October 15, 2012

Why Is Soho House Going to Istanbul?

Turkey has been luring visitors to its azure seas and ancient sites for thousands of years, but only recently has it gained a reputation as a Hollywood hangout -- not to mention a filming location. Until the late '90s, the most well-known movie set in Istanbul was 1978's Midnight Express, a cautionary tale about its prison system. Long a source of consternation among Turks, it was banned locally until 1992.

Flash forward to 2012. That prison in Midnight Express now is one of two plush Four Seasons -- the Four Seasons Sultanahmet (Tevkifhane Sokak 1, rooms from $405). The hotel is one of dozens of Turkey's new breed of ultraposh resorts in a city increasingly renowned for its cuisine and contemporary art. Hollywood has caught on, too, with more than 15 recent projects filmed in Istanbul, including Liam Neeson's Taken 2, Ben Affleck's Argo and Daniel Craig's new James Bond pic Skyfall. Soho House even plans to open there in 2014, and the city -- population 13.5 million -- is a finalist for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Read more on The Hollywood Reporter: Why Is Soho House Going to Istanbul?


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