“A cluster of retro-chic rooms and studios plus a cool roof terrace, set in buzzy Karaköy above one of the best restaurants in town”
The result is a stylish and sophisticated blend of old and new, with restored plasterwork and exposed copper pipes alongside sleek sofas and industrial lights. It's the perfect base for exploring Istanbul, close to the Galata Bridge and the Beyoglu district, and only 5 minutes by tram from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. After a day pounding the streets, retreat to the roof terrace for a drink, then head down to the lively, blue-tiled restaurant for a slap-up meze meal. We loved it as much as the vibrant quarter in which it sits, and can’t wait to go back.
- Set in one of the hippest parts of town, with galleries, cafés and boutiques on the doorstep
- Lofty, light-filled rooms with heavenly beds and sitting areas, plus studios with kitchenettes for those seeking more independence
- Beautiful design at every turn
- The Karaköy Lokantasi restaurant, whose delicious (and good-value) food is popular with locals and guests alike
- A cool rooftop terrace with unobstructed Bosphorus views
- A construction project between the hotel and waterfront is affecting the view, with works expected to continue into 2020
- No children under 12 - a high for many!
- Not a full-service hotel (no formal reception desk or room service)
- Ensuites don't have bathtubs, but walk-in rainfall showers more than make up for it
- No twin rooms
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant (open daily)
- Ages 12+ welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 12 rooms all share the same simple, clean design: an elegant monochrome colour palette, herringbone parquet floors, minimalist retro-style furniture, exposed copper pipework and funky lighting. Comfy beds are swathed in crisp white sheets and fine linen blankets. Large wardrobes offer plenty of storage space, and you also get a stylish 30s-inspired writing desk and a sitting area with a flatscreen TV. Bathrooms are plush, with geometric-tiled walls, marble floors and walk-in rainfall showers.
Deluxe Doubles have small balconies, some with Bosphorus views (request one on a higher floor to avoid the vista being obscured by docking ferries). Studios come with well-equipped kitchenettes and dining tables. We loved our Deluxe room with its watery outlook and lofty dimensions, but even standard Superior Doubles offer oodles of space.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Karaköy Lokantasi, the stylish turquoise-tiled restaurant downstairs, is hugely popular with hip locals, but a few tables are always reserved for staying guests. We fell in love with its beautiful design, lively vibe and mouth-watering lunch and dinner menus. Choose starters from the glass meze display, then order hot dishes from your table - don’t miss shrimps sautéed in garlic, fried courgette with garlic yoghurt and cucumber, marinated baby artichokes, smoked octopus, and delicately sliced lamb’s liver. We rounded everything off with a pistachio semolina cake and a glass of Raki (the house speciality). The wine list is excellent, too.
A Turkish buffet breakfast is served; if you're staying in a Studio, you can whip up simple meals in your kitchenette. There are markets and grocery shops all around, as well as countless bars and restaurants - just ask staff for recommendations.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Explore Karaköy’s galleries, boutiques and trendy cafés, which are all on your doorstep
- The Cité Française, a pretty shopping arcade built in the 1800s, is just down the road. You’ll find plenty of quirky little shops and lunch spots
- Head to the beautifully restored 16th-century Kiliç Ali Pasa Hammam for some Turkish-style pampering. It's pricey but was one of the highlights of our stay (book in advance)
- Take the tram across the Galata Bridge to see the famous Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia
- Board one of the nearby ferries and journey up the Bosphorus to the mouth of the Black Sea, hopping between European and Asian shores
- Go for a sticky baklava blowout at the local bakery, Karaköy Güllüoğlu Üretim Tesisi, which is just a few steps from the hotel
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
No children under 12 are accepted. If you're coming with a teenager, a rollaway bed can be added to all rooms except the Superior Doubles.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available
Karaköy Rooms sits on a side street in the trendy Karaköy district of central Istanbul, just back from the Bosphorus.
Istanbul has 2 airports - Ataturk (21km away) and Sabiha Gökçen (42km away). Both are served by major international and budget carriers - click on the links below for a list.
From the Airport
It's a 30-minute taxi ride from Ataturk or about an hour from Sabiha Gökçen, though the journey can take much longer during rush hour; the hotel can arrange transfers on request. There are also buses and trams into town, and an irregular airport shuttle.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to Turkey and getting around
- Istanbul Ataturk 21.0 km IST
- Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen 42.0 km SAW
- Beach 20.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km