Karaköy Rooms

  • Location: City
    Restaurants: In walking distance
    Shops and galleries: In walking distance
    Istanbul Modern Art Museum: In walking distance
  • Istanbul Airport (ISL): 20km (25 mins by car or taxi)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    Free parking
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An introduction to Karaköy Rooms

How would you describe Karaköy Rooms in a nutshell?

Karaköy Rooms is a small boutique hotel in the heart of Istanbul. It’s simple, bright, and with furniture from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

What was your inspiration to open Karaköy Rooms as a small boutique hotel?

We have had our restaurant here for over 13 years. I used to live in the same building on the 4th floor and our office was on the 2nd. When all of the floors in the building happened to become available, we decided to rent the whole building to expand the business to a boutique hotel.

The building is about 100 years old and was in a very bad condition and needed renovation. It was literally falling apart.

To you personally, what is so special about Karaköy Rooms?

I like meeting the holiday guests and taking care of them during breakfast. It’s not like being in a hotel, it’s like being at home taking care of my guests.

What would be a typical Turkish food experience?

Eating meze is a very typical traditional Turkish experience. You don’t order for yourself but you share everything on the table. The food is put in the middle and you eat it with your hands. It’s something holiday guests wouldn’t know, so we show them at our restaurant.

How to drink is also important. It’s a kind of ritual or ceremony. If you order Turkish coffee, for example, you can’t put sugar in afterwards and stir your coffee. Another example is eating olives at breakfast. It is very unusual for many Europeans, but it is typical for Turkish breakfasts.

Looking back, what has been your biggest reward about running a small boutique hotel?

The feedback coming from our holiday guests about Karaköy Rooms and our team has really made us very happy. Guests keep sending their friends and relatives. Those recommendations are very rewarding. We also get very good ratings, so we are going in the right direction. That makes me very happy.

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room
Studio
Studio
Superior Room
Deluxe Room view
Studio dining area and kitchen
Deluxe Room
Karaköy Rooms exterior

Karaköy Rooms rooms & rates

Currently there are three types of rooms: Studios, Superior Rooms, and Deluxe Rooms. Each floor has one room from each category.

Studios are around 60 square meters with sitting areas, dining areas, and little kitchenettes. They also have king-sized beds.

Superior rooms are around 25 to 30 square meters. Deluxe Rooms are corner rooms with around 40 square meters. They have a very nice view of the Bosphorus. That’s why they are deluxe. They also have sitting areas, but no kitchen or dining areas.

I like the Studios very much because you feel like you’re renting a flat, but the deluxe room on the top floor, Room #9, has a very nice view and high ceilings.

The Superior Rooms are on the sides of the building, so they have street views. The one on the top floor has a bit of a view of the Bosphorus and two of the Studios have a sea view in a narrow angle.

  • Superior Room for 2 people / 25 m²
    119 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    This double room has an electric kettle, air conditioning and minibar. There is no capacity for extra beds in this room.

    Room facilities: Safe, Air conditioning, Desk, Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shower, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Telephone, Satellite channels, Laptop safe, Flat-screen TV, Minibar, Electric kettle, Wake-up service. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

  • Deluxe Room for 2 people / 40 m²
    129 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    This room has a cosy balcony and partial sea views.

    Room facilities: Balcony, City view, Telephone, Satellite channels, Laptop safe, Flat-screen TV, Safe, Air conditioning, Desk, Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shower, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Minibar, Electric kettle, Wake-up service, Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

  • Deluxe Room (w/ sea view) for 2 people / 40 m²
    169 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    Large room with a small balcony and sea views.

    Room facilities: Balcony, Sea view, Telephone, Satellite channels, Laptop safe, Flat-screen TV, Safe, Air conditioning, Desk, Sitting area, Heating, Sofa, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shower, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Minibar, Electric kettle, Wake-up service. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

  • Studio for 2-3 people / 55 m²
    149 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    Large studio with a kitchenette and a dining area.

    Room facilities: Safe, Air conditioning, Desk, Sitting area, Heating, Sofa, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shower, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Telephone, Satellite channels, Laptop safe, Flat-screen TV, Minibar, Kitchenette, Refrigerator, Dining area, Electric kettle, Wake-up service, Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

Included in the rates
Rates are accommodation only.
Optional extras
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the restaurant belonging to the same owner.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 12 years are welcome. Extra beds are available on request at EUR 40 per night.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 14:30
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • TV
  • Restaurant
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

We provide housekeeping services like any other hotel.

For lunch, it’s typical home cooking — fresh vegetable soups and other types of food you could find in every Turkish house. There are about 40 different items on the menu which changes daily. For dinner we serve tapas for appetizers. The main dishes are grilled meats and other Turkish specialties.

We don’t take reservations for lunch but do for dinner as the place normally gets very busy. The atmosphere is very lively and it’s not expensive.

Things to do in İstanbul

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Boat trips

Guests mostly have their plans already outlined; they do their homework, but if they don’t know, we’re more than happy to give them recommendations.

The historical part of Istanbul is a must-see of course. There are really nice little shops in the Grand Bazaar and lots of interesting museums.

Another typical Turkish experience would be to visit a hammam of course. There’s a very nice one nearby.

The location of Karaköy Rooms

Karaköy is one of the oldest parts of Istanbul. It used to be a major harbour and very lively, and you can still feel that. All around are nice, old buildings.

Now it’s an up-and-coming area and has become very popular over recent years. We have been here over 13 years because of the restaurant. It used to be very quiet, but now it seems like in a few years it will be like New York’s Soho. There are art galleries opening, design shops, new designer hotels, and a big government project on the seaside. It’s a very interesting area.

From here you can get everywhere by foot or by tram. The tram station is just a two minute walk away. It’s very convenient for our guests.

When is the best time to visit İstanbul?

I would say spring and autumn. May and June, September and October in Istanbul are very good. June and July are also nice. In winter, there’s too much rain, and it’s cold. And August often gets very hot.