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Georges Hotel Galata
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Serdar-i Ekrem Sok. No: 24 Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #25 of 772 Istanbul B&B and Inns
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“Good but not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed one night at the Georges and in our very brief stay a bit mixed (esp. after staying at TomTom the week before). We loved the location in Galata near the tower (super cute area), and the room was big, clean and well-designed but a few things were off - lots of loud noises in the middle of the night, the internet and the tv were both down, the bathroom was strange (all glass with blinds for privacy), and the staff pounced on us upon arrival telling us all about the hotel's amenities (exhausted from our travels we'd have been happier just to go to bed). The rooftop restaurant is absolutely gorgeous - one of the best open rooftop views I've ever seen of a city. Sadly had to miss breakfast because of a very early flight, and the staff were very accommodating in general. Beautiful big terrace outside the room, too.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear nyc2theworld,

thank you for your feedback.

We are happy to hear you liked so much the rooftop terrace views’, our staff’s friendliness and the room in general. Therefore we suggest you come back to enjoy our hospitality with more time.

Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata Team
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed there in August of 2013. The rooms were immaculate and designed from a page out of Architectural Digest. Each room has a fabulous terrace, with upper rooms having views of the Bosporus! The hotel is like a mini W. Plus, the neighborhood was SO COOL. We walked the 1/2 block to the Galata tower. And 3 blocks away, there were like 30 cool restaurants... if only we'd had time to experience them. The rooftop restaurant of the Georges hotel overlooking the Bosporus was out of this world. The staff was super too. Look for Sammy - he's the best. So helpful. They took care of our every need! When our cab didn't arrive, Sammy took the 3 of us personally down to the port! Talk about service!
I cannot recommend this property highly enough. We had our 80 year old mother in law with us and she was thrilled too, and trust me, she's not easy to please:)
Don't miss this property. If there is a downside, it's that it has no pool.

Room Tip: Upper rooms have a Bosporus view from the terraces.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Dear Tommytunes,


we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. Comments such as yours help us to continuously improve ourselves and work to offer only the very best to our guests in order not only to meet, but to exceed their expectations.

Thank you again for sharing your experience with us.

We will be more than pleased to accommodate you again.


Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata Team
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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Dear Artun
Thank you so much for such a lovely 5 days in Georges. It is a gorgeous hotel and the attention to detail is fantastic. I loved the clever design interior of the rooms and use of space, all the quality extras including the coffee machine, toiletries and linens.
For those maing a booking, pay the extra and book a seaview room with a balcony overlooking the Bosphorous. You will be tempted to never leave the hotel!
The rooftop terrace is beautiful and breakfasts some of the nicest I have had. Presentation was superb and coffee as good as Melbourne!
In addition, the staff were all fantastic. Obviously well trained, very professional, with great atttitude and gave every possible assistance.
I can't provide you with any negatives as there weren't any!
I am putting my review on Trip Advisor, with reluctance! I would rather keep Georges a secret as I will probably never be able to get a booking again once the word gets out how fantastic you are!!!
It also helps that the location is in the nicest part of Istanbul away from the main tourist areas but within walking distance!
Kind regards to you and both front of house and restaurant staff,
Kate Bean
Room 16 6-10 August 2013

Room Tip: Book a seaview room. Make sure you have lots of time for breakfast!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear Kate Bean,

thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are really happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Georges Hotel Galata. We love to hear that everything has been satisfactory and that we exceeded your expectations.

We hope to accommodate you soon again and serve you even better!

Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

What a great place! from tasteful, airy and elegant room, to a wonderful rooftop restaurant, Georges is flawless. Staff are helpful and friendly, and the neighborhood is quirky and chic - Montmartre meets NY Downtown. The only shortfall is the absence of a gym, but in spite of that, Georges will be my place to go in Istanbul

Room Tip: I was in room 17, street view but great, and a lovely balcony
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear esp2001,

thank you very much for your lovely comments. We appreciate the time spent on sharing your experience with us as much as your positive feedback.

We really look forward to accommodate you once again.


Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Lovely Boutique hotel with stunning views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Excellent service with a personal touch. Fine French cuisine at the restaurant on the top terrace. The neighborhood offers hidden gems in terms of design shops, cafes, restaurants. We really enjoyed our stay!
Violetta,Oslo

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Violetta S,

Thank you so much for your feedback!

Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata Team
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Georges Hotel in Istanbul and we loved it! It's situated in a very charming as well as alternative upcoming neighborhood. We loved walking around the hotel on pebble-stone paths going up and down passing cute shops and trendy cafes. We spent many hours each day on the rooftop restaurant watching ships from Europe to Asia. That is such an incredible feeling to just sit there under the bright sky.

Book the top floor rooms if you can as that's where you get amazing views but all the rooms are nicely designed with clean white bedsheets and dark contrasting furniture. I've had bad experience with other small boutique hotels as many of them just overlooked their service quality thinking a good design can get them pass, but the service at this hotel is genuine and very helpful . We are all very happy to have chosen this place and it certainly adds a lot credits to our impression to Istanbul so next time we know where to stay when we are in Istanbul again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear SirKimmi,

Thank you very much for your sincere and nice comments about Georges Hotel Galata. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and will come back when staying in Istanbul.

Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

OK after missing a Flight or two we finally got to Istanbul!! and what a Coooooll place this is ...the people are generally warm and welcoming and nice ....but ....this bit later on......but Yes overall the place is gr8 ....good food ....best food to be had at the normal run of mill restaurants not so much the hotels except the Georges of course as they do a gr8 job! Fantastic breakfast unobstrusive service ,efficent thru out ,friendly staff even though we didnt have the best room facing the Bosphores (hope that's how it's spelt) River we had a very cool chic room that was once a surgery of some sort in the streets where one of the oldest building in Istanbul was first built and it's quietly and warmly 5 star ....we've stayed at 5 stars all over and some of them can be so austere and cold ....I'm sure we all know what I mean!!
So all's fine at the Georges except one comment to make about our room was the bathroom ...as cool as it is there wasnt much room around the vanity basin so if one had more then a tooth brush and comb there's no room for anything!!! and the other is the snad blasted glass door in the bathroom its so close to the tiled floor that its hard to close and one always feels geees thais might crack and snap!! apart from that everything else was GR8....now as mentioned b4 watch out for the Taxi drivers !! we've caught taxis from LAto NYC , Paris,London ,Tokyo and Hong Kong but the Istanbul Taxi drivers are the ones to watch out for as on the last day we had a Magician that turned our 20$ note into a 2$ note so we got realllly done .....a not so nice taste in the mouth as a parting gesture ....but apart from that Istanbul was gr8!

Room Tip: Go for the front rooms but they are twice the price!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgesHotelGalata, Director of Sales at Georges Hotel Galata, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Dear alan a,
Thank you very much for your positive feedback about Georges Hotel Galata.
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and the city.
Hope to accommodate you soon again!

Best regards,

Georges Hotel Galata Team
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Address: Serdar-i Ekrem Sok. No: 24 Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 772 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Georges Hotel Galata 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Georges Hotel Galata is located in a majestic historical building surrounded by a wide range of stores, restaurants, bars and cafes in a chic, trendy neighborhood, just a few steps to the Galata Tower and a five minute walk to Istiklal Street. ... more   less 
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