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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Historical building
- Central location
- Some rooms are quite basic
- Neighbourhood can be loud