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Nidya Hotel Galataport
Ranked #322 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Okay if you get a great rate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 3 days at a rate of about $150/night. At that price it was decent but not a good deal by any stretch of the imagination. Nice enough people at the front desk, but English is not very strong (of course, it was better than my Turkish, so I shouldn't complain!). They have "spa" facilities on the first floor that are free to guests if you make a reservation. Basically, they have a sauna, shower, and small hammam. They offer massage, etc. for a fee and maybe if you pay for these expensive services they pay attention to you, otherwise the woman that staffed the desk couldn't be bothered to look up from her newspaper. Her English was limited to a dismissive "go there, go there" and a wave of the hand when we asked how to use the facilities (do we change there? what do we change into? is the sauna unisex or coed? exactly what do you do in the hammam?). She couldn't be made to engage us in any kind of exchange; we tried to figure it out on our own and then just left. Very frustrating. they give you a free bottle of water on arrival. Don't expect anything after that. Breakfast is fine. The "bistro" on the terrace doesn't serve food...
All in all, a decent room (VERY comfortable bed) in an okay location, but nothing special.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Tombstoner
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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844 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

The hotel Nidya is relatively new hotel. The taxi driver who took me there from the Ataturk airport stated that it was only five months old, which one of the guys in the reception confirmed. The hotel is located down hill from the Taksim Square. The Taksim Square is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network. The hotel is situated near the water not far from the Modern Art museum. The location is actually quite nice because it gives you good possibilities to walk to many sites.

I arrived just after sundown and the drive from the airport took close to one hour due to rush hour, it can actually take up to two hours if everything goes wrong. The taxi driver was a nice guy who knew the city after more than 28 years of driving in Istanbul. He asked me to code the phone number of the hotel, so he could be sure to find the hotel straight away.

The hotel had a nice appearance and I was received by a bell-boy at the entrance. He took my bag and guided me to the reception where my reservation already was ready. I was told that I was given an upgrade and I was given a room on fifth floor facing the road and the water, which turned out to bed great the following morning.

The room was well designed in soft colors and lightwood everywhere. There was a closet just at the entrance with a safe and morning robe. The room was fairly large and it felt really well entering it. I liked the design that felt light, bright and relaxing. The colors were used well with the lightwood and dark brown curtains and beige bed cover. There was a nice long desk a flat screen on the wall. There was a nice bench to put the suitcase and there was a fridge with some cold drinks that could come in handy. The bathroom was nice with a modern design in all the appliances.

I arrived pretty late at the hotel and I was getting hungry so I decided to eat at the hotel instead of trying to find a restaurant. The restaurant turned out to be pretty okay. I ordered a tomato and cheese salad and some kebab and a bottle of local white wine and all was pretty. The following day I had lunch there where they served a buffet and that was also good. The food prices were fair and even the wine in the restaurant was really cheap. The only thing that surprised me negatively was the price for a gin & tonic in their bar, which was too steep.

When I left I was pretty sad I had not decided to stay a bit longer in this place because it was a nice hotel and the surroundings were really nice. It was close to the water and some nice museums.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nidya Hotels G, Yönetici at Nidya Hotel Galataport, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear Chokk

For your stay in our hotel and thank you very much for your constructive comment. Next time we are also honored to welcome you in our hotel.

Most sincere regards,

Emre TUVAN
Operation Manager
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Zagreb, Croatia
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109 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

I stayed here for a week during April and overall I was quite satisfied with the hotel. The prices are good compared to other less attractive properties in Istanbul, and the location is close to all the interesting spots, meaning that you need to rely minimally on taxis/public transport.

The staff is very frienldy and helpful! The always did everything they could to help and I really felt satisfied with the level of service.

On the other hand there are also a few downsides. First of all, when we arrived we were told we were upgraded to superior rooms for free. This sounded great until we realised the room was on the first floor facing the busy street. We couldn't sleep that night so we asked to be downgraded back to a standard room facing the back, whcih turned out to be much better.

Also, there is no ventilation in the bathrooms. This is strange because this is a newly built hotel and I would immagine ventilation is a standard. The bathroom was constantly damp, but it was livable.

Also, there are very few towel racks and coat hangers, making it difficult to be organised. This is easily fixed though. The pillows are a catastrophe.

The TV offers almost only turkish language channels and the hotel IPTV system is very limited, and doesn't seem to be functioning properly.

My main complaint about this hotel is the poor management of the roof garden. There is a beautiful roof garden on the 8th floor with a stunning view of the city. If they asked me, I would concentrate most of the hotel's activities up there. On the contrary, we were able to have a served drink up there only once for an entire week! All the other times they used excuses like "rainy weather", etc. which was not the case. Also, the hotel breakfast finishes at 10, and the terrace is open only from 11, meaning that if you want to enjoy the view you have to sit arround in the hotel for an hour. It's almost as if they are discouraging guests to use this great facility!

