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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Have been in Istanbul for a few times before, but this was the best experience of them all.
A beautiful hotel, located in the best area with simple access to most of the top places to visit in Istanbul just by walking.
Clean rooms, good hotel services, nice food and breakfast, and really nice kind staff especialy a lovely energetic helpful guest manager.
And if you can afford it, don’t hesitate to reserve the Penthouse Terrace room, with realy beautiful view of sea and city, and a lovely bathtub with that view.
The house hotel, 3 night stay. Convenient location, comfortable room and a good choice of breakfast delights. The staff were very friendly and helpful and pleasant at all times. Roof top restaurant / bar with outside balcony was a pleasant way to finish a days siteseeing.
As one who has spent many, many wonderful days in Istanbul over the years in numerous hotels ranging from charming pansyons to 5 star properties, House Hotel Karakoy stands out as one of the best experiences in my favorite city. It is a quiet respite that is close enough to walk to all the major sites, shops, restaurants, ferries, trams, museums, etc. that this exciting city offers. The staff is courteous, helpful (though they were not informed about the Istanbul Biennial venues or program). The construction as a bank means that almost all the rooms are quiet. We were disappointed that the roof top restaurant was closed for renovations but the food served in the lobby dining area was excellent and innovative.The dining staff welcomed us each day and remembered our preferences and anticipated what we would like by providing it. We will definitely stay again when in Istanbul in the neighborhood we prefer. Thank you to all the staff.