Adahan Istanbul is a stylish newcomer to the boutique hotel scene in this cosmopolitan and thriving metropolis. Housed in a beautifully restored 18th-century listed building in the heart of the historic and fashionable district of Galata this chic boutique hotel provides guests with the perfect oasis in the centre of Istanbul. Original features and frescoes, timeless design, elegant interiors and a very personalised service from the team of staff set this Chic Retreat apart from the larger, impersonal luxury hotels that can be found in Istanbul. Throughout the restoration of the building the owner ensured that wherever possible the materials and methods used were eco-friendly (instead of cement, lime plaster and lime based whitewash were used throughout, old chimneys are used as ventilation, rainwater is re-cycled) including the decorating of the bedrooms where natural fabrics (cotton, wood, stone) have been used without the use of any synthetic materials.
Though off the beaten track, if time allows try and visit Church of St Saviour in Chora, famous for its Byzantine splendour, it houses celebrated mosaics and frescoes that are probably the most important surviving examples of art from that era. Serious shoppers should go armed with a notepad, pen, calculator and at least 3 hours when visiting the Grand Bazaar which houses some great handbag, jewellry and rug stalls. Be prepared to haggle and don't forget to sample some of the exquisite Turkish Delight. Originally named the Tower of Christ, the Galata Tower was built in 1348 and after the Ottoman conquest, it was used to house prisoners of war. In the 1960s, the tower was restored (complete with a horrible cheesy restaurant and frightful nightclub). Ignore both and climb up to the 360-degree viewing gallery, with commanding views of the city.
The restaurant Adahan Terrace is located on the top floor of Adahan Istanbul and is designed as a place where "guests can rest their souls with healthy nourishment". The Turkish breakfast is a combination between the Western and Far Eastern cusines, an explosion of tastes and spices. The food at the Adahan Terrace is fresh, so fresh, that no ingredients are stored or frozen making reservations essential for lunch or dinner. Monthly menus focus on the freshest seasonal products available including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and red and white meat.