Istanbul is a special place steeped in history. Straddling Eastern Europe and Western Asia it brings cultural inspiration from ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It’s not the most obvious place for a private members club, but as the biggest city in Turkey’s fast-growing economy, it’s hardly surprising at all.
Soho House Istanbul is much more than just a members club. Taking up, residency in the 19th-century Corpi Palazzo, there are no hidden doorways or concealed entrances. The Corpi Palazzo, home of Soho House Istanbul, is a stunning piece of architecture. Like many building in Istanbul this one too comes with a depth of history. A powerful and influential Genoese shipbuilder first commissioned the building in 1873, taking nine years to complete and using only the finest Italian imported marble and rosewood. It served as the U.S. embassy and residence from 1906 and then the US consulate general from 1937 to 2003 before work started on turning this historic building into a masterpiece once again.
As you enter the grand building you can’t help think you’ve stepped back in time into a Venetian palazzo. The scale of the place is almost overwhelming, set out across multiple floors topped off with a stunning rooftop pool and bar with views across the city.
One of the more modern improvements to the development was the introduction of an adjacent building with 87 bedrooms, all in keeping with the now famous Soho House look and feel.
There are two main restaurants, Cecconi’s located in the main courtyard and the open air Mandolin Terrace and breakfast, lunches and mezzes are served in The Allis, found in the reception level of the hotel building.
As with all Soho House venues the furnishings are doubtless. Each chair, table or rug feels like it has been purposefully selected or created for its current use. It’s something that is consistent with the brand, and it makes each house almost familiar even if you’ve never stepped foot in there before.
If you’re not a member you can still experience this beautiful establishment. Guests staying over have full access to the house including the main club, bar and restaurants.
Soho House Istanbul, Evliya Celebi Mahallesi Me Rutiyet Caddesi 56, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey. For booking and membership visit Soho House Istanbul.
Standard rooms (room only) start from approx £120 per night
*all pictures courtesy of Soho House Istanbul