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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My review is slightly late but I wanted to write that I enjoyed my stay at the hotel.
I did not like Istanbul as a city; however, the hotel is really very good and the staff are extremely helpful.
The rooms are modern, comfortable and clean and the decoration and design inside is very nice.
The rooftop bar was super cool too and the food and drink was very reasonably priced.
Definitely avoid a room facing the main street because there is a lot of noise generated from the constant passing of trams and horns from cars which can be disruptive when trying to sleep as the trams start early in the morning.
The hotel very kindly changed my room and I was moved to the other side of the hotel which was so much better.
The location is very good if you are looking to explore Istanbul.
We stayed at the 10 Karaköy, towards the end of June 2019. It’s a lovely, cosy, boutique hotel, situated within walking distance of the Galata Tower and tram station. The hotel itself has a lot of character, and lends a very warm and welcoming feeling. The staff all round is extremely helpful, polite and friendly. A special mention of Mahmut, Bilal and Erhan, at the Reception and Concierge desks, would not be out of place. They were most helpful in every way. Thanks guys! The breakfast is elaborate, fresh and scrumptious. The rooms are very comfortable and cosy, albeit small. We had a superior double room, which does tend to be a bit tight for two people, especially with luggage. We had dinner and drinks at the rooftop restaurant, which boasts of a fabulous view of the city, besides a cool, relaxed feeling. I would definitely stay at the 10 Karaköy, whenever I visit this lovely city again.
Excellent location, near everything but more of a nightlife near by than Sultanahmet. Easy to get to all the sights.
Service excellent, early check in/late check out not an issue.
Rooms clean and comfortable. Great bed, a/c, water pressure.
Rooms not massive but adequate.
Didn’t try breakfast. Loved the decoration around the hotel.
Roof top terrace restaurant and bar was a nice option to have too but there’s lots of cool restaurants and bars within a few moments walk.