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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 537 Reviews
Great hotel in Beyoglu
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great situation 50m from Galata tower and in a really nice buzzy neighbourhood. Lots of nice boutiques and untouristy. Few mins walk to the tram takes you over to the sights in minutes.
The reception was welcoming , staff were helpful and pleasant . Good advice on things to do and restaurants. Lots of nice
Coffee shops for breakfast.
We had a fantastic view of the Bosphorus . I can’t believe there’s a better view in town than this . Beautiful room . Good price .
We used the rooftop terrace every evening sometimes to eat , sometimes for pre or post dinner drinks. That’s lovely too.
I’d recommend this hotel and would return.

Beautiful Boutique hotel with rooftop bar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a lovely hotel with a great atmosphere. Stayed here with my husband for 4 nights. We were greeted by the manager and she arranged a restaurant nearby (Meze by Lemon Tree - was fab!) straight away. Nothing was too much trouble and the room had a view over to the Old City. There were plenty of food options within 100m of the hotel open til 11:30pm and Galata Tower is literally 50m away but as the hotel was down a cobbled street it didn't feel touristy.
Thank you for such a wonderful and memorable stay, we loved Istanbul and we will return!

Fantastic Boutique Hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a quiet cool street about 10mins walk from Galata Tower. The welcome was great. At reception we were offered a drink and Carl spent 10mins describing all that was on offer. We had the room with the terrace and the bath, great to have after a hot day out walking. Came complete with coffee machine, free water ( 2 bottles a day ) and also a good “rain shower”. The bed was big and comfy. It has a rooftop area for breakfast and cocktails in the evening , with a great view over the Bosporous. And all at a great price ! Breakfast menu and service is excellent, We really liked this place. It on the top of a hill - so walking home after a long evening / day can tiring. We walked to the Blue Mosque from here and it took about 40mins to and hour -but it was past the spice market on the way. There are some cafes and cool upmarket designer shops in this street - which is a great change from the crap ! Highly re recommended for couples of all ages and persuasions ( it has a lift ) - not for families. As I write this it’s 5pm, the call to prayer is happening,I’m on the rooftop bar with a cold beer, and taking in the view of the Bosporous, perfect ( and chill music in the background ). Just might order another beer and chill some more

Not a Family Hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

I had very high expectation from this hotel, my experience with their front office before the visit was very good with timely response and suggestions.

Apart from that nothing is good I seriously recommend not to go with this hotel if you have kids

I reserved airport pick up from them and they made me wait 25 min and when informed to front desk no explanation from their end or apologies

We checked in at 9 pm and as they had private party no option of food even requested for some option answer was just no, after speaking to their manager they ordered something online which never came till 10:15 when I informed that I don't need any food from them.

They have no coffee service till 8pm or breakfast they say 24 hour room service which is also false food is available only till 10pm

Everyone who came, nanny our private tour guide no one felt welcome at this hotel, our guide and we were using the tables outside the hotel immediately we were asked do we need any help then we had to inform that we are staying at this hotel

Did not feel welcome at all, for this price I highly recommend look for alternatives which are many

I am sure the hotel will respond with their comments negating everything I said.

Very comfortable room, would stay again
Reviewed 1 month ago

Had a very pleasant stay at the Georges Hotel Galata. Excellent location, stone throw from Galata Tower, and everything within walking distance. Room was lovely, great bed, good AC, good bathroom. Staff were all very friendly too. Only reason not a 5 star is the breakfast could be improved, but the location on the rooftop was fantastic (good cocktails too). We would stay here again.