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Robin Sparks

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish
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Sweeping Views, Large Roof Terrace, Fun Galata Neighborhood, Balcony, 2-6guests

17 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Istanbul Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s) in salon, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-6)

I chose this flat in Istanbul based on what I love as a traveling writer - Views! And a feeling of living in Istanbul with easy access to the tourist sites without having to be right in the middle of them. The views from this flat and the roof terrace above will knock your socks off and leave no doubt what city you are in. There is a small balcony off the salon. The view roof terrace has a grill, teak seating area with umbrella, and small food prep area with running water, perfect for entertaining large groups.

This is a recently renovated flat in an authentic historic neighborhood, just minutes to all the sites. You can walk just everywhere from here - across the Galata Bridge to the Egyptian Spice Market or a few blocks to the newest hip area of Istanbul called Karakoy or 5 minutes in the other direction to the pedestrian only Istiklal Avenue.

It has 2 bedrooms:

Bedroom #1 is quiet, cozy and enclosed. Did I mention charming? Queen bed.

Bedroom #2 is sunny and bright with beautiful water and Topkapki Views. It is

divided from the salon by curtains. Queen bed with antique headboard.

The bathroom is modern with a large rainfall shower, gleaming white tiles and a teak counter top.

The kitchen is open to the living and dining area. Contains everything you need.

The dining table is solid wood and seats up to 6.

This apartment is quiet throughout!

Add the studio flat upstairs for a 3rd bedroom for only $50 more per night Nov 15 - March 15, 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 small 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. Wood floors. Large windows with views. Incredibly charming.

A.C. and heating throughout. Wifi, telephone and satellite connection on flat screen tv.

Order food from the cafe downstairs and they will bring it up to you. Delicious and inexpensive.

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: 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 with no elevator. Worth it for the views and quiet.

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.

You will love this view flat with shared roof terrace just above.

Our staff is just a phone call away for any needs you may have during your visit.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robin Sparks (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

About Robin Sparks

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. 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

Robin Sparks purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Robin Sparks chose Istanbul

Istanbul is my favorite city in the world.You can really feel its colorful, vibrant soul while staying in this flat in the middle of an area 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.

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 and 3 BDRM. flats on the same floor. Rent both at discount. Or the studio flat on the floor above.

What makes this apartment unique

This flat is white and blue with wood floors and lots of sunlight and a lovely roof terrace on the floor just above. Views of 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 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely loved our time in Istanbul. Davide was very helpful when we arrived. The apartment was lovely. The roof terrace was breathtaking. My wife loved the art in the flat. I would definitely recommend your flat to others. The folders of prior guests research was nice. I loved the coffee table books as well. One thing I have enjoyed at some flats we have stayed is having a few basics stocked. IE sugar, salt, pepper, dish soap. Great job on the flat!
Aug 2013
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4.9
based on 17 traveler reviews

Sweeping Views, Large Roof Terrace, Fun Galata Neighborhood, Balcony, 2-6guests
average rating of 4.882353 based on 18 reviews
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Best location for travellers to Istanbul.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a bright apartment and the managers were great about meeting us and helping with our suitcases. The view is amazing and the neighborhood is awesome. We were so glad to be across the water away from all the tourist hotels, yet we were only a short walk to see everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Cute apartment in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is tucked away inside a great old building. Forget your first impressions, go past the shopfronts and up the stairs to where this wonderful apartment awaits. The apartment had everything we needed and the views from the rooftop were fantastic. It was just big enough for the 5 of us, but in this location, we were out and about for much of the day. Plenty of shops and places to eat nearby. I would definitely recommend a stay here. You need to be happy with a steep street and stairs, but if you're not, you probably won't be exploring this area anyway (bad luck for you).

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Charming flat with stellar views

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in the terrace flat. We were prepared for the 5 flights of stairs and traveled light. Plus Davide was there to help us so it was not a problem. The entrance itself is through a sort of dodgy ground floor but we felt very safe. Once we got upstairs the flat was charming and the views magnificent. The flat had everything we needed and had lots of lovely local touches. There was plenty of room for our family of four. There was one separate bedroom for the parents and one room with two twins - perfect for our son. There was a curtain to separate another area with a daybed for our daughter. The kids each felt like they had their own space. The bathroom was darling and fine for the 4 of us. We also loved the water pressure and size of the shower. Most of all, the views from our little balcony and the rooftop terrace were our favorite delight of this flat. Next best part is the location. Directly up the street are busting shops and restaurants and the Galata Tower itself. Down the street is access to transport, bridges and important sights in all directions. You are in the middle of it all but without the noise. So much to explore right out your door! And the AC was wonderful on hot days in August! Wifi worked great too. We would definitely stay here again. The staff was terrifically helpful and they even had several great tour guides to read about Turkey for those of us who hadn't done much research! Thanks again Robin for all of your responsive emails before we got there and thank you Davide for being so helpful upon our arrival and throughout our stay. We definitely hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Best Location in Istanbul (and best view!)

