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Portus House Istanbul
Ranked #10 of 1,194 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Great hostel”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Friendly staff, quiet and comfortable rooms, convenient to the Galata bridge and tram. The only downside is there weren't many bars or restaurants nearby. I was also told this neighborhood was known for prostitutes, but didn't see anything seedy. Would stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
1 review
Reviewed August 6, 2013

its just a great place i loved it .... location is great and my room was awesome .. i went their with my friends no one complain actually everything was so good (food, stuff , rooms and the poooaal oooh it was amazing) :D we really enjoyed our staying.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Ascoli Piceno, Italia
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Portus House Istanbul is a perfect position to stay in Istanbul, in fact it is close to everything and the employees are stainless! Moreover it is clean and comfortable, so I really suggest Portus House Istanbul. ;)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Canakkale, Turkey
1 review
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I travelled with my girlfriend - both in our early 20's - and stayed in Portus House for 3 nights in July. We arrived at 8.30am, and our room was already prepared for us.

Portus house is right next to the Galata Bridge in Karaköy, Istanbul, and on the new side. Really easy walk up the hill to heaps of awesome bars, restaurants and shops. Also a couple cool bars and cafes open till late a couple blocks away.

As for the place itself, the room was very clean, bed was huge, air con worked perfectly... very important for the turkish summer. It was really quiet and we had a shared bathroom which felt like our own. Never had to wait for others.

We cannot say enough good things about the staff! They were all incredible and go above and beyond for everything - especially Marta! They organised our tours, ferry and bus trips, would do extra research and present to us when we were around.

6/5! For such a good price, this is one of the best value hotels around.

Room Tip: Lots of stairs so request a lower floor if that concerns you
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed for five nights at the Portus
The staff was always helpful - we had to leave before breakfast on our last day and they prepared a breakfast box for us plus they helped me contact Turkish Airlines when an error was made on our flight.
The location was great - walking distance from Taksim Square (unfortunately, we only got there once due to the police crackdown on protestors), the Spice Market, Istanbul Modern, Galata Bridge, ferries to the Asian side, Galata Tower (a bit of an uphill hike) and the tramway.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We stayed at Portus House for 2 nights before beginning our travels around turkey. The staff here were super helpful with things to do, places to eat/drink and helping with any questions in general. The owner was very accomodating as we arrived earlier than check in. She offered us a cup of tea/coffee whilst our room was prepared and allowed an early check in. The only issue was our room was rather small and awkward. This may have been due to the early check in. We didnt bother with requesting a change due to only being there 2 nights but would recommend you not stay on the very top level in a double room. Overall, the location was great and away from the more touristy areas around the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. Easy walk to Taksim and the funky bars/cafes around Beyoglu.

Room Tip: Do not stay in the double room on the very top level.
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Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Castlemaine, Ireland
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I stayed here with my girlfriend for a week as part of a three week trek around europe. The place is fantastic! It's only five minutes walk from Galata Bridge and all the major ferries, 10 mins from taksim square and surrounded with seafood restaurants(if thats your thing!)

The staff here are kind and friendly too, very helping if you need help with directions or advice on where to see some nice attractions! The double room we stayed in was equipped with air-conditioning, which really came in handy with the hot weather! They also offer a laundry service which was really handy since we were travelling so long.. All done within the day too!

There's also a supermarket right across the street which came in handy for packing sandwichs! (if you're on a budget like we were!)

Highly recommend Portus House! :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 #10 of 1,194 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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