We booked through booking.com on arrival we realized that we had booked and prepaid for the dates we thought, but for the next month! The hotel staff were very professional and because they had space they said they could of course honor our booking and prepayment then instead. Great service throughout our stay. When we were there on Saturday night, as we gathered regularly happens, there were riots in Taksim Square and tear gas in the streets. We felt very safe in the hotel and my only complaint, which is not the fault of the hotel, but something to be aware of is that as some tear gas was released on the street the combustion smell did enter the room a bit. This is something that I'm sure any hotel in Beyoglu must deal with and it still appears to be the best place to stay. The other thing is that a bar across the street can sometime play loud music until 12 or 1 am, this did not matter much for us and the hotel windows are thick, but you may want to request a room on a high floor or interior facing. The hotel staff were very kind and helped us to figure out everything we needed, even those who did not speak much English went out of their way to be accommodating to us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stories Hotel Karakol is an exquisite Istiklal Street hotel within walking distance of tram stations and Taksim Square. Stories Hotel Karakol is in a building of lovely French architecture that dates back to the early 1900s. It has been recently renovated to improve its infrastructure without losing its historic charm. Among the modern additions are an up-to-date fire alarm system, video surveillance security, and free wireless internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stories Apart Karakol Hotel Istanbul