Exploring Istanbul with Walton Hotels

18 April 2017


"Beni bilenler bilir, Istanbul denilince benim aklima ilk gelen sey Galata olur, cünkü Galata bambaskadir. Bogaz'mis, bilmem neymis hikaye. Ben Galata Kulesi'ni göreyim, Beyoglu'nun tarih kokan sokaklarinda kaybolayim, benim icin Istanbul kavrami budur. Eski bir dost gibidir o kule. Onu her gördügümde duygulanirim, icim icime sigmaz, hüzünlenirim, ama asiri mutlu olurum. Bana her sekilde hissettirir. Verdigi en güzel his ise "evdeyim" hissi. Ve deli gibi özlerim Galata'yi... hem hareketliligini, canliligini, hem ara sokaklarin sessizligini, hem eski binalari, evleri, otobüsleri, bankalari, ofisleri..." 
26 Subat 2016'da yayinladigim bir yazidan alinti. Hicbir sey degismedi, Galata ayni, ona bakis acim ayni. Bu yüzden Istanbul'a son gidisimde günlerimi Walton Hotels Galata'da gecirmeye karar verdim!

"For me, the definition of Istanbul isn't only Bosphorus, but also the Galata Tower and the old streets of Beyoglu - this is my absolute favorite place in Istanbul! I love walking on streets filled with ancient buildings that smell of history and tell us about old times. Especially the Galata Tower - I get deeply touched everytime I see it, because of its marvelous history - it's definitely the main symbol of Istanbul for me! But the most amazing feeling about Galata is that "home feeling". I love its dynamic lifestyle, but also the silent alleys, old buildings, houses, buses, banks, offices..."
This is a paragraph of my blog post which I've published on 26th February 2016. Nothing has changed, Galata is the same, my feelings for it as well. Therefore I decided to stay at the Walton Hotels Galata during my last Istanbul trip!


Öncelikle Walton Hotels'a ait Istanbul'da, Sultanahmet ve Galata'da olmak üzere iki adet butik otel bulunmakta. Ben yukarda da bahsettigim gibi Galata asigi biri olarak elbette Galata'da kaldim. Ancak Old City Istanbul'u deneyimlemek isteyenler elbette Sultanahmet'teki subeyi de tercih edebilirler. Walton Hotels Galata, Galata Kulesi'ne 200m yakinlikta, yani hemen yaninda sayilir. Daha önce Istanbul'a gitmeyenler icin de belirteyim: buraya Eminönü ve Istiklal Caddesi yürüme mesafesinde, dolayisiyla hem tarihi yarimadaya (Ayasofya, Sultanahmet Camii), hem de Beyoglu ve Karaköy'deki gece klüplerine, barlara ve lezzetli restoranlara cok yakin! Ayrica Sishane metrosuna da 2 dakika yürüme mesafesinde, anlayacaginiz üzere erisim cok rahat ve her sey elinizin altinda. Ayrica otel, Bankalar Caddesi'nin hemen arkasinda bulundugu icin Beyoglu'nun eski binalarla süslenmis tarihi sokaklarinin tadini doyasiya cikarabilirsiniz. Buralari bu yüzden cok seviyorum - mis gibi tarih kokan bu semtin bir karakteri var! Canim Galata!

First of all, I want to mention that the Walton Hotels have two locations: one in Sultanahmet and the other one in Galata. As I mentioned above, I am a Galata-lover, so I decided to stay there of course. But if you want to explore the Old City Istanbul, you can also consider the one in Sultanahmet. Walton Hotels Galata is located 200 meters from the Galata Tower, so it is very close to it. That means that you can reach Eminönü and Istiklal Square by foot as well. But also the Old City (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque etc.), the famous night clubs, bars and delicious restaurants of Beyoglu and Karaköy are absolutely close to the hotel! If you want to explore the whole city you can take the metro - Sishane metro station is just 2 minutes away by foot. So as you can see the hotel is located at the heart of Istanbul and getting to other districts is not a problem either. But Galata on its own is also worth to discover and known for its histrorical style: you'll love the old streets and characteristic buildings which reflect the marvelous history of Istanbul. Galata, my love!


