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Azapkapi, Bankalar Cd. No:5 Karakoy, Istanbul 34421 Turkey
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#122 of 2,378 in Istanbul
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4.8
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4.9
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4.8
Value
4.7
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The Bank Hotel Istanbul From Past to Present, “TREASURE OF HISTORY” The Bank Hotel Istanbul is located in Karakoy, one of the most prominent neighbourhoods of Istanbul known for its history. Karakoy welcomes its guests with views of Turkey's world-famous historical peninsula. With its sophisticated design the Bank Hotel Istanbul promises more than just ordinary accommodation for its guests. With a magnificent view of old Istanbul, the restaurant on the rooftop offers an unforgettable experience for its guests with a international cuisine. The Bank Hotel Istanbul, sits in a region that hosts artists, a concept intertwined with art, respecting the locals and international guests. The Bank Hotel Istanbul is perfectly located to explore bohemian Beyoglu and historical Sultanahmet. VOYVODA STREET Bank Street in which the hotel is situated is not just any street, Vaivoda Street as it was and is still officially called, has always played a central role in the life of the district of Galata. Originally a thoroughfare within the inner walls of Galata, its importance is attested as early as the fourteenth century by the presence of the Palazzo del Comune, the Genoese town hall and by the Piazza, the market place of the Genoese town. In Ottoman times, until 1682, it preserved its importance thanks to the survival of the half autonomous Genoese community, the Magnifica Comunita di Peyra, in parallel with the development of European Merchant communities whose warehouses were conveniently located in the same area and to the establishment of some local units of the Ottoman administration. Thus, it was the office and probably the residence of the police chief of Galata the Vaivoda that eventually gave the street its name, while the court of Galata was located just a street below, on Mahkeme (Court) Street. The existence and centrality of the street is attested by the famous seventeenth century Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi. During the second half of the 17th century, the street which was named by Evliya Çelebi as ' The Road of Vaivode' had become the financial and business hub of not only İstanbul but also of the entire Ottoman Empire. During this period, Vaivode Street had become the centre of attraction for bankers and banks, amongst the people it was known as 'The Street of Bankers'. SÜMERBANK BUILDING Italian architect Antonie Tedeshi, born in 1867 in İstanbul had an office in Pera, where he practiced his profession as an architect. Sümerbank Building is the only building left as his artifact. This construction is the building of the 'Credit General Ottoman/Deutsche Bank/Sümerbank', believed to be built around the 1880's, at the address of Bankalar Caddesi No 25, Karakoy. THE BANK HOTEL İSTANBUL The building is designed by Antoine Tedeschi in the style of neo-renaissance. The Bank Hotel Istanbul is one of the typical examples of the eclectic architectural style of the 19th century, with its historic buildings. The hotel building was purchased by Yilmaz Ulusoy Holding in 2010 and started a brand-new spring in its story. Yilmaz Ulusoy's took the first step to restore and transform the building into a hotel with a respectful approach to history and nature at the highest level. After the purchase of the building by Yilmaz Ulusoy Holding in 2010, The Bank Hotel Istanbul emerged as a result of the restoration initiated by architect Mimar Khan Tümertekin, preserving the historical texture of the building, which was restored with the principle of repairing the original without damaging the artistic value.
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Babysitting
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Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Wifi
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Rooftop bar
Car hire
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24-hour security
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Air conditioning
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English, Farsi, Turkish
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Paty Cavazos wrote a review May 17
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I stayed there for a week, last week and let me just say it has been one of the best experiences I've had. The staff is ABSOLUTELY the best, they were so helpful and nice the whole time, thank you for everything! The hotel itself is gorgeous! The best combination of old and new. If I ever get the chance to go back to Istanbul I wouldnt hesitate to stay there again!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Paty, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate your kind mention of our team's quality service. Your complete satisfaction is our only goal. We look forward to seeing and hosting you again and again. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Douglas F wrote a review May 2021
Lewes, Delaware109 contributions79 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
We have stayed in a few hotels in Istanbul, but this one is definitely a keeper. The staff was fantastic and accommodating, from the pickup at the airport, to recommendations, to great service and attention in the restaurant. Very friendly. The location is also perfect, just steps from the Galata Bridge, you are centrally located to all of the key sites, from Taksim Square to the Hagia Sophia, it is all easily walkable from this hotel (We're in our 50s and had no problems). Definitely look forward to returning on our next visit to Istanbul!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded May 24, 2021
Dear Douglas, It's kind of you to have taken the time to review your stay. We do our best to provide top-notch service and ensure all our guests leave us satisfied, so this positive feedback is rewarding. It was truly a delight to receive positive feedback regarding our location, staff, and more. We look forward to seeing you on a future visit. All the best, The Bank Team
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nigelbell9 wrote a review May 12
Hampshire, United Kingdom28 contributions34 helpful votes
Smart hotel in "up and coming neighbourhood" very near to the tram and bridge over to main tourist sites etc Friendly staff who welcomed us with a glass of fizz and booked a couple of great restaurants for us Good breakfast and comfy rooms but we were "downgraded" to a smaller room than we paid for which was very frustrating/disappointing and were just told the hotel was full and all rooms were different (all be it our room was the one on their website as a basic room and we had paid for a deluxe !?!?
