The tree of life denotes the interconnection of all beings that exist in the world. If you thought such a philosophically inclined ideal could not be the mental muse behind the creation of a boutique hotel in our favorite neighborhood, you are mistaken.
Gradiva Hotel’s interior has the outstretched and illuminated white limbs of that tree extending its way from one room to the next and onto the first floor, where the restaurant Bank resides. With French doors opening up to the road that descends upon the Karaköy harbor and the notorious peaks of the historical district, it’s almost impossible not to notice the space while walking past.
The geometrical black slashes of those same branches decorate the walls while the hardwood floor carries the light insets of minimalistic black chairs and tables. If the people sitting beside you are speaking several different languages don’t be surprised, because Bank strangely, perhaps as intended, brings together all those wandering this city whether permanently or temporarily.
On the menu light creations such as salads and seafood and meat items as well as a selection of mojitos, long island ice teas, or margaritas when the world outside the French doors begins to turn to night and the tree branches light up.
Gradiva Hotel is also host to the famous jazz club Nublu (on the basement floor) and Zelda Zonk restaurant and bar (on the terrace). Bankalar Caddesi No. 2/1, Karaköy; P: (0212) 249 77 00