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
Excellent amenities and a friendly helpful staff made the stay wonderful. Located not far from tourist sites. Visited the rooftop restaurant for evening drinks. Room was clean, minibar, and cool light system.
Ideally placed at the end of Galatea Bridge it is easy walk (or easier funicular ride) up to Beyglou for restaurants and nightlife or across the bridge to the Old City for the sights, the hotel is an old hospital but has been converted to a luxurious and totally charming contemporary hotel. Right from check in the staff were amazing, helpful and knowledgeable. Breakfast is delicious and the bar up on roof terrace is a delightful spot to wind down after a day exploring.
We have already recommended 10 Karakoy to friends visiting later in the year and will certainly be back. A perfect base in Istanbul.
The photos were great and the hotel was perfect. We had a corner room 416 and was on the top floor. The room was good size and a heavenly bed.
Karaköy is a trendy hip area with numerous bars and restaurants and shops nearby. We walked the golden bridge from hotel to Sultanahmet tourist sights in under 30 minutes.
Also Galata tower is just up the hill.
Would make this our base always when in Istanbul. 10/10