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Galateia Residence
Ranked #610 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
Washington DC
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Can't Praise This Place Enough”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Staying here is like having a beautifully furnished, large apartment within steps of Istiklal Caddesi. Fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom plus separate "guest" toilet, lovely bedroom with huge, comfortable king bed, a luggage room with coat closet, and a large living room with big windows, dining table, television with lots of channels in many languages--all impeccably clean and stylish. The staff is also extremely helpful and friendly. An excellent alternative to staying in a large, impersonal hotel. Your cab driver may have a little trouble finding it, but once you get there you'll be happy.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights and could have stayed for another 4 quite easily. Apartment was cleaned daily while we were out site seeing and breakfast was brought up to our room at whatever time we requested. Would stay again for sure!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights over New Years and had a fantastic time! The street was very quiet but located off Istiklal caddesi which offered plenty to do and very close to the Galata Tower. Staff were lovely and very attentive. The apartment was spacious, beautiful and very well kept. We would absolutely stay here again and we highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

For our first visit to Istanbul our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teens) wanted somewhere near the sites, near the shopping and where we could spread out and relax. Guided by the other reviews on Tripadvisor we booked Galateia Residence for our 5 nights in Istanbul and it certainly ticked all those boxes.

Firstly - getting there. Take up the hotel's offer of transport from the airport, they know where they are going, and apparently many taxis don't!

Secondly - location. We were initially worried that we may be too far away from everything but as it turns out Galateia Residence is perfectly situated on the hill on the north side of the Golden Horn, just near the centuries-old Galata Tower (tip - stunning 360 degree views!). It is a few minutes walk up to the funicular stop which takes you to the tramway at Karakoy, from which it is only a few minutes and a few tram stops across the Galata bridge by tram to all the 'big' sites (Spice Markets, Bosphorus cruises, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Grand Bazaar). The funicular station is also the start of the Istiklal Cadessi, the mile-long shopping strip full of international brand-name shops, local fashions and plenty of food shops and vendors. The apartments are located in a very quiet cobblestone street in an area of boutique shops, designers and craftsmen. There is a small neighnourhood store for vital supplies literally two houses away and a larger supermarket a few minutes away.

Thirdly - the apartment. We booked the Mezzanine Duplex apartment and it was clean, spacious, luxurious and with a fully-equipped kitchen, a money-saver when it comes to not having to eat out for breakfasts and dinners. And the apartment was certainly a peaceful and at times very necessary oasis to be able to escape from the constant, in-your-face intensity, people everywhere Istanbul that you find right outside the door.

And finally - the staff! Galateia Residence offers 24/7 security/reception and everyone we encountered was incredibly helpful and friendly, providing travel tips, restaurant advice and bookings, through to printing out our boarding passes.

Many thanks to the management and staff at Galateia Residence for making our stay in Istanbul a wonderful one.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Dubai
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Aside from the slight difficulty of reaching the front door, this has been one of the best stays in recent years. It is in an area of small street – the kind that taxis just can’t find – so take up the car service from the airport, after that Istanbul and particularly the area needs to be walked with public transport.

The staff know the area well and have good English. Staff are generally otherwise invisible, breakfast and the minibar are however overpriced. Tap the staff for food recommendations, it is free and they like feedback on their efforts post meal.

The rooms are well furnished, clean and well supported – the TV lacks a few channels that chain hotels have – but not really an issue. Wi-Fi flawless, kitchenette well equipped. Bedrooms have plenty of storage – but lack a similar amount of hangers for the rail, which maybe an issue, depending, also not all rooms have a view over the city, so ask if you want a view.

The area is a must for those that want to wander, feed and people watch – with a bit of shopping added.

If (not a big if) I ever return to Istanbul – this will be my first choice hotel.

Room Tip: Upper floors - facing away from the front - should have some view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Great location - very close to all of the main streets and places and at the same time in a quiet place that you do not hear the noise of night Istanbul. Very polite staff, ready to help you in any matter. Cozy apartments, clean and spacious rooms, where you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay in the city.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

It is all true: the apartments are in a cracking location (just on the edge of the old city, but in a very trendy area with lots of nice locals - infinitely better than Taksim Square), great staff(!), stunning rooms, great value for money, a quiet spot - you really could not beat it. And Istanbul is well worth a visit, too! All in all, this place deserves all of the plaudits and the awards. Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Galateia Residence
Address: Sahkulu Bostan Sk, No: 9 - 11 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#172 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#174 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Galateia Residence 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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