Let me start this off by saying I did not expect to love Istanbul as much as I did! This city is a MUST. The people, the food, and the culture made me feel so warm and inspired.
The Bosphorous River separates the European and Asian sides of the city, but the merge of the cultures is felt throughout. The architecture throughout the city is unlike that of any city I have ever been to.
As someone who loves historical architecture as well as modern design, I had the opportunity to stay at the stunning Bank Hotel located in the district of Karaköy. The hotel sits on Bank Street, part of the Istanbul's Historical Peninsula (Istanbul's Old City), The Historical Peninsula, is home to most of Istanbul's historical monuments and museums. Historical attractions such as The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (the Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia, and Spice Bazaar are all within walking distance.
The building that houses the Bank Hotel was designed by Antoine Tedeschi in neo-renaissance style. The Bank Hotel Istanbul is one example of the eclectic architectural style of the 19th century.
The hotel later began its restoration in 2010, which was initiated by architect Mimar Khan Tümertekin, and continued by Han Tümertekin. Both architects retained much of the historical texture of the building, and preserved much of the original features of the building's structure. The building, which once served as a bank, still contains the original imposing bank vaults. Designer Sinan Kafadar designed the interiors of the hotel, creating the perfect fusion of traditional-modern luxury,
Every member of the staff was so kind, but that was also my experience throughout Istanbul. I cannot wait to get back!