Galata tower hidden cookie house

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi, Istanbul, Istanbul Province 34200, Turkey
Julien
Your host, Julien
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The Space

On the main street that leads to Galata tower, there is a building, behind that building hides the small cookie house.
Stay in what is considered the most trendy area of Istanbul, Galata tower district, for a fraction of the price you would pay for other apartments.

Why so cheap? Because the entrance to the apartment is a bit awkward and not the prettiest sight, but you get a warm and stylish room, hot shower and a comfy bed in the best location!

The cookie house is a small studio apartment which is hidden in the back of a historic building. The apartment has one bedroom for 2 people, a kitchen with all the utilities for whipping up a good meal and a shower with hot water with a water pressure to wash elephants.

There is high speed wireless internet available in the apartment.

The apartment is secluded from the main street thus very quite but keeps you in a few steps away from all the cool bars and restaurants.

Galata tower, Istiklal street, Karakoy Tram station, Spice bazaar and museum of modern art are all in walking distance form the apartment.

Accessing the apartment can be done from the main building or a from a back door from the parallel street so it is pretty private. As you can see from the pictures there is a narrow set of iron stairs to climb so be advised.

Enjoy your stay.

Julien

Interaction with Guests

Directions to cookie house at Galata tower:

Address: Serdar-i ekrem cad. 17, Sahkulu Mah, Beyoglu, Istanbul.

Since it is hard to find the address i usually meet my guests at Galata tower which is very close to the apartment, and from there we walk together to the apartment.

From Ataturk Airport:

A Taxi to Galata tower will cost not more than 50TL

You can take the *shuttle bus from the airport to Taksim and from there either a taxi to the tower, or take the metro to Sishane station and ask about how to get to the tower since it is very near by (and the metro has many exists). The shuttle costs 10TL per person, metro 3TL per person and a taxi from taksim will cost 10TL (taxi driver tend to cheat tourists from Taksim to Galata - agree with the driver for the price up to 15TL - if you have a dispute with the driver, refuse to pay and call me and or ask for assistance from a police officer - there is usually one in Galata tower)
* this shuttle also stops at Sishane so you can ask to be dropped of there but make sure to tell it to driver before giving your luggage when boarding the bus at the airport.

With public transportation take the metro from the airport toward Aksaray, change trains at Zeytinburnu station and get on the Tram T1 toward Kabatats and get of at Karakoy station, from there walk up towards the tower, there are many signs showing the way ( not recommended for people with lots of luggage ) each train ride costs 3TL.

A private transfer can be arranged with a large car, and the driver will wait for you at the terminal with a sign and your name on it. Recommended for guests with kids and for groups. The cost is 40Euro. If you choose this option it is important you let me know your flight itinerary - this will also save you the need to call me once you leave the airport as the driver will bring you directly to the apartment.

From Sabiha Gokcen airport:

A taxi will cost more than a 100TL.

You can take the shuttle bus from the airport to Taksim square and from there either a taxi to the tower, or take the metro to Sishane station and ask about how to get to the tower since it is very near by (and the metro has many exists). The shuttle costs 13TL per person, metro 3TL per person and a taxi from taksim will cost 10TL. taxi driver tend to cheat tourists from Taksim to Galata - agree with the driver for the price up to 15TL - if you have a dispute with the driver, refuse to pay and call me and or ask for assistance from a police officer - there is usually one in Galata tower)

A private transfer can be arranged with a large car, and the driver will wait for you at the terminal with a sign and your name on it. Recommended for guests with kids and for groups. The cost is 70Euro. If you choose this option it is important you let me know your flight itinerary - this will also save you the need to call me once you leave the airport as the driver will bring directly to the apartment.

Once you arrive to the tower we meet in front of the Lavazza cafe.

It is important you call me to my mobile to let me know you are on the way and have exited the airport. My cell phone number is (phone number hidden) you can call or text ( if you iMessage make sure your roaming is on so you can also get my reply). Once you arrive to the meeting point you can give me a missed call (i wont answer so it wont charge you) and i will be there in 1minute.

If you do not have a mobile while traveling you can either use pay phones that are in the area or email me from cafes which offer free wifi.

