About this listing
The flat is in a historical building situated in the Galata area close to Istiklal Avenue that takes you through the heart of Istanbul's commercial and entertainment Pedestrian Boulevard, leading to the famous Taksim Square.
Central for all travel connections. (i.e. 5 minutes walk to the conventional ferries, tramway and Şişhane subway station.)
Less than 10 minutes by tram to get to the old city (i.e. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, several historical turkish baths, Grand Bazaar)
2 minutes walk to Istiklal Avenue
10 minutes walk to Istanbul Modern Art Museum
10 minutes walk to the Spiced/Egyptian Bazaar
Neighborhood is safe, with lots of tourists during the day but not crowded like Taksim Square, and is exciting with its vibrant narrow streets to be discovered.
The apartment is very close to Galata Tower on a beautiful quiet street. Famous designers’ shops are located on the street, and it's often used as a site for filming commercials because it’s considered one of the most charming streets in Istanbul.
Museums (i.e. Istanbul Modern Art, Pera), exhibition galleries, large stores, restaurants, bars, food markets, mosques, churches, synagogues are all within walking distance.
The 3-bedroom apartment is situated on the second floor,
Building was constructed 150 years ago but newly restored.
It has atmosphere and some history. In a part of Istanbul that is somehow inbetween.
Not the distinguished upperclass-comfort-perfumesmelling goldclass, and not the conformity of new buildings.
Perfect heat insulation. Apartment doesn't have airconditioning however massive walls keep the apartment quite cold.
First room has a doublebed and a comfortable couch, second room has a doublebed and a mattress on the maltese balcony. (Galata glimpes from Maltese Balcony)
Each room measures 14 square meters size with 3.5 m. high ceilings. The flat is 120 square meters in total. With comfortable full-size beds, you'll sleep very well.
Second room has a doublebed and a drop down couch.
Third room has a doublebed and is attached to a bathroom
There is one huge bathroom with a large tub and shower, plus one smaller bathroom.
You can chit-chat with your friends while you are cooking in the big kitchen, and eat in the lovely dining room.
Floors and ceilings are made of beautiful wood.
Fast ADSL connection and free wifi throughout the apartment..
Fans are provided in the summer.
Other Basic Amenities include dishwasher, hair dryer, quality house linens and towels, washing machine, iron and ironing board, fridge/freezer, and spring water.
I have been hosting foreigners for three years. If you have any special wishes please let me know and I will see what I can do.
Please note that pick up service from the airport is possible upon your request.
House rules are pretty much simple and rational I would say. You should really feel like home but also respect the place you are accomodated in, meaning not kicking the doors and walls, not throwing things to each other, not breaking house staff. Keep it down after midnight.
Yes, other people are also living in the building.
Due to having an old flat and a wooden structure, as you can imagine the sound insulation is not perfect. That's why I'll ask you not to walk with 'high yield shoes' in the apartment
It is not usual to listen to the music loudly in the apartment.
Alcohol & Drugs
The use of drugs and abuse of alcohol is strictly prohibited on the premises. The use and possession of hard drugs is illegal in Turkey and anyone suspected of either will be reported to the (website hidden) is not allowed to smoke any kind of (soft) drugs inside the apartment
Great apartment with very nice features. The apartment was just as described and as shown in the pictures.
The location is excellent- right by the Galata tower, walking distance to the restaurants and night life on Istiklal street, and a nice walk or short tram to the old town.
Fatih was a great and very professional host. He was very responsive with communication and checked on us to ensure everything was ok. He was very flexible in arranging the airport shuttle service. Maps and travel guides were available in the apartment, which we found very helpful.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay very much and highly recommend the apartment!
1.Faith give us a lot of practical information about Istanbul and prepare a Istanbul card for us.
2.The location is good. Pulbic transport, eatery, and supermarket are easily accessible.
3.The neighbor hood is quiet in the night.
4.The house looks exactly the same as picutres showed.
Excellent location in Beyoglu, nice and spacious flat, friendly and helpful host in a safe environment.
The rooms to the street have been a bit noisy due to the (few) traffic and people waking along.
Nevertheless a clear recommendation. We have been with a family of 4 and would definetely come back.
The apartment was very nice and clean. It is located in a great neighborhood right next to the Galata tower. It is about a 10 minute walk to the nearest tram station which will take you to all the major tourist spots.
Fatih was av excellent host. He was very helpful and he also recommended a few places which were great. There was one instance when there was construction going on till petty late in the night and when I called him up at 1 he immediately took care of the situation.
Come of things about the apartment. The is no elevator and it is located on a hill so if you have plenty of bags to carry then it can be tiring. Also the is no air conditioning so it can get hot in the apartment during summer months.
Overall it was a very pleasant stay and my entire family liked it.
The good: This is a lovely and delightful apartment that is well equipped with everything one needs to sped a few nights or a few weeks. Large rooms, high celings, thick walls. The neighborhood is excellent and easily accessible to the Old City, ferries, trams and buses. It's just steps from the Galata Tower
The bad: Nothing bad.
The ugly: The apartment is located approx. 8 meters from a VERY active construction zone. The two front bedrooms are that close to the construction site. Closing the windows had no effect other than to cause the apt. to become stifling hot. There is no A/C. Jackhammers , cement trucks, and the sound of large concrete rubble being thrown into dump trucks were a constant from as early as 8:15 am to as late as 10:30 pm (no that's not a typo). We were not told about this when we made the reservation, before arrival, or upon arrival. After arrival, we were told the construction was supposed to have been finished. When I inspected the site it was still an empty gutted shell. Fatih offered us another apt in a much less desirable/convenient neighborhood for the same price. After 3 of our 6 days we elected to stay so as to not lose half a day moving/packing/re-packing, thinking the new concrete would take two days to cure and Saturday and Sunday would be construction free.
