Mr. Cas Hotels
Busy Istiklal Caddesi is a whirlwind of noise and swirls of crowds. Who knew that, to escape, all you have to do is ring the doorbell of a narrow doorway labeled Güney Palas? Once unlocked, the portal unveils the Art Deco world of Mr. Cas Hotel, steeped in peace and imbued in history. This boutique establishment has been lovingly restored, and features a fine mix of modern touches that accentuate the building’s beautiful bones. Along the narrow staircase and hallways are 34 meticulously-renovated rooms, notable for their high moulded ceilings set against a sleek, clean design palette of tranquil greys, blues and cream. Comfortable beds ensure a good night’s sleep and big bay windows look out onto the street, but let in none of the din or chaos.
Passion and respect for the history of Güney Palas (the original name of the building) is evident in every corner, from old photographs on the wall and wood flooring, to the original murals on the doors and walls of a small conference room. There is also one alcove that pays homage to arguably one of the building’s most famous past residents, designer Yıldırım Mayruk. You’ll find the sewing machine he used when the Güney Palas was his workshop, along with some of his original dresses that blend Turkish and Western aesthetics. In the bedrooms hang original sketches donated by Mr. Mayruk himself, who was ecstatic that Güney Palas was finally being restored back to the glory of its former years.
Upstairs, Mr Cas Lounge on the 7th floor is a place to be enjoyed by guests and locals alike. The interior is breathtaking, boasting vivid, rich colors, a rooftop terrace, a pretty bar and a massive sculpture that will dominate any conversation. Created by artist Çağdaş Erçelik, the sculpture features Venus and Adonis reaching towards each other, dynamic and evocative in the atmospheric light. You’ll also find a short international menu, carefully crafted cocktails and an environment that is both convivial and exclusive, nostalgic and notably hip. It is one of those unique places where past and present combine seamlessly, and draws you into its rarified atmosphere.
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