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 555 Reviews
Georges is simply stunning
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From arrival to navigating around to having food or drinks in the amazing rooftop restaurant (with stunning views of the Bosphorus and wider Istanbul).....the super friendly and helpful staff at Georges make a stay here an absolute pleasure. The rooms and the decor (which tastefully bends old and new) of the whole building are top notch and make you feel like you are in a much more expensive establishment, making it great value for money. Food is excellent with a great range of local and European options and the bar is well stocked with some great liquor. I'm a scotch fan and there are 12 or more super scotches to pick from alone. A great tip when traveling overseas is to eat, stay etc where the locals do, and every local we spoke to knew of Georges, said it was beautiful..."the best" and that they took their girlfriends and wives there to the restaurant for special nights. Booking is advised for the restaurant, as its very popular even in the offseason.

Trendy hotel in bustling area
Reviewed 1 month ago

My husband and I stayed at the hotel and we enjoyed our experience. It's in a great area close to restaurants, bars and shop. The hotel decor is quite trendy and there is a rooftop bar.
We would recommend to other travellers!

Still in love with Georges
Reviewed 2 months ago

Returned to Georges a year later with my husband to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday and was not disappointed. Management and owner are so attentive discreet and refined. Kaan - at the reception desk is a gem. Love their warm hospitality, not to mention the views from the rooms with a terrace, which made the stay memorable. It's definitely one of my fave places to stay in Istanbul. I definitely plan to return.

Amazing Hotel in a fantastic location!!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Georges Hotel is an incredible establishment which sits on an amazing location just a stone's throw away from the famous Galata Tower. From the moment you step into the lobby you are made aware of the great deal of thought each and every aspect of this hotel has been given to. The staff especially are very polite, highly knowledgeable of the touristy places and go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We loved their minimalistic, clean and high ceilinged rooms. The rooftop bar offers a great selection of wine to accompaniment the fantastic views of the river and the city and on the street side, the hotel is surrounded by numerous lovely little cafes. Georges Hotel is most definitely going to be our preferred choice of accommodation on our next visit to Istanbul.

Great service at an extraordinary hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

I just spent this weekend at the George's Hotel and wanted to recommend it to future guests. It is a beautifully decorated small boutique hotel with a great location and stunning views from the roof top restaurant. However, what impressed me the most was the outstanding service we received from those who work at the hotel. My daughter and I fell sick Sunday morning at 1:30a.m. and they not only arranged an ambulance to take us to a hospital, but a concierge kept us company the entire time.I am not sure what we would have done without him as I don't speak Turkish. I very much appreciated the support we received from the entire hotel staff during our stay and especially when we got sick.