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“Great location, but wouldn't rush back”
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Galata 2 Hotel
Ranked #564 of 1,219 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Great location, but wouldn't rush back”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

This hostel/hotel has the potential to be so much better.

We chose it based on price and location, and the fact it had a rooftop terrace with views to the Bosphorous.

It was difficult to find, taxi driver couldn't find, but after going twice round the block, I spotted it, just off the main street.

The price was good, the location was excellent, 5-10 minutes walk (on a steep hill) from the river and the ferries across to Eminonu and beyond. Close to the Galata Bridge. It was within walking distance of the wonderful Galata Tower, a must for panoramic views of the city.

But we were very disappointed in the room. It had a double bed, but the room wasn't really big enough to accomodate that, leaving no room to even walk around the bed. The foot of the bed was inches from the wall. In order for the person sleeping on far side to get out of bed, they had to do so from nearside, disturbing their partner.

As soon as you walk in the door, the bed is just one step away. There was very little room to lay down your luggage, so you had to use the wardrobe.

Both of us were bitten by bed bugs!

We had a room with an en suite toilet. and a shower, which was totally inadequate, (no shower cabinet = wet bathroom floor) but we were able to use a shared shower facility, located in the corridor.

We never got a good night's sleep due to workmen outside in street who got started work ridiculously early

The breakfast was poor. Basically it was a cold salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumber, a very pink processed looking salami , olives, feta cheese, bread and butter.

We asked for English tea, were told " no, none". This turned out to be incorrect, as we spoke to a lovely English speaking receptionist next day who told us that yes of course we do have English Tea.

We also asked for toast, again, " no, we don't do". So, we made do with bread and butter. The bread was very nice, crusty bread.

We had booked b&b for 4 days, but after 1st day never ate brekafast there again.

There were 6 floors, no lift, and the rooftop terrace was on 7th floor, quite a trek.

The manager who greeted us on arrival was pleasant and smiling, the receptionist girl was an asset to the hotel, very helpful and informative, but the elderly man who served breakfast, spoke little English, could not communicate effectively with guests.

If, No.... When, I return to Istanbul, (as the city is beautiful and deserves a return visit), I may choose this area, but not this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

The location was superb and as we stayed in one of their delux on suite rooms it was lovely with classy decoration. Breakfast was basic but acceptable and the terrace on the roof was worth the stair climb for great views and a chilled out experience. The young and old guys helping with bags and cleaning the rooms were friendly excellent staff.

The shower was a wonderful old vintage design and worked well only they didn't put any hook for the shower head on the wall and you literally had to struggle washing while holding the shower head in one hand, a simple thing but it ruined the luxury of the en suite room for us and took up valuable time trying to shower. Washing hair was actually easier in the sink despite the lovely decoration it annoyingly didn't function, strange eh?!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Staff were friendly, breakfast was good, room looked clean although I did find stains on the bed linen which was a little disconcerting. Overall our stay there was fine, it was a realistic reflection of the price we paid. The only major problem we had was with the toilet (flush didn't work). We reported this on the first day, and it was fixed however the next day it was not working again. When I flushed one time, human faeces started seeping out from under the toilet and from some kind of drain on the floor at the back of the toilet. Although the flush was fixed a couple of times, the human waste remained on the floor for the entire duration of our stay - obviously there is no cleaning routine in place at the hostel, a little worrying considering the toilet and shower we used were communal. This is an issue that urgently needs addressing.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Galata 2 Hotel
Address: Yuksek Kaldirim Cad. Yuksek Kaldirim Cikmazi No: 1 | Karakoy, Istanbul 34000, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #564 of 1,219 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Galata 2 Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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