As the title suggests you should choose this hotel depending on what your needs/priorities are. In terms of location and surrounding neighbourhood it is truly a well-situated hotel.
Despite the amazing view from my hotel room and the breakfast area, my room had a few problems. It was clearly a part of the terrace that has been converted into a room. It is quite small with a fake ceiling but most importantly a broken A/C unit (taped around the edges to keep it from falling apart) which made it impossible to provide any heat during the cold days while I was there. Also, in the small bathroom the shower doors made it almost impossible to avoid hitting your head before entering.
I did mention these and some other problems to reception and the duty manager. I was surprised they were not aware of them, especially the heating issue. On the last day the whole hotel was out of hot water. Not their fault, but the issue lingered for hours after the electricity outage in the area had been restored.
This is a hotel that was built in the 1880s. It seems that every renovation attempt has touched more the surface rather than the infrastructure and, at least in my room, this was evident.
I can't say I was completely disappointed overall. But one must admit that quite a few boxes need to be ticked for an experienced traveller to return to a hotel. Great breakfast, view and location are not enough to make me want to return in this case, especially in the winter.
Finally, I would also have liked all shifts at reception to speak English at a level where at least basic transportation or area information could be relayed to the guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galata Antique Hotel is housed in a beautifully decorated 19th century Neo-Renaissance mansion built by the French–Ottoman architect Alexandre Vallaury. This very welcoming hotel, which is conveniently located in the Tünel Meydani district, a famous bohemian quarter, is an ideal base for visitors wishing to discover the real Istanbul. ... more less
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