Turkish Delight


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Georges Hotel, Istanbul

Tucked away down a narrow, cobblestoned lane in Galata, the Georges is sneaky like a speakeasy. Enter the unmarked door of the fabulously refurbished art nouveau building and, save for a stray piece luggage, there’s no sign of a hotel. Instead, there’s a restaurant serves the best coq au vin in the city, as well as butler-style service – 21 rooms looked after 21 staff members – and friendly freebies such as in-room breakfast, bottled water, Nespresso, WiFi and newspapers. Throughout, an unfussy elegance reigns, with dark parquet floors and bespoke brass fixtures and wood furnishings handcrafted by local artisans. Half the guest rooms have 10 sqm terraces with stunning sea views; and private yoga sessions can be arranged. Victoria De Silverlo
Serdar-I Fkrem Sokak’24, Galata, tel: 9G.212 244 2423, www.georgeshotel.com. Room rates: from €175