Top location in lively Taksim, a five-minute stroll from Istanbul's main shopping street
What To Know
No on-site restaurant or spa, but breakfast is served at the property, and there's a small fitness center
Tap the knowledgeable concierge for insider tips on where to go and what to see
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Restored 19th-century townhouse near Taksim Square with 15 apartment-style suites
A five-minute stroll from Istanbul's main shopping drag, Istiklal Street, Taksim 15 is an all-suite retreat within an elegant 19th-century townhouse. The light-flooded marble lobby is dotted with colorful photographs of the city taken by Turkish artist Sitki Kösemen, and the original high ceilings in the apartment-style suites keep things bright and breezy throughout.
Bed and Bath
The 15 white-on-white suites feature honey-colored hardwood flooring, large picture windows and images of Istanbul's top sights. Designed for long stays, they're equipped with kitchenettes (including a microwave and a mini-fridge), flat-screen TVs, workstations, and free WiFi. Classic Rooms can be joined through interconnecting doors, while Premium Suites feature two bedrooms and spacious living rooms. In all suites marble-clad bathrooms are small and functional, offering powerful rain showers but no soaking tubs.
There's no restaurant, bar or spa on-site, but the beauty of staying at Taksim 15 is that you can explore the city by day, cook up a storm in the evening, and head out late to party in the lively Taksim neighborhood (tap the knowledgeable concierge for insider tips). A breakfast spread is available at the property, and there's a modest exercise room kitted out with treadmills and free weights.
In the Area
Just a tram ride away from the sparkling aquamarine of the Bosphorus, Taksim 15 sits comfortably between the city's best nightlife options and the most imposing waterside palaces. Explore the cobblestone streets and ivy-encrusted cafés of bohemian Cihangir, where Datli Maya serves generous portions of traditional Turkish dishes. The nearby Yeni Lokanta offers a more upscale but no less traditional dining experience, while the hip nightspot Smyrna serves some of Istanbul's best cocktails. For a more traditional tourist experience, head to the bars and eateries around Taksim's magnificent 16th-century Galata Tower.