My family of 4 stayed for one week at the Galateia Residence and we were all very happy with our experience. The staff was attentive and friendly, the location was great, and the apartment itself was well decorated and spacious. The only reason I am not giving an "Excellent" rating is because of 2 things:
1. It was VERY difficult to find via taxi. Do not expect airport taxi drivers to have any clue where this place is. Getting from Ataturk airport to the residence was the most stressful and unpleasant part of our trip. We ended up having to get out of the taxi in some other part of Beyoglu, in front of a "Galata Residence" (there are 3 or 4 hotels/apartments in the same neighborhood with some variation of Galata in the name) and walk with our heavy bags to the right place. There should be an easier way for Galateia Residence to direct guests arriving via taxi to the right location, for example:
A. In the confirmation email you send to guests when they book a room, tell guests that it is right behind the Swedish Embassy, and right across the street from the German high school.
B. In this same email, provide detailed driving directions in Turkish that guests can print out and give to the taxi driver.
2. The apartment we stayed in, A3, had quite a few fruit flies buzzing around inside. Not a huge deal, but no fruit flies would have made the stay more pleasant.
All in all, a great stay, great atmosphere, and great service at a great price. Fix these 2 minor things that I mentioned and you have 5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galateia Residence - Short Term & Long Term Rental Apartments with one bedroom, two bedroom and duplex options. Located in the heart of the city very close to all attractions in two adjacent original Pera buildings Demiriz & Haci Sayid with a total of 13 apartments.-Luxury bedrooms with 200X200cm king size bed designed for ultimate comfort,-Extra large wardrobes, ironing sets,-Fully equipped kitchen with large refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, cooking and dining utilities,-Bosporus & Old city view stylish living room - CableTV, -Landline phones, -Safe Box,-Free wireless internet connection,-En-suite bathroom, private elegant bath accessories. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Galateia Residence Hotel Istanbul