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Galata La Bella Hotel
Ranked #394 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Delhi
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

stayed here for a night while transiting between two cities. location isn't that great as its in a narrow street but close to the landmark Galata tower.
Value for money as the service quality is great. Breakfast spread was average. Overall 4/5

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

First off I cannot say enough about how nice the staff was at Galata La Bella. They answered all my questions and were always pleasant to talk to. The hotel is clean and newer looking. They cleaned my room thoroughly every day. The roof is a great place to see the Asian side and the great mosques from a distance as well as where the Golden Horn enters the Bosphorus. The breakfast was plentiful for a continental breakfast. They could use more fruit and more fruit juices but at this price level for a hotel the breakfast was ample.

The location is one of the best attributes to this hotel. Access to two forms of public transportation are with a short walk. The hotel is located about one block from the "Tunel" which is like a subway (metro) with only two stops: this one takes about five minutes to Istiklal Caddesi (Istiklal Avenue) which is not to be missed while in Istanbul. You can also take the Tunel and walk back down to the Galata Tower (go outside the station, take a right and another immediate right to head back the way you came, the tower will be on the right less than 1/4 mile).

If you walk about three blocks you can reach the T1 tram which runs straight into Sultanahmet where the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topaki Palace etc. are. Five to ten minutes. To get to the T1 Line walk in the same direction as the Tunel, only walk a little further and go down the steps that look like your entering a Metro/Subway but in reality you are just passing under the busy intersection, then follow the signs that say "Tramvay". At the tram, the directions are not marked well so remember that the trams follow the same rules as cars, the one on the right will be headed the same direction as a car that is on the right. T1 will also take you very close to but not upto the Dolmabache Palace. Its a short walk from the last station in that direction.

Upon my arrival I got out of the taxi at the major intersection close the hotel Tersan Caddesi and Kemeralti Cadessi... it was a bit confusing to find the hotel because you can't see all the streets that you see on Google Maps but basically from the steps that come up after you leave the T1 line you turn right after you see the Tunel building. I am posting a photo of what the street looks like because the hotel sign is blocked by a larger red sign. Maybe it will help, maybe not, it would have helped me.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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4 Thank Jay B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

It was absolutely great value for money with such a great location of the hotel and excellent service with very friendly and helpful staff. I would like to mention Mr.Younis especially who was extra ordinary and is somebody who goes out of the way for making customers stay hassle free.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Thank Imran J
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

A brief review from us on the Galata La Bella hotel as we only stayed for one night and left before breakfast the next morning.

We chose this hotel due to it's proximity to the attractions in Galata and the food/drink options in the area.

We found the staff to be very helpful in all aspects. The hotel is located off of the main road, up a side street and has some building work around it at the moment. The taxi driver phoned the hotel to question the location and he was directed towards it, then the hotel concierge came to the taxi on the road to collect our bags. The concierge also checked the prive with the taxi driver to make sure it was what we'd agreed and also indicated it was about par for the rate.

We'd arrived pre-check in time and needed a shower/rest after a wedding the previous night in Northern Cyprus, and they were happy to oblige by hurrying the cleaning of a room up so we could check in early.

Upon check out they were efficient and called a cab to take us back to the airport which arrived very quickly. Again, the concierge pre-agreed a price with the cab driver which was similar to the day before so a nice added touch.

As you'll find with a hotel that isn't purpose built, the rooms are compact but ultimately if you're going on holiday to spend time in a room then I think you've missed the point. The bathroom was good, the location of the power sockets was good and the bed was very comfortable.

Yes the lift is small, yes the reception area is also the breakfast area, yes it's off the main road and hidden away a bit, yes there are building works around it but the staff were great and the hotel served it's purpose perfectly. Another plus is the bar/restaurant on the top floor which offers a lovely view of the city.

Would definitely return to the hotel again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank cptscarlett78
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Great, clean hotel in prime location. while the room was not the largest it was big enough, breakfast good and staff helpful. At the top end for what I paid and I found the location so close to the transport hub as perfect

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank MarkMcInnes
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Goa, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

I went for this hotel seeing all the good reviiews on trip advisor when my travel agent suggested it, but if you have stayed in best of hotels around the world this ones is not for you. Your car/coach will never reach this hotel coz its located in a lane which is full with cars parked all the time. We had to drag our baggage to the hotel and my first reaction was OMG where have i landed? It is such a small hotel, starting from the lobby,lift, corridor, room bathroom everything..Its not a 4 star hotel please correct your ratings, the hotel does not even offer daily replenishment of water and tea coffee in the room , no dustbin ibn the living room, one in bathroom was faulty not a 4star hotels standard . A special mention to this gentleman called Farhan at reception who is full of attitude, rude and lacks hospitality being in service industry. He had this grumpy face whenever we met him. other staff were OK. there is no room service, there is construction work going on, the opposite side. Also not to forget the hinges of both the windows in the room that had come off, breakfast was so simple,just oranges in the fruit basket.... I eat better breakfast at my home...... the only plus point was the WIFI, thats all!!!!
Galata La Bella was a major disappointment in my trip!!!!TERRIBLE!!! Will never recommend this to any one. Don't go by their website!!! Not even worth rating !! Worst hotel I have ever stayed in!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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7 Thank SAP777
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Udine, Italy
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

The location is perfect for visit THE city , near the principal tourist attracction and city transport, room Small but Very clean and nice with all confort. The hotel team is most helpful and friendly. Recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Thank Daniel P
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Property: Galata La Bella Hotel
Address: Arapcamii Mah.Erguvan Sok. No:1 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34421, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #394 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Galata La Bella Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in the heart of Istanbul, Galata La Bella Hotel offers deluxe accommodation , the best hospitality and ideal starting for your fascinating explore to Istanbul. Galata La Bella Hotel with the best location offers absolutely stunning view of The Old city and Golden Horn, within walking distance to many attractions including Karaköy Tunnel which is the 2nd oldest metro tunnel of the world, Galata tower, Taksim Square and historical city center Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern or Grand Bazaar ... more   less 
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