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Galata Life Istanbul
Ranked #537 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
Manassas, Virginia
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5 reviews
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“Pleasant B&B style hotel in super location”
Reviewed 4 July 2010

After a conference in Assos, Turkey, I had one night to spend in Istanbul. Some Turkish friends at the conference suggest I stay near the Galata Tower rather than (as most tourists do) the Sultanahmet area. Boy, was that a great suggestion. The Beyoglu area consist of narrow streets on a hill filled with interesting shops. Istiklal Street in the evening simply is the place to be--such a festive, enjoyable scene. The hotel is on a small street which forks off of Istiklal. I walked from the hotel to Taksim Square, where there was an outdoor concert. I had dinner at a place recommended by the hotel management called the "Flower Bazaar" (highly recommended). The next morning I walked to Sultanahmet (45 min walk across the Galata Bridge). By the way, my room was ridiculously spacious, every clean, and inexpensive. I would certainly return here if I am fortunate enough to be able to visit Istanbul again.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

In May I visited for the first time Istanbul. It was an unforgettable visit! What made it unforgettable was of course the city, but also my stay in Galata Life. A few words to describe this hotel/restaurant: very nice & helpful young staff (multilingual!), excellent food & drinks (don’t miss their home made lemonade and cookies!), very nice rooms for a very nice price, the owners have done an incredible job turning an old bakery into a very beautiful hotel/restaurant, all the comfort needed (free internet!), very good location (near the Galata Tower, the water and the main shopping street),… I could write a whole page with reasons to stay in GalataLife when you are visiting Istanbul! My only advice is to experience it by your self!
I had such a wonderful time that I’m going back in July to stay there :)

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled on business
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 9 June 2010

Warm atmosphere, very nice rooms, excellent breakfast, a glass of wine under the Galata nightsky on the rooftop terrace and a very warmhearted welcoming - our experience in Glata Life.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 June 2010

After staying in various hostels in the Taksim area, it was a treat to stay at Galata life where I was able to gain some much needed tranquility. Galata life strikes a perfect balance between the hospitality and intimacy of a pension, and the quality and luxury of a hotel. Enjoy traditional Turkish fare with the friendly owners as well as a stunning view of Sultanhamed from one of the rooms. The location is ideal for art and music lovers alike, and is within walking distance or a short subway ride to most of Istanbul's major attractions like the Grand Bazar and the Museum of Modern Art.
This is a comfortable, homey place which offers the traveler respite from Istanbul's sometimes overwhelming crowds. Go there for a meal, or stay a while!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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Property: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #537 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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