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Galata Antique Hotel
Ranked #470 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Derby, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

Great location - easy access to Istiklal Street with lots of bars, restaurants & shops. Also easy access to transport system and all the wonders of this amazing city.
Room was small but we didn't spend much time there - there is so much to see and do outside the room.
Staff were helpful overall recommending great restaurants and the Suleymaniye Hamam, although only one issue - they did promise a larger room which ultimately wasn't delivered because they had received another reservation which apparently took priority over the previous commitment they'd made to us.
Overall though very good.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

The photos of the rooms are misleading as the rooms barely have enough space for a standard double bed. There are no wardrobes and if you sit on the toilet you will have no room for one of your legs. Breakfast was very poor also and you need to be in early before certain things run out. On the plus side it is a very good location, the views from the breakfast area are very nice and the staff are very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Checkmate1
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

We loved the Galats Antique hotel- we had a lovely room and very comfortable bed. The staff were very helpful . The food and service were great and very personal and we had an amazing view from the bedroom . I have stayed in the swissotel the Bosporus 3 times before whilst on business but the Galata Antique measured up well in terms of comfort and service and beat them on the personal level, and also the location making it ideal for a leisure break. The wi fi was patchy on the 4 th floor but fine downstairs. Sometimes breakfast was a bit busy and you had to wait for a table which wasn't ideal but not too much of an issue.

We didn't have any serious issues with noise- you knew you were in the city though. We enjoyed snacks at the small restaurant under the Guinness bar- great food and ambience and also recommend the lentil soup at the small snack bar at the end of the terrace behind the steps. We felt we were turned away from the restaurant opposite ( under the Galata Flats ) for having no reservation, but really because were weren't young or glamorous enough.

The hotel was in a superb location
We negotiated the funicular and the tram to see the sights- very easy, but also managed to get ripped off by a taxi driver on day 1 when we were tired- the trick is when you give then a 50 them pocket it and then swear it was a 5!!
We would definitely stay at the Galat Antique again- great value

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DJL600
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Los Angeles, CA
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

Enjoyed our stay in this historic building. It is really in the middle of a lot of hip bars and restaurants, and just a short walk from Istikal street. Yet we never heard noise from bars and people on the streets. It's tucked away just perfectly. We were upgraded to a suite that had 2 single beds (which they pushed together) because they didn't have a queen room the 1st night we were there. I was a bit annoyed by this, but ultimately, we got a much larger room than we would have otherwise. I've read/saw that many of the rooms are uncomfortably small. It is just steps away from the Sishane metro stop and the tunel funicular that takes you to Tram line 1, so it is easy to get into Sultanahmet (though you do have to change trains). The staff was very helpful and courteous, although I didn't like that the bar on the top floor was never manned. I suppose you could get drinks in the lobby, but there was a bar set up in the terrace that has picture windows overlooking the water, so I'd hate to sit in the lobby when you could be there. Breakfast was great - nice variety and changed a bit daily. I would recommend this place over anywhere in Sultanahmet if walking around fun restaurants and bars and young energy is of value to you. The beds were very comfortable, the bedding was very nice (I'm finicky about quality of bedding and I was very comfortable and satisfied). Also of note, we did not hear any of the Prayers from nearby Mosques. This wasn't an issue at all, but was a huge issue when we stayed in Sultanahmet. Earplugs do NOT make a difference. I slept perfectly without earplugs at Galata Antique and didn't have any problems.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gg47671
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Ok why poor when it is well run, in a great location and clean if a little tired decoratively?

Well ignoring a bout of food poisoning from breakfast one day (avoid fruit and salad!!), the huge draw back was our mattress. It was excruciatingly hard as was the second room we tried.

In fact so uncomfortable was our six night stay that both my wife and I are now spending a greater amount on physiotherapy that we spent staying on the hotel.

I have never experienced such a poor mattress before in this price bracket (a pound a night youth hostel in Thailand circa 1987 was the worst but only just!).

So please change your mattresses dear Galata as this was our only real complaint. Otherwise a solid 4 stars would have been had and more custom coming your way!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mark W
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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Stayed for a night. It's in a good location right next to Istiklal Caddesi for restaurants and shopping; and Tunel for public transportation. It's a short walk to Galata tower. Good breakfast on 5th floor with a view of the city.
Front desk is very friendly but when we called for help because our tv wasn't working,
no one showed up. We had a very small bathroom.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maite l
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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

I had four days in Istanbul in early february...It was amazing... This hotel and its team has been perfect for my trip... The location is the ideal one if you want to visit modern part of Istanbul, or if you want to have party in the so close bar & club... My room was clean & cosy for a low price... To finish, two special mentions... The first one, the city view on galata tower and golden horn while having breakfast at the 5th floor is magical... and breakfast is scrumptious... Second one, the hotel team, always here for you... They're so kind, always ready to help you, don't hesitate to ask them something... Big thanks to them, particulary to Night Shift Reception represented by Vedat and his two young collegues who where so helpful...

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Anna T
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #470 of 1,121 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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