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59 out of 100

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UNION HOTEL KARAKOY

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9.5

Excellent (805 ratings)

Istanbul, Turkey - 

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350 m Galata Bridge

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420 m Galata Tower

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420 m Golden Horn

Hotel Overview

UNION HOTEL KARAKOY is a well-reviewed hotel located in the historic and vibrant district of Karakoy in Istanbul. It has garnered attention for its unique blend of traditional charm and modern amenities, making it a popular choice among travelers seeking an authentic Istanbul experience.

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Hotel highlights

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Property

Location

  1. Prime Location: Situated in a bustling area, offering easy access to local attractions, restaurants, and public transport.
  2. Exceptional Staff: Many reviews highlight the friendly and helpful nature of the hotel's staff, enhancing guests' stay experience.
  3. Unique Decor: The hotel's interior design combines modern and traditional elements, creating a captivating atmosphere.
  4. Comfortable Rooms: Guests frequently commend the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms, providing a restful night's sleep.
  5. Value for Money: The hotel is often praised for offering excellent service and amenities at a reasonable price point.
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Area for improvement

  1. Noise Levels: Some guests report that the hotel can be noisy, especially rooms facing the street.
  2. Room Size: A few reviews mention that certain rooms can feel cramped, particularly for those traveling with lots of luggage.
  3. Limited Amenities: While the essentials are covered, some guests desire more in-room or on-site amenities.
  4. Inconsistent Wi-Fi: There have been instances of intermittent Wi-Fi connectivity, causing inconvenience for guests needing reliable internet access.
  5. Breakfast Options: Although generally satisfactory, some guests feel the breakfast variety and quality could be improved.

Amenities

Grocery/Convenience store

Free WiFi

Free WiFi

Parking available

Parking available

Housekeeping

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

Laundry

Laundry

24/7 front desk

24/7 front desk

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

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RateScore

Total 805 Reviews

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RateScore is average rating from most popular providers

Blended Web Rating

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9.2

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9.5

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9.6

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4.8/5

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5.0/5

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agoda

27 Reviews

9.2 / 10

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booking

539 Reviews

9.5 / 10

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expedia

44 Reviews

9.6 / 10

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google

140 Reviews

4.8 / 5

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tripadvisor

55 Reviews

5.0 / 5

Reviews

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Words are aggregated from hotel reviews across the web and listed by the most mentions.

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Service was mentioned 79 times

5% Negative94% Positive

Reviews based on Service

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Paul BOULOS3 months ago
2/5Google icon

We took a room for 4 nights with a sea view, which was as expected, an impressive view of the historical city side and sea. The check-in process was quick, and staff welcomed us very professionally. Overall, it was okay but for the price we paid it was not worth it and we did have some misadventures and issues. Some of them below: 1) Noise level from street and especially from neighboring rooms (next door and above) was horrible!! You get used to the constant traffic noise from street. But noise from other rooms is not acceptable. There is no insulation at all in the walls or ceilings. You could hear anything happening around you. First night we had some people staying next door and they were talking loudly non-stop until 3am. We have called reception twice to ask them to do something about it, but nothing was done. The other nights was still a bit better, but we could still hear ‘less noisy’ neighbors. Reception did acknowledge that there is no insulation. This is unacceptable to have no insulation at all!!! 2) Second day: while we were out exploring the city, we received a message late afternoon from the hotel telling us that we needed to move rooms as there was an unexpected plumbing issue in the bathroom (pipe exploded). We replied that it is fine and will come back in the next hour to move our stuff. When we arrived, we were escorted to our room by a very unprofessional staff member (it was the first time we had seen him). He would treat us like we were kids (incredibly informal) and make very bad jokes (this for the rest of our stay). One of the jokes was even racist. But the most important thing was that when we arrived in our room, some workers were already in with doors wide open and doing their things. We had to move our stuff while people were around us, and the same unprofessional staff member from before tried to help by beginning to put everything in our bags himself. We told him many times that we prefer doing that ourselves as this is our personal belongings, but he kept being pushy and wanting to help… I had to be direct to him and tell him to let us be as this is not helping at all, but the opposite is stressing us out. Summary: Overall, it is an okay hotel. The view is great, and you get used to street noise. All the staff are friendly as well as professional (if you dont count that unprofessional staff member mentioned above). I would still not recommend that hotel at that price. You do feel a bit scammed. Also, we might have been really unlucky with the 2 points above and do feel the staff are trying their best.

