On a busy and not particularly appealing thoroughfare, but extremely centrally located for shopping, dining, and drinking in Beyoğlu, Istanbul’s lively “new city,” where I generally recommend visitors stay.
From a minimalist room with an exposed-brick accent wall and a small shower to an Ottoman-styled suite (complete with its own Turkish bath) fit for a pasha, no two rooms are alike, but nearly all have their own quirky decorative touches. Some rooms have views over Taksim Square, while those in the back look over the garden and tend to be quieter.
Not much of a lobby to speak of, but the downstairs bar/restaurant/garden is a good gathering place.
Eating and drinking
Downstairs DaDa bills itself as a “sports and art café-bar.” The eclectically decked-out space serves up cocktails and both Turkish and international dishes, which can also be enjoyed in the new backyard garden.
Various treatments are offered at the hotel’s spa. There’s also a small fitness room and a sauna.
Service is friendly and casual.
Who stays there
Foreign businesspeople, couples and singles.
Since each room is different, size and style varies even within a single price category (eg deluxe, superior, elegance) so ask to have a look at a couple before making up your mind. I found some of the cheapest rooms to be very small and basic.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Stylish and full of character
- Good facilities
- Some rooms are small and basic
- On a busy street