is one of the four House Hotel locations.
The low-key entrance, one that doesn’t scream “hotel,” is located downstairs from the Prada store. On one hand this may prove confusing to a taxi driver, as it did mine, but the hotel also offers car service to the airport with a variety of Mercedes motorcars so guests can bypass any such issues.
The House brand originally started as a café and today there are 12 branches scattered around Istanbul. The House Hotel chain began in 2007 and the Nisantasi location opened in July, 2010. The hotel is close enough to businesses and tourist attractions – the tram is a short cab ride or a 20 minute walk away – but far enough away to enjoy the relaxing, less hectic pace of this charming and stylish neighborhood. This location of the House Hotel describes itself as a pied-a-terre and that’s exactly how it feels.
My Junior Suite provided both sleeping, and working and seating areas in one open plan (41 square meters) space. For some this may require some visual separation of work/life space, but I didn’t have a problem. The décor is Danish modern with contemporary touches and a neutral color palette. The comfortable bed, outfitted with goose down duvet and pillows, and blackout shutters on the windows guaranteed a good night’s sleep.
I especially liked the bedside light switches – no more groping in the dark for the bathroom light. The well-stocked mini-bar and wine display offered opportunity to entertain guests before heading out to dinner, while the Nespresso machine and tea meant I’d be awake and ready to face the day the morning after.
The glass-walled bathroom with privacy blind was clean, well-lit and featured Lokum Istanbul products specially made for the hotel. The shower was huge and had a rainshower head. A surfeit of mirrors made getting dressed a breeze.
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