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Galata Life Istanbul
Ranked #553 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Galata Life is in the perfect location to check out tourist attractions like the Galata Tower and Taksim Square, but is also great to just walk around and shop or go out at night. Since it's located over a small cafe/restaurant it has a great breakfast and has a lot of room to just hang around in the afternoon. The staff was so friendly and helpful! We had a few friends come and hang out in the afternoon and they brewed up fresh coffee and tea for us on the house.

Room Tip: The stairs are a bit windy and steep so maybe pick ones on the 2nd or 3rd floor.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

The hotel is located in a beautiful and busy neighborhood, nearby Galata Tower and very close to shops and restaurants. I strongly recommend staying around this area regardless. Room and bathroom were super clean, though no cleaning service appeared throughout our 3-day stay. They might have assumed we should have asked for room to be cleaned, but there was no sign indicating that. Staff friendly and helpful with tips and directions around the city. Free wi-fi and breakfast, though the latter can be improved in quality and quantity by adding simple stuff like fruit, cereal, yogurt and omelets at very low additional cost to make it look a lot better. The fact breakfast is free will make customers appreciate the effort even more. The place has limited number of rooms, it shouldn't be hard to add some value to existing services.
Very positive impression overall though. I recommend it and would also come back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Thank eltrip
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

I've stayed in a few different places in Istanbul and in terms of overall rating, GalataLife is the best one. It's location is great. So close to the tourist places, shopping areas, metro, and bus stations.
The rooms are spacious, there's a roof terrace and a dining area looking onto the street. The staff are so friendly and helpful. I had lunch here too and I enjoyed the food.
When I last visited Istanbul I called into the hotel cafe to have some Turkish tea and snacks.
Great value for money, I recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Thank ruskie5
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

When my family came to visit me, we stayed at this hotel for four nights. We loved it! The breakfast is delicious (nutella, eggs, tomatoes, jam, toast and more- yum!), the rooms are spacious, the people working in the cafe downstairs are helpful and friendly and the location cannot be beat! The hotel did not have an elevator, so the man working at the desk carried our HEAVY luggage up three flights of stairs without even being asked. They stored our luggage at no additional charge for several nights while we traveled to other parts of Turkey and then carried it up to our room again when we returned- as I said before, amazing service! And finally, the price simply cannot be beat. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank katieinistanbul
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Stay here if you are in Istanbul! Great neighborhood near all the nightlife on the European side of the city! The rooms are clean, the service is great and the food is great! Next time I'm back in Istanbul I'm staying here for sure!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alicia Z
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We had a wonderful two night stay at Galata Life. The location was convenient and colourful and the staff speak excellent English. Our room was spacious and clean. The terrace had a nice view. Breakfast was good and served whenever you wake up. Amazing coffee! A great way to end our one month tour of Turkey. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alison R
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Galata Life is a small, family ran business which offers visitors - in my opinion - the best opportunity to experience the "real" Istanbul, with it's bustling narrow streets, vibrant music scene and wonderful street food. I've been to bigger, fancier hotels in my previous visits to this beloved city (my mother's hometown...), but never felt so close to being a local before. There are only 5 rooms here. The one we were in - a 4 bedrooms suite named Topkapi, if I'm not mistaken - was facing the street, which we liked very much, and yet quiet enough to allow for a good night's sleep. The room was quite simle - no fancy furniture or decoration - but very spacious, well lit and clean. The owners, a young couple, were lovely and helpful. Thank U2 for their 2010 Istanbul show, allowing us to experience Galate Life in the full.

Room Tip: Topkapi room - spacious and lovely
  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank galiavu
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Additional Information about Galata Life Istanbul

Address: Galipdede No 75 Galata | Karakoy Galata, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #553 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £29 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Galata Life Istanbul 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the heart of Istanbul, Galata Life Istanbul takes you on an unforgettable journey where the sense of hospitality is hold on a high esteem. Our commitment to provide a friendly yet discreet service, makes sure that you feel home in an impeccable ambiance where the orient meets the Occident. Featuring just 5 guest rooms, this cosy boutique hotel distinguishes itself thanks to its small size and individual design. Each guest room is named and dedicated to the most important sightseeing attractions of Istanbul, creating a sophisticated yet inviting and relaxing spirit. Evoking a home like atmosphere, the sense of harmony and intimacy is created by the careful selection of harmonious colours and materials in the interior design.. In walking distance from the most important museums and sight seeing attractions, such as the world renowned Galata Tower and Sultanahmet district, the city is right underneath your doorstep. Next to the most famous artistic district "Tunel" in Taksim with its celebrated bars and restaurants. During the warm season, the fabulous terrace, overlooking the Galata Tower and Hagia Sophia, provides the perfect way to start into the day. For breakfasts, brunches, lunches, coffee breaks and light dinners, you are more than welcome to take a culinary journey at our restaurant offering Turkish specialties and international cuisine. ... more   less 
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