Travel Review: The Georges Hotel

Istanbul is a place of contrasts – Western and Eastern ideals and aesthetics mingle side-by-side in this ancient city. The Georges Hotel (24 Serdar-ı Ekrem Sokak, Galata; 90-212/244-2423; is also a study in contrasts.

Set in a beautifully refurbished 1890s apartment building, it features modern designs and luxuriously upto-date accommodations. Opened by French lawyer-turned-hotelier Alexander Varlik, the Georges Hotel is located in the city’s historic Galata area. Each of its 20 sleek and stylish rooms comes with opulent amenities such as goose down pillows and duvets, high floors, massive wood parquet and teak wood furniture, as well as more modern touches such as iPad docking stations and walk-in rain showers. Be sure to book the sea-side rooms, which offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Bosporus.