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Karakoy Port Hotel 3.0

Istanbul, Turkey

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Pros

  • Convenient location near port for guests arriving/departing on cruise ships
  • Within walking distance of Galata Tower and Istiklal Avenue
  • Lovely rooms feature soft color schemes and modern bathrooms
  • Roof terrace has views of Bosphorus
  • Free Turkish breakfast buffet offers a variety of options
  • 24-hour room service 
  • Airport transfers available
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Feminine room decor may not suit everyone’s taste
  • Some rooms have small corner showers
  • No pool or gym

Bottom Line

The charming Karakoy Port Hotel is a mid-range property located near the cruise port, which makes it a popular choice with pre- and post-cruise guests. There’s a terrace with breathtaking Bosphorus views where guests can enjoy the free Turkish breakfast buffet. Rooms feature lovely, classic decor in soft shades, though it might not suit everyone's tastes, and have sleek, modern bathrooms (but some showers are small). Though the hotel is located outside of the more touristy area of Istanbul, it's still within walking distance of Galata Tower and Istiklal Avenue.Travelers wanting to be nearer to Sultanahmet should compare rates with Best Point Hotel, a mid-range option within a short walk of the Blue Mosque. 

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Scene

Attractive hotel with extravagant furnishings and large rooftop terrace

Flowers hanging over balcony rails adorn the facade of the Karakoy Port Hotel, while gold details and red velvety curtains in the windows hint at the opulent decor inside. The classically styled lobby features Victorian furniture and palatial details like a chandelier suspended from a ceiling rich with decorative crown molding, plush red drapes, and an Ottoman rug covering the tiled floor. The breakfast room has a more modern feel with sleeker tables and chairs. Wrap-around windows offer panoramic sea views. Weather permitting, guests can also dine on a huge rooftop terrace with tables and chairs surrounded by short brick walls, offering scenic views over rooftops and the water.

Location

Seafront location near port, within walking distance of Galata Tower and Istiklal Avenue

Karakoy Port Hotel is situated on the seafront and within walking distance of the port where cruise ships dock. It’s also across from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The hotel is outside of the area that is more trafficked by tourists, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby and a tram stop within a five-minute walk. It’s a 15-minute walk to bustling Istiklal Avenue as well as Galata Tower and its historic area. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are a 15-minute cab ride away. The airport is within a 30-minute drive, and the hotel offers airport transfers. 

Rooms

Charming rooms with feminine decor and modern bathrooms

Rooms have delicate, feminine decor (which might not suit all tastes) in soft shades that includes pale lavender curtains, velvety tufted headboards, and chandeliers. Victorian furniture sets include white and gold armoires, nightstands, and vanity desks. All rooms have 32-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, minibars, free bottled water, and coffee/tea facilities. Some rooms offer lovely sea views. Marble bathrooms with subtle gold details have walk-in rainfall showers (though these vary in size and can be quite small in some rooms) as well as makeup mirrors, a good range of toiletries, and loofah pads.

Features

Free breakfast buffet, rooftop terrace with Bosphorus views, and free Wi-Fi

A free Turkish breakfast buffet with a variety of items is served in the lovely breakfast room that offers panoramic views over the sea, or guests can dine on the large rooftop terrace. 24-hour room service is also available, and the hotel can arrange for airport transfers. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Address

Tophane Iskele cad.No.10, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey

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