Beautiful decor, amazing facilities and a fantastic location..
I stayed at Soho House Istanbul, one the groups largest houses, it operates as hotel / spa and a private members club
We opted for a Tiny Room, which at the time was an unbeatable €80 per night.
Non-member rates for a Tiny Room range from €225 to €240
And if you’re going all out, The Playroom will cost you between €1000 to €1200 per night
What I LOVED…
- Beautiful design
- The Turkish breakfast was OUT OF THIS WORLD!
- Convenient location, close to shops, restaurants, metro links
- Guests staying at the hotel get full access to the club which is located right next door
- The wonderful Cowshed goodies in the room
- Hair dryer and straighteners can be found in the bathroom
- Great TV selection, I know, I know these things shouldn’t matter, you’re on holiday, but we know they do!
What I didn’t love..
- Although the room was very stylish, it failed on some levels to be practical and at times felt a little cluttered.
- Lack of wardrobe space
- No full length mirror
- Poorly lit bathroom
…And if you have a room that backs onto the street- very noisy!
BUT this could all be remedied by getting a larger room, so I’ll bare that in mind for next time!
We booked various treatments at Cowshed felt and found the staff to be kind, professional and the treatments were just as I would expect from any of the other Cowshed Spas.
Book the Traditional Turkish Hamman Experience; leave feeling pampered and squeaky clean!
Sorry there aren’t any pictures of the hotel and club, I had to follow the Soho House rules – no pictures!
Where to Eat
All my friends laugh at me, as I’m OBSESSED with Cecconis, whichever city I’m in, I hunt it down: Miami, LA, Berlin, London and now Istanbul.
Everything about this restaurant is delicious, the food, the scenery, the Peach Capirinhas’s…
My love for Italian food has no end, even in what I can only imagine is the epicentre of Turkish Food I managed to eat at Cecconi’s twice throughout my stay!
This beautiful courtyard restaurant attracts the uber glam crowd of Istanbul, I recommend making a reservation in advance and dressing to impress.
Where to Visit
There is so much to see in this bustling city, and I’m probably guilty of spending too many hours on the roof working on my tan, and not as much time as I could of exploring!
But here are a few of the places I did get round to seeing.
- Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque)
- Hagia Sophia
- Süleymaniye (the Magnificent)
- The Grand Bazar
Please note, during times of prayer you won’t be allowed to go inside the Mosques, but you can still walk around the outside and take in the magnificent Ottoman architecture which the city is famous for.