The area around the landmark Galata
Tower, visible from much of the city
center, from the Golden
Horn and the
Bosphorus, was a prime 19th-century
residential quarter with a large Jewish
In decline during much of the 20th
century, it is now undergoing rapid
renovation and even gentrification as Istanbullus come to appreciate its
central position in the city, and its
If you're interested in Istanbul's
history, this is a good place
to stay, as the Neve
Shalom synagogue is right down the street, and other
Jewish sites such as the Italian
synagogue and Ashkenazi synagogue are
only a few blocks away.
Some of its old apartment buildings
have been restored and are now available
as short-term rentals. There are even
a few boutique hotels.
Facing the Galata
Tower in this lively
Turkish neighborhood, the Anemon
Galata offers a real Istanbul experience.
Although tourists come to the Galata
Tower, most of the people you'll
meet here are locals: families, students,
workers, retirees. The shops and
eateries tend to be authentic rather
than touristy, and value-priced. More...
To get to the hotel, it's easy to reserve
a value-priced private airport
transfer to the hotel
in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle
that costs only slightly more than
and significantly less than two taxis
(which you'll need if you have 4+
people and/or lots of luggage), and far
more pleasant, comfortable and trustworthy. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan