— What was your inspiration to open Karaköy Rooms as a small boutique hotel?
The building is about 100 years old and was in a very bad condition and needed renovation. It was literally falling apart.”
— Karaköy Rooms Deluxe room
— Please tell us a little bit about the hotel rooms.
Studio rooms are around 60 square meters with sitting areas, dining areas, and little kitchenettes. They also have king-sized beds.
Standard rooms are around 25 to 30 square meters. Deluxe rooms are corner rooms with around 40 square meters. They have a very nice view of the Bosphorus. That’s why they are deluxe. They also have sitting areas, but no kitchen or dining areas.”
— Deluxe room view
— Do you have a favourite room?
The standard rooms are on the sides of the building, so they have street views. The one on the top floor has a bit of a view of the Bosphorus and two of the studios have a sea view in a narrow angle.”
— The interior design of Karaköy Rooms is beautiful. How would you describe the style?
In Turkey, if you visit a house from the ‘60s, you will see the copper piping all over the walls. So instead of putting them behind the walls, we decided to make them visible.”
— Can you tell us a little bit about the facilities of the hotel?
For lunch, it’s typical home cooking — fresh vegetable soups and other types of food you could find in every Turkish house. There are about 40 different items on the menu which changes daily. For dinner we serve tapas for appetisers. The main dishes are grilled meats and other Turkish specialties.
We don’t take reservations for lunch but do for dinner as the place normally gets very busy. The atmosphere is very lively and it’s not expensive.”
— Studio dining area and kitchen
— To you personally, what is so special about Karaköy Rooms?