Travel

Mama Shelter Istanbul

Philippe Starck, urban eccentricity and Batman masks are just some of the big ideas behind the new Mama Shelter hotel.

_

Think Istanbul, and think of an historic melting pot of a city situated on the fault line where East meets West (see Tom Barber's Istanbul travel guide). So where better to build a design hotel billed as an ‘urban bazaar’, a place which answers to the ‘deep desire of creating links between people for a pacified humanity’?

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Mama-Shelter-2

If all this concept-hotel talk sounds a bit too figurative, then here’s what it translates into: Mama Istanbul has got the quirky-urban thing down. Shunning all the trappings of luxury boutiques to give you something with a bit more hip-factor, its whitewashed rooms are adorned with kitsch talking points like graffiti strewn rugs and the occasional pop-culture icon. This kooky vibe extends all the way down to the bar and dining room, which serves Franco-Turkish cuisine and is decked out with inflatable swimming rings and a chalkboard ceiling.

Most Popular

Mama Istanbul's arrival follows hot on the heels of 2008’s Mama Paris opening, and is backed by the hotelier triumvirate of Philippe Starck, philosopher Cyril Aouizerate, and Club Med co-founders the Trigano family. And set in the old European district of Beyoglu, an area buzzing with regeneration, it’ll put you at the beating heart of modern day Istanbul.

Mama-Shelter-3

 

Mama-Shelter-4

mamashelter.com – rooms available from €69, opens March 1.

Words by Stephanie Soh

What do you think?

The-Groucho-Club-Promo-43
Food & Drink
Share
A Guide To London's Best Private Members' Clubs
Where to take your social life to the next level​
Bond-bed-43
Food & Drink
Share
Where To Go On A Date In London
A guide to wooing in the capital
Restaurants
Share
Meet The Brothers Redefining The London Eating Scene
Brothers Sam & Eddie Hart revolutionised eating out with the tiny, no-reservations, Michelin-starred tapas restaurants, Barrafina
Gnocchi at the Bluebird
Food & Drink
Share
Where To Eat & Drink This Week: Steak & Whisky, Weekend Brunches & A Spot Of Art
​Your week in food​​
Cheese
Food & Drink
Share
Finally: The Health News You've Been Hoping For With All Your Cheese-Clogged Heart
It's good for you it's good for you it's good for you
Food & Drink
Share
How To Make Garlicky Shrimp Alfredo Bake
Total Time: 25min
Level: Easy
Yeah it doesn't really get much better than this
Bangers mash Manna
Restaurants
Share
London's Best Vegetarian Restaurants
From pad thai at Notting Hill's best raw restaurant to vegetarian sushi in Kings Cross​
food floor
Food & Drink
Share
Science Is Here To Ruin The 'Five Second Rule' For Everyone
​Shut up science, and let us eat our pavement ice cream in peace​
Food & Drink
Share
The Secret Guide To Lunch In Soho
Do lunch properly with our pick of the best lunch restaurants in the heart of the capital​
Coffee barista
Food & Drink
Share
​A Barista Explains Your Morning Coffee
​What exactly is a flat white? And should you only drink espressos in the afternoon? All the complexities of caffeine culture answered...