Eklektik Guest House

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Address: Kadri Bey Çikmazı No. 4, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 34420, Turkey

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.1

Highly individual accommodation in a quiet corner of Beyoğlu.

Whoever named this hotel “eclectic” wasn’t kidding: its individually themed rooms range from all red to all black, and from ornate to almost empty. All that character – and the friendly staff – give the Eklektik a real home-away-from-home feeling. To me, it’s a guest house in the truest sense of the word.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Nightlife
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Great breakfast
  • Tons of character
  • A bit hard to find
  • No elevator
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