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I chose this flat in Istanbul based on what I love as a travel writer - authenticity with all the comforts of home and easy access to the tourist sites without having to be in the middle of them. Most importantly views that will knock your socks off and leave no doubt what city you are in.
This is a renovated flat in an authentic historic neighborhood, just minutes to all the sites. It has 1 enclosed bedroom with queen bed plus a bedroom suite connected to the salon, divided by curtains with 2 twin beds. You can add the studio flat upstairs for a third bedroom for only $50 more per night Nov - March, or $80 during regular season, or mix and match with our 2 other flats on the same floor.
Views galore from this bright, light flat in a historic building in historic Galata area. With a private balcony and a shared rooftop terrace just one floor above, it has a view most people who visit Istanbul can only dream about.
We have added many authentic Turkish touches to this flat from rugs, to art on the walls. White washed wood floors. Large windows with views. Huge roof terrace above with teak tables and chairs, food prep area, and barbeque grill.
Neighborhood: Just 1 block from Galata Tower. Kabob stands, Turkish music instrument stores, just up the hill from Galata Bridge which leads you to Sultanahmet with its glorious mosques and palaces and the Grand Bazaar - just minutes by tram, or an exhilarating 15 min. walk across the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn to the major tourist sites. Some of Istanbul's best restaurants and cafes abound in this area. And the shopping is divine.
A 5 minute walk in the opposite direction and you are at the heart of vibrating Istanbul life - Istiklal Ave. Minutes from Tunel where the city's best live entertainment and dining are. Best of all , you don't even have to leave the flat - you can see it all from your living room/xtra bedroom, balcony and rooftop terrace.Including the ships passing to and fro across one of Europe's oldest harbors as they ply the Bosphorus Strait and the sparkling minarets and palaces pictured on every postcard of Istanbul.
The flat is located on the 5th floor (sorry no elevator, but views are worth it and you'll go home more fit than when you arrived!) of an old building. The flat is decorated with art, Turkish lamps, antiques, textiles from my travels around the world, eclectic artistic design, has a small balcony off the living room, and whitewashed wood floors throughout. The bathroom has floor to ceiling white tiles, a large modern rainfall shower, and teak countertop. The roof terrace will accommodate large groups in a setting you will not believe. Perfect for entertaining or just sitting quietly with a glass of wine, mesmerized by the stunning view.
Dine outside at our large teak table with a view of Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, & the Bosphorus. The terrace has outdoor dining and cooking facilities, all surrounded by the magic of Istanbul...a feast for the eyes and senses. A great place to entertain. Or simply enjoy the view of Old Constantinople with a glass of wine as you watch the seagulls circle the mosques in the moonlight.
Note: Although our 4 flats in this building have been recently renovated, the building itself is typical 'old' Istanbul. There are 5 flights of stairs, AND the view is worth it! You will love this flat and this neighborhood.
It's important to me that you know where you are without having to leave your flat. Your experience of Istanbul will be greatly enhanced by making this flat your home away from home.
2 Nights $ 170.00 per night
7+ nights $160.00 per night
14+ nights $125.00 per night
30+ nights/monthly rate $3300 per month
As a travel writer and former editor of a travel magazine, I have lived in and traveled to over 2 dozen countries, and I always stay in flats rather than hotels as I love to experience 'living' in a place however briefly I am there. I have chosen some of my favorite places on the planet in which to provide apartments for rental to other global travelers - it's the only way to travel as it takes you out of the tourist mode and puts you squarely into the the 'real' spirit of the Place in which you are traveling. All my flats have the following things in common:
1. located just outside, but near the tourist zone so that you can experience the authentic spirit of the city while being close enough to the sites and transportation to get to the 'tourist zone' easily,
2. beautiful views that leave no doubt where you are,
3. At least 2 bedrooms
4. homey and artistic touches throughout
Istanbul is my favorite city in the world. It is colorful, vibrant, full of history and the melodious sound of Arabic influenced music and the call to prayer, delicious food, and best of all, the Turks themselves. Turks are the most hospitable people on the planet. If you stay in a hotel in this city, you might not ever learn this fact, which is the biggest reason I rent flats. Once you've 'lived' in Istanbul, however briefly, you will never regard Turks in the same way again. This is a country and a city, in the 'middle', which is where I like to be philosophically and geographically. What happens in Turkey will determine the future of Middle Eastern relations with the Western world. A very exciting place to be! I chose this neighborhood of Galata because it is up and coming. It is a delightful mix of the old with the new. Enjoy traditional tea gardens side by side with modern restaurants. This neighborhood once the abode of foreigners, mostly Greek, is gradually being gentrified. Enjoy it now while it still shouts TURKEY! (and is close to all the amenities of modernity.) Large group? Ask about my 2+BDRM. flat next door. Rent both at discount.
This flat is white and blue with bleached wood floors and lots of sunlight . While outside, the mosque and palace rimmed shoreline of Sultanahmet remind you of where you really are - in the most magical city in the world! The bathroom is modern with a big rainfall shower, gleaming white tiles and a teak counter top. The roof terrace above this flat is huge and wonderful for entertaining large groups. Seagulls sweep overhead, you can watch ferries crisscross the Bosphorus and ships from around the world navigate one of its most strategic straits, hear the call to prayer from the mosque-studded skyline. The roof terrace has a small refrigerator, running water and sink, barbecue, outdoor dining furniture, and best of all, a seagull's view of the Bosphorus and Sultanahmet. Really amazing! A view that would cost hundreds of dollars per night in one of Istanbul's hotels. All yours for the length of your stay! Combine with the other 2 flats on this floor for a 10% discount or add our studio flat upstairs for only $80 more per night.