We just spent a few days in Istanbul - our first time. What an amazing city! I received a lot of great recommendations from friends who have lived in Istanbul of things to do, places to eat and stay. We stayed at the Vault as the "new" hotel in the area. Perhaps my expectations were a little high. The hotel, a former bank, has been beautifully renovated. The room furnishings are lovely. We had a superior room which was a little bit smaller than I had expected but still very well appointed. So what didn't I like? The hotel does have some areas to sort out in the service area. The staff is very helpful but requests did have to be repeated a few times or corrected. The replenishment of items in the room was a little random and somethings, e.g. the minibar, never was replenished. The cleaning staff should pay attention to some details such as dusting those lovely wooden floors more thoroughly. We had a small terrace with a view, which was fantastic but there was no furniture on the balcony to sit on to enjoy the view. Spa? I don't think this was well advertised as I would have loved to visit, but didn't find information in our room on the spa. The hotel is popular for events. During our stay there was a corporate evening and a cooking demonstration. MInor point, but I found the pillows incredibly uncomfortable and the air conditioning while very silent didn't manage to cool the room thoroughly. The location of the hotel could not be more perfect. We were within a 1/2 hour walking distance of all the key tourist sites including the Topkapi Palace and tonnes of restaurants. Karakoy has a good number of hip restaurants and cafes as does the area around the Galata tower. Would I recommend the hotel? Yes - but perhaps wait a few months for a few issues to be resolved at the hotel.
- 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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