Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel
What We Love
- A design-savvy hotel in hip Istanbul, with breakfast and a welcome drink
- Starting our stay in style with a complimentary welcome drink
- Being at the heart of one of Istanbul’s most exciting neighbourhoods for easy access to up-and-coming eateries, cafes and galleries
- Enjoying sundowners with views of the Golden Horn skyline on the rooftop lounge
East and west, old and new come together under the minarets of Istanbul’s skyline to make it one of Europe’s most exciting meeting places. This is perhaps no more obvious than at Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel, which brings together ancient and modern Istanbul in its design and location. Here on Bankalar Caddesi (which translates as The Avenue of Banks), the former financial district has been given a contemporary update with an up-and-coming café culture and flair for boutique hotels.
Restored by the Agha Khan award-winning Turkish architect Han Tümertekin, Vault Karaköy sees the wealth of its banking tradition inspire luxurious modern interiors and an impressive art collection. Tread its parquet floors, soak sightseeing muscles in its Carrara marble bathrooms or experience a traditional Turkish hamam all under its ornate stencilled ceilings.
In keeping with the neighbourhood’s taste for galleries, cuisine and culture, you’ll also find traditional Turkish flavours in the kitchen here and precious books on display for you to enjoy. To top it off, there’s a rooftop terrace and lounge offering sensational views of the peninsula and Golden Horn skyline, as well as a well-stocked bar.
Inspired by the building’s original bank vaults, interior designer Sinan Kafadar looks to a theme of wealth and luxury in the hotel’s guestrooms. Stencilled ceilings overlook Carrara marble bathrooms with rain showers, custom furniture, parquet floors and original radiators as well as goose-down duvets, LCD televisions and blackout curtains in a perfect marriage of old and new.
With Chef Volkan at the helm here, modern Turkish cuisine is served up in bold pairings and memorable flavours in the hotel’s Kasa Lokanta restaurant. In keeping with its smart-casual style, a meze menu of sharing plates for mains and desserts joins a bright décor of crisp white tablecloths and colourful original artworks.
Echoing the hotel’s talent for uniting the classic and contemporary, the spa and fitness facilities at Vault Karaköy tone and tease your muscles in a state-of-the-art gym, relaxation room, sauna, steam rooms and three treatment rooms, as well as a traditional, white marble Turkish hamam.
As its name suggests, Vault Karaköy calls the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Karaköy home. What once was the financial district (Bankalar Caddesi translates as The Avenue of Banks) is now home to a wealth of galleries, cafes, delis and restaurants. The former Imperial Ottoman Bank turned SALT Galata arts and cultural centre sits next door, while Turkish galleries Elipsis, Galeri Mana, artSümer and Istanbul’74 are also nearby. For trips to the Old City and Galata Port, you’ll find Karaköy tram station just steps from the hotel and only a three-stop journey away.
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Truly one of the best hotel stays I've ever had the chance to experience. The hotel is beautifully designed, a nice mix between modernity and tradition - rooted in its past (former bank). It is ideally located in the hip Karakoy neighbourhood, just 5 min walk away from amazing restaurants, lively places, shopping area and a nice walking distance from Sultanahmet and close to public transportation. The staff is extremely helpful, welcoming and nice (thanks again Fatih for all the amazing recommendations !)
I will make sure to come back to test the spa...
Highly recommend this place.
This hotel's location is perfect for those whom care about being near both sights and markets.
Public transit is just 5 minutes away, 5 minutes to bosphorus, and 10 minutes to Istiglal ave.
Very helpful staff and house keeping. The rooms have a very tall ceiling with old fashioned structure and art.
In all, everything was perfect.
در مجموع هتل فوق العاده ای بود. نزدیک ایستگاه مترو و بوسفور. 10 دقیقه پیاده تا استقلال راه بود. البته انتهای استفلال.
ساختمان این هتل یک ساختمان تاریخیه و تجربه ی خاصی بود برای ما.
اتاق ها فوق العاده با سقف بسیار بلند و معماری و طراحی های قدیمی.
Beautiful hotel in an almost perfect location. Great for exploring and very comfortable. The room was a nice size and the bed fantastic. We were apparantly upgraded and the room was much bigger (according to the reception) so I would question a normal rooms size as this much bigger room wasn’t huge.
Breakfast was also great !
Well, it was a great option to stay in Istanbul... Our room was very comfortable .
There are some points I ought to evaluate, because They were really imporatnt during our stay....
Front desk , Ekin, Works at front desk, extremely helpfulll and so dear......
Bellboys Askin and Volkan, always smiling and extremely attentious.....
You are in good hands , relax
Evening bar at the front desk . I may say weak, the waiter, a thin guy was more interested in looking to the walls or his mobile, not in us ... one day he was in the breakfast, his service helps nothing. He does not pay attention in the clients...
Restaurant at the rooftop. Oner the maitre and Adem the waiter, I may say, the are extraordinay...... Be sure you will have a great team to serve you
Housekeeping .Our dear Ayfer...Always smiling and our room was really clean, our pijamas folded over the bed perfectly ..... Thanks a lot
there is also, our front desk manager, mister Ferhat.... He is perfect. Always smiling and ready to help... always observing .....
Breakfast is unbelivable ..... I loved , although I did not find out what was a plate there during my whole stay......
Be sure your stay will be extremely well thought and you will be in great hands
Thanks for evryone for being part of my life .... teşekkür ederim
This hotel is amazing, we stayed for 5 nights I duplex room which is just as pictured. Super clean, no noise. Lovely breakfast with very helpful staff. Staff full of knowledge of the local area. Fantastic location so close to every mode of transport but can also walk to everything. We walked to the blue mosque and took about 45 mins through the old town. We used every mode of transport and all very cheap and very easy to use. We visited all attractions as would getting there early as to enjoy them all without crowds, especially the galata tower. We went to kadikoy on the Asian side by ferry which had so much atmosphere, full of coffee shops, restaurants and shops are plentiful. All in all a fantastic time and would highly recommend the vault and we will definitely return there.