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Georges Hotel Galata, Istanbul

17th November 2015

Two weeks ago we flew from London to Mumbai to spend the Diwali holidays with my parents in law. On the way there, we had the chance to stop over in Istanbul for a couple of days, a chance I took up immediately! Our visit was short but nonetheless special, as we had a wonderful stay at a stylish boutique hotel in the city’s district of Beyoglu: Georges Hotel.

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Georges Hotel is located in a heritage building in the heart of Istanbul’s chic cultural centre, minutes away from Galata Tower and the lively Istiklal Street and a short walk to Taksim Square. The entrance to the hotel is hidden away on a narrow street surrounded by shops and bars, so that it could easily go unnoticed. Luckily we arrived by taxi from the airport, so we didn’t have to carry our heavy luggage up and down the hilly streets of Galata.

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The hotel entrance is through a small, dark room that functions as a lobby and bar at once. A couple of steps lead up to the lift and to the 20 bedrooms of Georges Hotel.
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Our room was on the second floor, with two big windows overlooking the street. I toured the hotel on my last day, including a room with private balcony and sea view. I didn’t mind my room’s street view as we spent little time in the hotel, but I must admit that the large balcony looked great!
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We arrived in the middle of the night and the concierge/butler greeted us warmly. After taking us to our room, he led us up to Le Fumoir bar on the 4th floor for a complimentary welcome drink. The warmth of the impeccable staff at Georges Hotel is one of the things I appreciated most about our stay.
Overall I fell in love with the decor of our room, elegantly furnished with dark wood, copper and white elements.

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 All the rooms have high ceilings, sleek furniture, wood parquet floors and a spacious feel.
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The bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a glass panel with dark venetian blinds. The wardrobe is part of the open space, made with a steel pole hanging from the ceiling.

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 In the black marble bathroom we had a huge shower, towels and bathrobes, L’Occitane amenities.
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There are several specialty coffee shops in Beyoglu, but if you happen to need a coffee while you are in the room, then you a Nespresso machine is available.
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An in-room yoga service is also available, thought unfortunately we didn’t have time to try it.
The highlight of Georges Hotel though is the rooftop bar and French restaurant, Le Fumoir, which offers stunning views of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

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The view ranges from the nearby Galata Tower to the historical peninsula, with the city’s highlights clearly visible (Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque).

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Le Fumoir is also were hotel guests can have breakfast, choosing dishes from the a la carte menu.

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I had “menemen” (Turkish scrambled eggs) both mornings, they were a little bit spicy for me but I couldn’t resist them! The breads served with them was also very good, including the traditional “simit” (a circular bread encrusted with sesame seeds).

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I also loved the viennoiserie basket: croissant, pain au chocolat, brioche, jams and butter. My husband enjoyed the French Toast with strawberries and honey.
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Overall is the location of the restaurant that you just can’t beat. Le Fumoir is open to any guests, so you don’t need to stay at the hotel to enjoy this space, food and view.

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Georges Hotel is the perfect base to explore Istanbul: apart one tram ride, we just walked everywhere in the city. The hotel’s location is also perfect to explore the city’s best restaurants and bar near Karakoy and Istiklal street. I would definitely love to stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone. It was my first experience in a boutique hotel and I loved it!

Special thanks to Tailored Turkey for recommending Georges Hotel and arranging my stay. I will share photos of our private Istanbul City Tour soon!

Disclaimer: we stayed at Georges Hotel on a complimentary basis. All opinions are my own.

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