LOVELY DELUXE APARTMENT IN GALATASARAY, BEYOGLU, ISTANBUL

Aydin Balcik

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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LOVELY DELUXE APARTMENT IN GALATASARAY, BEYOGLU, ISTANBUL

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1 bedroom, living room, dining room, 1 shower in WC, sleeps max. 4

You are coming to Istanbul, that means you are looking for something historical but urban, something imperial but humble, something oriental but western, something old style but fresh. Those are what we are offering make the city embracing you in a warm way. You may find real comfort in a spacious picture. The most of the furniture has been taken from our antique shop, cleaned, varnished and settled to make a difference and create an exceptional decoration and make you feel yourself someone special who already you are. There will be a small garden you may share with our other flat in a month. Cezayir Street known as French quarter is a few steps away. Also Istiklal Street, Asmali Mescit, Galata, Cihangir in walking distance. The touristic attractions of Eminonu, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus tours with ferries, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, several old hamams, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are very easy to access by tram. You may walk those routes which could be fun also.

Since August 2010, we have hosted 318 people in 108 group in the apartment (July 25th, 2013)

If you see your days are not available on calendar or if you have a bigger group, please ask for any other rooms, because we have 6 flats in the same building with numbers of capacity for hosting 26 people at the same time.

This is really lovely deluxe flat in Galatasaray managed by directly the owners who like to meet people from around the world. If you seek for exceptional places, this is it.

Please read until the end of this description to see what you will have in Istanbul with us.

Want to go to Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace or Grand Bazaar. Get a tram from Tophane after 5 minutes walk.

Would you like to shop? Walk to Galatasaray, Istiklal Street in 5 minutes and get everything you want.

You wanna try a glass of Raki? 'Cicek Pasaji - Passage de Fleure', an old and very decorative gallery with full of drink houses, is in 5 minutes walk away. Or you may go to Nevizade Street after there. But take it slow, Raki would make you dizzy. It is our strong and very delicious spirit. It's best in a conversation.

Or you can take Galata area, near the Galata Tower. You may get there in 15 minutes by walking. There are new shops and cafes await you.

What about neighborhood? Cezayir Street, also known French Street is 25 steps up. You cannot find anything French, but lots of cafes and restaurants offers variety of courses from Turkish and international cuisine. In the street there are singers playing guitar and sing popular Turkish and English songs in the evening. This ambiance attracts tourists and natives together.

Of course entertainment is not the only thing we have. History begins from our building and street. In Tophane, the old arsenal building, the Mosque of the Admiral Kilic Ali Pasha, Modern Art museum and the new art galleries are some of attractive places you would like to interest.

By following the tram line you can get Galata Bridge, with a great view, some oriental and makes you feel you are in a fairy tale especially in the morning or near to the evening. There are fish restaurants under the bridge or near the ports also. BalikEkmek-Fish&Bread; would be a good meal.

On the way to the bridge, there are several old churches, which are hundreds of years old.

After the bridge you get Eminonu. This journey takes 20 minutes maximum by walking. Or you can take tram of course. Eminonu is where the Spice Bazaar is. We call it Egyptian Bazaar.

You want more? You will have it.

Go left from Tophane. After 2 tram stop you get Kabatas, where the ferries go to Prince's Islands. Except winter, the islands offer an experience about living in another world in Istanbul, without kaos and crowd of cars. There are 2 type of ferries. Seabuses and ferries. We recommend open ones, because you will have opportunities to feed the seagulls with simit. What is simit? It's a kind of bagel with sesame on it. Very crispy. And the best ones are being baked in our street, Bogazkesen. For islands one day would be enough.

From Kabatas you may take buses to Sariyer, near the edge of Bosphorus. There are several villages after and after with old neighborhoods on the coast with fish restaurants and cafes, and parks to sit near the sea. Ortakoy, Bebek, Emirgan, Yenikoy, Sariyer. Without taking tram, you can walk to Kabatas in 15 minutes, and get a bus to go the villages above.

After Kabatas, it is Dolmabahce, where the last Ottoman Palace is. Very decorative.

We may show you around, if you don't know anything about the neighborhood, when you get here.

So, lots of words to attract your attention.

