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“Breakfast with friends”
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Noble House Galata
Ranked #283 of 1,218 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Vancouver, BC
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Breakfast with friends”
Reviewed May 23, 2008

This gay-owned, gay-run guest house should probably be billing itself as "straight-friendly"! During my 10-day stay the people who shared the amply-laden communal breakfast table included gay, lesbian and straight couples, as well as a scattering of single gay men. They came from France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Israel, possibly elsewhere as well, and (in my case) Canada. Joining the guests at the breakfast table were the owner and his partner who live relatively nearby and the young manager (the flirtaious and endlessly helpful Selcuk) when he came on duty. (On the subject of breakfast, the constantly replenished table included eggs, cheeses, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, fruit (stawberries that taste like strawberries) fresh bread, simit (enjoy), sweet butter, honey soaked jams, thick cream (Clotted?) floating in honey, cake, Turkish Delight(!), grilled cheese and tomato slices, tea, coffee, and juice, and things I have probably forgotten. The only thing missing was yoghurt and when I think of it, had I asked they probably would have served it to me the next day. And breakfast was when you wanted it, although I doubt if many guests got up really early.) Did I mention how friendly a place this is? I should also mention how pleasant, helpful, friendly and attentive all the young staff were. Although only a small establishment, the rooms are spacious (and mine was one of the smaller rooms I think) and well appointed. The location - truly only minutes from the unending pleasures of Beyolgu - is unbeatable, yet still quiet (if you ignore the occassional dog barking, chicken clucking, and cats noisely mating). For those who, like me, enjoy walking, almost everything you might want to see in the historic parts of Istanbul can be reached on foot. Or if, again like me, you enjoy the economy and egalitarianism of public transit, then everything you might need - funicular, tram, ferry, bus and soon a new Metro line - is close by. A review without a caveat would be suspicious. My only reservation would be that my perfectly OK room (the misnamed Retro Room) lacked the pizazz of some of the other rooms but a lot of paint would soon fix that! And, oh yes, the wireless internet connection was more than a bit wobbly. I had a great time.

  • Liked — location, staff, atmosphere
  • Disliked — inconsistent wireless connection
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled solo
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2007

I travel to Istanbul often for business and after a few missteps at the business hotels, I began staying at the Eklektik. Now, I cannot imagine staying anyplace else. The location is great, the rooms are adorable, and the owners and staff are the absolute best. Everyone is so helpful and they make your stay easy and pleasant. It is like a home away from home.

  • Liked — The amazing service
  • Disliked — wireless internet access is only ok, but still acceptable.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
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London
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2007

This is a beautiful hotel. The owner is a very funny flamboyant guy, very nice and hospitable.

The hotel is right in the middle of the historic centre of Istanbul. Each room in the hotel has unique feature and theme, the room we stayed was the Lavender room, all purple and every detail is thought of very well including fresh Lavender floors in the room to Lavender bathroom towels.

It is clean and room service is simply 10 out of 10.

I have travelled many places and stayed 5 star hotels, I would definitely give this hotel a 5 star.

If you get a chance, ask the owner,who take pride in making sure the guest are very happy, to give you tips.

10 out of 10 from me and Marco!

  • Liked — The rooms are beautifully decorated.
  • Disliked — The front entrance is dirty because pass buyers chuch rubbish but the owner cleans it 3 times a day.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kamal33
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2007

Terrific place, wonderful people, great location. One gripe? The path leading up to the front door looks very dodgy and dirty. It seems as though it would be a simple matter to tidy this up and make it look as inviting as the rest of the place truly is. I can't recommend the place highly enough, otherwise.

Stayed September 2007
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Property: Noble House Galata
Address: Serdari Ekrem Cad. Kadri Bey Cikmazi No:4 Galata, Istanbul 34420, Turkey (Formerly Eklektik Guest House)
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #283 of 1,218 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Noble House Galata 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The typical European Istanbul building of 1890s is originally converted into a 8-room hotel with different themes in each room. At Noble House, the modern comfort is united with a personal welcome feeling. Being in the very center of the city, it is conveniently located close to the major tourist attractions, shopping area and nightlife. ... more   less 
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Eklektik Guest House Hotel Istanbul

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