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
- 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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