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 568 Reviews
Homy boutique hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second year my wife and I stay at the Georges Hotel in Galata. It is a very cozy hotel whose staff is friendly and helpful. Breakfast on the terrace is a must as both the view and the food are great. We enjoyed our beautiful room - the best in the house- which has an unobstructed view of the Bosphorus. Walking distance to Istiklal, the Galata Tower, lots of restaurants and even to Dolmabahce Palace.

Couldn't ask for more
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good-sized clean rooms, clean and good sized bathroom with rain shower, balcony, modern decor. Nice rooftop bar, good coffee bar, walking distance to Istiklal street where there is good shopping. Near to nice bars and restaurants. Galata has some good shopping, be prepared to climb up and down the cobbled streets though (leave the high heels at home, and wear some good walking shoes). The owner is very friendly, and always up for a good long conversation from politics to travel. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of shopping or sightseeing.

Discreet sanctuary
Reviewed 2 months ago

A fan after one stay. Excellent location for much of Istanbul (in distance to some sights), but a far cry from Sultanahmet with its legions of touts. Quiet area, fabulous views from appointed balconies that, unusually, invite one to sprawl comfortably outside. Modern rooms (that do, in some places, show a bit of age) and chic shower. Restaurant upstairs with views and food on par. Laid back, pleasant staff. Easiest access is to walk from bottom of hill; if you're toting a monster case, you're wrong anyway.

Magical Istanbul
Reviewed 2 months ago

Just returned from a short 4 day, 3 night stopover in Istanbul and stayed at Georges Hotel. This hotel was perfect for my visit as a solo female traveler.

The hotel staff were all incredibly friendly and engaging and offered suggestions on where to eat, see and do. They helped with my luggage and were welcoming as I came and went. I had some very nice conversations in the lobby lounge area while having morning coffee. The hotel has 2 very friendly "hotel" cats that hang around and like to be pet so made me feel like home. I love cats.

The location is in the historic Galata district which is cute with cobblestone streets from a former rampart, shops and restaurants and the Galata tower. It is a lively area but surprisingly on a quiet street at night so no issues with noise from outside. It is also very easy to walk to Taksim area as well as across the bridge to the Old Town sights. Plus close to the metro so there are many options for getting around. I do not recommend trying to drive or find parking in this area.

The room itself was both modern and had a very historic feel with large floor to ceiling windows and window nooks that overlooked the street. The bed was comfortable with nice big fluffy pillows. The bathroom is modern and had a rain shower head, bathrobes, nice toiletries and makeup mirror. The lights in the room were a little on the dim side at night but I didn't spend much time in the room at night besides sleeping so was not a problem. The temperature of the room was also good and I didn't have a problem being too cold/hot (which I usually do)

The rooftop terrace had a beautiful view though I did not eat there so cannot comment on the food.

I would definitely recommend this hotel and if I get a chance to visit again, I will likely stay here in the future.

Location, location, location!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Title says it all (not particularly easy to access by vehicle): perfect spot to try and test this wonderful part of a wonderful city!
Rooms are spacious and airy, although the balconies and their furniture are somewhat “tired”.
Roof top bar is great (the opening times were a bit odd) even though a little pricey.
Great assistance from the staff with regard to restaurant suggestions etc.