Exquisite Beauty in Istanbul, Galata
Exquisite Beauty in Istanbul, Galata
6 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
6 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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Newly renovated stylish flat in one of the oldest residential buildings in the city centre, an exemplary apartment block reflecting the late 19th century Istanbul. 3 minutes walking distance to Galata Tower, and easy public transport access to most of the contemporary and historic sightseeing spots in Istanbul.

The space

The self-contained apartment has recently been renovated and restored completely with outmost attention to detail with no effort was spared to preserve and reflect its historical character. So much so that some parts of the hand-drawn coloured frescoes have been discovered after the removal of six layers of wall paints and stripping of wallpapers which had been applied throughout the last century.

Original century old baroque decorations made with dyes extracted from plants have been kept untouched, some new restoration has recently been done , and some were inherited and kept by the flat's previous owner who was an artist herself. The doors, the wooden floors and the high vaulted brick ceilings also are all original features which have been carefully and lovingly restored with respect for the authentic architecture.

The view from the 4th floor flat over the neighboring roof-tops is admirable: the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus, the Genoese built Galata Tower and the historical peninsula can all be viewed.

Both of the bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom are accessed through the spacious entrance hall; typical to the masonry apartment blocks from that era. The original footprints of kitchen and bathroom have been preserved, but both have been stylishly renovated with modern fittings and plumbing to ensure maximum comfort during your stay.

There is one twin and one double bedroom, each with high quality bed sheets. The twin beds could be pushed together if preferred. There is a sofa bed for two people in the study which opens to the master bedroom. Please note that the sofa bed is in the common space as you can see in the photos.

Interaction with guests

You can always contact the host in case you have a question. You can use the landline which is available in the apartment for calling a taxi, making reservations etc.

Other things to note

There is high speed internet and smart TV.
Cleaning and cooking service available if requested.
Free cleaning/cooking service once a week for stays a week or longer.

Business travel
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Air conditioning

Extra people $35 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $87 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $261 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

Smoking is not allowed in the apartment. We kindly ask not to use the fine porcelains in the microwave. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper in the toilet. We expect our guests will show respect to the century old wall decorations.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

39 Reviews

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Lisa User Profile
June 2016
We had the most fantastic time in Instanbul and a major contributing reason was because we were able to stay in this wonderful accommodation. It was as described in the AirBnB material, and as seen in the lovely pictures - where one can see it is so interestingly and tastefully presented. It really is such a great place to stay with incredible views - stunning in the day and mesmerising at night. We also appreciated the very tasteful and high quality furniture, furnishings, linen, crockery and appliances and so on. There wasn't anything that we didn't have and in fact Esra has gone out of her way to provide extras in a very thoughtful way. She was also excellent in terms of all communication and arrangements. The area of Galata is also obviously an interesting, very historic area, so great to stay there too. Lots to see and do. This was one of the most special places at which I've ever stayed. Not suitable for people with mobility issues as there are stairs to get to the apartment - for which one is handsomely rewarded for with the views but yet relative quietness in the apartment. Recommended most highly!

Fabiola User Profile
October 2017
This place is in all senses perfect. It is extremely beautiful, clean, with an amazing view, comfortable beds, excellent bathroom, perfectly located,etc. I would definitely stay there again and i highly recommend it. The Privato café downstairs for breakfast or lunch is delicious. One of my best experiencies in airbnb.

Faith User Profile
September 2017
I cannot recommend enough. The photos are accurate and the views are absolutely stunning. Esra has supplied all the little extras you might expect from a hotel and has been helpful and communicative whenever needed. I booked this apartment last minute because another one cancelled and now I am so happy I did. Wish I could have stayed longer. Very romantic atmosphere for a couple but also perfect for a group or family.

Denis User Profile
September 2017
The apartment is in a great location near Galata Tower. The apartment is beautifully decorated with great views from every window. It was a great refuge from busy Istanbul.

Shadi User Profile
September 2017
Our first Airbnb experience, absolutely wonderful, as per photos, great location. Very clean and helpful host.

Frank User Profile
September 2017
It would be difficult to exaggerate just how wonderful this apartment is. We really loved it. The interior is spacious and has been lovingly restored. The views of Galata Tower, the harbor and the sectors of the city across the water are spectacular. In warm weather, the apartment has wonderful cross-ventilation, with fresh sea breezes. It also has air-conditioning for really hot weather. The location is ideal, in a hip, bohemian-type neighborhood, and yet the apartment itself is wonderfully quiet and restful. The only drawback is the long climb up the stairs. There is no lift. Just be ready for that and you'll be happy. This is a fabulous place and Esra is an attentive and thoughtful host.

Andre User Profile
August 2017
A wonderful appartement and a great host. Everything was perfect and I would come back any time.

Istanbul, TurkeyJoined in May 2013
Esra User ProfileEsra is a superhost.

I am a Telecommunications Engineer by profession. I have worked in different countries in Europe for the past 20 years. I like movies, photography, books and discovering new places.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Türkçe
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Response time: within an hour

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