Germir Palas Hotel

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Address: Cumhuriyet Caddesi No. 7, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 34437, Turkey

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

Cosy boutique hotel at the centre of the action.

Though it’s easy to miss amid the glut of hotels in the Talimhane district behind bustling Taksim Square, the warm retro style at the Germir Palas sets it apart for me from the impersonal accommodations offered at most of its high-rise neighbours. The atmosphere incorporates art nouveau, baroque, and Ottoman elements and hearkens back to a time of doffed caps and parasols.

Location
4.6
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Eating/drinking
3.6
90%
Leisure facilities
3.5
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.6
90%
Bedrooms
3.8
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

On a busy street in Beyoğlu, just steps away from one of the city’s biggest transit hubs and the start of one of its liveliest nightlife and shopping districts, the Germir Palas is also extremely convenient for airport transfers as the main airport shuttle service drops off and picks up right across the street.

Bedrooms

Comfortable, if a bit old-fashioned, with dark wood, Victorian-style floral wallpaper, and paintings hanging over the beds, the hotel’s 49 deluxe guest rooms are essentially identical. Almost half are reserved for non-smokers on non-smoking floors. Rooms in the back (facing Lamartin Caddesi) are quieter, while upper-story rooms facing Cumhuriyet Caddesi have views over Taksim Gezi Park and (from the top floor) the Bosphorus.

Public areas

Breakfast is served on a casual open-air rooftop terrace with a Bosphorus view. There’s also a small lobby with plush leather couches and chairs, a meeting room for conferences and banquets, and a business centre. Broadband Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and common areas.

Eating and drinking

The ground-floor restaurant/bar serves a mixed menu of Turkish food, pizzas, salads, pastas, and other hearty fare and also offers sidewalk seating along the cobbled, pedestrianised street at the back of the building.

Leisure facilities

A tiny, windowless fitness centre is available for those who must get in some weightlifting, stretching, or a treadmill run while travelling. I found it extremely uninspiring, though, and recommend taking a few laps through the park across the street instead.

Service

Service is friendly and informal. Concierge service is available 24 hours a day.

Who stays there

Mostly solo travellers, couples, and families, rather than groups. The hotel staff told me they get a lot of American, Canadian, and British visitors, as well as Turks.

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Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Very convenient location
  • Comfortable and friendly
  • Style may seem dated to those looking for sleek and chic
  • Limited leisure facilities
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