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“Nice, charming old hotel with flaws”

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Galata Antique Hotel
Ranked #494 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Den Haag, Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice, charming old hotel with flaws”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

This hotel is based in an 1881 building in the Galata Part of town, directly on Sishane metrostation and the beginning of Istiklal shopping street to Taksim. It's a classique stately building with small but nicely decorated rooms. Staff is friendly, the breakfast is decent and served on a roof terrace, where you can make friends with the seagulls who are looking for a piece of your food.
There are some flaws too. I had a power breakdown the first morning, so no light or hot water, and subsequently the hot water was off for two days. The friendly staff offered some compensation (fruit basket and free transfer to the airport). One very strange thing was that the door of the shower cabin opened to the inside, so you had to stand close to the wall to close the door. This is even dangerous; suppose you get a fall or a heart attack, then you are locked in.
So, despite the qualities and the beauty of the building, I would recommend another hotel for Istanbul

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Tahoe Vista, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We are staying here for 5 nights and there is constant construction going on day and night, 24 hours, which we were not told about before coming. Even without the construction, I would not recommend this hotel as there is a lot of street noise and it is on a public stairway with music, drums,talking as people go by, although the construction often drowns that noise out. They should be paying us to stay here. The windows don't help keep the noise down at all. The rooms are also very small, though clean, bed is quite hard. Breakfast is fine and staff is nice, but not too understanding about night noise being a major problem. Do not stay here, you will regret it if you want to get a decent nights sleep.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Galata Antique hotel for 4 nights in April of 2012. This is a short block or so off the main commercial drag in Beyoglu, the same distance from the tram that takes you up the big hill, and maybe a half mile from the bridge to the other side of the city.

If you're looking for a conveniently-located place to stay at a reasonably price (includes breakfast!), this is a good hotel for you.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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162 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

This was an uninhabitable hotel. It is nicely decorated and in an interesting part of town but it is uninhabitable. There is no hot water. That is unacceptable. Further, the hotel should have disclosed that there is an active all day and night demolition site next door . Cannot recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Nice hotel in a good location. This is the neighborhood where you should stay. Lots of restaurants and cafes around the corner. Very nice atmosphere. The tunnel is around the corner and gets you to the brides where you can take the tram. The room is rather small but clean and with a good bed and a nice bathroom. Breakfast is on topfloor where you have a view of the city. Very nice. Friendly staff though they failed to get us a table on new years evening, we had to do that ourselves.

Room Tip: Room with a view. Third floor or above.
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Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2012

loud construction site next door with hammering noise all day long
inflexible late-check out policy even during low occupancy time in november
very small attic (premium) room
expensive
great location
clean
nice view from attic room

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 #494 of 1,156 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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