Otele geldigimizde ilk önce tablolar dikkatimi cekti. Odalar da dahil olmak üzere, otelin her yerinde cesitli yagli boya tablolar bulunmakta. Bu sayede cok orjinal bir tasarim elde edilmis. Ben tek kelimeyle bayildim! Sanatsal calismalar zaten ilgimi cekiyor, bu yüzden otelin tablolarla zenginlestirilmis modern ve cagdas dekorunu cok begendim!

When we arrived at the hotel, I firstly recognized the canvases on the walls. Walton Hotels Galata is an art admirer boutique hotel and all the rooms include special oil paintings. I really adored the contemporary and modern decoration with those special canvases. 






Otelin geneli gibi odalar da cagdas cizgilerle tasarlanmis, mobilyalar özenle secilmis ve yine özel yapim yagli boya tablolarla dekore edilmis. Odada kullanilan renkler huzur verici geldi bana, temiz ve sade oldugu icin odaya girdigim ilk dakikadan itibaren iyi hissettim. Ayni zamanda oda epey donanimli: genis ve rahat bir yatak, klima, minibar, radyo ve dock istasyonu, TV, kettle ve kahve makinesi, sac kurutma makinesi ve güzel bir oturma alani. Anlayacaginiz üzere oda oldukca genis! Banyoya da minimalist bir tasarim hakim, tertemiz, güzel ve donanimli ayni sekilde. Yani sonuc olarak odadan fazlasiyla memnun kaldik biz!

Also the rooms are designed with carefully selected furniture in a contemporary concept and decorated with oil paintings. The colors made me feel well from the first minute in our beautiful hotel room. It looked absolutely clean and minimalistic just as I like! The room features a large cozy bed, an air conditioner, a minibar, a radio with a dock station, a flat screen tv, a kettle and a coffee machine, a hairdryer and a beautiful sitting area. So the hotel provides well-equipped large rooms. The bathroom was also absolutely clean and neat. We really loved our room!


Otelin sundugu bir diger harika hizmet ise Welcome Box'i. Bundan kisaca bahsetmek istiyorum: Welcome Box, sehir veya yurt disindan gelen misafirler icin o kadar faydali bir sey ki - aslinda bütün otellerde uygulanmasi gerekiyor! Bu Welcome Box ile otel, misafirlerine konaklama süresince toplu tasima icin ücretsiz Istanbul Kart, ücretsiz telefon ve sinirsiz internet sunuyor. Anlayacaginiz üzere otel disinda da ücretsiz hizmet almis oluyorsunuz - buna cok sasirdim ve takdir ettim dogrusu! Ayrica size verilen telefonda bir acil yardim tusu bulunmakta. Otel disinda acil yardima ihtiyaciniz oldugunda bu tusa bastiginiz takdirde, cagriniz konum bilginizle birlikte otelin resepsiyonuna düsüyor ve derhal sizinle irtibata geciliyor ve yardim saglaniyor. Yine de umarim bu tusu kullanmak zorunda kalmazsiniz, ancak gercekten sunulan hizmet takdir edilesi!

Another service the hotels provides during your stay is the Welcome Box. The Welcome Box contains a free Istanbul Card (for public transport), a convertor, a mobile phone and limitless internet for free. So you'll get service even outside the hotel! In the provided mobile phone there is an emergency button which you can press if you need help. With pressing the button, the reception will get your call with your location information and will immediately get in touch with you and provide you with the help you need. I think the idea of the Welcome Box is absolutely helpful and should be spread!





