Galata Antique Hotel – Special Class
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast and a welcome drink and fruit on arrival
- Painstakingly restored Neo-Renaissance façade and period styling
- Chic rooftop terrace for breakfast or evening cocktails
What To Know
- Repurposed private home; the guestrooms start at a cozy 129 square feet
- On weekends some noise from Pera's lively streets can be heard well past midnight
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
With its grand Neo-Renaissance façade, the Galata Antique Hotel recalls the days when Istanbul was Constantinople and fashion-forward meant petticoats and parasols. Built for a prominent French antiques dealer in the late 19th century, the mansion features a charming cage elevator, beautifully restored parquet flooring and high vaulted ceilings. Don’t expect country house clutter, dusty knickknacks or creaky furniture, however. The lobby is distinctively modern, with a bold masculine look that pairs white wall paneling with jet black trim, black lacquer furnishings and an imposing marble bar.
Bed and Bath
Sweeping curtains, leather button sofas and crown moldings lend a bygone-era glamour to the 22 guestrooms. Starting at around 160 square feet, rooms are cozy and bathrooms positively compact. They’re nonetheless likely to win over guests with beautiful, Victorian-style freestanding faucets, a flurry of white marble and ample use of subway tiling for good measure. Though the rooms are big on period styling, they’re not stuck in a time warp; plasma TVs and coffeemakers come standard. Guests receive homemade lemonade (compliments of the bar) on arrival.
A perfect perch for sundowners, the chic rooftop bar offers a view of the nearby Galata Tower and a commanding view of Pera, a district once favored by the likes of Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Sarah Bernhardt and King Edward VIII. A love letter to the famous neighborhood, the bar features collages of former residents: mustachioed army officers, fez-wearing bureaucrats and immaculately dressed socialites. The rooftop terrace is also where guests can tuck into the hotel’s sprawling free breakfast spread.
In the Area
The alleyways and historic arcades of bohemian Pera are packed with bars, cafés and reasonably priced eateries. The lively and traditional Ficcin is one of the district’s best-loved dining options, while those looking for upscale yet unpretentious cuisine will enjoy Yeni Lokanta, which opened its doors to critical acclaim in early 2013. Head to Balkon for one of the city’s best skyline views, or to the bars around the Galata Tower for a view of one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful landmarks.
How to Get There
Very well located in Galata with everything you need extremely close (metro, food, bars, etc) this is a charming hotel with an extremely friendly and helpful staff. Views are nice as well.
Rooms aren’t very big and infrastructure (heating, windows etc) is a little worn out and not very efficient unfortunately.
The hotel is very nice, clean and has friendly stuff. Everything is very nice and good quality. The best part is the location, right next to the Tower, Istaklal and Sishane Metro st.
Rooms are very nice.
the only thing i would improve is to put some music during the breakfast hours as its very silent there and feels weird to eat :-)
Def worth of the money!
Stayed here the first 4 nights and 2 more nights at the end of my holiday in Istanbul. Great services, friendly and helpful staffs! beautiful and cozy room plus the amazing view from the room. Only few steps from the metro and the vibrant of istiklal street. Staying here make my stay in Istanbul a wonderful one. Thank you everyone!
I only stayed in this hotel one night and loved the service. Hotel is located with a few stairs so hard to take a heavy luggage up the stairs to get to the hotel lobby. I had the help of my cabdriver so was glad that I didn't have to carry it as often.
My room was on the top 5th floor which was not easy to get to with a heavy luggage as the elevator only goes to the 4th floor and then you have the take a few stairs to get to my room. Also, the hotel conserves energy so hallway lights have sensors. It is located walking distance from Galata Square which is bustling in the weekends. I had to leave early morning next day and couldn't stay for breakfast which started at 7am but the staff was very helpful and provided me a sandwich for the road at 6am. The price was reasonable so I would stay there again.
Having now experienced at least 3 other hotels in Turkey, I found that the Galata Antique was wonderful in terms of the warmth, helpfulness and professionalism of staff, the ambience of the hotel itself (and great location), and I will always remember the rooftop cafe with its wonderful view, great breakfast and chorus of seagulls to start each day. I would certainly look to stay there again if I return to Istanbul!