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The Bank Hotel Istanbul

  • Where:
  • Why:New Years Eve trip extension
  • When:January 2022
  • Who:Me and my partner in eating crimes
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The Bank Hotel Istanbul A façade fit for both a bank and hotel

A façade fit for both a bank and hotel

The Bank Hotel Istanbul The hotel was an Ottoman bank and is carrying that money smell all over with the collection of rich textures, colours, marble and leather. Pass me a cigar and my safe code

The hotel was an Ottoman bank and is carrying that money smell all over with the collection of rich textures, colours, marble and leather. Pass me a cigar and my safe code

The Bank Hotel Istanbul I love the private banking feeling at check in and out. Online banking is cool and all, but how chic did it used to be to organise your finances!? Also love the artwork by Ardan Özmenoğlu

I love the private banking feeling at check in and out. Online banking is cool and all, but how chic did it used to be to organise your finances!? Also love the artwork by Ardan Özmenoğlu

The Bank Hotel Istanbul I don’t know about you, but the first thing I look for in a newly arrived at hotel room, is something personal and edible. Lovely check in gifts from The Bank

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I look for in a newly arrived at hotel room, is something personal and edible. Lovely check in gifts from The Bank

The Bank Hotel Istanbul Aaaah, chic room with a soaring ceiling, calm, luxurious and old world sophisticated air

Aaaah, chic room with a soaring ceiling, calm, luxurious and old world sophisticated air

The Bank Hotel Istanbul I already feel so comfortable here, blending in with the colours and all

I already feel so comfortable here, blending in with the colours and all

The Bank Hotel Istanbul Ah yes, the ceiling I referred to earlier, propped by columns. Only appropriate to admire out of a robe

Ah yes, the ceiling I referred to earlier, propped by columns. Only appropriate to admire out of a robe

The Bank Hotel Istanbul And when in Rome! I mean Istanbul. Of course the hotel would have it’s own hammam. Nothing heals like hot marble and a Turkish mom that scrubs and washes you like a little babe

And when in Rome! I mean Istanbul. Of course the hotel would have it’s own hammam. Nothing heals like hot marble and a Turkish mom that scrubs and washes you like a little babe

The Bank Hotel Istanbul The breakfast buffet is a classy affair, offering a continental selection and my favourite…

The breakfast buffet is a classy affair, offering a continental selection and my favourite…

The Bank Hotel Istanbul The Turkish breakfast! Oh man oh man, move over Aussies, this is a serious breakfast rival for you. Insider tip, kaymak and honeycomb honey on simit bread, a match made in breakfast heaven!

The Turkish breakfast! Oh man oh man, move over Aussies, this is a serious breakfast rival for you. Insider tip, kaymak and honeycomb honey on simit bread, a match made in breakfast heaven!

The Bank Hotel Istanbul Talking about safes, they are still in the property. Now, the treasures there are countless wine bottles. If you’ve been a hard working chap, a wine tasting will be arranged

Talking about safes, they are still in the property. Now, the treasures there are countless wine bottles. If you’ve been a hard working chap, a wine tasting will be arranged

The Bank Hotel Istanbul Ok, I’m going out to explore Istanbul! See you at a bar in Cihangir!

Ok, I’m going out to explore Istanbul! See you at a bar in Cihangir!

Highs & Lows

  • Location is awesome, just across the bridge from the historical district, a 5 min walk away from cute Karakoy for street food, 5 min from busy Galata, 10 min walk from Cihangir and its hip cool bars. Perfetto!

  • Service. Very warm and caring staff, always with a smile, a helping hand or a story. That really makes the difference on a stay

  • I’m going to sound like a little superficial brat, but the light is really very nice in the bedroom and bathroom. Felt glowie in there

  • Covid restrictions are what they are, but I’m not a huge fan of 5 different cards and reminders on every table about social distancing.. We get it, you don’t want to make out

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Bank turned Lifestyle Hotel

  • Vibe

    Chic and sophisticated

  • Location

    Super central, near the best shops & museums

  • Rooms

    62

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Very friendly and quick communication with the staff even though I had to make last minute date changes. We felt very welcomed.

  • Future Forward

    No plastic water bottles in use and cultural partnerships with next door Contemporary art centre SALT and The Jazz festival

  • Music

    Chilled jazz tunes

  • Year Opened

    2011

  • Designed By

    Sinan Kafadar

  • Health & Wellness

    Small gym and a spa with hamam

  • Food

    Roof top restaurant with modern international menu, but was closed for renovation during our stay

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Nice bar with jazz nights or wine tasting eves in the old safe

  • Minibar & Retail

    The classics with a Turkish spin

  • Accessibility

    Stairs leading up to the lobby. But step free elevator and rooms.

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes. Woof!

  • Children

    Yes. Miaw!

  • Price

    Great value, starting at €120

  • Tel.

    +902122830055

  • Website

    Visit website

The Bank Hotel Istanbul

The Bank Hotel Istanbul

Azapkapı, The Bank Hotel Istanbul, Bankalar Caddesi, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Beyazıt, Grand Bazaar, Kalpakçılar Caddesi, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Pandeli Restaurant

Pandeli Restaurant

Rüstem Paşa, Pandeli Restaurant - Mısır Çarşısı, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam

Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı, Hamam Sokak, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

In the Area

Hotel Location Azapkapı, The Bank Hotel Istanbul, Bankalar Caddesi, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Located just across the bridge from the historical district, a 5 min walk away from cute Karakoy for street food, 5 min from busy Galata, 10 min walk from Cihangir and its hip cool bars. Perfetto!

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