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Galata Antique Hotel
Ranked #476 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Bern, Switzerland
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“good situated hotel with borderline price-performance ratio”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

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.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Good location - with a lot of potential.
However our experience was not that positive.
Staff at reception need to brush up on manners ,english & all round service.
We arrived back at the hotel to find our hotel room door was open ( left open after cleaning )
We couldn't get the door to lock - we did get it taken care of eventually with no apology for the fact the door was swinging open all day.
We also had a nasty smell coming out of the drains in our bathroom we alerted reception & they
attempted to fix it with deodorant .This did not help, it got so bad over the next day that we checked out .

Room Tip: If you do decide to stay at this hotel . I recommend staying in the room with the balcony. Its grea...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This lovely boutique hotel is positioned right in the heart of Beyoglu. We stayed here for 4 nights. Our room wasn't massive but it was beautifully decorated and made the most of the space. It was on the first floor and had a wee balcony overlooking the street. It was a nice wee haven to come back to and relax after a day out exploring. The bed was divine. Breakfast was lovely - sweet and savoury options, hot and cold and plenty of it. The rooftop breakfast area was a superb spot with good views. The service throughout our time there was very good. We had no problems at all and loved it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Pros:
Great location close to Taksim square, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Breakfast served on rooftop had great views

Bed was comfortable

Cons:
Overpriced hotel for the deluxe room booked

Serviced by young, inexperienced staff

Breakfast spread was very average

Room was not sound proof, as I could hear the conversations from the room next door especially noise coming in from the bathroom.

Bathroom not well serviced; I needed to request toilet paper (only half a roll was provided on check in day) and a bath towel from the previous guest was left hanging behind the bathroom door. Be prepared to wait a few minutes before you get any hot water.

Would I stay at this hotel again...probably not; could find better value in the same neigbourhood.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is a charming boutique hotel in Beyoglu right near the embassies, fancy hotels and the main shopping street. The staff is helpful and the rooms are immaculate and elegant, if small. The building is a beautiful 19th century townhouse with a Parisian style elevator. The beds and linen is high quality and a box of supplies you might need and fresh slippers are gratis. The roof terrace where breakfast is served has great views and offers cheeses, fruit, cereals, eggs and pastries. Our twin room on the fourth floor was quiet with the AC on and the windows closed. The staff is young and not everyone has perfect English, but they are committed to helping you get around Istanbul and making you comfortable. The transfer from the airport was also a good deal. We thought it was great.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 reviews
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

Galata Antique Hotel is located in a very elegant building in Pera area, near the Tunnel. It's a very nice place to stay with good staff and breakfast served in a pleasent terrace, although the deluxe room I stayed was a little bit too small for the price...
Patricia Gouvêa, Brazil

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, UK
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82 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2012

Brilliant location off Istikal Caddesi ( the main shopping street in the City), in the happening Beyoglu area of Istanbul with great access to local transport networks. Everything is on your doorstep day and night. The whole area had a pleasantly bohemian feel about it. Of course this comes with a certain amount of noise, so you may want to bring ear plugs for night time! Well appointed room recently renovated, but very much on the small side, and the same could definitely be said of the bathroom. But nice extras, and well serviced everyday - and how much space do you need for a long weekend really? The enclosed roof terrace with great views was an excellent bonus,the staff were fine and breakfast was perfectly adequate. Good value for a mid priced accommodation - but be warned - the lift is particularly "authentic" - those of nervous disposition may prefer to take the stairs!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Galata Antique Hotel
Address: Mesrutiyet Street No:119, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #476 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Galata Antique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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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