  • 5 of 5

The apartment exceeded out expectations. The views from the apartment were stunning, and the views from the common roof deck, where we spend a good deal of time (and met many kind travelers and locals) were even more stunning. We could walk to everything we wanted to explore, or if walking is difficult the safe and easy to use public transportation is just down the street. Galata is home to the cutest shops and restaurants just a few minutes walk from our front door. We walked to the Grand Bazaar and the area housing the Castle, Blue Mosque, etc. in maybe 30 minutes. Davide, the manager, was very helpful and attentive. One day we had an issue with the water (no fault of landlord) and Davide was there in 20 minutes to solve the problem.

One noteworthy aspect of the apartment is that thee are exactly 98 steps from the street level to the front door with no elevator. It's definitely worth the effort, even with our multiple suitcases, but if you are unable to make the climb, this place isn't for you. If you can make the climb sans luggage, make arrangements with Davide to help when you move in and out to carry your bags.

I could not imagine staying anywhere else on my next visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Magnificent views

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed my stay in Istanbul. The flat was great, just like it looks on photos. Managers Elif and Davide were very helpful recommending best places to visit in Istanbul as well as arranging transportation to the airport. If I'll decide to revisit Istanbul - would definitely stay in this flat again

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Best loaction in Istanbul

  • 5 of 5

I stayed on two separate occasions at the Terrace One flat. The location is absolutely perfect. Just down the street from The Galata Tower and far enough away from the closest mosque to hear the call to prayer but not so close that it wakes you up at 5am.

Short walk down the street and you are at the tram station for a 4 min ride into Sulamanet or up the street and you are on Istiklal caddesi.

The views are amazing, watching the sun go down on the Bosporus from the living room or the huge roof deck. The condo was clean, well-stocked and had plenty hot water / towels. This was so much better than staying in Sulamanet as you are away from the big tour groups but still close enough to explore the sights. I will surely stay at Terrace One flat on my next trip to Istanbul

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ataturk
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
many bars, cafes and tea gardens just a few steps
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Eminonu and Kabatas
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
tram is short walk up or down hill
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
5 min. taxi ride
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
many cafes a couple minutes walk
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
beaches on Black Sea
Car: not necessary

1 block away from this charming flat is the historic Galata Tower surrounded by restaurants and tea gardens. Music Street, filled with Turkish instruments is 2 blocks away, Turkish lamp shops across street, historical monuments within steps, 3 blocks to best dining in Istanbul in Tunel area. 4 blocks to best shopping and entertainment. Walk across historic Galata Bridge to Egyptian Spice Market and Sultanahmet or take a ferry or the tram...just a few tram stops to all the best sites in the city!

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Rates & Availability

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Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer / Fall 2016
May 29 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$89
 
 
Shoulder season 2016
Nov 8 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$79
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$89
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

airport meeting/driver $45
cleaning/prep fee $70

50% off Nov 15 - Mar 15, excepting holidays.

All rates are for 1-4 guests. Additional guests are $20 more per night.


The roof terrace is wonderful for large groups, parties, and events.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Istanbul Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    optional studio bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , also sink & washing machine. Optional studio flat $80nt more
  • Gleaming white tile, teak countertop, large shower with rainfall shower head.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Optional studio - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon is modern and very comfortable.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , two twins with a view. Separate from the salon with drapes.
  • Queen size Bed (1), Queen bed (1) Sofa sleeper in salon (1), Baby Crib on request. Add another bedroom and space for 3 more with our studio flat (includes 2 beds, kitchen, bathroom) above for only $80 more per night ($50 per night Nov 15-Mar15). Or mix and match with our other 2 flats on the same floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Art, Turkish lamps, antiques, eclectic artistic design, very light. In historic building in a Real Neighborhood among Real people..., i.e. Sultanahmet, but within minutes of all major sites. Rooftop terrace is newly renovated and large enough to entertain 2 dozen guests. Includes dining and cooking facilities, teak tables and chairs, umbrella, barbeque...all of this surrounded by the best of Istanbul...a feast for the eyes and senses. A great place to entertain large and small groups. Quiet apartment.

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