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Looking for a stylish Beyoğlu hotel with a personal touch for your stay in Istanbul? Stories Apart Karakol is an exquisite Istiklal Street hotel within walking distance of tram stations and Taksim Square. Stories Apart Karakol is in a building of lovely French architecture that dates back to the early 1900s. It has been recently renovated to improve its infrastructure without losing its historic charm. Among the modern additions are an up-to-date fire alarm system, video surveillance security, and free wireless internet access. There’s no on-site restaurant, but guests are invited to come to the café or the restaurant at a related property called Stories Apart Kuloğlu, located 1 block away. The hotel is located on the street called Sadri Alisik Sokak, a 2 minute walk from Istiklal Street ( İstiklal Caddesi in Turkish), a major thoroughfare that’s almost totally pedestrianized, except for emergency vehicles and a vintage tram that provides public transportation. Some 500 metres/0.3 mile to the west is Taksim Square ( Taksim Meydanı ), considered the heart of modern Istanbul. Nearby sights include Hagia Triada Orthodox Church, S. Antonio di Padova Catholic Church, a private museum of paintings and archaeological objects called the Pera Museum, or Pera Müzesi, and the Galata Convent of Whirling Dervishes, housing the Museum of Divan Literature.