There’s always a district in any city that becomes the place to see, to be seen, and to know about. In Istanbul, this area is Çukurcuma, Beyoğlu. However, this popularity also causes some major problems, such as losing its memory and indulging in popular culture. Over the last couple of years, it has been impossible to ignore these developments in our adorable district.

Faik Pasha Hotels are also located in this old and unique neighborhood. Çukurcuma, nestled in the back streets of Beyoğlu and very close to Istiklal Street, houses many antique shops, vintage boutiques, cozy cafés, monumental ancient buildings, and design ateliers. When I bought the historical buildings of Faik Pasha Hotels in 2000, they were nearly falling apart due to the awful neglect of the previous owners, just like many others.

The area was not as popular as it is today. I felt that I should protect this history, not only by renovating these houses but also by using original construction techniques and plans.

Above, you can see building 41 before and after the renovation.

I researched the past lifestyles on Faik Pasha Street, listened to the old people who were born here, and tried to revive this tradition by renovating and decorating the flats and suites accordingly.