Istanbul’s hippest district, Beyoğlu, offers a resoundingly different accommodation option, aimed at independent travelers. For guests who love the idea of renting a holiday apartment to experience Istanbul life but still seek the security of a hotel, the New Galata offers the best of both. The five expansive rooms come outfitted with fully equipped kitchenettes perfect for foodie travelers looking to explore Istanbul’s vibrant street market scene. Light-filled interiors have a touch of studio living about them, mixing blond wood and bold splashes of primary colors with the original stonework of the building’s 1930s architecture. Service is unobtrusive and low-key, allowing those who want to discover the city for themselves to forge their own Istanbul path. For guests who do welcome extra help, though, management here is amply clued in to the latest trendy restaurant and café openings that are causing a buzz on the Beyoğlu scene.