The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast and a welcome drink and fruit on arrival
Painstakingly restored Neo-Renaissance façade and period styling
Chic rooftop terrace for breakfast or evening cocktails
What To Know
Repurposed private home; the guestrooms start at a cozy 129 square feet
On weekends some noise from Pera's lively streets can be heard well past midnight
WiFi is free
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Neo-Renaissance mansion in Istanbul's boho Pera neighborhood, with period features and a rooftop bar
With its grand Neo-Renaissance façade, the Galata Antique Hotel recalls the days when Istanbul was Constantinople and fashion-forward meant petticoats and parasols. Built for a prominent French antiques dealer in the late 19th century, the mansion features a charming cage elevator, beautifully restored parquet flooring and high vaulted ceilings. Don't expect country house clutter, dusty knickknacks or creaky furniture, however. The lobby is distinctively modern, with a bold masculine look that pairs white wall paneling with jet black trim, black lacquer furnishings and an imposing marble bar.
Bed and Bath
Sweeping curtains, leather button sofas and crown moldings lend a bygone-era glamour to the 22 guestrooms. Starting at around 160 square feet, rooms are cozy and bathrooms positively compact. They're nonetheless likely to win over guests with beautiful, Victorian-style freestanding faucets, a flurry of white marble and ample use of subway tiling for good measure. Though the rooms are big on period styling, they're not stuck in a time warp; plasma TVs and coffeemakers come standard. Guests receive homemade lemonade (compliments of the bar) on arrival.
A perfect perch for sundowners, the chic rooftop bar offers a view of the nearby Galata Tower and a commanding view of Pera, a district once favored by the likes of Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Sarah Bernhardt and King Edward VIII. A love letter to the famous neighborhood, the bar features collages of former residents: mustachioed army officers, fez-wearing bureaucrats and immaculately dressed socialites. The rooftop terrace is also where guests can tuck into the hotel's sprawling free breakfast spread.
In the Area
The alleyways and historic arcades of bohemian Pera are packed with bars, cafés and reasonably priced eateries. The lively and traditional Ficcin is one of the district's best-loved dining options, while those looking for upscale yet unpretentious cuisine will enjoy Yeni Lokanta, which opened its doors to critical acclaim in early 2013. Head to Balkon for one of the city's best skyline views, or to the bars around the Galata Tower for a view of one of the city's oldest and most beautiful landmarks.