Galata Antique Hotel

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Address: Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 119, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 34430, Turkey

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.7

Friendly, family-run boutique hotel in an old Ottoman French mansion.

Designed by the same famous architect who built the [node:123090], 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.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Nightlife

Pros & Cons

  • Historical building
  • Central location
  • Some rooms are quite basic
  • Neighbourhood can be loud
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