10 Karaköy — Istanbul, Turkey
The first property under the Morgans Hotel Group umbrella to open outside of the US or UK, Istanbul’s 10 Karaköy is the beginning of a series of hip, upcoming international launches for the brand. Named after the burgeoning neighbourhood it is resident of, the 71-room hotel is housed in a handsome neoclassical pile – the vision of architect Araditi Razi – dating from 1875. Inside, the property achieves the cloistered quiet, remindful of the hospital it once was, thanks to architect Sinan Kafadar, who kept much of the building’s original features, including a soaring, arched atrium, which is now home to the hotel’s lobby. Evidencing his knack for understated elegance, the rooms and public spaces are plush in their devotion to rich fabrics, deep armchairs, ink-streaked marble and elegant bronze trimmings, all in a healing palette of light greys and teal. In a city with flourishing culinary offerings, Rudolf, the in-house restaurant, comes up trumps with a Mediterranean menu that includes slow-cooked octopus, topped with pesto, carrots, beetroot and coriander. The low lit Sky Terrace bar meanwhile, flaunts romantic vistas of the old city.