Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 7
Julia and Tarkan
- english, turkish
About Julia and Tarkan
We've been busy, building up a collection of lovely historical apartments in Galata, our favourite part of Istanbul. We've personally renovated most of them and stay in them ourselves whenever we can. Very recently we've added a sweet flat in the UK's Cotswolds into the mix. 17 years ago we met in Istanbul, Tarkan's home city, while I was there for a photography assignment. Since then we've led international lives together, based in Istanbul, Singapore and now England, my original country. Along the way we've raised our son, Eren, across the cultures as we've steadily grown this holiday apartment project, our second baby. We see it as a way to find balance in our family life and to always have a home in our best-loved city. We understand from our own experiences, what makes a great city-break stay and we try our very hardest to deliver it to you in Istanbul. For this we've won i-escape's global Guest Award for 'Best City Apartment' two years running and Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2016 and 2017. Your questions and booking will be handled by us. On your arrival our friendly team, with their natural Turkish hospitality, will welcome you to your apartment, pass over your keys and explain practicalities and the neighborhood. You'll have as much or as little help as you choose and we're sure you'll soon feel at home in the cosmopolitan and very welcoming local community. "Life is a balance of holding on and letting go" said Rumi. We agree, do you?!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great location, great appartment
Everything was working perfectly. Newly renovated kitchen with service for 4. Location is awesome - less than 100 ft from galetta tower. Very lively area - great local designer shops and easy access to metro to go to spice market , grand bazaar and topkapi, hahia Sofia and blue mosque
Thank you so much for your review, we're so happy to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. Hope to have you back!
Tarkan and Julia
Location - Location - Location
Great Property, easily walkable to the cities main attractions and public transit. The property was exactly as it appeared in pictures. Wonderful restaurants and shops were at your doorstep. The views from the terrace were breath taking. I would ensure that each rooms AC units are working in advance of booking, one room was not which made sleeping difficult on warm nights.
Dear Patrick, thank you very much for your lovely review. Regarding the air-conditioner, if you told us the problem during your stay we could immediately replace the not-cooling air-conditioner (we've spare ones).
Tarkan and Julia
Room with a view
The 3 bedroom apartment was very comfortable, with ample space and amenities. The view from the roof terrace is fantastic! The property manager was very friendly and helpful. The owners were very helpful in arranging airport transfers etc. Would definitely stay there again.
Dear Lennel, thank you so much for your wonderful review! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay and you're happy with the apartment and with us. Hope to have you back.
Tarkan and Julia
Stayed in the shadow of Galata Tower!
The apartment is very well appointed and the location suburb. The neighborhood has many interesting independent shops, fruit stands, juice stalls, bakeries, grocers, coffee shops and restaurants. Can't use enough superlatives to describe the location: In the shadow of the Galata tower it is few block walk down hill to the Golden Horn, and all the sites and a few block walk up hill to İstiklal Street shopping district and then on the Taxim Square.
The local manager was very responsive and helped us in many ways.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we're so pleased that you had a lovely time in Istanbul and you're happy with your apartment and our service.
You were the most wonderful guests and it was pleasure to host you and your family.
Hope to have you back!
Tarkan and Julia
The best place I have stayed the hammam was the best the apartment is a credit to the owners.overall experience was never to be forgotten I highly recommend the apartment to anyone
If I could give more than five stars, I would...
So you want to go to Istanbul. You want to experience the normal world of the people who live in Istanbul. You don't want a hotel, but you do want the comfort offered by a hotel. Seriously, this is your home in Istanbul. Petraki III, one of the newest apartments that have been renovated by the team at Istanbul Place, is a stunning experience combining new/modern Istanbul with the old/historical experience of a personal hamam.
It would be a difficult challenge to find a place more comfortable and unique than this three bedroom apartment. The beds are firm, yet oh so comfortable after a day of walking the seven hills of Istanbul. We even read the labels on the pillows to figure out where we could find them. The kitchen is well laid out, and equipped with all of the tools you need to try your hand at some of the Turkish dishes you experienced just a few steps away. But again, let me explain about the hamam. First of all, almost no one in Istanbul now even considers a private hamam as a normal thing. We mentioned this hamam to a young Turkish architecture student who was waiting table locally, and he couldn't even believe that a private home would have one. Secondly, it is the height of decadent luxury to relax on the warm stone table as long as you like, while knowing that you can fall asleep, or bathe, or both... on your own schedule. It also makes for a nice romantic surprise for your partner....
The location is superb, the service is lovely, attentive, informative and helpful. There is a charming salep shop downstairs if you want a traditional Turkish drink, a Turkish towel shop at the corner staffed by very clever students, and a view of the city to toast from the terrace. Yes, I know that I am raving, but truly, this is a find... in a city of finds. I know I will find myself back in Istanbul, and I know that we will always make an effort to enjoy this apartment!
Galata has a genuine, very welcoming and diverse community with an intriguing mix of cafes, restaurants, small grocery shops and artistic boutiques. Elegant 19th Century buildings line cobbled streets, with discoveries waiting around every corner. No matter where you wander, you’ll always find your way back to Galata Tower, which has been a well-loved landmark for the last 700 years.
Metro, bus, tram and ferry stops are all only a couple of minutes’ walk away. You can be in Sultanahmet (for the big sights of Ayasofya, Topkapı, Blue Mosque etc.) in about 12 minutes by public transport or 20 minutes on foot. In the other direction, by Metro, you can be in Şişli (for Istanbul’s biggest shopping mall) in 10 minutes or Levent (for Istanbul’s business district) in 15 minutes.
There are many taxi ranks around and some secure car parks too.