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
Beautifully designed hotel, loved the lobby and interiors. Great hospitality, the staff were friendly and professional.
The room was wonderful. Slept like a baby! the beds are huggable and comfy.
In terms of location, it’s walking distance to attractions but dangerous for kids; as you have to cross main roads to reach them. Highly recommend for adults.
Not very sattisfied from hotel. First night we was in very small room 2 people cant walk inside. There isnt hot water jug , no shaving razors , bathroom very small olso very dirty . Toilet was with drops of piss and plaster falls from the ceiling. Second day we changed room with other and other room was bigger and cleaner but 1st impression from hotel was not good and the end have problem with card payment -pos not worked you have to have cash for payment!
10 Karakoy is a beautiful and elegantly designed hotel located right near Galata Tower and a 2 minute tram ride to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, etc. The hotel staff were excellent and the breakfast in the morning was the best I experienced during my stay in Turkey.
However, the room sizes are certainly small. The hotel staff were generous enough to upgrade us (once asked) and showed us into a "larger" room. The room was still a bit small. Also, the noise complaint brought up in other reviews is accurate as street level noise pours into the room. Not very problematic but would have been nice to have peace and quiet.
Overall, luxurious hotel with great a superb location to sights, tram station, etc. but the rooms are small with thin walls.