About This Listing
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.
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.
Julien was a great host. My flight was delayed and he waited a while for me at the agreed meeting place. Lovely little apartment at a great location!
The appartment was exactly as described: nice and cosy. We felt very comfortable and enjoyed our stay. Finding there was no Problem because we met Julians friendly assistant and he showed us the way and had good and helpful advices for us. The best thing was the location: right in the middle of Galata you are in the heart of the city within walkingdistance to everything. We highly recommend Julians place to everyone who wants to visit Istanbul.
Julien war sehr hilfsbereit und hat uns gute Tipps für die Umgebung gegeben. Wohnung ist still gelegen. Sehr zentral so dass man alles gut zu Fuss erreichen konnte.
Julien was incredibly helpful and made sure we found the place with ease. The Cookie Cutter House is perfectly located in picturesque Galata. Only a stones throw from plenty of lovely restaurants and sides streets to explore. I'd definitely recommend the property to anyone looking to visit Istanbul.
Das Apartment ist super! Alles ist sauber und die Lage ist wunderbar. Juliens Assistent war bei der Schlüsselübergabe sehr freundlich und hat uns viele hilfreiche Tipps für unseren Besuch in Istanbul gegeben. Von der Wohnung aus lassen sich alle Top-Sehenswürdigkeiten von Istanbul gut zu Fuß erreichen. Das Viertel ist sehr lebhaft mit vielen Restaurants und kleinen Geschäften. Dennoch fühlt man sich nicht gestört, denn die Wohnung liegt in einem ruhigen Hinterhof.
Auf jede Fall weiter zu empfehlen :)
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