My husband and I recently did a multi city trip throughout Europe for our anniversary and chose Istanbul as our destination for 5 days. We were a bit surprised to see how expensive hotels in Istanbul were and stumbled upon this apartment style hotel in Turkey Travel Planner. What a great find!
To be as accurate as possible, I will say we did start off a bit rocky because the service we used from Backpackers International transportation could not find this place. The hotel can be hard for some taxis/drivers to find so you MUST indicate to them to take you to the top of Tunel at Istikal and drive down by the Swedish embassy. If you choose Galateia, I recommend getting very detailed directions from them to have ready for your cabdriver before you arrive. The location is SO central and in the fun, always jumping Beyoglu district. We are a couple in our early 30's and this was such a vibrant neighborhood at night --all the action happens on the side streets! However, the hotel is nicely located on a quiet street.
We stayed in a Junior Deluxe apartment that is on the website and all I can say is that it looked even better in person. It was such a "pretty apartment" and had wonderful amenities--spotless kitchen, nice flat screen tv, a dining room area. I can only think of a couple of drawbacks: you could hear some of the noise from the apartment upstairs (some footsteps but minimal)/ And a minor one--is I wish there had been a tv in the bedroom.
What sets this place apart though is the spectacular , 5 star service you get from the hotel manager Yuksel and one of the front desk managers, Barbaros. Fantastic, cordial, accommodating and quick to respond to your requests. Yuksel--thank you for the wonderful treat to help us celebrate. The cakes were divine!
We highly recommend this hotel--it gives you the sense of home in a peaceful street with the proximity to everyday life in Turkey. We would return without a doubt.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Galateia Residence Hotel Istanbul