History often comes served with a contemporary twist in Istanbul hotels. Choose from a boutique hotel that once housed a sultan’s tailor, a night in the city’s former US embassy, a cool hostel with its own pizzeria and moreNungwi Village
Tucked into the heart of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City, the Hotel Miniature occupies a building with a rich history. After its construction in 1875, the premises went from housing an elite intellectual club to a courthouse, from a police station headquarters to the offices of a local newspaper. Today, the 19th-century vibe remains in its carefully restored original facade, the guestrooms’ exposed brick walls and traditional tiling in the common areas. But there are plenty of 21st-century features too, including a panoramic rooftop terrace and spa area. The Miniature is a short stroll from must-see sights including the Topkapı Palace and the Hagia Sophia.
• Doubles from €109 B&B. Molla Fenari Sokak 22, +90 212 514 0131, hotelminiatureistanbul.com