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CORINNE HOTEL, ÇUKURCUMA

corinne1In a fine 19th-century apartment block designed by Kemaleddin Bey, the Hotel Corinne in Çukurcuma has a great location on the doorstep not just of the area's famous antiques shops but also of the nightlife of İstiklal Caddesi. It takes its rather unlikely name from Madame Corinne, a friend and confidant of Aatürk who lived just a couple of streets away.

This is a smart, modern hotel, its bedrooms designed in a restrained style that is becoming steadily hard to find in İstanbul. It's one of those places where you can take for granted the tea and coffee-making area, the large-screen TVs, the good wifi connection and the Jacuzzis in the bedroom. Corner suites offer bags of room with bathrooms second to none. 

A bistro bar-dining room at the front of the hotel doubles as a contemporary art gallery with more paintings on display in rooms to the rear. The breakfast room is slightly squashed but goes for the same Parisian bistro look. Breakfasts are partly served and partly self-service. There's an excellent choice of everything from bread to cheeses.

In summer some tables spill out onto a terrace beside the formal restaurant attached to the hotel. In winter there's a cosy sitting area around a stone fireplace at the back. corinne2

Development plans include a roof terrace-restaurant which should offer fine views, and more rooms across the road to be housed in a new-buil development. 

Thumbs up: Great location; stylish, comfortable rooms; good food

Thumbs down: Some street noise inevitable especially in summer. Few steps up to reception.

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Tel: 0212-293 9494

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