Sister Act - pair turns Istanbul mansion into unique hotel.
...the Galata Antique is a boutique hotel built in 1881 as the winter residence of a wealthy French family named Decugis. It lies at the end of Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian boulevard snaking from Taksim Square through an elaborate shopping and entertainment district to the Tünel subway station….
....Duygu Arguc and her sister Ebru together manage the Galata Antique Hotel, in the lively Tunel neighbourhood of central Istanbul, Turkey. The hotel is gem for those looking for reasonable rates...
....First time tourists to Istanbul tend to stay in the Sultanahmet neigbourhood, close to principle splendours remaining from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Return visitors and those staying more than a few days, however, often gravitate across the Golden Horn to the Tünel and adjacent Taksim districts, which are livelier- especially at night.....
...The area boasts attractions of its own. Nearby stands Galata Tower, down the street lies the Pera Palace, famous as the hotel for passengers of the formet Orient Express. Around the corner is the Babylon Club, a landmark for locals and visitors alike for its lineup of Turkish and world music acts…..
August 14, 2004
John Goddard, Toronto Star
A clean, inexpensive option in this part of town is hard to find, but the newly renovated Galata Antique, located just down the street from the American embassy and a few steps away from the entrance to Tünel and Istiklal Caddesi, provides a friendly and potentially cheap one...
Frommer's Turkey, 3rd Edition