10 Karaköy, A Morgans Original – Special Class
What We Love
- Stylish conversion of a historic Ottoman-era building
- Contemporary cuisine at the Rudolf restaurant. Octopus carpaccio, anyone?
- The cozy lobby bar has an inviting fireplace and plentiful private hidey-holes
- Within strolling distance of historic attractions and lively restaurants, yet just a tram ride from Sultanahmet’s famous sights
What To Know
- Sultanahmet’s Topkapi Palace and Ottoman mosques are just a short tram ride away, across the Bosphorus
- The tram runs right past the hotel. It can add some street noise, but it's convenient for connections
- The heat and light controls in the guestrooms are futuristic and may require a quick tutorial
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Stylishly converted from the old Balikli Han, an Ottoman-era trade center, this Morgans Original hotel has a killer location in Istanbul’s hippest ’hood. The interiors have been designed with great aplomb by award-winning architect Sinan Kafadar. In keeping with the shape of the original edifice, suites open off a spectacular central atrium strung with contemporary chandeliers, and there are signature fish designs throughout the public spaces, a nod to to building’s original incarnation (balik means fish in Turkish).
Bed and Bath
The spacious guestrooms come with tons of storage space and feel calm and clutter-free thanks to a soothing fern and cappuccino palette. Modern patchwork rugs top parquet floors, and the sitting areas in the suites feel like cozy living quarters thanks to comfy pastel furniture, well-edited artwork and fresh flowers. The compact bathrooms feature underfloor heating, Malin + Goetz products and turquoise tile shower walls that are Ottomanesque without being over-the-top.
On the street-facing ground floor, the Rudolf restaurant is delightfully decorated with original artwork by Orhan Kurmali. Helmed by Dutch chef Rudolf Van Nunen, the menu offers contemporary cuisine: Black cod, duck and quail all feature prominently, and even the seemingly mundane lemon tart is magically transformed by a to-die-for peach sorbet. In summer a small rooftop bar (with partial views across the Bosphorus to Seraglio Point) serves light meals, also by Rudolf. There’s a small fitness center in the basement, and although there’s no spa on-site, there’s a gorgeous hammam in a restored mosque just down the road.
In the Area
Karaköy is Istanbul’s most happening neighbourhood, jam-packed with inviting one-off cafés and restaurants in narrow back streets that also harbor unexpected 19th-century churches and an underground mosque. The hammam at the glorious, newly restored Kilic Ali Pasa mosque brings spa-style pampering to the once rather rough-and-ready Turkish bath experience. Ferries across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul are just a five-minute walk from the hotel; there are superb views of the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Süleymaniye Mosque and the iconic Galata Bridge from the waterfront. Also within walking distance, the Istanbul Modern is a stunning contemporary art gallery.
How to Get There
Nice decor, great location, and comfortable rooms. We had a few problems with noise our first two nights and the staff did their best to accommodate our requests. The breakfast was very fresh and delicious, perfect for a day spent exploring.
Great experience throughout our 3 night stay, absolutely faultless and staff were truly amazing. We booked the junior suite, spacious, great interiors, well maintained, absolutely spotless.
Located within short distance of all the main tourist attractions, would definitely recommend, overall a very pleasant stay.
Very comfortable stay at this hotel with very helpful and polite staff.
Someone shows you all round the room and explains the stuff you should know.
The breakfast is also high quality.
The location of the hotel is the best you can get. Close to everywhere. I chose this place to be central to everywhere as i know the area but for people travelling first time to Istanbul, this is the place.
Thanks for the hospitality
Nice and Clean.
Modern and convenient.
No hassles at all. I absolutely recommend this hotel due its clean rooms, very good location, nice staff, really nice rooms for the rate, full breakfast.
No issues at all.
We had a deluxe room, so the size of the room was perfect for a couple.
The hotel decor is excellent and stands up to a 5 star rating.
The breakfast is also excellent and the staff attentive.
We received a massive discount on Expedia so the price point for the service was fabulous.
However, the hotel is extremely close to a tram line, so if you are paying full price or a light sleeper, you should insist on having a room at the back of the hotel.
The trams didn't bother me, but I wasn't paying $200USD per night either.
Really enjoyed my stay and the staff were kind and attentive.
The coffee machine in our room was a wonderful touch.
The location is terrific, being near the bridge and restaurants and bars of karakoy.
Will be staying again.
Also the bedroom and bathroom are lovely.