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

4.5 Very Good 550 Reviews
Couldn’t have wished for a better hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved our stay at George’s Hotel. Great location but most of all amazing hotel.
Everything from the decor to the staff and of course the resident cat lollipop were just perfect.
Our room was what the perfect room should be. We would love to copy the room ourselves,we loved it so much. All the staff were so friendly from the chaps at reception to the bar staff and the breakfast crew. All so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. It was lovely just sitting in the lobby and having a coffee with the receptionist whilst looking for lollipop to find out where he had decided to sleep.
Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a grand but funky place to stay.
Forgot to mention the roof top bar and terrace with a view to die for, we couldn’t get enough of it and went there for breakfast and evening drinks.

Rooftop bar with views of the Bosporus
Reviewed 4 days ago

Georges Hotel is a mix of old and modern elegance. Big, comfortable beds, a beautiful bathroom; our room (No. 4), was just a few steps up from the lobby and enormous -- really high ceilings with a balcony overlooking a playground. It was very quiet but right in the heart of Istanbul, roughly a block from Galata Tower, so across the river from many of the sights, but less touristy. There is a lovely lounge area and bar -- basically the lobby -- and some seating outside near chic shops; and a glass elevator takes you almost to the top where there's a stylish rooftop bar/restaurant with views of boats on the Bosporus. The food is good and the drinks are better. Ask ahead to reserve a seat outside. Room service is also good. My only complaint was our room was not well-lighted, so reading was difficult at night.

Boutique hotel
Reviewed 7 days ago

Great location and stunning view from balcony rooms and roof. Overall its a bit run down in interior and concepts, but good value for money. Attention to details missing.
Boutique hotel? if only size matters, yes - if its the overall atmosphere and idea, no - then its "just" a hotel.

Boutique Hotel in heart of Galata
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a boutique hotel with wonderful, helpful staff. It has a rooftop bar that looks out over the Bosphorus. In the morning breakfast is also served here, and it was a great way to start the day.

The hotel is very clean and my room was spacious and comfortable- the bed was great

And again, the staff is awesome.

Coolness and Class Embodied
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Georges is, well, gorgeous and its staff wonderful. First, the location is excellent. It's on a small side street that feels close to the major sightseeing spots, but also tucked away. The hotel and our room were beautiful- no cookie cutter hotel here. The sitting nook looking out onto the quiet street below was a perfect spot to curl up with a book when the weather wasn't cooperating. Ditto with the lounge below, frequented by the hotel protector, a friendly orange cat named Lollipop. Best of all, however was the staff. The supervisors Kaan and Mehmet were extremely generous with their time in planning our stay- from helping us with our itinerary to dinner reservations. The manager is class and coolness embodied. For my next trip back to Istanbul, I wouldn't even bother looking elsewhere.