With only 17 rooms spread over 6 floors, this hotel is intimate & a stones throw to Istiklal St. & a short but amazing walk up to Taksim Square. We experienced two different rooms. Firstly, a room at the back with a huge bed that took up most of the room. Then we had a double bed in a room at the front. Slightly noisier but not bothersome. Rates were reasonable and the decor was classy but not pretentious. The area is lively like most of Taksim is. WiFi is excellent & TV had lots of cable channel choices. The people who work here at wonderful. Very friendly & helpful. There is a washing machine/drier in the basement but you need to buy your own soap powder. There are little stores all around the hotel not to mention eating places. Is there any part of Istanbul where you can't find decent food?! Stay here. You won't be disappointed. They have 2 other hotels in the vicinity. All are similarly decorated & of the same high standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stories Hotel Karakol is an exquisite Istiklal Street hotel within walking distance of tram stations and Taksim Square. Stories Hotel Karakol is in a building of lovely French architecture that dates back to the early 1900s. It has been recently renovated to improve its infrastructure without losing its historic charm. Among the modern additions are an up-to-date fire alarm system, video surveillance security, and free wireless internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stories Apart Karakol Hotel Istanbul