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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This is an excellent location and a great value. The rooms are big and quite comfortable with a large bathroom. The entire staff was very customer friendly and professional. A great view of the city from the rooftop bar/ restaurant. The included breakfast was terrific. I would recommend the dinner options as well.
Exelent property, centraly located, great staff and great service! Very good breakfast buffet. We spent 3 nights mid august, family of 5 in 2 bedrooms and found the property very confortable. Metro is very close so is Galata bridge. Would recomend this property.
I booked in this hotel just because it's a historical building and i really wanted to experience this since i always book in modern hotels when i visit Dubai or Beirut.
Location is great. Near galata tower, galata bridge, aminunu, not far from sultan ahmed and dolma bahche.
I liked the bathrooms but rooms are small and i undersrand it since it was a bank in 1920 ..
Clean and comfortable.