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: make sure you get the room you've paid for !?
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Nigel, Thank you very much for the feedback! Highly appreciated. It was truly a delight to receive positive feedback regarding our location as well as our staff but at the same time, we are unhappy to hear that you did not like your room and you think that we downgraded your room. As I investigated your reservation, you made a reservation for a superior room which has been upgraded free of charge to the DLX room, but we are still sad you weren't satisfied with your room. We would love to welcome you back to The Bank Hotel Istanbul. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Steven O wrote a review Apr 2022
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Beautiful hotel, excellent location, can walk to old town but in middle of Galata with great restaurants and shopping literally on doorstep. Guest services team could not do enough for us, booking restaurants, organising tours and taxis.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded Apr 8, 2022
Dear Steven, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are thrilled that you had a memorable stay and your kind words about our team's quality service are much appreciated; we do our best to ensure that guests feel welcome. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Prasanna Vee wrote a review Apr 2022
Copenhagen Region, Denmark4795 contributions462 helpful votes
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YOu have to see it to believe how beautifully they have restored a bank building into a boutique hotel. Everything from the lobby to the room ooze charm and character. Do certainly check out the magnificent VAULT chambers near the lobby cafe. LOCATION: Excellent location right next to the Bosphorous and easy access to all parts of town DINE + DRINK: Sweet Lobby level bar and cafe. But don't bother dining or drinking at the hotel, as you are just a stone's throw away from plenty of local F & B joints right outside the hotel. ROOM: We stayed in 118, so this review is based on that; VIEW: Sweet view of the Cathedral and alley behind; SIZE: Very spacious room; AIR-CON: Perfectly functioning cooler that helped in setting the perfect room temperature; BED: Comfortable bed that played the expected part to put me to sleep; BATHROOM: Stand in shower; TOILETRIES: Lovely spa-quality cosmetics FACILITIES: Compact Gym with a basic range of weights and Cardio machines SERVICE: Friendly staff that took care of all our needs with a smile and made us feel pampered and well taken care of. Special Shout out to SALAR- the sweet Iranian lady at the front office, who went above and beyond to help us with all kinds of special requests! HOW WIRED YOU WILL BE: Free high-speed Wi-Fi that works well all over the property. Big Plasma TV screen dishing out dozens of channels spanning sports, news, music, movies and a wide variety of entertainment in multiple languages
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded Apr 4, 2022
Dear Prasanna, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your overall stay and we appreciate your kind mention of our team's quality service as well as our prime location and more. It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back soon to the Bank Hotel Istanbul. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Expedition612501 wrote a review Mar 2022
4 contributions3 helpful votes
This hotel is located very central just a few meters away from all the shops and bars. Galata Bridge and Galata Tower are just around the corner. The hotel is super beautiful, very modern and super clean. Staff is extraordinary nice and engaged. We will come back for sure
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded Mar 28, 2022
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate your kind mention of our prime location as well as the service of the hotel. We would love to see and host you again soon. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Sig79 wrote a review Mar 2022
Eugene, Oregon486 contributions306 helpful votes
I believe this hotel is about as good as you can get in an unfortunate city like Istanbul. It is 5 stars ONLY in that context. In NYC or London or Paris — or Cleveland, for that matter — it would be a generous 3. I stayed in a superior double bed room that was all bed… very little room to maneuver beyond that. View onto a scruffy side street, but at least reasonably quiet. The noise came from above me. This converted bank was not built for staying in overnight. Thus the soundproofing is non-existent. You hear EVERY step your upstairs neighbor makes. Think of your first apartment after college and you’ll know what I mean. It’s so loud and annoying, the moving around woke me up every night. No tissues… you must use toilet paper that is free form… no holder. Very, very down market amenities. Rooms extremely warm and stuffy and controlled by hotel, so plan on getting a table fan in order to breathe One small bar/sort of restaurant with very, very, very limited options. Appetizers or meze taste like packaged products. The supposed kitchen prepared the lamb shoulder I had one evening and it consisted of very, VERY little lamb, and mostly pita chips in an oily, tasteless sauce. Tomato salad was cut tomato’s c cucumbers and onions— no dressing, no oil, no vinegar, no seasoning, no nothing! Staff is OK, but I think this hotel, like so many in the Middle East and Europe, and increasingly North America, is run by and geared to the standards and demands of south Asian visitors… hence HOT, HOT rooms, lower level amenities and careless and cost-cutting housekeeping and customer service. Still, if you’re in the hell that is Istanbul, this place is better than most.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Mar 30, 2022
