In recent years, extensive urban renewal has brought new hotels, restaurants and businesses to the district, and with the huge Galataport development project under way, there will be new cruise ship facilities and lots more.
If you stay in a Karaköy hotel, you will be right in the midst of the city with numerous transportation options to easily take you anywhere else in the city: the Kabataş - Bağcılar tram to Old Istanbul, the Tünel to İstiklal Caddesi and Beyoğlu, ferryboats to the Asian shore of the Bosphorus and, on the south shore of the Golden Horn only a 10-minute stroll across the Galata Bridge, lots more ferryboats and the Marmaray to take you to yet more places.
My favorite new hotel in Karaköy is the Hotel Morione, a true boutique hotel with only 21 rooms, allowing the staff to give you personal attention and service. The Morione is off the main boulevards, so it's quiet, yet it is only a short walk from everything Karaköy has to offer. It has its own spa, hamam (Turkish bath) and sauna, a restaurant and bar named LaMaritza and a quite wonderful Vinotek (wine bar) in a cave in the cellar—don't miss it! More...
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—by Tom Brosnahan