My partner and I stayed here in early May for 5 nights on the back of all the positive reviews on Tripadvisor and can only say that it was 100% the right decision. Firstly the location which - as others have commented - is ideal , on a quiet and charming road, but within easy walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants and shops. It is easy to get to the old town either on foot if you fancy a leisurely stroll or by tram/funicular. We loved the Old town for sightseeing, but found it could get very crowded so it was always great to come back across the bridge in the evenings and know that in our immediate vicinity we could either have a relaxed evening in a local restaurant or head out for a livelier night out to the nearby bars depending on what we fancied.
In tems of the accomodation itself the photos on the website are a true reflection of the apartments (always a pleasant surprise!) and whilst not huge, the mix of traditional and modern works really well. Dont be put off by the lack of any breakfast offering as there are plenty of cafes on the doorstep. The only very minor (and I do mean minor as it shouldn't deter anyone from staying here) is the soundproofing in the apartments which could be improved. The stairs and apartments have wooden floors which although adding to the charm of the decor doesn't help with the noise levels.
Finally no review of No 59 would be complete without mentioning Zeynep who's welcoming smile and hospitality really makes this place a wonderful place to stay. From giving advice on what to see when, to recommending and booking local restaurants, anything we needed she was on hand.
We would definitely stay here again without any hesitation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serdar-i Ekrem 59 is a small, 5 story building situated in a trendy yet quiet street of Istanbul's Galata, Beyoglu district. The main street (Istiklal Caddesi), main squares (Tunel and Taksim), subway and tram stations are all found in two minutes walking distance. ... more less