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Faikpasha Galata Boutique Hotels. We have had the opportunity to stay in galata boutique hotels all over Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, and the Faik Pasha Hotel is without question one of our favorite hotels anywhere. Faik Pasha is the labor of love a retired Turkish attorney who decided to create a hotel like the best she had experienced in her own travels, and the care she has taken showed in every aspect of our experience. The Faik Pasha Galata Boutique Hotels is a series of restored town houses on a narrow street in the Beyoglu neighborhood of Istanbul, the hip section of the modern part of the city, north of the Golden Horn.

Istiklal Street

It is downhill from the pedestrianized main drag in this area, the street Istikal Cadessi, which can be reached in about 10 minutes. It is also uphill from from the Tophane tramway stop, but that part of the hill is very steep. Easy to go down, but tough to climb. If you don’t like climbing hills, plan to take cabs to and from the hotel. The Sulthanhamet is within easy reach, and cabs are reasonable. The staff will call the cab, and tell them where you’re going. Take a hotel business card in case you want to take a cab back, and don’t speak Turkish. There are restaurants, cafes, and shops within a short walk of the hotel itself. You don’t have to go to Istikal to eat/drink/shop. There are also small grocery stores and a laundry (30TL per load, same day service) within an easy walk of the hotel.

Furnished Room

The rooms are furnished with antiques from local shops and bazaars. Ours (#101) was roomy by European standards, very comfortable, and charming. It had a fridge, kitchen sink, and microwave, which made it easy to keep snacks in the room. It also had 2 TVs, one with DVD player. The bed was comfortable, and the street quiet enough at night that we slept with no trouble at all. The hotel breakfast buffet was fresh, varied, and delicious. We enjoyed it very much throughout our stay of almost 2 weeks. It includes hot prepared dishes if you want to eat hearty, as well as breads, cheeses, fruit, coffee, tea, etc. The hotel also has its own hamam (Turkish bath) which handles one person at at time, and saves you the trouble of going to one of the public baths. We all (4 of us) had baths and loved them!

Great Staff

The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. Some of them had very limited English, but never so limited that they could not help with our needs. They made us feel welcome and very much at home. This is a wonderful place. If you want to stay in Beyoglu, stay here! Faikpasha Furnished Room in Galata.

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