We have some more space to write something, but why don't you come here to explore the others?

Thanks for visiting.

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Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Aydin Balcik (Owner)
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About Aydin Balcik

Zeki Pasha, a top ranked general in the Ottoman Army, who died just before World War I, who was my grand grand father, had left the building to his children. The building was home for our family for a long time. Now, the building is a great opportunity to meet people around the world. We have 7 flats in the building to host you. Me and my wife Evrim were admen, in 2007 decided to change our life, and quitted our jobs. She had a course for baking and baked brownies, muffins for a year, I was the one delivered them. In the same time, I was trying to keep on doing advertisement as a freelancer. One other thing was keeping the antique shop from my father. But after a while we realized that we need to focus on accommodation. A divided establishment was not bad for managing the life for a while, but then it became the most tiring activity, then we closed the other runs and now we are only make people resides in our apartments.

This is still about establishing our life. We are helping each other for everything to build it. Me and my cousin still renovating the building and around. Thanks God and thanks to near 2200 people who has chosen us, we can.

Aydin Balcik purchased this apartment in 1900

Why Aydin Balcik chose Beyoglu

I was born into this neighborhood. It was not an investment, it's our family heritage. In 2004, an investor has come to our street, bought, hired some buildings, made people come together and they all together transformed the street into an entertainment area. Now we have cafes and restaurants around the street. It's colorful and lively now. On weekends hundreds of people visit our street, to have coffee, wine, to make some conversation and to be entertained. There are singers sing romantic songs in the street. Some other programs offers more cheerful songs especially on weekends. From our side, this street gives an exceptional Istanbul experience with us.

What makes this apartment unique

We are in the middle of everything. History, nature, urban life, progress, fashion, entertainment, traditions, culture, food, neighborhood, mosques, churches, schools, people around the world, comfort. Everything is in walking distance. Istiklal Street, the most famous street in Istanbul with it's cafes, restaurants, drink houses, movie theaters, shops, bookstores, old style architecture, and people around the world, is in 5 minutes walking distance and near 24 hours alive. Besiktas, Dolmabahce, Eminonu, Sultanahmet, Hagia Sofia, Grand Bazaar. All destinations a tourist should visit, all in walking distance too. If any property is not in our district, it cannot offer comfort about transportation and an atmosphere surrounds you with a great smell of history and heritages of empires.

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
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Beyoglu Istanbul
5

Great Apartment in Great Area with Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5
Lovely, quiet apt (accurately advertised) in a great neighborhood close to everything on foot or by tram. Lots of light in front rooms and peaceful in bedroom. Scads of really good restaurants and coffee shops within 5-15 minutes on foot, good (and cheap) laundry just down the street (owners will also do small loads for you) and good supermarket at 10 minutes' walk. Kitchen easy to cook in and reasonably equipped. Aydin and Evrim were wonderful hosts. Evrim led us on an extensive neighborhood tour when we arrived (a great orientation) and Aydin looked after our daily needs, including calling us regularly to update us on safety precautions when the 1-year anniversary of the Taksim Square/Istiklal Caddesi demonstrations took place. Though he is younger than we are, we felt like we had a concerned father making sure we were safe. And we were safe. The demonstrations were minor and soon over. Unless conditions change dramatically, no reason to fear visiting Istanbul. Highly recommend taking the Istanbul Eats restaurant/shopping tour of the Galatasary area:great value, entree to excellent local restaurants, lots of local history covered. The Sultanahmet area is justly famous, but we were very happy at end of day to return to our place in Galatasary/Beyoglu to unwind, walk around and eat in excellent local (and way less touristy) restaurants. Istanbul is a mind-boggling melting pot of history, ethnicities, religions, and classes, and makes for one of the great walking cities of the world. Aydin and Evrim's family apartment sits right at the center of all the walking tours you'll want to do. We lived there for a week and loved every minute. We recommend their place highly and without reservation.
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
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Beyoglu Istanbul
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Perfect Istanbul Experience!

