Opened late last year by a French lawyer turned hotelier Alexander Varlik, this meticulously refurbished 1890s apartment building in Istanbulâ€™s storied Galata area features 20 sleek rooms, most with bijou balconies that confer splendid views toward the Bosporus. Interiors feature exposed brickwork, handcrafted desks of Brazilian rosewood, parquet flooring, black-marble bathrooms, and excellent soundproofingâ€”a necessity in a city crowded with honking traffic and minarets.
Other thoughtful in-room touches include Nespresso machines and yoga mats (private yoga sessions can also be arranged). The rooftop terrace offers Galataâ€™s most jaw-dropping panorama,while downstairs, petite lobby restaurant Le Fumoir is the best dining room in the neighborhood, with a wraparound leather banquette, a brass-embellished bar, and a French menu highlighted by entrecĂ´te and a decadent chocolate mousse.
24 Serdar-Ä± Ekrem Sokak, Galata; 90-212/244-2423; georgeshotel.com; doubles from US$215.
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