Vallaury, a famous 19th-century architect, designed the Pera Palace and Istanbul Archeological Museum; as well as the Galata Antique Hotel as a mansion for a French businessman in 1881. Once the French family decided to leave Turkey, the ownership of the building changed, and since the 1960?s, the building has been used as a hotel. Galata Antique Hotel has a unique atmosphere, Special Class Rating, 27 rooms decorated in classical Turkish style. Each room is superbly furnished, featuring comfortable bed, minibar, remote control satellite TV, direct line phone, hair-dryer, and bath-shower. Some rooms have air conditioning.Istanbul Hotel Galata Antique, had been built as a mansion in 1881 (at that time beyoglu and taksim was called "Pera") for a levatine french family named Decugis, by the famous architect Alexandre Vallaury.Back then Beyoglu was home district for the opulent levantine families - mostly the francophones - who were living in Istanbul. The life in Beyoglu was spectacular and flashy with operas, charity balls, elegant restaurants and caf-chantants. Location:Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul is conveniently located in Istanbul's one of the famous bohemian quarters Tunel (Tnel Meydani). Istanbul's best restaurants, bars, cafes and a short stroll to everything else is in this genuine district, BeyogluArea:Taksim - Beyoglu (Istanbul's SoHo) is considered as the most lively district of Istanbul. The famous Istiklal Street is a meeting point for both local people and independent tourists. During the year Istikal Street and Taksim hosts various festivals, art exhibitions, theater, opera and ballet performances in AKM. Taksim is a unique place where the art, history and culture and social life combines.Recreation:Enjoy the antique bar in the lobby. An ideal place for relaxation and a couple of drinks, and socializing with your friends after a long day. Within convenient reach of Istanbuls Beyoglu district, located the heart of the city. Galata Antique Hotel also allows easy access to Istanbul airport, located in the middle of financial and shopping, district, near many tourist attractions and fine restaurants and nightlife are 5 minutes walking distanceRooms:Each of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul's 23 bedrooms is individually designed and furnished with classic style. Each room has split air-conditioning, bathroom with shower and a hairdryer, minibar, direct dial telephone and satellite television. Hotel has an historical elevator working perfectly. Despite of being in a very central location, the rooms are quiet and peaceful. There is also daily housekeeping service during your stayGalata Antique Hotel Istanbul was originally built as a mansion in 1881 by the famous architect Alexandre Vallaury. Pera Palace, Istanbul Archeology Museum, Bosphorus Palace, Academy of Fine Arts and Markiz Passage are some examples of his legacy in Istanbul.The lobby is small and decorated tastefully. GoodThe hotel has the Antique Bar, in the lobby, which is an ideal place for relaxation and drinks and the Vallaury Restaurant which offers good international cuisine.