  • 4 of 5
A wonderful place to stay if you'd rather be in a neighborhood than an institution. Very comfortable accommodations and delightful hosts. Lots of nearby shops and markets (if you like cooking at "home"), and restaurants as well. Close to Istiklal Street - upscale shopping, lots of energetic, interesting people - and reasonable walking distance from major tourist destinations. We will definitely return.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
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Beyoglu Istanbul
Dallas TX
5

What a great place!! The apartment is so lovely, t

  • 5 of 5
We loved this apartment. The flat itself and the value for what we paid was extraordinary. Our experience with the owners was perfect in every way. The advance communication was always so personal and detailed. The flat was perfect in every way. The location was ideal! I had a hard time deciding between the Old City- Sultanahemet and the neighborhood of Beyoglu. I'm so glad we chose to stay here for so many reasons. First and foremost it felt like we belonged here and that we were absolutely in the middle of the best of both worlds! A short walk or train ride (a couple of stops) you are in Sultenhemet (Old City)...the other direction and a short walk to Istiklal Street/Taksim Square (like NY Times Square of Istanbul) shopping, dining, museum and the Galata area. So happy we chose this wonderful spot!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
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Beyoglu Istanbul
5

A nice place in a great city!

  • 5 of 5
We spent a long weekend in Istanbul. The apartment is cozy and fully furnished. The location is perfect. The host Aydin has a map of the neighborhood with wonderful tips to go out and shop. We hope to come back!
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3481775
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Beyoglu Istanbul
4

Wonderful base to explore Istanbul

  • 4 of 5
My wife and I stayed here for a week in April, 2014. Very clean and comfortable. Our hosts - especially Aydin who's enormously proud of, and knowledgeable about, Istanbul - provided excellent tourist. Definitely enhanced our stay.

The best aspects of this apartment: the location, 5 minutes from Istiklal Street, which we would probably not have visited otherwise and is a 'must visit' especially the fish restaurant area, and the neighborhood dynamism. I'd especially point out the tiny, inexpensive and apparently quite authentic family restaurant, corner of Bostanbasi street diagonally across from the taxi stand (we ate there twice and my wife would have preferred more) and Peymane kebab house which has a wonderful interior outdoor terrace, more upscale, about a 3 minute walk.

The closest restaurants - 30 feet away - feature live music which you can enjoy with your windows open.

Lots of hustle and bustle in the neighborhood. Makes you feel like you're authentically in Turkey, not a nondescript hotel cut off from the city. A really memorable trip.
  • Submitted: May 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Lovely Deluxe Apartment In Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul
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Beyoglu Istanbul
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Wonderful and well located apartment in Beyoglu!

  • 5 of 5
The apartment is exactly as described even better! Location is perfect, tons of restaurants, bars, nice small antique shops, coffee shops, museums, boat ferries etc. The owner and his wife are very champing and helpful. The owner (Aydin) even took me for a tour of the neighborhood when I arrived, pointing me to nice local spots to try out. They also provided me with a nice map pointing me to must try local restaurants, hang-out etc. Better than the tourist-purchased map!

Although you can take the tram (using a metro card provided by the owner!) the walk to sultanahmet is not long at all, I walked every time.

I highly recommend this flat to anyone. Myself will for sure book it when I return to Istanbul!
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Ataturk Airport
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Kabata? - Eminonu
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Sirkeci
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
E5
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Artiste Terrace
Car: not necessary
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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Beyoglu Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Base Rate
3 night minimum stay
$125
$756
$2,910
 
 
BTWN APRIL & OCTOBER
Apr 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
$125
$756
$2,850
 
 
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
Nov 1 - Dec 31
3 night minimum stay
$111
$665
$2,490
 
 
JANUARY & FEBRUARY
Jan 1 - Feb 28
2 night minimum stay
$75
$455
$1,680
 
 
MARCH
Mar 1 - Mar 31
3 night minimum stay
$111
$665
$2,490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes The rates are for 2 people. We can host maximum 4 people in this flat, but that means there will be some reduction about the comfort. For additional person we charge 25 USD.
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Amenities

Amenities

Beyoglu Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • There is a double bed and a sofa bed in living room. For the 4th person we are able to put an extra bed in the hall.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Notes:
The smoking is one of the worst thing on the world, on the other hand, if you are a smoker, you can smoke out of the flat, in the little yard front of the flat.
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