It looks more like a boutique hotel you'd find in New York, but Lush is actually in Istanbul, Turkey. A self-proclaimed 'highly individual place' in the Beyoglu district (near Taksim Square), Lush is a stylish city hotel with a difference.
Far from the ornate Moorish style the Middle East is better known for, Lush hides an assortment of contemporary designs behind its traditional Victorian townhouse exterior.
Having said that, it doesn't ignore its roots. At least one of the rooms is a modern spin on old-world Ottoman, and many rooms have Turkish baths alongside flat-screen TVs and WiFi.
It's an interesting blend of almost every imaginable style, from Ottoman to Pop Art, with huge black and white photo murals and exposed brick walls alongside Victorian mouldings and velvet stage curtains.
It's worth visiting the website to explore the rooms on offer, but also to pick up some fantastic phrases ('To be in Lush… is like to be happy between reality and dream') and mistranslations (one room boasts 'cattle' among its amenities, instead of a 'kettle'). RM