It should be rated no better than 2-star
Posted Apr 27, 2016
We stayed 10 days there in early April, 2016. We made our choice based on Rick Steves' tour book. It has a $$ mark (means medium range), so we expected a decent place. It turned out not so. The hotel is at probably the worst neighborhood in the area. It is surrounded by fenced up empty lot, abandoned building, and buildings for renovation. Sidewalk is narrow, broken, and very dirty.
The hotel is very simple and basic, to the extend that it doesn't look like a regular hotel. The room is very small too. Our double room besides the bed doesn't have much room left. Bathroom is about 5x5 feet, very very small.
The worst thing is the sound insulation. We first checked-in to a room facing the street. The traffic and people noise from the street disturbed our sleep. We switched to a room facing back of the building. The noise is better. But the window is not far from the window of another building, so we had to keep our curtains shut all the time. There was very few other customers. Most the days we saw less than five people at breakfast. That should make the hotel quiet, though we still could hear some noise from other room in a few nights.
Breakfast starts pretty late at 8am. It's typical Turkish breakfast. That means only simple cold food, no toast, milk, or cooked eggs.
Overall this is just a small 2-star hotel. We really can't say we enjoy the time there. There are many much nicer hotels at the Karakoy area. You will certainly be happier to spend $20 more for a better one.