The House Hotel Group, consisting of three award-winning hotels that opened in 2010 and 2011—The House Hotel Galatasaray, The House Hotel Nişantaşı and The House Hotel Bosphorus—now launches a new style and concept with its latest addition:
Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel
Opening in March 2014, the hotel is located in the up-and-coming district of Karaköy on Bankalar Caddesi (The Avenue of Banks)—the glory of Constantinople’s financial district—and is a convenient launching pad for exploring bohemian Beyoğlu and historic Sultanahmet. The hotel has a total of 63 rooms including 5 suites on 9 floors, some with views of Topkapı Palace and the Spice Market. It occupies two back-to-back historic buildings: the neo-Renaissance 1863 former Credit General Ottoman (later the Sümerbank headquarters) and the erstwhile community centre of the Neve Shalom congregation (known as the Cemaathane). Purchased by the Ulusoy Group in 2010, over 40 million USD was spent on the refurbishment of these buildings.
Restored by the Agha Khan award-winning Turkish architect Han Tümertekin, the structure retains original features such as marble staircases and fireplaces, intricate stenciled 5m-high ceilings, ceramic tiles and crown moldings. The luxurious modern interiors were designed by Sinan Kafadar of the Metex Group who was inspired by its imposing bank vaults, which also gave rise to the hotel’s name. Guests are welcomed into a lofty, colonnaded lobby whose design reflects its past: the reception resembles a bank teller and there are framed bonds on the walls. The lobby includes an all-day dining area serving Turkish and International fare, a grand piano, as well as an impressive circular gold bar area that incorporates a bank vault in its unique design.
An in-house curator, Zeynep Berik, Editor in Chief at ICE Art Magazine – Contemporary Istanbul, will organize events and exhibitions throughout the hotel. Also, a collection of precious books related to art, culture & music will be displayed. The contemporary classic room interiors also evoke wealth and luxury: an organic palette of rich browns and greens; custom-made lighting, fixtures and furniture; and green Carrara or white Brazilian marble bathrooms featuring Lokum Istanbul bath products made exclusively for The House Hotels.
Opening in early 2014, the terrace of the Cemaathane is planned to be home to a fine dining restaurant with a view over the Golden Horn and Sultanahmet. On the lower levels, there will be a wine cellar, four meeting rooms and an extensive spa that houses a Turkish Hamam, gym, as well as a sauna, steam rooms and treatment rooms.
Continuing to offer affordable luxury and intimate service in settings that are unique to Istanbul, Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel aims to be a meeting point of old and new.
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