This hotel is very good situated in the popular Beyoglu quarter in Istanbul. Excellent roof terrace with a gorgeous view over the City, mosques and Bosporus Bay. The stuff is very friendly and helpful. Our room was tasteful furnished on the 5th floor with an amazing view. The other rooms I got a glance into were quite suburbany furnished but this is without doubt purely a matter of taste.
All in all the price-performance ratio was borderline, if not overpriced. In some aspects we judged it as a rip-off. We paid 139 € for per night for about a 12 square meter a room, very small bathroom without any space to place anything.
Direct in front of the hotel there's a huge construction site from the municipal with an enormous noise (pneumatic drill) you couldn't avoid even with closing the windows and using ear protections at the same time. Probably the pneumatic drill won't last for a long time, but due to the size of the construction site some noise will last at least for one year (or more). We weren't offered a price reduction due to the enormous noise (even the staff got headache), but when we asked the hotel reduced the price for 5%.
There was a water blackout for more than 7 hours (no shower, no hand-washing, no toilet). This was not caused by the hotel, but we think that the hotel should have offered a price reduction to their guests (especially taking account the high room prices), which was not the case. We really felt riped-off when we had to pay the laundry, which was the most expensive laundry in my whole travel life. We paid 24 € for 1 trouser, 1 shirt and 1 underpant (without iron).
All in all we cannot really recommend this accommodation, but we can't either discourage you to choose the Galata Antique. Make your own choice - for us it was something in between 2 and 3 points.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galata Antique Hotel is housed in a beautifully decorated 19th century Neo-Renaissance mansion built by the French–Ottoman architect Alexandre Vallaury. This very welcoming hotel, which is conveniently located in the Tünel Meydani district, a famous bohemian quarter, is an ideal base for visitors wishing to discover the real Istanbul. ... more less
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