First impressions of this slick city townhouse disguise the hotel's history; the 150-year-old building was once home to the tobacco-trading company partly responsible for bankrolling the Ottoman empire.Today, the founders of Régie Ottoman pay tribute to its former glory with a sharp industrial aesthetic that occasionally nods to heritage. There's exposed brickwork, burnished-copper fittings and just a touch of Ottoman-era nostalgia (opulent green-velvet sofas, elegantly latticed room screens and the occasional antique). Halfway between the Grand Bazaar and the waterside, the 34-bedroom hotel is well placed for a long weekend in the city, and its brand new Ocak restaurant is head and shoulders above your average hotel joint. Expect family-style recipes, elevated a few notches and washed down with natural wine or cocktails.
Hobyar, Mimar Vedat Sk 5, 34112 Fatih