Words by Benjamin Russell
In a remarkable debut, Turkish fashion house Vakko gracefully steps into the world of hospitality, introducing a new dimension to Istanbul’s vibrant hotel scene. LLM contributor Benjamin Russell checks in to find out more about how this newcomer exudes style and comfort in equal measure.
As you pull up to Vakko Hotel and Residence, the style and luxury that run through the place is immediately apparent.
Top-hatted doormen greet you at the kerb and as you pass through the stylish marble façade and into the lobby, it’s clear you are entering a temple to couture. Perhaps no surprise for a property located in Nişantaşı, one of Istanbul’s most sophisticated and fashionable neighbourhoods, surrounded by exclusive stores such as Louis Vuitton and Prada and, of course, Vakko’s own flagship store, offering women’s and men’s clothing, homeware, and accessories.
The luxuriant theme continues right into the rooms, where chic design runs into every corner. The accommodation includes 31 suites, ranging from two studio residences to 12 premiere suites, 16 signature suites, and The Vakko Room, a penthouse on the top floor that doubles as an exquisite events space with views over Istanbul.
Each suite is generously proportioned, featuring a spacious bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, living room, dining area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The décor follows a neutral palette, emphasising diverse textures, from tactile woollen furnishings to elegant glass accessories, complemented by the striking contrast of white and black marble in the kitchen and bathroom.
Incorporating modern amenities, every room is equipped with surround sound, a smart TV, a steamer, atmospheric lighting, and an espresso machine. Guests can indulge in complimentary butler services provided by the expert Vakko butler team. Additionally, a sommelier curates a selection of Turkey’s finest wines for the wine fridge in each room.
Beyond the expected, the hotel offers unique services such as personal shopping, made-to-measure tailoring in the comfort of your room, exclusive bride and groom experiences, and even wardrobe organisation. With ample closet space available, you can fully unpack and still have room for any holiday purchases. Welcome to a retreat where style meets comfort seamlessly.
Food and drink
Within the hotel lies Vakko L’Atelier, a branch of the fashion label’s renowned restaurant chain which offers exquisite French cuisine. A standout dish is the salade de chèvre, featuring warm goats’ cheese, honey, and pomegranate, while the entrecôte with rosemary potatoes and garlic butter is equally impressive. The wine list spans the globe, but our waiter suggested a delightful Turkish white that paired perfectly with the salad. And don’t miss the chance to indulge in a decadent French dessert.
For breakfast, or petit dejeuner, as the menu calls it, revel in a French-style experience with freshly-baked croissants and crepes. If you desire something different, there are also egg dishes, açai bowls, and pancakes available.
Guests can enjoy a 24-hour room service menu, offering a more intimate dining experience. A late-night snack like the French onion soup is a delightful choice.
Spa and wellness
Each room is equipped with a personal TechnoGym workout kit, complete with bands, mats, and rollers, allowing you to exercise in privacy. For those who prefer using equipment, the fully-stocked Vakkorama gym features the latest Technogym training equipment and offers a quick and effective Biocircuit programme to help guests achieve their fitness goals more efficiently.
The Sanitas Spa and Wellness centre is a haven of relaxation, with a sauna, steam room, and a full range of treatments, including the signature golden massage that uses palm oil with 24-karat gold particles. Other offerings include Ayurvedic treatments and a traditional Hawaiian massage called Lomi Lomi Nui. A signature massage tailored to individual needs leaves guests feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
While it’s tempting to spend your entire visit within the confines of this luxurious hotel, Istanbul offers a plethora of experiences, and Vakko has even commissioned its own city guide to help guests navigate the city’s countless attractions.
A good place to start is with a dive into Istanbul’s fascinating history by visiting its iconic landmarks. The Hagia Sophia, a testament to Byzantine grandeur, the Blue Mosque with its striking blue tiles, and the awe-inspiring Topkapi Palace provide glimpses into the city’s rich heritage.
The vibrant markets are also not to be missed. The Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of stalls offering everything from glassware to textiles, and the Spice Bazaar, where aromatic scents beckon, offer immersive sensory experiences, not to mention amazing street food.
The city enjoys a unique position straddling two continents and there’s no better way to explore this than by taking a cruise on the Bosphorus strait. It’s the perfect way to take in the majestic palaces and mosques lining the waterway and revel in the magical ambience as the city lights up at night.
Back ashore, Istanbul is a city of diverse neighbourhoods, each offering their own distinct personalities. Wander through the winding lanes of Beyoğlu, capture Instagram-worthy moments amidst the colourful houses of Balat, and unwind in Bebek, where seafood restaurants on stilts offer delectable sea bass and lobster.
In a nutshell
Vakko Hotel and Residence in Istanbul offers a luxurious escape surrounded by fashion and culture. With spacious, chic suites, top-notch facilities, and a spa that pampers, it’s the perfect base to explore Istanbul’s vibrant neighbourhoods, historic landmarks and the timeless beauty of the Bosphorus.
Address: Harbiye, Abdi İpekçi Cd. NO:43, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 953 90 90
Hotel photography courtesy of Vakko Hotel and Residence.