On a side street off a busy pedestrian thoroughfare İstiklal Caddesi, the Santa Ottoman is located right in the middle of the Beyoğlu nightlife, which can be a plus for partiers and a minus for those with little tolerance for noise.
A tasteful remodel has resulted in simple, but well-furnished rooms with comfortable beds, light wood floors, and ever-so-slightly Ottoman-influenced curtains, bed covers, and bolsters in reds, golds, and browns, decorated with delicate line drawings of flowers. Ask for a room away from the street if you want a better chance at some peace and quiet.
None other than the small lobby and the restaurant/café. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, including in the rooms.
Eating and drinking
The included-with-the-room buffet breakfast and other meals are served in the street-level brasserie-style La Boheme Café, which offers French, Turkish, Italian, and other international dishes.
The super-friendly staff are what really makes this hotel such a welcoming oasis. I enjoyed chatting at the front desk over a cup of çay while scouting hotels and friends who stayed there found the staff attentive to their needs.
Who stays there
The hotel is best suited to couples and singles.
A discount is offered to guests who pay in cash. Private parking at a nearby lot costs 20 Turkish Liras (10 euros) a day.
- Culture vultures
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Comfortable rooms
- Friendly staff
- Limited amenities
- Can be noisy