Located just off Istiklal Street on the rapidly developing Kumbaracı Yokuşu, Stories Apart Kumbaracı opened in late 2011, and is housed in a historical building that dates back to the 1890s. The building still has its original marble staircases as well as plenty of lovely wrought iron on the staircases and balconies. The décor is very tasteful, in shades of cream and grey, and decorated with black and white photographs of architectural details of the Galata area taken by a local artist.
The rooms all feature fireplaces and low lighting, which adds to the romantic feel, while the building itself has kept historical features that add to the charm. The hotel has 24 rooms. The most impressive is the suite on the top floor, which has a large terrace with a Bosphorus view, as well as a fireplace and flat-screen TV. The rooms all feature kitchenettes, and many have seating areas. Guests can also take their meals at Moro, the popular Italian restaurant located downstairs.
Galata’s New Boutique Hotels; by Yeşim Yemni