On the slopes of old Pera, the Anemon Galata is perched between the Beyoğlu nightlife above and the shores of the Golden Horn – and the Old City across the way – below. Though a character-filled spot, the in-between nature of the location means you’ll be flexing your calf muscles climbing the area’s hills.
Rich crimson drapes and upholstered headboards draw attention in the subtly, but warmly painted rooms, as do the intricately decorated ceilings. For an older building, the bathrooms are decently sized and the beds are comfortable. Rooms facing the square are large, but can be noisy, while those in the back are smaller and quieter.
The large downstairs lobby, with its Art Nouveau-style statuettes, marble stairs, and Queen Anne chairs, is charming, but the rooftop terrace is the real stunner: the Golden Horn gleaming in one direction, the Bosphorus in the other, and the medieval stone Galata Tower looming above, almost close enough to touch.
Eating and drinking
The Pitti Terrace Restaurant on the roof serves Turkish and international dishes, but – aside from the view – it’s nothing to write home about. I recommend having a drink there and then heading out on the town for dinner. The new Sensus Wine and Cheese Boutique in the basement, however, offers a good array of Turkish wines to taste along with selections of regional cheeses.
I found the staff to be a bit brusque and not particularly helpful.
Who stays there
Singles, couples and families.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Great rooftop views
- Lively location
- Some rooms are small
- So-so service