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“Excellent hotel to discover Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of SuB Karakoy

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SuB Karakoy
Ranked #34 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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“Excellent hotel to discover Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

Great location, great & friendly staff, original breakfast and nice rooms. This hotel was the perfect stop to discover Istanbul and we recommend it.

It is very close the Tram (couple minutes) and 30m walk from the old city center for the visit. At the same time you can walk to Taksim and the more modern part of Istanbul.

Don't hesitate it's great!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

Excellent location, near to a tram and within walking distance to many of the cities attractions, very helpful and friendly stuff, great breakfast in a cosy lounge, nice modern decorated room. It helped us to enjoy Istanbul even more, hope to be back soon!

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

The design of the rooms are splendid. Very pleasantly designed even an ipod/iphone dock is available. Hotel is in a perfect location, very close to several interesting neighbourhoods and transportation (tram and buses), but not so crowded or noisy. the bed is very very comfortable and clean.
The downstairs cafe 'via vai' is so stylish and cosy you may not need to go anywhere else. Breakfast is great and also the staff is very friendly and helpful. Will stay again as soon as possible definitely recommended !!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

I will come back. For sure.
If I think of Istanbul I think of this beautiful hotel. You will enjoy your stay. If you want to stay in a beautiful boutique hotel: choise SuB.
Efe and his lovely team are really smart, nice and they will help you with all their support.

  • Stayed March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

This Hotel is located in Istanbul's old town, very close to the waterfront of the Bosporus. From the outside it is rather inconspicuous. The staff is extraordinary friendly, and there is a personal welcome from the hotel manager including an invitation to coffee or tea. The lounge as well as the rooms are designed very charming and appealing. The hotel is very clean and the breakfast is lovely prepared. The price is for the location very fair and the staff is extremly friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

We liked the SuB hotel, and certainly found it to be pleasantly good value for €99/nt including breakfast. That said, it's certainly not perfect... but we'll come to that.
Pros
1. Very good location. Actually, there's nothing immediately around the hotel, but a 10 minute walk up the (steep) hill takes you to Beyoglu/Taksim for some of the best shopping, drinking & dining in Istanbul. For the tourist sites of the old town, the tram stop is a 2 minute walk & then 10 minutes (and 3YTL) later you are at any of the main attractions in Sultanahmet. Having stayed in Sultanahmet on all my previous visits, it was nice to NOT stay there on this visit, & see something other that the touristy part of Istanbul.
2. Modern & fresh interior design. The hotel only opened in early 2012 (a converted office tower) and so right now, the decor is very fresh & edgy (of course, let's see how it ages!) NOTE, the standard rooms are really quite small
3. Everything included (wifi & breakfast). The breakfast is as good as you would expect for €99/nt. Not bad, but not fabulous.
4. The service was excellent. The staff on the front desk & in the restaurant were consistently very friendly & helpful.

Cons
1. OMG, it's NOISY! I can't believe that no-one has mentioned this. It's on a main road... the double-glazed windows help to keep the noise down, but with that amount of traffic (incl trucks & buses), there is still plenty of noise in the room. PLUS, there is a mosque directly across the road, so you will be woken by the (very loud) call to prayer at 5.30am. PLUS, we could hear every single word the two German girls in the next room were saying. There was no sound proofing between our rooms. Admittedly ours was an "adjoining" type room, so maybe the door didn't insulate as well as a wall?? Regardless, the first night, we barely slept, the second night, with ear plugs, we slept better but were still awoken a number of times by noise.
2. The sheets were pretty low grade. They felt cheap & cotton-polyester.
3. They say, "they don't recommend that you drink the tap water", yet there is no complimentary tap water in the room & only option is to drink the water from the minibar.
4. The drain in our shower was quite blocked so we had to keep our showers short to avoid the shower tray overflowing.

We wanted to love SuB hotel. A nice looking, affordable & well located hotel in one of our favourite cities; but we use "sleep quality" as a key indicator of overall satisfaction with a hotel... and in that regard, SuB Hotel is a "fail". And that's a shame.

Would i stay again? I haven't decided yet. Maybe if I could talk to them about my noise concerns & find out which are the quietest rooms (we were on the first floor - maybe higher is better?). But for sure, if i did stay again, I'd bring ear plugs!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

The staff was exceptional and ready to help in anyway...both in and outside of the hotel.

The reception and common eating area is extremely pleasant. It was a joy to eat breakfast there or have an afternoon tea/coffee.

The rooms are modern in terms of decoration and design, but ours was bit on the small side. We had small luggages therefore it wasn't an issue, but I imagine it could be if we were visiting for a longer time with bigger bags.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: SuB Karakoy
Address: Necatibey Cad. No: 91 | Karakoy, Istanbul 34425, Turkey (Formerly Portus Hotel Karakoy)
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Karakoy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #34 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — SuB Karakoy 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Given the boggling variety of architectural and design styles that crowd the eye in Istanbul, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to find the industrial-chic SuB Hotel in Karaköy (née Galata), the ancient commercial and cultural core of the city. And yet, let’s be honest: it is a bit of a surprise. SuB Hotel, quirky capitalization and all, looks more like a place you’d find in Greenpoint (Brooklyn) or Neukölnn (Berlin) than in the oldest part of one of history’s great crossroads of civilizations. ... more   less 
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