Sultanahmet Gardens: Junior Suite

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Oyuncu Sokak, Istanbul, Istanbul Province 34200, Turkey
Your host, Tansel
44 Reviews
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This unit provides you the comfort of a hotel room inside a historical garden with sea view. This is part of our Sultanahmet Gardens complex. Clean, comfortable and very peaceful. 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.

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.

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.

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 more of an individual unit for the traveller who wants a budget stay with WiFi, clean and comfortable hotel style room and maximum silence.

The room is at the entrance floor and easily accessible by wheel chair. We have a wheelchair and 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. We charge a $30 fee for check ins outside of the business hours (after midnight) to cover the taxi fare to the unit and back. I don't live near the unit, so I will come and wait specially for you.

If you want to rent a smartphone with 3G Internet access, please let us know.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Security Deposit: $95
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Tansel was there to welcome us when we got to the apartment and was very helpful in letting us know how to get around. The apartment was a quick 5 min walk to the Blue mosque and gave us a chance to see the non touristy parts of Istanbul. The apartment it's self was a great size with a comfortable bed and clean bathroom. Tansel provided everything we may have needed including, a cell phone to call from in case we got lost or needed anything.

    June 2014
  • Tansel was a really nice guy with a fluent english. He suggested us many places and ways to go around. The apartment is nice and it seems he's still workin a lot to improve it. The location is very central and close to ferries, Marmaray and metro.

    June 2014
  • This is a really affordable space near the seaside and the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, etc. but it is a set of flats for people who don't mind a fairly tucked away location. It's a bit of a trek to get outside of the neighborhood, and this particular flat is tucked away in the middle of the building. The windows look out onto the building staircase and hallway, but the host has other flats available, and I would choose them if you want to the room to be as scenic an experiences in the city. The sea is literally just beyond the wall. One important note: there is no air conditioning and no good ventilation in the apartment, so this flat feels humid and sticky. Also, if you're tall, beware of the bathroom.

    June 2014
    Response from Tansel:

    At $45 per night, I was hoping that you would consider the unit a last minute deal. During June, the cheapest Sultanahmet hotel rooms are sold for $150 a night. That's why our other guests are very happy about the unit and consider it a great value.

    June 2014
  • Tansel is a very friendly and accommodating host. His apartment is well located close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It is small but clean and quiet. Tansel provides a local mobile so you can keep in touch or ask him questions. It was a great place to stay! Thanks Tansel

    May 2014
  • No complaints! Wonderful studio apartment in a superb location. Tansel was incredibly nice and met us upon arrival to make sure everything was to our liking. I would recommend this apartment to anyone looking to travel to Istanbul.

    May 2014
  • I really enjoyed the experience in Istanbul. The Junior Suite of Tansel is small buy cozy and comfortable, and is very well located, in the Sultanahmet district, less than 5 minutes away from the Haiga Sofia or Blue Mosque. The site is also very quiet. Tansel was always very attentive and he had into account a lot a small details. Recommended!

    April 2014
  • Nice room, great location and Tansel was very helpful and wellcomming!!!! I would deaf.. Repeat again. Clean nice room next to blue mosque and hagia sofia

    April 2014
  • Tansel was prompt and helpful in all his email and phone interactions.
    Two of us originally booked with Tansel. Later, we wrote and asked to bring a third person. The 2nd room wasn't ready when we arrived. But he worked to get it ready while we were out for supper and seeing the town.
    We had arrived earlier than expected. His mother welcomed us in the garden out back which is being worked on and will be lovely when done. It overlooks the old wall of the city out to the Marmara.
    The location is unbeatable - just a short walk up the hill behind the Blue Mosque. Tansel provided helpful history and site suggestions. He provided a mobile for use in contacting him or the cab company.
    He called our cabs the morning we left because they don't speak English. He and his mother both speak English very well.
    Overall, it was a great place for our short stay (1.5 days). I would definitely recommend booking with Tansel.

    April 2014
  • Tansel was very welcoming and we had a great stay! We were a little unsure of how to tell the taxi driver where to go and he talked to him for us and we got right there! There was also lots of information about things to do and see nearby! Nothing was a very far walk at all, the perfect location!

    Thank you Tansel, it was wonderful!

    March 2014
  • Tansel was such a great host! We stopped and asked for directions on the way and a friendly local called Tansel to get exact details. He even started walking in our direction to meet us and guided us to the apartment. I loved that he provided a local cell phone as well so we could send him questions throughout our stay. The apartment was as advertised and within a great location to explore the city. I highly recommend staying here!

    March 2014
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German School of Istanbul, Bosphorus University, Northeastern University Boston
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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.
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