We (myself, husband and our 2 children ages 10 and 15 years old) just returned to New York City after staying 8 nights at Istanbul's wonderful Galateia Residence. We rented the 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 4th floor flat which had a great view of the Bosphorus from the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The flat was very roomy, clean and comfortable, and had a well equipped kitchen allowing us to eat breakfast in daily, (and prepare lunch or dinner had we wanted to.) After a marathon day of sightseeing, we were all so happy to return to our "home" at Galateia Residence every evening.
The location of the flat was perfect for our needs. We took the tram most days to the sights in the Old City, but if one were super-motivated, you could walk down the hill and across the Galata bridge to many of the major sights (approx 60 minute walk to Hagia Sofia?). The hip, trendy Beyoglu neighborhood where the flat is located had so many fantastic restaurants (found through a terrific food guide titled: Istanbul Eats by Ansel Mullins and Yigal Schleifer which I highly suggest foodies pick up!!) that we ate out every meal with the exception of breakfast.
What made the stay at Galateia extra special was the wonderful staff which included: Serhat, Cagri, Emel and Nurhan who were all incredibly accommodating and did everything that they could to make our stay more comfortable. They made restaurant reservations, booked taxis, helped us with public transport and gave us great leads to the lesser-known sights and sounds of Istanbul, and helped communicate special requests to housekeeping. They were all top-notch!
Though we just returned this morning from Istanbul, we are already planning our visit back to this dynamic, complex city and to our "home" at Galateia Residence!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galateia Residence - Short Term & Long Term Rental Apartments with one bedroom, two bedroom and duplex options. Located in the heart of the city very close to all attractions in two adjacent original Pera buildings Demiriz & Haci Sayid with a total of 13 apartments.-Luxury bedrooms with 200X200cm king size bed designed for ultimate comfort,-Extra large wardrobes, ironing sets,-Fully equipped kitchen with large refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, cooking and dining utilities,-Bosporus & Old city view stylish living room - CableTV, -Landline phones, -Safe Box,-Free wireless internet connection,-En-suite bathroom, private elegant bath accessories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Galateia Residence Hotel Istanbul