Other than that I can say the hotel is a good value for money and would recommend it - but probably for a shorter stay.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

It is a very kind and nice hotel with friendly staff. Unfortunately the first room we had was room 614 and that was a very small room, also it was very hot in the room and the air condition couldn't go lower. So we did the window open but there was a lot of noise. We went back to the reception and told our problem, they apologized and we got a other room. This room was perfect! The rest of our stay was perfect also the breakfast was delicious! .

Stayed March 2014
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Izmir, Turkey
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

Everything was nice except that our room was at the back side facing the cafe/bar so we had all the smoke and noise all day. Since the weather was rainy the whole time, they didn't open the top of it and the A/C in the room was not working because it was in the winter mood when it was 18 degrees outside. So we had absolutely no fresh air and even the hall was cooler than our room. Other than that, very good breakfast!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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2 Thank gulfff
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Nidya Hotels G, Yönetici at Nidya Hotel Galataport, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Gulff
First of all we would like to thank you for your comments. All comments help us to see what we need to improve. We pay much attention on our guest’s comments. You’ve stayed in a room facing with Garden Cafe. This unit of the hotel is the only place where our guests can smoke. It has a collapsible ceiling system. Opening the ceiling is the subject of weather conditions. Central AC system’s temperatures are set to 19’ for the summer season and 25’ for the winter season. We would appreciate if you could contact with the reception regarding that issue. We would love to do our best to fix it. We would love to give you a different side of room for your next visit.
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

We went there for 1 week and it was the best hotel we have booked until now in Istanbul.
The staff provided the best service for us, particularly Mr Okan and Mr Yunus at the reception. The rooms are clean and everything is new. There is a nice smell in the whole building all the time, it made us feel like home.
We had no view from the window but it was not a problem because the city facilities were near the hotel (Tophane and Findikli tramway stops are at about 200 meters)
No comment on the breakfast buffet: It was delicious!!
Thank you Nidya Hotel, we will certainly come back soon :-)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Funda D
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Nidya Hotels G, Yönetici at Nidya Hotel Galataport, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Mrs. Funda

First of all, thank you very much for staying in our hotel.This beautiful wishes the whole team were shared with friends.We hope to see you in Nidya Hotel Galataport again.
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London, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

Incredible great service. Big thank you to the reception staff for their welcoming and all the help. Had a great stay and would be glad to come back.

Room was a very good size, spacious. Clean and tidy. Not any complaints.

Just one wish is to make more of the breakfast choices and not to ask for payment for natural juices.

Great location of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Molodaya
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Nidya Hotels G, Yönetici at Nidya Hotel Galataport, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Molodaya,
Thank you for leaving your valuable comments on the site. We shared them with our team. We kindly like to mention that we serve over than 50 kinds of food every morning in our breakfast buffet. We will do our best to make it more various as you requested. We also serve orange juice at the breakfast buffet but some freshly squeezed juices are extra like in all other hotels. Glad to see you again in our hotel.
Kind regards

Emre TUVAN
Operation Manager
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Property: Nidya Hotel Galataport
Address: Meclisi Mebusan Caddesi, No:21 | Tophane, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #322 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Nidya Hotel Galataport 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nidya Hotel Galataport, is an excellently located 4 star Hotel in the golden horn part of Istanbul , with 120 rooms, suited for nearly all purposes. The hotel has a strong commitment to providing the best service possible, and ensuring the satisfaction of their guests.Whether you travel for business or leisure, Nidya Hotel Galataport offers a level of service and recognition that will help you make the most of every moment, ensuring a stay that is nothing short of unforgettable. After you immerse yourself in the Nidya Hotel Galataport experience once, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else.Nidya Hotel Galataport is as ideal for the leisure visitor seeking to enjoy the delights of Istanbul as it is for the business executive. Situated in the old city , this hotel offers guests very unique accommodation, the perfect balance between traditional comfort and the latest facilities.The management and staff of Nidya Hotel Galataport resolutely strive to make all guests feel at home. Upon entering this magnificent hotel, you will see that hospitality is top of the list, with true commitment to service being a priority.Nidya Hotel Galataport is a 120 rooms situated in the Tophane district, in the center of old Istanbul. The hotel is astonishing in its simple elegance, uncluttered, functional and comfortable spaces which are distributed over six floors.Various services are available to ease your stay in Istanbul, whether you travel alone or as a family, occasionally or regularly, for leisure or business purposes.But this service is not limited to hotel amenities alone.Our entire team is able to provide you with information about the museums and monuments in the vicinity of the hotel. We will also advise you on the best places to dine, go out or shop.Simply let the hotel staff know and they would be happy to arrange everything for you! ... more   less 
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