Hotel Les Ottomans Hotel 5 star
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MUALLIM NACI CAD NO 68 34345 ISTANBUL TR Istanbul, Turkey -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The fact that nothing about this hotel really grabs your attention from the outside could persuade you to simply walk on by, but that would be a mistake, because it conceals an interior that is sure to leave an impression.
Whether you find Les Ottomans exquisite, eccentric, dreamlike, or simply odd, it is unlikely to leave you indifferent. Opened in 2007 as a boutique hotel, it is full of decorative items and features that leave little empty space and give the place a cosy feel.
An intimate, original hotel designed according to the exact wishes of the current owner, it is perfect for couples looking for a special place for a break and anyone who likes staying in cocoon-like settings.

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    • Accommodation

      8.20 /10
    • Overview

      7.70 /10
    • Food and drink

      7.95 /10
    • To know

    • The hotel is in Muallim Naci street, in the Kurucesme neighbourhood.
      It is well signposted and the best way to get there is either by taxi or in your own car.
      The Les Ottomans is about 50 minutes from the international airport.

    • Continuing seamlessly in the same vein as the rest of the hotel, the 10 guest rooms in Les Ottomans - all of which are suites - are decorated in an eccentric fashion displaying a particular old fashioned taste.
      Setting aside any personal stylistic tastes, they are well worth a look for their period sofas, intense green wallpaper, and satin curtains pulled back from the windows with thick cords.
      The ambience is created by a combination of brightly coloured fabrics and traditional materials (the solid wooden doors are very beautiful), but it unfortunately veers towards the showy (the lamps with imitation candle bulbs go a step too far), and there is a tendency to clutter the spaces up, as mentioned above. At the end of the day, the abundance of decorative features means there is not much available space left over.
      However, there is no shortness of technology here. In addition to the usual amenities provided for guests' comfort and convenience (ranging from satellite television to the automatically adjustable air-conditioning, not to mention room service), there is also a printer in each room.

      The question is, how can these two aspects of the suites, i.e. the modern luxury and eccentric old features, be reconciled?
      Once again, the answer is style. The rooms, each of which is named after a sultan, have the advantage of each being different to the last, which leaves a great deal of scope when it comes to the decor.
      The second suite we visited, just like the rest of the rooms, has a very high ceiling. It has therefore been possible to construct the room on two levels and light it in a unique way.
      Here too, there is evidence of an almost obsessive eye for detail dictating exactly how the decorative features should be arranged around the room. A purple sofa brightens up the space while other adornments include period mirrors and the sculpted wood entrance door decorated with marquetry and its original knocker. Meanwhile, the design of the parquet flooring helps light reach even the most sheltered parts of the room.
      On the floor above, the ambience is satin-soft. The intense colour of the bronze wash basin only serves to intensify the velvety feel of the bedroom, even though it is only a few square metres in size. The window overlooks the street but there is nothing particularly attractive about the view.
      The bathrooms all come with 'Quintessentially Reserve' hospitality products, which are also to be found in the W Istanbul hotel and are produced specifically for a series of luxury hotels.
    • The eccentric owner of the Les Ottomans has managed to turn a dream into reality, with her hotel turning out exactly as she wanted.
      It contains 10 suites which have all been arranged with privacy in mind. The style of the decor is over-the-top in places and often kitsch, but unfailingly dramatic.

      As soon as you open the heavy entrance door, the hotel asserts its style, which emphasises the charm of its small dimensions and the abundance of decorative objects on display. In our humble opinion, there seems to be a reluctance to leave any empty space for one reason or another. The entrance hall, where the reception is located, and the guest rooms are filled to the max with Ottoman and Arabic style fabrics, rugs, scents, and decorative objects.
      The profusion of divans and wall hangings throughout the place gives it a dreamy, exaggerated charm, as though you have just walked into A Thousand and One Nights.

      The whole of the Les Ottomans is focused around creating this feeling of cosiness, as though it were a private residence. There is a staircase leading up to the guest rooms from the entrance and a passage that takes you out onto a terrace overlooking the Bosphorus. This is also where you will find the hotel's relaxation area. Next to this is the hotel's restaurant, an indoor space lined with a picture window overlooking the river as it flows by.
    • The exquisite style of the rest of the hotel has not made its way into the bar/restaurant, whose only adornment is the simple picture window offering magnificent views of the Bosphorus and bathing the room in light.
      The room features a lot of light coloured wood and although the decor is undeniably understated, there is a certain stylistic sophistication to the setting, especially in the colours (chairs), materials (bench seats), and shapes (tables).
      It is very relaxing to behold the view of the Bosphorus across to the Asian side of the river, the sea gulls flying overhead, and the boats slowly sailing by.
      From the hotel's dockside area, an artificial island can be seen. This is where exclusive parties are thrown for Galatasaray football club and other rich and famous residents of the city.
    • This hotel is the result of the current owner's childhood dream. With a keen interest in wall hangings and fabrics, she dreamed of one day owning a little hotel and, since opening in 2007, Les Ottomans has been the embodiment of this dream. With all its furnishings and decor, it is a place of considerable merit.
      As far as the accommodation is concerned, the hotel offers just 10 suites, and its eccentric style means it often attracts celebrity guests (including Kevin Costner).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The concept
    • The restaurant

    disadvantages

    • The decor is too cluttered

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