A lovingly restored former convent, Tomtom Suites is a chic boutique hotel with 20 spacious suites hidden away in the consulate district of Istanbul. Housed in The Old Franciscan House the smart, contemporary interiors include original works of art, a rooftop terrace bar with views of the Bosphorus, a delightful bistro and library, all within easy access of the Blue Mosque and Taksim Square.
Interiors are sleek and modern combined with solid wood floors and high ceilings courtesy of the buildings heritage. The soft and natural colours identify contemporary design enriched with modern and traditional works of art such as prints, paintings, handmade rugs and ceramics adding to the unique character of each room. Luxury details like massive Carrera marble bathrooms are standard, and butlers are on hand to attend to every need. Front-facing rooms have spectacular views of the Bosphorus and Topkapı Palace.
The charming yet understated bistro named 'Nicole' after one of the resident nuns who healed numerous patients in the building in its past life, serves contemporary modern cuisine. Parisian trained Chefs Kaan & Aylin create imaginative dishes including, homemade mullet fish roe, turnip cream and radish. Dinner is served on the chic terrace with a magnificent view of the Old Town, Prince Islands and beyond. Nicole's wine cellar features some interesting local producers as well as imported wines.
After a day out and about return to the Terrace Bar to watch the sunset over the city as the evening call to prayer reverberates across the city.