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.
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The old European quarter of Ottoman Istanbul, Beyoğlu today is the city’s hive of cosmopolitan energy. Quirky cafés and a pumping nightlife radiate a confident, bohemian atmosphere, while innovative art galleries such as Salt Galata and the Istanbul Modern have made this neighborhood a creative hub. Night owls will appreciate the frenetic street life, which doesn’t shut down until the wee hours, while the major historic monuments of the old quarter of Sultanahmet are only a short tram ride (or 25-minute walk) away.
Need to Know
Rooms: 5 rooms. From $115. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The New Galata has no restaurant. Each studio-style room comes with a fully equipped kitchenette including a stovetop, refrigerator, electric kettle, and dining table. The area surrounding the hotel is also home to the city’s most vibrant dining scene, with bundles of cafés and restaurants only a short hop from the hotel door. Spa and gym details: There are no fitness or spa facilities within the hotel, but management is happy to recommend favorite Turkish baths and make bookings if guests want to experience the scrub-and-soak bathing tradition of the Ottomans.
Who’s it for: Savvy, independent-minded travelers seeking an inner-city apartment vibe. Our favorite rooms: Request Room 4 (the Red Room) for its balcony, so you can throw open the curtains in the morning and drink your coffee while gazing out onto the street scene. Explore the city: Staff can also arrange custom-tailored, guided gastronomy and shopping tours that explore a slice of Istanbul beyond the big-ticket sights.