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Galata Antique Hotel
Ranked #511 of 1,175 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Beautiful hotel in beautiful part of istanbul. Surrounded by restaurants and bars and the Oxford street of istanbul nearby. Easy walking distance to all main sights. Staff very helpful and they gave all the women a red rose on valentines day which was a lovely touch. I could see galata tower from our balcony. Breakfast was delightful- continental with hot food to order and lots of Turkish cuisine. The breakfast room had views over the whole city. Spectacular. Definitely worth it for a special occasion!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

A charming hotel with a friendly staff and excellant quality of services.
The hotel is ideally located close to the funicular and Pera and Beyoglu districts, and also a 15-minute walk from Taksim Square or a 5 min walk from Galata Tower.
Not to forget the magnificent panorama of the breakfast rooftop room, which allows to contemplate many of the touristic sights to see in the city.

Room Tip: There is only one room with a balcony, if you're lucky you may be able to have it...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

When we arrived for our honeymoon, we were given 2 twin beds -- which was not what we reserved. They found us another room relatively quickly. The room was large, but had very, very dirty/dingy carpets. With the exception of one very nice staff member, most of the staff spoke limited English so communication was a challenge.

The free breakfast was pleasant, however drinks available for purchase -- that should be cold (i.e. beer) were warm.
Restaurant recommendations were VERY pricey.

During an evening of loud protests in the area tear gas was used -- the staff was VERY unhelpful. They did not come and check on guests to explain what was happening (i.e. keep your windows shut). Nor did they offer any food or water to guests who were stuck in the hotel. We left the next day, not out of concerns for our personal safety but out of frustration with the hotel.

The location can't be beat (unless protests break out) but that's really the main attraction in our opinion.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

The hotel is incredibly well located to explore the city for first timers (which we were).

Rooms are well laid out and efficient. Bathrooms are clean. Views are interesting. Tilt and turn windows which operate perfectly well and allowed for fresh air while sleeping.

But above all this, the value of the hotel comes with the great disposition of the staff was. Everyone in reception was incredibly helpful, respectful and friendly, and Burak made our breakfast a great experience, in a terrace with a great view of Galata tower, and the Golden Horn.

We will certainly come back!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Great location - easy access to Istiklal Street with lots of bars, restaurants & shops. Also easy access to transport system and all the wonders of this amazing city.
Room was small but we didn't spend much time there - there is so much to see and do outside the room.
Staff were helpful overall recommending great restaurants and the Suleymaniye Hamam, although only one issue - they did promise a larger room which ultimately wasn't delivered because they had received another reservation which apparently took priority over the previous commitment they'd made to us.
Overall though very good.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

The photos of the rooms are misleading as the rooms barely have enough space for a standard double bed. There are no wardrobes and if you sit on the toilet you will have no room for one of your legs. Breakfast was very poor also and you need to be in early before certain things run out. On the plus side it is a very good location, the views from the breakfast area are very nice and the staff are very helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We loved the Galats Antique hotel- we had a lovely room and very comfortable bed. The staff were very helpful . The food and service were great and very personal and we had an amazing view from the bedroom . I have stayed in the swissotel the Bosporus 3 times before whilst on business but the Galata Antique measured up well in terms of comfort and service and beat them on the personal level, and also the location making it ideal for a leisure break. The wi fi was patchy on the 4 th floor but fine downstairs. Sometimes breakfast was a bit busy and you had to wait for a table which wasn't ideal but not too much of an issue.

We didn't have any serious issues with noise- you knew you were in the city though. We enjoyed snacks at the small restaurant under the Guinness bar- great food and ambience and also recommend the lentil soup at the small snack bar at the end of the terrace behind the steps. We felt we were turned away from the restaurant opposite ( under the Galata Flats ) for having no reservation, but really because were weren't young or glamorous enough.

The hotel was in a superb location
We negotiated the funicular and the tram to see the sights- very easy, but also managed to get ripped off by a taxi driver on day 1 when we were tired- the trick is when you give then a 50 them pocket it and then swear it was a 5!!
We would definitely stay at the Galat Antique again- great value

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Galata Antique Hotel

Address: Mesrutiyet Street No:119, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #511 of 1,175 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £40 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Galata Antique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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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