Ratings based on 40 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.9 out of 5
90% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Los Angeles & Florence

Convenient Location

Posted Jul 12, 2014
Pros: It is well located.
Cons: First impressions are lasting, hotel entry (plantings, etc) need freshening up. Front desk staff to be: welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable & efficient
Location: Close to some touristic sites/public transportation as well as offering walking convenience.
Second stay in 2 years. On my first visit they were finishing up the remodel, so the lobby/public areas had yet to be done and were quite warm, I assumed due to the work being done. My room being recently finished was still fresh and with what they were doing with the space overall I felt the hotel had potential, with thought having been put into the design. So, first visit pleasant enough for a return visit. Second visit left much to be desired. Lobby and public areas now done but still unpleasantly hot, perhaps an a/c design issue? In general the hotel looked ragged, the work completed not holding up well. No thought had been put into the fact I was arriving as my room was so hot I had to wait at least 30 min. before I was even able to go in the room for at least short periods to try and get myself settled. A waste of good time when traveling with things to do and see. I had an issue with the in-room safe which I addressed twice with the front desk, with no resolution. Front desk staff pleasant, but I felt a definite language difficulty with their comprehension of what was being discussed. If it was a small Mom & Pop hotel outside of a metropolitan city, then I could understand and possibly find the language barrier charming. It's 2014, you cater to international travelers in a large european city, get it together, there is no excuse. As well, staff smoking at the front entrance on both sides of the door doesn't make for a welcoming entry. The little details count.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by Debbie from Midlands

Nice hotel, central location

Posted May 20, 2014
Pros: Staf were very friendly and helpful
Cons: Wider choice of food for breakfast
Location: Good location for bars and restaurants. Good starting point to see the sights
We booked a superior room but the room was only of standard quality judging by photos I have seen on this site, so disappointing.
2 out of 5
by Lauren from London

Boutique hotel Istanbul

Posted Apr 24, 2014
Pros: The original architecture, ceilings inside & view from the breakfast room.
Cons: Smarten up the staff! Improve on fresh cooked food on offer at breakfast. Improve on cleaners & get carpets cleaned. Install adequate storage in rooms
Location: Bad location for tourist sights as long walk or taxi ride Some touristy shops cafés & restaurants nearby but more of a business district
We went on a 4 night trip to Istanbul with 3 other couples, one of whom found this hotel on offer on a travel website. It is really a 'one-night stop- over' hotel, maximum 2 nights as there are NO wardrobes in the bedrooms (even the 2 sizes up from the original standard class room that we up-graded to didn't have any!), only 2 drawers in the dressing table, and bathrooms so small only 1 person at a time could get in it (just about!!). It's a good 40 min walk or taxi ride into the old town & tourist sites & there are no outside or particularly comfy inside areas to relax. Breakfasts were below average & when the 'omelette' arrived, which was the only fresh cooked eggs you could order, it was just scrambled egg! We found the last occupants' dirty socks by the bed & had to request a hoovering (all the carpets were stained around the hotel & badly needed cleaning). A beautiful old building but wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by fusun k. from middlebury

Great location, small but clean rooms.

Posted Feb 1, 2014
Pros: location. nicely decorated rooms, nice bathrooms.
Cons: The staff should behave professonally. They need a professional receptionist, who can understand, read, speak english.
Location: It is in Pera. There is a great pizza place accross the street
All was ok. in the rooms but the staff did not behave professionally and the receptionist was often away, which I did not understand how and why...
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by Nathan from Nairobi

An elegant boutique hotel in a perfect location

Posted Jan 23, 2014
Pros: Location, staff and rooms were perfect.
Cons: Size of rooms and bathrooms could be a bit bigger.
Location: Tram stops, restaurants, bars, and sightseeing are all close by.
The staff were helpful and friendly. The rooms are what you would expect at an antique hotel, clean and comfortable with touches of classic luxury. The hotel is situated in a perfect location if one wants to take the trams to various parts of town. Located within 100m of two tram stops that will put you in the center of Taksim Square or the Galata Tower. We were close to many restaurants and pubs which made going out at night hassle free. I highly recommend this hotel.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Getaway With Friends
by Lazulite from Athens

