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Portus House Istanbul
Ranked #11 of 1,200 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Chania Town, Greece
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67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“This is a first class hotel, named hostel”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Portus House is an excellent choice. Much better than much much costlier hotels (not hostels) that I have stayed. Super clean rooms and bathrooms, helpful personnel and located in a place that is close to everything (ok not on top of Taksim, but it was two minutes walk from Galata bridge on one side and Galata Tower on the other). If you are considering visiting Istanbul and do not want to overspend on your stay, I cannot think a better choice.

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Copenhagen, New York
1 review
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed for 4 days in Portus House.

We're two budget travelers and also stayed at other places in the same pricerange near the Galata Tower.

COMPARED TO OTHER PLACES
Portus Hotel is a good deal if you compare to other hostels/hotels in Beyoglu which is nearby across a big street. The atmosphere is non-hostel like and not sterile as in most large scale hotels in the same price range. The reason to is low price compared to other housing options, is because of the localtion which is not in Beyoglu, but 5 min away.

THE AREA
The area is called Karakoy and we knew nothing about it before we came to Istanbul. But the area has loads of small local hip cafes and restaurants. Its a 5 min walk to the Galata Brigde, 5 min to the soon-to-becoming tourist trap of Beyoglu, 5 min to the tram, but you'll not need it as its so close to everything.

THE HOTEL
Just like in the pics!
Clean, warm and welcoming.
Nice shared shower facilities.
Best turkish breakfast compared to our other hotels in Istanbul in the same pricerange.
Very friendly english speaking staff
Great if you're 3 people or a couple

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wurzburg, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Portus House was a wonderful getaway and hotel in which we felt comfortable. We had a double room with private bathroom, even though it was cold outside (Dec 2013) inside was warm and cosy. It is very clean, the staff was so friendly, they took time for us and told us where to go, eat. Also the breakfast was very good and lovely presented.
We would definitely choose Portus next time as it was in the middle of Istanbul from where you can walk every sightseeing.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Portus House is a fantastic hostel (better than many hotels). The room was small but adequately spaced, and very warm (we went during a tough winter season and the fact that it was always warm was great), since it had always-on heat plus air condition. The room was super clean, and it was cleaned every day when we were out. Even our clothes were tidied up and put into the shelves. Te bathroom and toilet were also spotlessly clean and there was always hot water. The personnel was speaking good English and was very helpful. Breakfast was ok, not something amazing but still a decent breakfast to start your day.There was always hot tea and you could fix your own coffee in the kitchen anytime of the day.
Location is good, it's next to a metro station, but a bit far away from Taxim or Istiklal for example if you wanna walk (1,7 km).
Definitely worth the price.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Price/quality ratio is perfect. It is located in the center in Istanbul. Museum of modern art is very very close to the hotel and it is must see place in the city. As the bathrooms are shared may be it would be a good idea to share it with friends (well it depends on friends but anyway) . So plan your trip to Istanbul with friends

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

This is probably the best hostel I have ever stayed at. I told this to the owner when I stayed there in February 2012 and she thought I was just being kind. I was so pleased with my stay last year, that I decided to book a second stay at the Portus in 2013. The people who work there are very kind and professional. They feel more like friends than hostel employees. Security is perfect, the breakfast is the best I have ever had in a hostel and the place is super clean. Portus is also very close to a metro and one of the fancy bridges. I will definitely stay there again next time I am in Istanbul. Thanks for the great stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed December 15, 2013

The Portus is wonderfully conveniently located by the Galata bridge so we walked literally everwhere! Following the front desk's advice one day we went to Ciya restaurant on the Asian side by ferry just by the Portus House and one evening to the Karakoy restaurant. Both were great so we kept following the tips. All was clean and comfy with daily room service. Would recommend it anytime again and again.

  • Stayed December 2013
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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 #11 of 1,200 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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