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
I was with my family here (6 of us and a small child) for 5 days. Rooms are perfect, very clean and comfortable. The staff is super nice and polite. Very good choice of food at the breakfast, you get coffee, tee and orange juice. There is really big choice, for every person something. Ill be staying here again for sure!
I always stay at this awesome hotel whenever I visit Istanbul. i feel like home. Rooms are big and equipped with every comfort. Breakfast is superb. Staff is very friendly and always there to help.
The location is great: karakoy is a vibrant area packed with restaurants and bars.
10 Karakoy forever!
Had a fantastic four nights in this hotel. The staff were brilliant and helped booking of restaurants and experiences; all were helpful and got us everywhere we wanted, as well as some great recommendations of the best Turkish spas and must sees. Make sure you get the heads up from them on arrival, will make for a great trip. Bar and restaurant staff also friendly and seen regularly. For anyone looking to see any tourist sites the location is perfect about 15-20 min walk from Haga Sofia. Rooms are clean and well presented, will definitely be booking in again when we come back. Great value as well!
I spend 3 nights. My overall experience was positive. The ambience of the hotel, lobby, venue where breakfast served as well as the deluxe room I had were all great! Highly recommended. Great service by all people and Gökhan Aksu, Concierge!
We stayed for 4 nights in November, the Hotel was full and service was very good, very confortable room, breakfast was very good.
I highly this hotel for its location and service. The top floor terrace offers excellent views and its terrace Bar is superb.