We were a group of five who stayed here from 27th Dec to 1st Jan. We have only positive things to say about Portus House! The location is great, about 3 min walk from the Galata Bridge and a metro stop, close to the Taksim area and the main pedestrian shopping area. If you want, you could walk across the bridge to the old town and the main attractions like the hagia sophia and the topkapi palace in about half an hour, or an easy 4 stops on the tram.
The host, Cigdem, and all the other staff were friendly and helpful, offering suggestions about the best and easiest way to get around and see the sights. They were also more than happy to help us make reservations and enquiries. We were there for New Year's Eve and they helped us find somewhere to go for dinner. There is also a fantastic hammam (traditional Turkish baths) down the street which we highly recommend - the staff at the desk called and made a reservation for us.
There were some vegetarians and vegans in our group and they went out of their way to get different food for their breakfasts (breakfast was great, by the way) and did everything they could to make our stay a pleasant one.
We would come back in a heartbeat!
- 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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