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The Bank Hotel Istanbul

AzapkapI, Bankalar Cd. No:5 Karaköy, Istanbul 34420 Turkey
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What you can expect during your stay
  • 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
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 03/19/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/19/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#101 of 2,096 hotels in Istanbul
Travelers' Choice
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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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Rooftop bar
Car hire
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Farsi, Turkish


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Tim R N wrote a review Jun 11
Cape Town Central, South Africa44 contributions14 helpful votes
Second time staying here - this time almost a week. The people at this hotel feel like family - anything you need or any request whether help with organizing a trip, documents to travel, local contacts at hospitals/clinics, they are truly amazing. Wasn't feeling well and they took me over to the private clinic while organizing my taxi to ensure I made my flight - taxi didn't take my card so they paid! The cleaning is impeccable and coordinated when you step out without being obtuse as all. I've traveled for almost 20 years have not seen quality like this. This will be my place in Istanbul. You want a proper experience in this city and enjoy this beautiful city to get away, but stay here to feel at home.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: All rooms are nice
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Douglas F wrote a review May 2021
Lewes, Delaware101 contributions40 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 2 weeks ago
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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Jennifer EL H. wrote a review Mar 2021
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I loved everything about this hotel but the staff kept a special place in my heart! They made me feel at home. They're professional yet friendly and so caring. It is the perfect hotel for a full Istanbul experience. In terms of location, cleanliness, food variety and expertise. And their generosity! I cannot wait to come back and definitely stay even longer. Thank you and I miss you all already!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Sahar Bakhshi, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded Mar 29, 2021
Dear Jennifer, Thanks for posting this feedback of your time at The Bank Hotel Istanbul. It was truly a delight to receive positive feedback regarding our location, cleanliness, food, and more. I am glad that we were able to meet your expectations and I must add that you made our day by stating" I cannot wait to come back and definitely stay even longer." We all miss you too and can't wait to host you again soon for another fabulous experience. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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Hanieh P wrote a review Feb 2021
Cologne, Germany2 contributions3 helpful votes
Out of thousnds of Hotels in Istanbul when you choose to return to the same one over and over that tells how dreamy the Hotel is ! Great service, loveliest staff and of course perfect location. My husband and I stayed 8 days this time and enjoyed every single day of it. Even my little dog felt the great love at this Hotel. Cozy rooms with comfy beds and a great coffee ..., most importantly amazing breakfast!!! What else could you ask for, while away from home. I thank all the Bank Hotel staffs but I would love to send a special thanks to Usman and Sahar for making our stay even more unforgettable .
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Date of stay: February 2021
2 Helpful votes
Response from Batuhan Sungur, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded Feb 21, 2021
Dear Hanieh, Thank you for the wonderful review of your stay with us! It was truly a pleasure for us to welcome you two and your lovely Pesteh once again. All team members happy to hear such a good feedback from you. Your complete satisfaction is our only goal. We certainly hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. All the best, The Bank Team
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Ashley wrote a review Feb 2021
7 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a well maintained hotel. Top class bar in roof top bar with great views over the bridge . Cross that bridge out of this hotel that carries Ottoman heritage, you are among historical centre and tourist sites.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Batuhan Sungur, Müşteri Hizmetleri / Ön Büro at The Bank Hotel Istanbul
Responded Feb 14, 2021
Dear Ashley, Thank you for taking the time to send us your favorable feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated your kind mention of our rooftop Restaurant and Bar as well as our convenient location in the heart of historic Istanbul! We hope you will return for another wonderful experience in the future. Best wishes, The Bank Team
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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.
What are some restaurants close to The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rakofoli, Dukkan Galata, and Galata Kitchen.
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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Bank Hotel Istanbul offers an airport shuttle 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.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bank Hotel Istanbul?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hagia Sophia (1.1 miles), Basilica Cistern (1.1 miles), and Historic Areas of Istanbul (1.1 miles).