To make process easier let me know also your flight itinerary.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
Julien

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Monthly Price: $1403 /month
Cleaning Fee: $28
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • De ruimte was klein, maar ruim genoeg voor 2 personen. Het was bijzonder karakteristiek, goed en smaakvol verzorgd en schoon. De ligging, midden in een levendig en hip deel van de stad, maar toch rustig in een binnenplaats vonden wij erg prettig. De veranda aan het appartement was een fijne plek om buiten te zitten. Aan het grote gemeenschappelijke dakterras met fantastisch uitzicht boven op het gebouw zijn we niet eens toegekomen.
    Fijn was, dat het contact met verhuurder makkelijk en snel was, verhuurder is/spreekt Engels.

    June 2014
  • Very nice and clean flat in a great and very central neighbourhood. Julien is an easy going, great and considerate host who took care of my requirements (especially re: unexpected internet problems) at a very short notice and proactively informed me about incidents going to happen in town. In my opinion the cookie house is a perfect and appropriately quiet location for one person, and I would come back any time again.

    June 2014
  • The cookie house is fantastic. Superbly situated just beside Galata tower and close to the metro. The bed is super comfortable. The host is very easy to deal with and everything went very smoothly. I would absolutely recommend this wonderful apartment to anyone. Thanks Julien!

    May 2014
  • Your place was great. We loved the location and
    would easily recommend the apartment to friends.

    May 2014
  • Well the location was all that we expected but the studio itself could use a bit of help in the following areas.
    1) The entrance hallway and landing need to be cleaned. Lots of old bits of paper and plastic make it quite disconcerting to the first time visitor
    2) Two towels are inadequate for 2 people for 4 days..they do not dry as the studio is extremely damnp and humid so we ended up having to buy towels.
    3) No soap is provided in the shower, or a bottle opener in the kitchen..we had to go out to purchase what are basic amenities in all the previous Air BnB s I have stayed in
    4) It was very very hot and without adequate ventilation during the middle of the day. We tried running the small airco unit provided but it could not battle Istan buls hot weather
    5) The hot water runs out during or shortly after 1 shower. We had to stagger showers and turn off the water while washing out hair otherwise we would only have cold..

    For the price charged I felt that this studio was not truly worth it...
    especially in a city with so many other great options that I have stayed in before...It did not feel like good value.

    May 2014
    Julien
    Response from Julien:

    I am always available for my guests 24/7 and every request is answered.
    1. This is residential building with many families living in it so sometimes it gets busy - we clean our floor and area but we cannot control all the time the commune area.
    2. all you had to do is ask for more towels - i would gladly give you.
    3. It is not advertised that i give washing soap.
    4. The small device you refer to is not an AC - its a dehumidifier. The listing doesnt say we have an AC.
    5. Usually i explain guests how to avoid this situation with a different setting but since we didn't meet personally i assume this was left out - i apologize for this.

    I manage 5 apartments and i do my best to answer all my guests needs - but as long as they give me the information in real time. Writing a negative review without communicating once during your stay is not helpful to both sides.

    May 2014
  • We loved our stay at the cookie house! Julien was really helpful and stayed in touch during our whole stay. The location is absolutely perfect. Nice shops and restaurants are within walking distance.

    May 2014
  • I was with my girlfriend at Julien´s house. It is perfect for 2 persons - a very clean, quiet and lovely apartment. We had a very good time there. The conversation with Julien was professional.

    May 2014
  • Location piccola ma molto confortevole, vicinissima alla Torre di Galata.

    Host super disponibile e gentile.

    Appartamento consigliato per un weekend lungo a Istanbul.

    May 2014
  • We had a wonderful time at Julien´s place. The location is great and the place is clean, beautiful and hidden little secret. A special Thank you to Serjan. A friend of Julien. He was very nice and helpful. We are looking forward to our next chance to stay at Julien´s cookie house in Istanbul

    April 2014
  • Julien's flat is just perfect! It is very convenient to the Galata Bridge and we had an great time exploring Beyoğlu. Julien and her assistant were very accommodating and helpful. We loved the flat and found it quiet and very pleasant.

    April 2014
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