The French Mama Shelter hotel chain has a opened a new property in Istanbul.

Set over three floors at the top of a new department store on Istiklal Caddesi in central Istanbul, the 81-room hotel has Mama’s usual mix of humour and fun. Like the other properties, Mama Shelter Istanbul is designed by Philippe Starck.

The rooms are compact, though the space has been meticulously planned and exploited. Whitewashed walls are relieved by the odd slab of white marble in the bathroom or stripe of grey in the bedroom all stippled with pops of orange. There’s fun here too – Batman and Disney character masks hang over bedside lights and, in case you forget where you are, the rugs announce Byzance, Constantinople, Stamboul, Istanbul. Some rooms have teak-decked balconies, some have views over the terracotta-tiled roofs of Istanbul and all have smart TVs.

The fourth-floor reception leads into a huge, open-plan public space of lounge, bar, pizzeria, restaurant, open-plan kitchen, performance area and terrace. The ceiling is a vast blackboard on which a couple of graffiti artists have been let loose with chalk.

The communal bar hosts a programme of hip DJ parties to attract young Turks, who begin the evening at the restaurant.
The menu offers a mix of local and European fare by Michelin three-star chef Alain Senderens and features his special boeuf bourguignon with mashed potatoes.

A roof terrace, serving an equally delectable menu of cocktails, is bound to be a summer hit. Especially because of its extraordinary view of the Bosphorus and the classic Istanbul skyline of minarets and domes.

Stay at Mama Shelter when you are in Istanbul next and to do so just call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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