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. The comfort of our guests is extremely important to us, so we are very sad to hear that you were not satisfied with your overall experience in Istanbul . We hope to have a chance to welcome you back to The Bank Hotel Istanbu. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Almarri wrote a review Mar 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions4 helpful votes
A very nice hotel used to be a bank in the ottoman time. Rooms are very clean staff is wonderful and very nice especially the manager Usman and his coworkers at the reception. The breakfast was very good also and all the staff were very nice especially Yasin he goes out of his way to help the gusts to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Mar 5, 2022
Dear Almarri, Thank you for the wonderful review of your stay with us! It was truly a delight to receive positive feedback regarding our staff, breakfast, and the hotel itself. Our philosophy is simple, take care of the guests! We are lucky to have a team that embraces and executes this goal consistently. We certainly hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Hassan EL Nahas wrote a review Feb 2022
Cairo, Egypt534 contributions234 helpful votes
My wife and I were in town for holiday and to get a few practical things done. The staff at Bank Hotel were excellent from the start. They helped us arrange several visits n reservations and called a few companies on our behalf. We commend them on their patience - as we asked a lot of them. The hotel is beautiful, less than 10 rooms per floor (4 floors in all). Very tastefully appointed. The location is excellent. Set at the edge of Karakoy near the Galata bridge (close to Karakoy tram stop). So we could walk or take the T1 tram to most places we needed to go. The only complaint we had was that the room was a bit warm with no way to cool it down in Winter. The staff got us a fan right away… problem solved. The manager - Sahar - was remarkably friendly and helpful. She made it truly feel like home away from home. Finally the Salon Galata is a homely cafe / restaurant right next door with excellent food and very good service. We felt very fortunate to have picked this hotel for our choice of stay in Istanbul. We will be back again to the Bank Hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Feb 23, 2022
Dear Hassan, A very big thank you for this wonderful feedback. Reading and sharing your observations is a fantastic feeling. We do our best to provide top-notch service and ensure all our guests leave us satisfied, so this positive feedback is rewarding. Our team members enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. We would be very grateful to welcome you back. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Suzanne S wrote a review Feb 2022
9 contributions1 helpful vote
This is my third time staying at the Bank Hotel in Istanbul! I will never stay anywhere else except at the Bank! Amazing rooms, chic hotel, the staff are wonderful - especially Sahar, Usman, Mehmet and others who make our stay so wonderful! The first time I stayed at the Bank Hotel was in 2020 with my sisters. The staff treated us so well, they gave us good recommendations and made us feel so special. I stayed the 2nd time in 2021 by myself, they made sure I was comfortable and they tended to my every need. They go all out to make us feel so special. I recommend this hotel b/c the staff are wonderful, the location is great, the hotel is historic yet modern at the same time. I recommend this hotel ❤️
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Feb 14, 2022
Dear Suzanne, You have simply made our day! It was a real pleasure to read and share your wonderful words with the bank team. We are all thrilled to hear you enjoyed your overall stay with us. The Bank is your home away from home. We can't wait to host you again soon for another fabulous experience. Please send our regards to your sisters. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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$158 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Which popular attractions are close to The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Nearby attractions include Pub Crawl Istanbul (0.1 miles), Galata Tower (0.1 miles), and Galata Köprüsü (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pepo Restaurant, F&B Culture, and Dukkan Galata.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Bank Hotel Istanbul have airport transportation?
Yes, The Bank Hotel Istanbul offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Bank Hotel Istanbul offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Turkish, and Farsi.