THE STAY HOTELS – Turkey’s first independent carbon-neutral hotel group
Turkey’s first independent carbon-neutral hotel group unveils its latest happenings, including the opening of its new property in the heart of Istanbul’s fashion quarter…
With a handful of design-led properties in prime urban locations in Istanbul and Alacati on the Aegean-facing Cesme Peninsula, The Stay Hotels’ guests can choose to be by the Bosphorus strait or the sea, but always with warm hospitality and curated culture. From a striking new property to an art exhibition, plus new food and music offerings, Stay tuned for a healthy and cultural spring with The Stay Hotels (https://www.thestay.com.tr).
Bebek Hotel by The Stay
Perfectly located in the chic Bebek neighbourhood, this 1950’s waterside retreat blends original art deco features with neon lighting and modern art by established and up-and-coming Turkish artists. At the heart of the hotel, The Terrace Restaurant delights guests with a new nine-dish menu curated by acclaimed chef Athinagoras Kostakos, famed for his modern Greek Meraki restaurant in London and time as Head Chef at the award-winning ‘Bill and Coo’, a fine-dining restaurant in Mykonos. On balmy nights, guests can dine on Aegean-inspired delights such as a classic, fresh Bebek Hotel Greek salad or a mouth-watering and cooling shrimp carpaccio.
The hotel’s chic seasonal rooftop bar is also re-opening for the summer as the place to go for sophisticated signature cocktails and a DJ-led soundtrack.
Bebek Hotel by The Stay’s atmospheric in-house Dragon Restaurant has long been the place to go for authentic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. Interiors reflect the heritage of the cuisine with dragon motifs and rich red details – all with views across the Bosphorus strait. Now, every Sunday from 2pm until midnight and Monday from 5pm until midnight guests can also dine al fresco on specialties such as hot sour soup or crispy duck while a live band performs on the hotel’s waterfront Terrace Restaurant.
The Stay Warehouse
This former beer depot provides a coastal spot for guests to recharge and relax cocooned in olive-tree clad gardens home to a heated ionized pool and easy access to a glamorous beach club on the Aegean. Wood and brick from ancient Anatolian houses maintain the commitment to excellence in sustainable travel The Stay Hotels promote. The large and welcoming lobby also functions as an events space, reflecting the year-round commitment to cultural festivals, art exhibitions, workshops, and performances.
Turkish contemporary artist Devrim Erbil is revealing his Renk Erbil-curated, nature-inspired Primavera exhibition – meaning spring – from 30 April until 15 June 2022 at The Stay Warehouse.
Born in Usak, Balikesir in 1937, Devrim Erbil has had a long and illustrious career both as an artist, and as a professor and director of prestigious fine art academies across Europe. Erbil’s retrospective of mixed media pieces that have been exhibited around the globe includes oil paintings, silk prints, sculptures, and stained glass in exquisite colours. The artist is particularly famed for his abstract landscape paintings depicting Anatolia and Istanbul, for which he was honoured with the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award, which recognizes distinguished Turkish figures. In 2004, the Devrim Erbil Contemporary Art Museum opened in Balikesir, honouring the area’s beloved local artist. His works have been exhibited internationally, from the Saatchi Gallery in the UK, Spain – where he was named Young Painter of the Year – to Budapest as well as all over Turkey, from Istanbul to Bodrum, Ankara and Izmir.