OK Room, Good Hotel, Great Neighbourhood

Posted Dec 8, 2013 on Hotels.com
As the title suggests you should choose this hotel depending on what your needs/priorities are. In terms of location and surrounding neighbourhood it is truly a well-situated hotel. Despite the amazing view from my hotel room and the breakfast area, my room had a few problems. It was clearly a part of the terrace that has been converted into a room. It is quite small with a fake ceiling but most importantly a broken A/C unit (taped around the edges to keep it from falling apart) which made it impossible to provide any heat during the cold days while I was there. Also, in the small bathroom the shower doors made it almost impossible to avoid hitting your head before entering. I did mention these and some other problems to reception and the duty manager. I was surprised they were not aware of them, especially the heating issue. On the last day the whole hotel was out of hot water. Not their fault, but the issue lingered for hours after the electricity outage in the area had been restored. This is a hotel that was built in the 1880s. It seems that every renovation attempt has touched more the surface rather than the infrastructure and, at least in my room, this was evident. I can't say I was completely disappointed overall. But one must admit that quite a few boxes need to be ticked for an experienced traveller to return to a hotel. Great breakfast, view and location are not enough to make me want to return in this case, especially in the winter. Finally, I would also have liked all shifts at reception to speak English at a level where at least basic transportation or area information could be relayed to the guests.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Gary from Gilbert, Arizona

A Lovely Hotel Near the Highlights of Istanbul

Posted Nov 10, 2013
Pros: Everything. The location, the elegance of the building, the kindness of the people there, and the proximity to public transportation around the city.
Cons: Very little. If I were driving a car, parking would be difficult and expensive. Driving being most unwise in Istanbul, we found everything fine.
Location: The Beyoglu/Taksim district is one of the truly great areas in one of the world's most exciting cities. It has everything and goes day and night.
During a trip to Turkey, our plans changed requiring us to spend two days longer in Istanbul than we planned. The hotel we were staying in was booked for those two nights, forcing us to relocate. We wanted to stay in the general area, the Beyoglu/Taksim district of Istanbul and there is certainly no lack of choices. Finding something both nice and reasonably priced can be. The Galata Antique Hotel caught my eye because my wife tends to enjoy hotels like this. Having nothing but Expedia's information to go on, we took a chance and were delighted by what was there. It is a quite old building, but it has been beautifully restored and has a magnificent view of the Bosphorus. The rooms were large, clean, and beautiful decorated. Breakfast was provided and excellent, and the hotel staff was very capable.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Rozlynn from Houston TX

A gem!

Posted Sep 22, 2013
Location: Galata Tower, Tunnel, Sicani Metro, lots of restaurants, Istikial.
Rooms and spaces are lovely, the staff is extremely attentive, great location, loved every thing about this lovingly restored and updated boutique hotel.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by murat & aga from Poland Poznań

the perfect hotel

Posted Sep 8, 2013
Pros: the extreme courtesy of the staff, the breakfast at the roof terrace with an astonishing view of Galata & Golden Horn, friendly seagulls
Cons: everything is perfect
Location: the location is in the heart of modern Istanbul, near to Galata Tower, Istiklal Caddesi and Taksim. the nearby metro station Sishane is a big plus
It was not our first time at Galata Antique, we have been returning to this hotel since 2006. It is a perfect small boutique hotel with a great location both for sightseeing and business (the underground station is just a few steps away which makes it easy to commute anywhere in European Istanbul) It has a good access to the Asian Side ( ferries in Karakoy) and a car park is a few steps away if you rent a car. The hotel lets you hide from the hassle of the city, it is quiet, it has bright and spacious rooms and unbelievable views from the roof terrace (breakfast is rich and the gentleman who serves it is extremely polite and helpful!) The staff is very kind, aways smiled and ready to solve your problems, the rooms are clean. We liked the decor and the modern style combined with the history and spirit of the old building. Taking the old lift is an unforgettable experience. We stayed there two weeks this summer and felt like home. Around: galleries, bars, restaurants, green grocer's and the sea is just within a walking distance.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great area, Boutique Hotel

Posted May 20, 2013
Pros: Boutique feel. Awesome rooftop breakfast and bar. Air conditioning.
Cons: Cleaner carpets in room.
Surrounded by great restaurants, museums, and shopping. Not far from the cruise boat docks. Lots of public transportation. Easy commute to Old Town Istanbul, Blue Mosque, Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, etc.