"Good Location - 5* Receptionists - reasonably prcd"
The hotel is located literally in front of the Galata Tower, so even though not all taxi drivers knew the hotel, they knew right away how to get us there the moment we said "Galata Kule"!
We arrived at the K. Ataturk airport in Istanbul at 5:50 AM and our ground transportation service (Kamil Koc - highly recommended) dropped us off at the hotel at 7:05 AM. We asked the receptionist to place our luggage in storage until the 2:00 PM check in time, but he pleasantly surprised us by stating that our room was ready and if we wanted we were welcome to check in immediately! He even offered us free breakfast, although we were not entitled to it!
4 out of the 5 different receptionists we dealt with spoke English very well.
The free breakfast buffet is pretty decent and the views from the rooftop restaurant spectacular! Besides the typical spread of cereals, yogurt, bread rolls, olives, cheese, dried figs, coffee, orange juice, they offer eggs repared 3 different ways. Boiled (to your liking of hardness 3', 4', 5' or 6'), omelets (always overcooked) and "menemen" (a Turkish type of scrambled eggs with vegetables and tomatoes - absolutely delicious!!!)
The hotel's proximity to the Galata Tower has also its negative side - it's a hung out to people of every age group. During our first night, a few street musicians and their singing audience kept us up well past 2:30 AM. On our 3rd night, a city construction group started some sort of construction at 11 PM until 3:20 AM!!!
Traveller from Long Island, NY