Manzarayla devam edelim mi? Otelin en üst katta bulunan terasi ve restorani mevcut. Ve buradan manzara tek kelimeyle enfes. Gördügünüz gibi direkt Galata Kulesi ve Halic manzarasi var. Dört bir yanimiz böylesine muazzam bir Istanbul görüntüsüyle cevriliyken yemek yemek paha bilicemezdi. Ayrica günümüzde de kullanildigi gibi "instagrammable", yani Instagram icin elverisli bir mekan. 😜 Buradan harika manzara fotograflari yakalamak mümkün! Galata Kulesi'ni arkama aldigim fotograflarimi da otelin terasinda cekmistik. :)

When it comes to the views, I can recommend to take a cup of tea and enjoy the beautiful Galata Tower and Golden Horn view from the terrace/restaurant of the hotel which is on the top floor. I really loved that mesmerizing Istanbul view and having my breakfast with. Also that location is absolutely "instagrammable" for those who pay attention on their Instagram feed as I do. 😜  You can take absolutely stunning pics from the terrace. The photo with the Galata Tower behind me was also taken on the terrace. :)





Otelde konaklamaya harika bir kahvalti da dahil. Taze sebzelerinden tutun, yumurtasina, receline, peynir cesitlerine ve sicacik ekmeklerine kadar her sey mevcut. Servis konusunda da diyecek söz yok bence, personel cok güleryüzlü ve ilgiliydi. Acik büfe olup olmadigi da belki bazilariniz icin önemlidir, bu otelde kahvalti acik büfe tarzinda sunulmuyor, direkt masaniza servis ediliyor. Biz kahvaltiyi cok begendik, essiz manzarayla birlikte tek kelimeyle enfesti!

Having a super delicious breakfast with a view like that was also super enjoyable. Since breakfast is the most important meal for me, I pay attention on it. But I can say that the breakfast at Walton's was rich and fresh. It offered fresh vegetables, eggs, different jams and sorts of cheese and freshly baked goods - super tasty! Also the hotel staff was always warm, friendly, helpful and couldn't do enough for us. :)



Sonuc itibariyle Walton Hotels Galata'da günlerimizin harika gectigini söyleyebilirim. En önemli özelligi müsteri memnuniyeti olan bu otelde gerek odalarin kendisi, gerekse servis muazzamdi. Ayni zamanda otel personeli de hep güleryüzlü ve ilgiliydi - ben buna cok önem veririm. Bu, otelin karakterini ve misafirlerine verdigi degeri gösterir. Bize her konuda yardimci olmaya calisan misafirperver personeli sayesinde, Walton Hotels Galata'da bu baglamda cok güzel vakit gecirebildik ve Galata'nin mis gibi tarih kokan sokaklarinin keyfini doyasiya cikarabildik. Son olarak Walton Hotels'in 2016 yilinda booking.com tarafindan Istanbul'un en yüksek ratingli (9.8) oteli secildigini ve tripadvisor.com sitesinde de Istanbul'da 1.114 otel arasindan 3. sirada oldugunu belirtmek istiyorum. Sonuc olarak, Istanbul'da konaklama konusunda bu oteli gönül rahatligiyla tavsiye edebilirim, biz cok memnun kaldik!

Summing up I can say that we really enjoyed our stay at Walton Hotels Galata! Since they pay great attention on guest satisfaction, the staff was always super friendly and provided us with the service we need. Everything was just amazing - our room, the breakfast, and also the whole service - and we could enjoy our Istanbul trip to the fullest! Last but not least, I want to mention that in 2016, Walton Hotels was selected as the top-rated (9.8) hotel in Istanbul by booking.com and is also one of the three best of 1114 hotels in Istanbul at tripadvisor.com - and that reveals a lot I think! :) I can absolutely recommend Walton Hotels Galata to everyone who want to enjoy the bohem and dynamic lifestyle of Galata and want to discover the heart of Istanbul!


Umarim bu yaziyi begenmissinizdir ve Istanbul'da konaklama konusunda size yardimci olabilmisimdir.
Eger ilginizi cektiyse Walton Hotels'in websitesini ziyaret edebilirsiniz:

Hope you liked this post and it could help you with the choice for the best accommodation.
You can find more details about the hotel at www.waltonhotels.com

Love, Eylem


In cooperation with Walton Hotels
Sevgili Walton Hotels'a misafirperverliginden dolayi cok tesekkürler!

6 comments :

  1. çok faydalı bir yazı olmuş ve sen yine harikasin!!!

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  2. Wow, amazing post and these photos are incredible! Have to visit Instanbul! 😍

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    1. Thank you! I absolutely can recommend :)

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  3. galataaaaaaa 😍

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