Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet
The five-star Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet is located in the fabled Old City of Istanbul and pays homage to the rich tapestry of Turkish history through its detail-oriented design.
The hotel blends the finest elements of Seljuk and Ottoman design and architecture.
Masterminded by local designers, Gulab Architects, the brief was to convey the spirit of the city, and to showcase authentic elements of Ottoman and Seljuk architecture.
The hotel’s owner was determined to launch a truly home-grown luxury brand with all the features and services associated with this; and to create a “monument” that would draw the admiration and respect of guests and industry peers alike.
As the first property within the Ajwa brand, it was imperative that the hotel should convey an authentic spirit of place.
Istanbul as a city incorporates many layers of history which are still visible today and has some amazing cultural landmarks which have inspired the hotel’s design, including Palaces, Mosques, Hammams and Bazaars.
The result, an interior that deftly combines some of the most exquisite cultural elements of Istanbul including artworks and furniture pieces from the owner’s personal collection to convey the spirit of the Old City, including precious Tabriz silk carpets and beautiful paintings by Azerbaijani artists.
Most of the furniture (walnut furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl), the work of master craftsmen, was imported from Damascus, Syria.
Marmara marble, which adorned many Ottoman mosques, hammams and palaces was used throughout the project.
All intricate, lattice-work carpentry is local and Ajwa’s own-branded tiles were specially made in Iznik, a town famous for hand-made tiles since the Ottoman era.
Much of the hotel’s design detail can be cross-referenced with its original, historical counterparts.
Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet offers serenity and gracious hospitality in settings that are not dissimilar to a private mansion.
It provides a refined setting for guests to experience the many layers of Istanbul’s rich history, both inside and outside of the hotel, and to savour old-world splendour and hospitality at its best.