New Hotels Inside Historic Buildings

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-05-07T15:50:42Z

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Istanbul, Turkey

A converted century-old apartment building in the Galata neighborhood, Istanbul's new epicenter of chic. The hotel has just 20 rooms but two restaurants, one a rooftop aerie with to-die-for views of the Golden Horn and the Old City.

The look: A shelter magazine's dream, the hotel takes its style cues from all over the map. The downstairs lounge, with its velvet curtains and long polished bar, has an upscale British-pub vibe; the guest rooms have parquet floors from Brazil, discarded tiles from a church in Istanbul, and the kind of high ceilings and floral moldings you'd expect in a Paris loft. But for all the creative curating, there are some missteps, including poor lighting, no closets, and most egregiously, the all-glass bathrooms, where slatted blinds make only the slightest concession to privacy. Read more.