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“Portus hotel - Istanbul” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portus House Istanbul
Ranked #9 of 1,173 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
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Paris, France
1 review
“Portus hotel - Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

The welcome is charming, the ideal place to cross the old town. The decoration of brings to room temperature and of the hotel is pleasant and design. We can take the tea throughout the day in a very well equipped cooking(kitchen)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fradin f
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2011

My parents and I stayed at Portus in early August for a week. Having chosen it off Tripadvisor reviews, I can say that it fully deserves it's strong ratings. A quirky, boutiqe hotel, it is in a great and central part of Istanbul, close to Galata Bridge, Taksim and all the other fun parts of Istanbul you want to explore by foot. Cigdem, Fırat and Isamil were very helpful and kind, with good suggestions of where (and where not) to go. The rooms are spotless and cleaned daily, and if you book two rooms, you can have your own 'wing' of a floor. We had a great time during our stay in Istanbul, and a large part of that was because of our stay at Portus.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

Beyond the pristine accommodations, the unbeatable location, and the low price, the staff at Portus could not have been any nicer. They treated us like family and were instrumental in coordinating a uniquely Turkish experience. Three examples: 1. Ismail recommended and booked an all-inclusive Turkish meal on the water. Besides unlimited drinks and great food, there was a 5-piece band, a belly dancer, and two wedding parties. Plus we were the only foreigners there (a bonus). 2. Firat booked us a reservation at a nice restaurant a 10-15 drive away. As we were leaving, he noted that he would be ending his shift in moments and generously offered to drive us himself (which we accepted). 3. On the way out, I asked for music recommendations, and Firat emailed me a few songs to listen to. And as we were a group of four, they were nice enough to put us in our own private hall, which was basically our own little apartment. The rooms were small and minimalist but clean and comfortable, and good value for the price (with wifi too!).

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jonathan S
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Montreal
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2011

We stay here 5 days - it was the perfect location for access to all of Istanbul, whether by foot, tram or ferry. Exceptionally clean, and the staff was very helpful and welcoming. On my next visit to Istanbul, it's nice to know that I don't have to shop around - I won't hesitate to book here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dkseckel
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

Portus Hotel has a very central location, in the street of the worlds' best Baklava. Cheap ferries bring you to the Asian part and the main attractions can be reached by walking. The rooms are clean and nicely decorated. The personal is very kind, competent and helpful. The street is very calm at night. We very much appreciated the clean common kitchen and fridge, where you can cook and eat at every time. Always again. A good choice.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tim T
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

We got to Portus towards the end of Ramadan, and found out that it was nearly impossible to get a bus out of the city. The staff at Portus came to the rescue. They literally sat down with us for three hours, searching for a bus for us well into the night. Now aside from that, they provide wonderful recommendations on restaurants and such, and their rooms are beautifully decorated. Great boutique hotel close to lots of great restaurants!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amy W
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Milan, Italy
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

its definitely not a butique design hotel. The rooms are very small and there is a lot of noise from the street. All in all just a pricey hostel (shared bathrooms, ...), quite out of the way and difficult to find.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mario0787
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buganos, Manager at Portus House Istanbul, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Dear Mario,

Thank you for our phone conversation, it was good to hear all is well for you.
As I have explained to you on the phone,your review was written almost three years ago, when the area was still under development, but now Karaköy is blooming more than ever. Also, we have completely rennovated the building after your departure, thus none of the issues you pointed out are relevant anymore.
I hope you will indeed drop by this year as you stated and see for yourself.

All the Best.
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Property: Portus House Istanbul
Address: Mumhane Cad. 31 | Karaköy, Istanbul 34340, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Karakoy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 1,173 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Portus House Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in an Art-Nouveau building in Beyoglu, Portus Hotel Istanbul is a unique establishment designed and managed by travellers just like its guests. The main idea is to provide a feeling of comfort and safety. This comfortable hotel features 10 rooms with iPod docks and some flat-screen TVs. Portus Hotel is located in a quiet street by the lively Galata Port, in Istanbul’s prime starting point for tours in all directions by foot, by ship, by metro-tram and by bus. The Karakoy Ferry Terminal and the Galata Bridge are a 2-minute walk away. Free tea and coffee can be enjoyed throughout the day. Guest can also make use of the fully equipped, modern communal kitchen, where usually travelers like to mingle and exchange experiences. There is a supermarket across the hotel as well as plenty of good breakfast houses and restaurants. Decorated with modern art, all air-conditioned rooms offer free Wi-Fi. Some rooms feature a private bathroom with a hairdryer. At the 24-hour front desk, you can find luggage storage and book a shuttle service to Ataturk or Sabiha Gokçen Airport. Private parking is also available. Come and enjoy a fresh, friendly and fun environment, the entry Port for your adventures in Istanbul… ... more   less 
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