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“Great stay, friendly staff, beautiful aparment” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Galateia Residence

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Galateia Residence
Ranked #601 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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3 reviews
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“Great stay, friendly staff, beautiful aparment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

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.

Thanks,

-Roger Goldberg

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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English first
Geneva, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

My husband and two daughters and I stayed at the Galateia Residence for 3 nights before going sailing in the south. it was excellent on all accounts - clean, spacious (huge actually), great location - and most of all the staff went beyond expectations to help us find restaurants, shops, taxis, etc. Truly one of the most enjoyable and comfortable "hotel" experiences we have ever had. and we travel constantly!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

We stayed in the mezzanine duplex apartment which was the most spacious choice for our family reunion. Our group ranged 0-80 yrs in age arrived on two separate flights at Ata Turk and Sabiha airports, and were all picked up on time by the transport arranged by the hotel. The residence appeared to be fit for all of us! There were two bed rooms and a third double sofa bed in the living room. The self-catering facilities were adequate for cooking any food, and easy access to Istiklal street made shopping, eating and entertainment absolutely easy and fun. All the staff were exceptionally kind and helpful by global standards, specially Nurhan who helped us book transits with spacious and luxury minivans and tours a few times. He even kindly called several pharmacies in town to find the medication we needed on a Sunday, and gave useful instructions about anything we needed. The management was so caring and considerate for the baby and elderly in our group, and let us check-in early and check-out (quite) late at a small extra charge. The apartment was clean and serviced everyday. The location could not be any better. No significant downsides, just that our apartment had no views of the Bosphorus (unlike the other big apartment) and that the sofa bed could have been a little more comfortable. Overall, we had a pleasant stay at Galateia Residence and recommend it to anyone with similar family needs.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

The location is great, with a friendly staff, and great views in the upper rooms. While somewhat difficult to get to by taxi, the location couldn't be more convenient, yet not on the main noisy pedestrian street. Just up the narrow road is one of the most popular pedestrian streets, just down the road is Galata tower. The beds were very comfortable, and having a kitchenette was a great thing. Even in the smaller apartment, there was room for a rollaway bed, so it can easily accommodate 3 or more people. We stayed in the penthouse one night, and it may have been one of the most beautiful views I've ever experienced. 360 degrees of views from Beyoglu.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2012

Loved this residence, took my breath away when I walked into it. I stayed in a two bedroom. The bathroom was gorgeous with a view of the city. I prepared several meals in the kitchen and had friends over for cocktails - it was perfect for entertaining a small group. Service is very friendly and accommodating. One downside - t he gym is a not a gym. It's a bike and yoga mat in the basement. But everything else is perfect. And you can always get a work out coming up those Istanbul hills!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

My wife and I stayed at Galateia Residence (in trendy Beygolu) the first night of our honeymoon.

Though our taxi (45 minute ride in traffic) had some difficulty finding the hotel, the front desk staff graciously met us 1/2 block away and assisted us to the hotel.

Upon checking in, we were informed we had received a complimentary upgrade to a larger apartment on a higher floor. The apartment was splendid and spacious - living room, den, full kitchen, 1 1/2 bathrooms (master had a Jacuzzi), and a lovely bedroom with views of the Bosporus. The hotel is very well located -- it's a half block from the vibrant Istikal Caddesi, but secluded enough that the street noise is non-existent. There are numerous good restaurants and bars nearby, as well as multiple public transit options that are merely steps away.

It was a fantastic experience; our only regret was not staying longer. The staff was excellent, the value tremendous, and the location phenomenal. We'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

we stayed in this hotel for a total of 8 nights, we really enjoyed our stay, i would give a 10 for the very kind staff.. they are very helpful and always happy to help and assist you and give you the best way to go to your destination

the apartment has a great kitche with dish washer and it really helps us as we are 6 people so it was really cheaper for us to use the kitchen facilities to save some money + restaurants are very expensive in istanbul so you really need that kitchen


i would definitly stay there again if i visited istanbl again and i would defo recommend this hotel to my friends

Sultan :)

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank sul m
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Property: Galateia Residence
Address: Sahkulu Bostan Sk, No: 9 - 11 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#172 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#175 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Galateia Residence 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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Galateia Residence Hotel Istanbul

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