On a tiny cobblestone cul-de-sac below busy Tünel Square, the hotel’s location is both quiet and convenient, though the emptiness of the nearby streets at night might be a bit off-putting for some.
From the Sultan Room – my favourite – with its marble shower and rich blue wall detailing to the white minimalism of the Zen Room, each room in this restored Ottoman house is completely different, though the bathrooms are generally small. The Red Room at the top of the narrow, creaky spiral staircase is the quietest in the house.
Guests can enjoy a small, leafy urban garden in the front of the building and a roof deck with Bosphorus and Galata Tower views.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast buffet included in the room rate is a cut above and, rather unusually, served at any time of the day you like. There is no restaurant or bar onsite, though plenty of options are just a short walk away outside.
The friendly staff go out of their way to help arrange tours and reservations and offer recommendations of things to do in the city.
Who stays there
Known as a gay-friendly hotel, the Eklektik is popular with couples of all persuasions.
If you’re looking for a longer stay, the owners also have apartments in the same area that can be rented for at least a week by up to four people.
- Culture vultures
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Great breakfast
- Tons of character
- A bit hard to find
- No elevator