4.5
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What We Love

  • The rate includes à la carte breakfast, WiFi, a daily newspaper, tea, Nespresso and two bottles of water per day
  • Located in Galata, one of Istanbul’s most happening neighborhoods, close to famous Istiklal Street and the bridge that leads to the peninsula
  • The careful renovation of an 1890 building, with tasteful interiors that combine an Old World feeling with a fresh, modern spirit
  • Low-key boutique ambience created by great design, lighting and the lack of a lobby
  • Lovely L’Occitane toiletries

What To Know

  • Not all the rooms have balconies — and they’re really worth getting — so be sure to request one early
  • Downstairs bar and restaurant Le Fumoir de Georges serves excellent French cuisine and is available for room service
  • Give your taxi driver precise directions, since he might want to drop you off at the Galata Tower, which is very close, but the hotel’s street is not marked and has very uneven cobblestones
  • Private in-room yoga sessions and massages on request
  • Pets are not permitted

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

At some point during your stay at the Georges Hotel Galata — perhaps as you sit at the bar with the hotel’s pet goldfish, Georges and Georgette — you’ll encounter an elegant, suit-clad Frenchman. Most likely he’ll greet you at the door, which is the entrance to both the hotel and its fabulous French restaurant, Le Fumoir de Georges. He’s the owner, Alex Varlik, and he’ll probably greet you as if you’ve just come home. Because Georges, as he describes it, is “neither hotel nor apartment — it is a living concept.” Go with it.

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At the core of the hotel is a glass elevator wrapped by a marble staircase and bounded by walls that look like heavy stone blocks. In fact, they’re not — local artisans painstakingly created this illusion.

Retaining many of the 120-year-old structure’s original details, the guestrooms and suites have nostalgic parquet floors and handsome midcentury wooden four-poster beds. The terraces are tricked out with metal squares, laser cut with period motifs and lit from behind to stunning effect. Adding to the feeling that you’re at home, the place is dotted with little free luxuries: newspapers, Ladurée chocolates, free WiFi, tea, water and Nespresso machines. Behind peekaboo jalousie blinds, the roomy bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane toiletries. Were it not for the stunning views of the Bosporus, you could almost be in France.

How to Get There

Georges Hotel Galata
Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak No:24
Istanbul, 34425 Turkey

Reviews

Almost perfect
elaine r

Great location. Extremely comfortable bed with good sheets and pillows ( we changed to all feather). Breakfast excellent and worth the price as beautifully cooked. No English tea or herbal available so take your own. Waiter a little officiously told us we had not paid for breakfast which we had. However he apologised but could have done without it. Fabulous views from rooftop where dining and breakfast. No hot water at all one day was recompensed but manager didn’t reply to emails sent which was surprising. Overall a very good place to stay and I’d go again for sure. Agree with other comments that more light in the room would be good as unable to read.

Short visit to Istanbul
yearsofexp

The Georges hotel has a wonderful location right in the heart of the old city. I only had 2 nights in Istanbul so I wanted to be close to everything. Of course I wanted to stay in a place that was clean by western standards with the amenities. The Georges did not disappoint and it gave me more than I expected. The rooftop breakfast was my favorite.

Lovely stay
Aurelia M

Lovely rooms, particularly the ones with a balcony and view of the sea. Stylish furniture, large windows, modern bathrooms, albeit a bit too dark for my taste. Great staff, great location if you want to be away from the old Sultanahmet area, which I recommend.