The 63-room Vault Karakoy, House Hotel, which opened last year, is the fourth property in the House Hotel Collection. The Vault is located in a former bank, the stately Credit General Ottoman building which dates from 1863. The neo-Renaissance exterior has been returned to its old splendor, the marble columns of the former banking hall greets guests in the lobby, and the original vault serves as an oversize liquor cabinet at the bar. The guest rooms by local designer Sinan Kafadar are a lesson in how understated contemporary design can feel classic and rich with Carrara marble bathrooms; rich green, blue, and brown fabrics; and custom pieces. The hotel’s neighborhood, Karakoy, is undergoing a rebirth of its own. This portion of the city’s waterfront which long had a scruffy docklands feel is now home to trendy boutiques and restaurants helmed by the city’s hottest young chefs. If nineteenth-century isn’t old school enough for you, the hotel is also a convenient base to explore really old Istanbul, just across the Golden Horn.
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