Gets It's Name From The

Italian Word, Meaning "Door"


La Porta Hotel

Set in the heart of Galata district of Istanbul, La Porta is
within just one minute of walking distance to Galata Tower.
It is a great choice for travellers interested in food, city walks and history.

La Porta offers an historic atmosphere, and a panoramic terrace with spectacular views of 14th century Galata Tower, Genoese walls of medieval Galata Galata, Saint Sophia, Mosque of Süleymaniye and Golden Horn.

La Porta, gets it's name from the Italian word "porta", meaning "door". Starting from the 13th century, to prevent the threats that may come, moats have been dug by the Genoese in front of the Galata Walls.
Hotel building is located only a minute away to the Buyuk Hendek Street, where one of the biggest of these old moats are. At one time, enterence to the city was done by the doors that were on top of these moats and wew closed for safety at night.

Today, we are able to reach the names of the doors as “Porta Di Bombard”, “Porta Nonna”, “Porta Chiera”.



Actually, La Porta is the only hotel at the terrace of which you can see not just the Galata Tower, but also the other two hidden medieval towers along the Genoese fortifications.
Founded as a Genoese colony in the 13th century, Galata with its Roman Catholic character has been once the centre of maritime trade and financial sector of Constantinople. In pre-Republican days, it was home to the city’s foreign residents.

The hotel is a 5-minute walk to Şişhane Underground Station. A pleasant 10-minute stroll from the hotel down the medieval fortifications leads to Golden Horn and the Istanbul’s coolest new hotspot, Karaköy, which is full of exciting new places to eat, shop and explore. From there, just hop on one of the old ferries, the vapur, that shuttle between the European and Asian sides.