If you’re looking to stay in one of Turkey’s coolest hotels, seek out one of the world’s trendiest private members’ clubs, Soho House. The Istanbul branch is in the heart of Beyoğlu district, well known as one of the city’s creative hubs. Soho House started in 1995 as a home from home for those in the arts and media industries. Although it all began in London’s cool Soho district, the club now has houses all over the world, including outposts in New York, Barcelona, Berlin and beyond. Its global reputation for hosting celebrities on holiday or on business trips, as well as organising stylish weddings, means the houses attract a sophisticated crowd made up of the city’s hippest locals, as well as members from around the world.
Soho House is known for slick interior design, and each branch is created with individual touches that link to its location. Using an elegant, eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings, the Soho House in-house design team has restored the Istanbul branch’s 19th-century building to complement some of its original features, such as the Carrara marble floors, the rosewood doors and the lavish courtyard garden.
The sumptuous interior design extends to the house’s 87 bedrooms, which include an apartment and several mezzanine rooms. Guests can also take advantage of the world-class Cowshed Spa, a fully equipped gym and a screening room. As well as offering one of the best night’s sleep in the city, Soho House also serves some of the Istanbul’s best food. Cecconi’s Italian restaurant is a firm favourite with Soho House members. At the branches in a number of the houses, including Miami, Mayfair, Mumbai and Barcelona, for example, you can enjoy an excellent truffle pizza, creamy burrata cheese, and the famous lobster spaghetti. Not only does Cecconi’s serve an extensive all-day menu, it also offers a Sunday brunch feast, where guests can enjoy breakfast dishes, pasta, meats, seafood and desserts from northern Italy, and offers a little tranquillity in an otherwise bustling city. Whether you're a guest of the hotel or just wish to visit Cecconi's, sipping champagne and enjoying the northern Italian cuisine while sitting in the garden of the Istanbul branch is a must.
Soho House, Evliya Çelebi Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 56, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 377 7100