Galata Antique Hotel
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 119, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34430
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Nightlife
Expert review of Galata Antique Hotel
Designed by the same famous architect who built the Pera Palace Hotel, the century-old stone mansion that houses the Galata Antique was originally the winter residence of a French Levantine family. Though it’s no longer luxurious, I find it offers a taste of old Pera character at much cheaper prices.
Just steps down from busy Tünel Square, the hotel offers an excellent base for exploring Beyoğlu, though with proximity to the action comes the risk of noise, especially on the weekends.
The last time I visited, I found the most basic of the hotel’s 23 rooms to be simple and clean, if a bit musty. The deluxe rooms are significantly nicer, with mirrors framed in the original moulding and soft canopy-draped beds. They’re also the quietest.
The tiny entry makes an impression with its bright Art Deco ceiling and paintings of old Istanbul scenes hanging high on the walls. I also like the lobby lounge with its high-backed upholstered chairs and wall light fittings; it feels little changed from Beyoğlu’s first heyday in the late 1800s.
Breakfast is included in the room price and served on the terrace. Though the hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant, I don’t think that’s much of a hardship with a café next door, Miss Pizza – one of the city’s best – directly across the street, and the neighbourhood’s many eateries and bars mere steps away.
This family-owned hotel operates in a casual, friendly style. Staff are good about helping to arrange excursions and answering questions about the city.
Solo travellers, couples and families.
Spring for one of the newly remodelled superior or deluxe rooms if you can, and ask about a discount of up to five per cent for cash payment.
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- Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 119, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34430
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service