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Farindokht L6 months ago

During my recent visit to Istanbul, I had the pleasure of staying at the boutique hotel, Union Karakoy. Although the hotel did not provide breakfast, the exceptional service provided by the friendly personnel and its prime location near a fantastic restaurant made my stay truly memorable.||Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by the staff who displayed genuine hospitality and a genuine desire to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Their attentiveness and willingness to assist with any request created a welcoming atmosphere that instantly made me feel at home.||The hotel's location on the main street of Karakoy was incredibly convenient. Its proximity to various attractions, including bustling markets, historical sites, and vibrant neighborhoods, allowed me to easily explore the city on foot or by public transportation. Despite being located on a busy street, the hotel managed to maintain a peaceful ambiance, providing a quiet retreat amidst the city's vibrant energy.||While the hotel did not offer breakfast, I discovered a delightful restaurant just a short stroll away. This nearby restaurant provided a wonderful breakfast experience, offering a diverse menu with delicious options to start the day. The proximity of this restaurant, coupled with the hotel's helpful recommendations, ensured that I could kickstart my mornings with a satisfying meal before setting out to explore the city.||The hotel's interior design exuded a unique blend of contemporary elegance and traditional charm. The rooms were tastefully decorated, providing a comfortable and inviting retreat after a day of sightseeing. The cleanliness and attention to detail in maintaining the facilities were commendable, reflecting the hotel's commitment to providing a pleasant environment for its guests.|

Hotel Quality

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General Info

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Total number of rooms 16

WiFi Quality

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Idle

12

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25

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13

Wifi Speed Is Good For

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web browsing

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HD online movies

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group video calls

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4K online movies

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online gaming

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What's nearby

Galata Bridge

350 m

Galata Tower

420 m

Golden Horn

420 m

Istiklal Avenue

700 m

Topkapi Palace

2 km

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Getting around

Karakoy Tünel Station

280 m

Beyoglu Station

630 m

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Airports Nearby

Istanbul Airport (IST)

21 km

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Restaurants

Dem Meyhane

210 m

Kuytu Balık

140 m

Mahkeme Lokantası

Nearby

Balıkçı Kemal'in Yeri

140 m

Roots Studio & Cafe

140 m

Street View

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Daytime safety

70 out of 100

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Nighttime safety

40 out of 100

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Istanbul safety index

Safety

Crime

59

Overall Safety Index

Risky

An average rating of the six safety categories

59 out of 100

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Women safety

Risky

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Likelihood of inappropriate behavior against women.

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43

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Physical safety

Safe

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Likelihood of injury due to harmful intent.

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70

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Property safety

Risky

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Likelihood of theft.

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43

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Political safety

Risky

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Potential for infringement of political rights or political unrest.

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43

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LGBTQ safety

Risky

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Likelihood of harm or discrimination against LGBTQ persons or groups and level of caution required at location.

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57

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Medical safety

Very Safe

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Likelihood of illness or disease, assessment of water and air quality, and access to reliable medical care.

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100

48

Overall Crime index

Moderate

An average rating of the crime categories

48 out of 100

Property crime severity

Moderate

46

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Mugging or robbery  45/100

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Car theft  32/100

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Car break-ins  44/100

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Home break-ins  42/100

Violent crime severity

Moderate

42

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Physical attacks  49/100

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Racism or religion motivated attacks  33/100

Other crime severity

Moderate

52

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Insult or harassment in public  51/100

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Corruption or bribery  71/100

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Drug problem  44/100

Prices Around Property

Average Daily Costs Per Person

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Bottle of water 1.5L

$0.1 - $0.7

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Coffee

$1.3 - $3

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Beer 0.5L

$1.3 - $2.5

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Meal, inexpensive restaurant

$5 - $11.7

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Public transport, one-way ticket

$0.3 - $0.7

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Taxi 1km (normal tariff)

$0.3 - $0.6

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Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course

$20 - $66.8

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Bottle of mid-range wine

$5.7 - $16.7

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McMeal at McDonalds

$5 - $6.7

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Coke/Pepsi 0.33L

$0.7 - $1.7

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Public transport, monthly pass

$25.1 - $40.1

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Gasoline (1 liter)

$1.1 - $1.3

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Mobile phone monthly plan

$4.2 - $10

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Fitness club, monthly fee

$13.9 - $66.8

Weather In Istanbul

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Precipitation In Istanbul

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Air Quality

Unhealthy (For Sensitive Groups)

PM2.515

PM1038

63

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Limited risk for sensitive individuals. Not recommended to do outdoor activities.

Drinkable Water Quality

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Fair

Water may have some problems, not recommended for daily consumption.

Traffic around property

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Heavy

Potential slowdowns and congestion, expect delays during peak travel times.

House Rules

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Check in after 14:00

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Check out until 12:00

Children welcome

No pets or service animals

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