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
This hotel is located in an old Greek Hospital and was beautifully renovated. We stayed just one night, however, the staff were extremely helpful in recommending some local places to eat. It's close to the old city, making it easy to access that part of town, while still being on the new city side of the Golden Horn
We stayed here for its proximity to the attractions. Decent hotel with a friendly staff. We had the penthouse suite which has a lovely terrace. Would come back for that. I would have liked a pool to soak in after walking the streets of Istanbul.
Situated in the best part of Istanbul. Minutes away from Galata tower and very convenient to travel around from. We were immediately greeted by pleasant staff, Borak in particular Who was extremely helpful and gave us a holiday itinerary to enjoy experience even more. Five-star service from all members. Beautiful and classy interiors. I would most definitely recommend. The morning breakfast and gym facilities were good too
10 Karakoy Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel which is located in the heart of the karakoy area. Its a stunning location with the Galata tower within walking distance where there are an array of restaurants that you can enjoy whilst eating outside and soaking in the sight of the tower. There is a tram stop right outside the hotel which takes you into the old town within 10 minutes which was the best as we didn't want to stay in the hustle and bustle of the old town. You can also go to to taksim square and all the other areas with the tram. We pretty much took the tram to old town everyday without any issues and it was nice to be able to experience both sides to Istanbul. We spent all our nights by the the bosphorous and with a direct view of old town and the majestic blue mosque in sight. It was magnificent.
The actual hotel is beautiful, with elegant furnishings and a nod to both turkish and European architecture and interior. It was the perfect modern blend. The rooms looked and felt 5* we loved the bathroom in particular with marble everywhere. They have a rooftop restaurant where can you enjoy all the views of the old town and watch the sunset. The menu is quite limited and overpriced but I feel like hotel restaurants always charge a little more! We also had breakfast included and the staff were very friendly and accommodating to our dietary needs.
Check in was very smooth and the staff are super helpful spoke excellent english and helped arrange taxis to take us to the airport. They have sightseeing brochures but we did most of it ourselves as everything is in close proximity!
If you are looking to stay in luxury with a great location outside the hustle and bustle of the old town but within very close proximity, then the 10 Karakoy Hotel is the place for you! Excellent transport links and service.
Karakoy is situated right outside the tram stop and close to the metro so you can travel pretty much anywhere in Istanbul quite easily. Walking to Sultanahmet and Taksim will take you about 10-15mins if that's your preferred mode of transport. We enjoyed the rooftop bar and restaurant which gives you great views of Sultanahmet.
Most of the guest facing staff also speak english pretty and were accommodation to our needs (early check in). Although Karakoy is rated at 5 star, I'd say it is closer to a 4 start hotel. The options at breakfast are somewhat limited when compared to what you normally get at 5 star hotels. They have a gym, which I used, but it is situated in a tiny room in the basement where there is almost no one present, so it can be a little bit creepy down there at time. Overall I enjoyed my stay and would consider Karakoy again when visiting Istanbul.