We loved staying at the Anemon Galata, right next to the Galata Tower built by the Genoese in the late 13th / early 14th centuries. The area around Galata - adjacent to Pera and greater Beyoglu - is full of design shops, cafés, little boutiques. Istiklal Caddesi, the main boulevard, is a few blocks away. Cihangir and its interesting yet dramatically overpriced antique shops is not too far away. From the hotel you can walk down to the Galata Bridge in a leisurely 15 minutes. A taxi ride from Ataturk Airport (IST) should cost no more than USD 25.
It's all very touristy but, then again, tourists aren't usually keen on shopping for lighting fixtures and hardware when on holiday. (You can source those items within a block of the hotel too.)
The Turkish breakfast was excellent and generous. (Beware those spicy green peppers!)
We were upgraded to an executive suite, which was about 40 square metres, with a grand view of Galata Tower. For a four-day stay we really couldn't complain. The tariff of USD 165/night in any event was fair - even if we had the 20 sq. m. room which we had paid for. Istanbul hotels are generally as expensive as those in Barcelona meaning they aren't cheap.
Seeing as the hotel wasn't that busy on the Monday, the front desk kindly allowed us to keep the room till 16:30 for a nominal fee, which we appreciated very much since our flight home did not depart till 19:30. (Leave yourself a full three hours to get to IST from the hotel because of frequent traffic and possible, long queues at security upon entering the airport at the Departures level, not to mention Immigration and a second Security check.)
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- Also Known As:
- Anemon Galata Istanbul
- Anemon Galata Hotel Istanbul