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Sweeping Views, Large Roof Terrace, Fun Galata Neighborhood, Balcony, 2-6guests

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view of Bosphorus, Marmara Sea, & Topkapki Palace from salon

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Last updated: 07/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 5
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    baby crib avail on request...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking on the balcony or roof terrace only please...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Optional studio: 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Futon is modern and very comfortable....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    two twins with a view. Separate from the salon with drapes....moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • optional studio bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    also sink & washing machine. Optional studio flat $80nt more...moreless

  • Gleaming white tile, teak countertop, large shower with rainfall shower head....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Flat screen with satellite connection....moreless

  • VCR

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View:

    Topkapki Palace + from flat. All the famous mosques of Sultanahmet from the roof terrace above....moreless

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Marmara Sea and Bosphorus...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Antique table seats up to 6. Dining for 12 or more on the roof terrace. Children's high chair on request....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    2 AC units...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    The washing machine is a combination washer/dryer....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    radiant heat throughout...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Lovely water and Sultanahmet views....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    plush towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Just ask!...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully supplied....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully supplied. Just ask if there is something more that you need....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped private kitchen with refrigerator, stove top, toaster oven, coffee maker, and microwave....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic items. We can stock kitchen at your request for small additional fee....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Half-size refrigerator....moreless

  • Shared Kitchen:

    Outdoor food prep area on roof terrace with dining furniture and barbecue grill in addition to your own private kitchen & dining in your flat....moreless

  • Stove:

    counter top burners...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Gorgeous views from this small balcony off the salon...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    can rent for you on request...moreless

  • Boat:

    Ferry a short walk down the hill. You can also hire fishermen to take you across the Golden Horn...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    AMAZING large roof terrace with seagulls' eye view of the Old City and the Bosphorus. Outdoor cooking and dining area for small and large groups. Small private balcony off the salon....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large charcoal grill on shared rooftop terrace containing small food prep area with sink, counter and running water...moreless

  • Patio
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Turkish hamams in the neighborhood....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer / Fall 2016
May 29 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$89
Shoulder season 2016
Nov 8 - Dec 16, 2016
2 night min stay
$79
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$89

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

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

Notes:

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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ataturk
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
many bars, cafes and tea gardens just a few steps
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Eminonu and Kabatas
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
tram is short walk up or down hill
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 min. taxi ride
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
many cafes a couple minutes walk
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
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!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: 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

Why the Owner Chose Eminönü/Istanbul, Turkey:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
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.


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Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

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Photos

  • view of Bosphorus, Marmara Sea, & Topkapki Palace from salon

    view of Bosphorus, Marmara Sea, & Topkapki Palace from salon

  • Queen bed with a beautiful views.

    Queen bed with a beautiful views.

  • sofa bed in Salon overlooking balcony and views

    sofa bed in Salon overlooking balcony and views

  • Salon pictured with dining table. Now has a queen bed w views.

    Salon pictured with dining table. Now has a queen bed w views.

  • View from salon to dining & kitchen

    View from salon to dining & kitchen

  • The flat is located 1/2 block to the right & downhill from the Galata Tower.

    The flat is located 1/2 block to the right & downhill from the Galata Tower.

  • Outdoor food prep area on roof terrace just above the flat

    Outdoor food prep area on roof terrace just above the flat

  • Handstitched Turkish textiles and art throughout. Doors lead to small balcony

    Handstitched Turkish textiles and art throughout. Doors lead to small balcony

  • The view from roof terrace just above this flat

    The view from roof terrace just above this flat

  • night view on side street looking towards nearby Galata Tower and square

    night view on side street looking towards nearby Galata Tower and square

  • boutique shopping near flat

    boutique shopping near flat

  • Bedroom with views

    Bedroom with views

  • View of flat as you enter apartment

    View of flat as you enter apartment

  • Day scene from from this flat.

    Day scene from from this flat.

  • Bedroom w queen bed

    Bedroom w queen bed

  • open kitchen fully supplied

    open kitchen fully supplied

  • slice of the view from the rooftop terrace 1 floor above

    slice of the view from the rooftop terrace 1 floor above

  • Rooftop terrace for your outdoor cooking and dining use. Grill & food prep area

    Rooftop terrace for your outdoor cooking and dining use. Grill & food prep area

  • Food prep area w/ grill on roof terrace just above this flat

    Food prep area w/ grill on roof terrace just above this flat

  • Grill and teak furniture with mind blowing views on terrace just above the flat.

    Grill and teak furniture with mind blowing views on terrace just above the flat.

  • Tea garden a few steps away from apartment

    Tea garden a few steps away from apartment

  • Istiklal Avenue, the center of dining, entertaining, and shopping short walk

    Istiklal Avenue, the center of dining, entertaining, and shopping short walk

  • Optional Studio add-on one floor above with bathroom and kitchenette. Only $80 more per night.

    Optional Studio add-on one floor above with bathroom and kitchenette. Only $80 more per night.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, July 30, 2016

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