This building which has been newly renovated is a special historical turkish home placed in authentic turkish street and is 1 mins walk up the street of music shops. It is the liveliest street of Istanbul, Istiklal Avenue, which is full of restaurants, cafés, bars, concert venues and art galleries, 3 mins walk up Galata Tower and 15 mins walk up Eminonu Spice Bazaar (market) from there. The subway , busses goes directly to the historical area of Sultanahmet, where you will find the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia etc.
The duplex has everything you could need for your stay, including:
Everything special for you; bath, kitchen, toilet :)
- All furnishings,
- High quality clean towels and linens,
- Kitchen appliances such as refrigerator, microwave, oven and other equipments,
- LCD TV with satellite,
- High speed wifi internet,
- Continuous hot water,
- A washer and dryer,
- speakers for your mp3 players.
Our prices are for all, not per person
This 200 year old efficiency apartment is just as beautiful as the photos show. Additionally it is an absolutely perfect location (near the Pera Palace Hotel.) Istanbul is like San Francisco in its hilliness, so you must be prepared for a climb, but I'm 60 and had no trouble at all.
Can (pronounced as "John") Is very welcoming and attentive IF he is aware of any issues.
The bed is very comfortable and the kitchen is equipped with basics (pots, steam iron, french press, electric kettle, cooking utensils, etc.) It was very clean and easy to keep it so. The bathroom is extremely small but clean and functional. There was no microwave as described and the internet is unsatisfactory - weak signal and intermittant & frequent loss of connection. It worked well enough, though for us to send daily photos to (website hidden) and to check our e-mail. We couldn't get the TV to work (I was curious about Turkish TV) but it wasn't a problem for us as we didn't come to watch television. The heat was a problem. Can showed us how to ignite it and we were able to start it each evening for the first three days. On the 4th evening, though, nothing we did could get it to start. Despite sending several e-mails, it took two days for Can to respond (he said he had not received our message.) He came to show us again and he, himself, had difficulty so it seems the unit is defective.
The neighbors upstairs, although not his tenants, are a problem for him. They have a child who is up until very late (midnight!) and who runs around and cries all evening. I have earplugs so that didn't bother me so much but my companion was not pleased.
These neighbors also have a plumbing problem that directly affects the apartment. There was a leak of (clean) water coming from our ceiling for several days. We put the kitchen wastebasket on a towel and placed it underneath. When we left, Can was making arrangements to have it repaired in cooperation with the upstairs landlord.
Despite these difficulties, I would recommend this host. There is nothing available so reasonably priced in such a good location as this and the other apartments nearby that Can rents out. In fact, he offered to move us to one right nearby and showed them to us; they are quite nice in a completely renovated building. He also offered to extend our stay for free, but we had other plans.
If Can can work out the problem with the heat, internet and upstairs neighbors, he will have to raise his price for the stay. Honestly, if I were coming back to Istanbul, I would absolutely stay here again. When I travel, I'm prepared to make compromises. As long as I'm clean, have my morning coffee, a good bed and the room is pleasant, I am content.
In retrospect, I have no regrets about choosing Galatapera #3.
Can is super friendly and the place is beautiful and convenient. The perfect combination of close to the center but far away from too tourist-y. I highly recommend it.
Wonderful week in this flat with a perfect location.
Can is very helpful.
We had an excellent time staying in this apartment. Can is an informative host whose attention to detail made for a wonderful stay. He was able to provide us with a cell phone we could use in emergencies and with a transit card which you can use which makes using public transit cheaper than if you pay per use. There were fresh cut flowers in our apartment and the place was clean and comfortable. The location is very central making it easy to get to Taksim or Sultanhamet - both are easily accessible by transit or by foot if you enjoy walking. We would recommend this apartment to our friends and will stay again if we are back in Istanbul.
Мы провели чудесную новогоднюю неделю в Стамбуле! Спасибо большое Airbnb и непосредственно Can Dolunay!!!
Квартира очень удобна и комфортабельна!!! Расположена просто идеально. Нам все очень понравилось! Приедем еще и еще, и еще)))
Can was a very nice host, the appartement was comfortabele and nicely decorated.
All in all we had a wonderful time in this beautiful city!
This appartement is very cute, The owner is very welcoming, good advices for the visit of Istanbul and transport. I recomend this accomodation!
Can's aparment is gorgeous. It was warm, clean and perfect for the two of us. It had eveything we needed to be comfortable. The location is great, and close to the cafe / restaurant / shopping strip. The check-in was easy, Can provided alot of information on the city, and was really nice to chat to. We even extended our stay,we loved Istanbul and the apartment!
Can is a really nice person who is always willing to help you. The location is perfect to go out. The flat is really clean and confortable.
Very nice location, about five to 10 mins walk to Istiklal Caddesi, which is the main strip in the Beyoglu neighbourhood. Nice little loft. The kids upstairs can be noisy, but if you're out all day, you won't notice. Snacks and water left in the fridge were a nice touch, and Can was a hospitable host! :)
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.