About this listing
This unit provides you the comfort of a hotel room inside a historical garden with sea view. Clean, comfortable, peaceful. This is part of our Sultanahmet Gardens complex. With good and fast wifi. You have access to your own little garden.
We are just on the historical sea walls of Istanbul. 10 minutes walk from the main attractions such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and the Topkapi Palace. The unit is conveniently accessible by tram, train and cab. While you are in the middle of history, you are away from the hustle of the restaurants and shops. You can easily walk to supermarkets and affordable cafes as well as top restaurants.
Our guests have access to a complimentary phone line with 10 TL credit during their stay. This they can use to contact us 7/24 as well as call friends and make reservations. We also offer a complimentary android tablet in case you don't bring your own laptop. The unit is next to the garden and our guests are privileged to enjoy the evening under the trees.
Interaction with Guests
We greet our guests as they arrive and make sure everything is ok as they settle. Then we give them info about the surroundings and the history of the area. Our guests are free to call us during their entire stay and get tips on where to shop, where to eat and what to see. Our entire family speaks English, me and my brother we speak German.
Our breakfast is optional at a price of $10 per person per day. Please indicate if you would like to receive breakfast. Our breakfast hours are 09:00 - 12:00. We serve continental breakfast.
You'll be located at the palace point, where the first Byzantine Palace was built and later the Ottomans founded their capital and built the Topkapi Palace. My family has been living at the same spot for the last 120 years and our neighbours, the Cagaloglus have been living here for the last 400 years. This is one of the last remaining neighborhoods in the Sultanahmet area.
You can access the Sultanahmet and Çemberlitaş tram stations by 10 mins walking. Similarly you can access the bus by 5 mins walking. The ferries are about 10 mins by car or 3 stops by tram.
We can provide you airport transfer through our transfer partner from either airport, if you ask for it. They charge 70 TL from Ataturk Airport and 160 TL from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Similarly there are private shuttles and joint shuttles leaving to the airports. The return trips are cheaper since it doesn't involve the waiting.
We can book you the tickets if you let us know in advance. You can pay the transfer with your credit card over Airbnb, we can make a request and pay the transfer guys for you. Otherwise they accept cash. So prepare it beforehand. Sometimes they might not have a change for a 100. Cabs to/from Ataturk airport cost about 50 TL.
Don't take a cab from Sabiha Gokcen. Take the bus to Taksim followed by a cab or tram.
You can buy museum tickets in advance. Especially Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern queues can be very long. For 5 TL overhead per ticket, we can get the tickets for you and make it available on your arrival.
We offer daily and half daily to tours. Please let us know if you are interested.
Other Things to Note
This is part of a garden complex. We rent out 4 more units in the area with different properties: sea view, unit with kitchen and multiple bedrooms etc. This is a unit for a couple, two couples or a small family. It has fast WiFi, is clean and comfortable. A hotel style room with maximum silence.
Children upto 2 years of age can stay for free. Please explicitly indicate that you are travelling with children before your reservation.
The room is at the entrance floor and easily accessible by wheel chair. We have a walker available.
We provide you with an IstanbulCard, the card used at subways, busses and ferries in Istanbul. We ask you to use it and leave it at the same credit you found for our next guest.
If you need extra cleaning we provide it for $25 per day. It includes the cleaning of the room plus replacement of all towels and sheets.
Early check-ins are possible if there are no guests before you or they leave early.
Please don't smoke in the room. You can always just walk out next door and smoke in the garden.
Please don't break things and if you do, please let us know, so we can fix it for our next guest.
Please bring a cell phone with you in case of emergencies. You don't have to use it all the time, but it helps for check-in and during check-out.
Please call us before your arrival and give us an estimate of your arrival time. It's okay if we wait for few hours, but we can't wait 7/24.
Tansel is a good guy, he gives us so many useful informations. And the Istanbul card is very useful. The house is a little old, so the toilet has some problems, but we can fix it by ourselves, so it is not a problem. Good host good location ,I recommend it very much.
After one day alone in Tansel's apartment, I stayed in with friends for another three nights, he is truly a warmhearted landlord. I would highly recommend people to stay in his apartments.
Tansel is a very good landlord, very thoughtful and warmhearted. He even provided a local mobile for me to reach him anytime I need help and he respond immediately anytime I contact him... I would definitely recommend people to stay here. Also, the location is perfect, you can get to all most desired places by walk.
Tansel is a great host with a lot of wit and a sublime sense of humor. He knows all ins and out about Istanbul and the district he lives in. The location of the appartement is spot on, 10 minutes to the Blue mosque.
I guess it is typical of the local myriad of lanes and by lanes that we got a bit lost trying to locate the place. Though the Cab driver and the neighbourhood folks were very helpful it took us some time to figure out the place.
The Garden terrace with the sit-out facility overlooking the sea is perhaps the highlight of the property. Additionally the proximity to the historical sites and markets is ideal. As first time tourists to Istanbul, we made best use of these.
Thank you Tansel for promptly responding to our requests and making all efforts to make our stay comfortable.
Tansel was a wonderful host. Upon arrival he provided us with a map of personally recommended restaurants and sights. Further, additional guidebooks were present in the apartment. Something we took full advantage of. Just a short walk down the hill from sultanahemet, the major tourist area, the apartment was well situated. Tansel provided a fantastic, comfortable and enjoyable stay!
This is wonderful apartment with pleasant garden in historical site of Istanbul! Rooms are comfortable, one of them has a air-conditioner. The bathroom is clean. This apartment is situated very close to historical sightseeings- Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topcapi Palace and Cisterns. We didn't use any transport to reach them. Tansel was tactful and hospitable host, he provided us complete information about this part of city-where we can have the best meal, how to reach main sightseeing. We enjoyed staying at Tansel's place! Thank you, Tansel!a
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About the Host, Tansel
I'm a computer engineer from Turkey, Istanbul. Our family is running the Sultanahmet Gardens, a garden complex with 4 units. We offer an exclusive sea view terrace, a suite with 3 bedrooms and a hotel type junior suite. We have been living in this neighborhood for the last 120 years. You won't be disappointed.