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Boutique hotels are very popular with conference and meeting organisers and are also a first choice for smaller incentive groups. In spite of the widely held view that the large convention hotels of international hotel chains dominate in Istanbul, the boutique scene is very lively. In the city you can find quite a few luxury boutique hotels that are situated in exceptional locations and combine comfort and intimacy. We visited four attractive hotels in the lively and varied metropolis, any of which you can use for your next special event.

Back story

An unusual boutique hotel located in the middle of the financial district of Istanbul and in the building of the neoclassical-style former Credit General Ottoman bank built in 1863. When the empty building was taken over by new owners, House Hotel Group, they found some well-preserved architecture behind the neoclassical façade and to emphasize its authenticity parts of the old banking equipment, such as safes doors and money counting machines, became a part of the hotel equipment and exhibits. The hotel combines the modern with the antique and some special experiences are the ride in the historic elevator through the staircase and a visit to the wine cellar, located in the original vault, where you can choose a bottle of fine wine.

View from the inside

Volkan Cengel, the head chef, is the trademark of the hotel’s culinary story and the quaint Kasa Lokanta restaurant offers seasonal dishes inspired by local culinary influences. The chef is a reputed trendsetter, constantly on the prowl for fresh ingredients that are combined to create gourmet cuisine. He can transform the typical Istanbul fare got with fishermen at the nearby Galata Bridge into an excellent smoked mullet meal.

Meet with a view

The view from the terrace spreads over the city and extends straight up to the Bosphorus and the outlines of the minarets of the largest mosques in the distance, silhouetting the Asian side of town. The terrace is the added value of this hotel where holding a reception can be a memorable experience. It’s also worth mentioning that the conference room, like the wine bar, is located in a bank vault and that the four conference rooms can accommodate from 5 to 40 persons. Another specialty is that the hotel has its own curator, Zeynep Berik (Editor-in-Chief of Turkish contemporary art magazine ICE), who carefully selects the artworks exhibited in the hotel and ensures close contact with the local art scene.

63 rooms

  • Kasa Lokanta Restaurant and Bar
  • Gold Bar
  • Underground Wine Cellar
  • The Spa at Vault Karaköy
  • Fitness centre
  •  from 5 to 40 participants
  • 40 people in seated dinner and 250 in cocktail reception

Karletto Roof Terrace – a new pop-up concept restaurant that will be accommodating the food lovers until October.

Address Vault Karaköy
Bankalar Caddesi No. 5 / 34420 Beyoğlu, Istanbul
P: +90 212 244 34 00
F: +90 212 244 75 77