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.