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 host. He gave us some detailed advices upon our arrival. The place is clean and quiet. The location is quite good. He efficaciously set our trips from/to the airport up.
Tansel is a great host, meeting us at the apartment late at night after arriving from London. He stayed to talk us through the local area and advised on good places to see and places to go even at 1 in the morning! He was kind and helpful and offered to help sort out any transport issues if encountered on departure even though it was the middle of the night..
The accommodation is just right for a place close to all the attractions, with ac in one of the rooms - so even if you don't sleep in that room it's nice to go and just cool down!!
Thank you Tansel, you were a great host!
El alojamiento bien ubicado.
Tansel muy cooperador y dispuesto a ayudar
El lugar no fue cómodo para nosotras cuatro.
This is a very well placed apartment. Tansel was really helpful when we first arrived giving us lots of information as well as a phone and travel card.
The apartment was clean but did lack natural light, however this was made up for by the garden which was great to have to sit out in.
This was my first time trying Airbnb so I was a little bit nervous about how it all works but Tansel is a great host! He did everything he could to make our stay smooth and comfortable - he organized a Turkish cell phone and an Istanbulkard for us and was willing to be woken up at 5 am in case our taxi doesn't arrive as ordered. There are also several guidebooks and maps you are free to use and a little neighborhood guide Tansel prepared himself (I think).
The location of Sultanahmet Gardens is superb for discovering all the sights around the Old City of Istanbul. Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Bazaar - all within walking distance. Tansel's house also has - as it's name implies - a garden that you can use to relax.
Make sure you write down Tansel's phone number since his place is a bit difficult to find if you don't know where exactly it is. My cab driver had to call him to find the right house.
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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.