The jackhammers, however, were back to work in one day and construction workers don't appear to take Saturdays off in Turkey.
Fatih reduced the rate, but we would not have rented the apt at all if we had known how bad it would be. We (family with two younger teen-age girls) had no ability to plan our days/evenings or rest in the afternoon after being out all day and were quire sleep-deprived upon departure.
If one is not disturbed by near-constant construction noise, jackhammering, power saws cutting rebar directly below your bedroom window, dust, and fumes, and/or do not plan to be in the apt after about 8:30/9:00 am or before about 6:00 pm (or later if they're pouring concrete) this would be a good choice. Otherwise, it would be best to look elsewhere until the construction is finished when it is sure to prove to be a delightful place to stay.
I feel sad that Michael was very unhappy about the construction site that is nearby the Galata apartment. I feel that he has quite a different perspective on the events than I do, hence I’d like to elaborate on what happened from my point of view. This apartment building is a renovated gorgeous place in one of the most popular streets in Galata. All the other buildings in the vicinity are old and from time to time property owners get construction permission from the municipality and renovate. It is a quirk of visiting/living in a major historical metropolitan city. That’s one of the reasons why Galata is preferred by guests, it’s old but new; a mix of cultures and flavors; a magical ambiance all around. There is of course a price to keep it that way and renovations are a reality of every day life here. For that reason, having not a single bad review or complaint on the construction site in the last 8 months, I did not think of mentioning it to Michael. Frankly, even staying at a hotel, the property manager has no control over beginning/end dates/hours of construction sites in the area. I believe that is true for US as well where Michael came from. The point here is many construction sites have been around and will be. Since they work during the day and all guests are busy conquering the city, I have not had a single complaint so I had no reason to believe there was a problem. It is true that there is no a/c in the apartment (and that is in the listing) however, this is a renovated historical building older than a century and we are not allowed to add a/c to the building. Nevertheless, the walls are thick and ceilings are high with good insulation and I provide several large and small fans in case they are needed. Thus closing the windows should not have been a problem whatsoever especially since I checked and the nights have been between 69-77 that week and there were only 2 days the highest temperature got to 90s during the day.
Having laid out the facts, back to the story: Michael and his family arrived on August 3rd and I have not heard anything until August 5th. Apparently the trucks came earlier than 9 am (approx 8:15 am) and left after 6 pm (approx 7:15 pm) according to Michael’s first emails. I immediately called the municipality and the construction manager, filed a complaint and was guaranteed the trucks would not arrive that early. I informed Michael and gave him the option of moving to a nearby apartment which is not far from Galata albeit in a less convenient area and that place does not currently have a pest problem, which happened once as it may have happened anywhere and I took care of it. In fact the next day, Michael wrote me and said he did not want to move and the place was quiet and they were happy. I believed the problem was solved as I live in the same street and I checked and everything seemed fine. On the 7th Michael emailed with the same complaint and I told him everything I had done to fix the problem. I was unfortunately accused of concealing that there was a construction site. Honestly I don’t know what to say, I doubt anyone can find a street in Galata that does not have a construction site in close proximity. So once again I offered Michael to move he said he did not want the other place so I told him I’d give him a discount for the nights he stayed and he could cancel his reservation at the Airbnb website and I’d refund his money for the remaining nights so that he could move to a place of his choosing. The tone of Michael’s emails got very hostile after that, which surprised me since I believed I was giving him a very good way out of a situation that seemed to bother him very much. I am saddened by all those emails and his review because I did my best to make up for what I believe was not my fault. However, Michael refused to leave and asked for whole stay to be free. I told him that there are other guests who would want the place so I cannot give the place to him for free for 7 days! However, since I could not convince him to move to my other building or leave and find a place on his own, i still wanted to please him to the best of my abilities. I offered him a 40% discount for the rest of the nights. I was hoping this would satisfy him and make him believe that I try in good faith to fix the problem. He agreed and stayed and seemed content. Having read his review, I guess nothing short of gifting his whole stay could please Michael
I did inquire why the trucks worked so early and left later than usual that week. It was Ramadan Holiday (religious fest) the week before and so they were not allowed to work so they were trying to make up for the lost time. Apparently this was an isolated incident and I am so sorry that it ended up making Michael’s vacation less than ideal. I believe there were many things to approach the matter positively such as closing the doors and having all the fans work at the same time like lots of guests do anyway to get air circulation in the apartment.
Or Michael could have canceled his reservation get a full refund for 7 days and go to any other accommodation of his choice. I feel like he did not try any of these options, asked for a free 7 day pass at one email telling me he’d leave a bad airbnb review otherwise. I gave him 40% discount for his overall stay and I believe I did the best I could despite not having any control in the situation. I hope that Michael and his family have at least few good memories from their Istanbul trip and they are always welcome in my properties.
We four had a great experience with Fatih and the flat. We will contact Fatih for lodging on our next visit to Istanbul. The flat was exactly as advertised. Fatih could not have been more helpful in terms of recommendations and arranging transportation from the airport. The neighbor is very nice, with many dining and shopping opportunities, and located a quick walk away from major tourist attractions.
Fatih was a wonderful host with a beautiful apartment. He organised out airport transfer and the driver was there on time. When we got to the apartment, Fatih was waiting with advice, maps and guidebooks and that really made a difference to our stay. He also provided us with a large bottle of filtered water and gave a gift of Turkish delight which was delicious.
The flat was in a perfect location to discover the main sites of the city - we walked everywhere!! The only small thing I would say is that the bedrooms were rather noisy as they looked over the street. Bring earplugs if you have problems with noise!!
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About the Host, Fatih
We are native Turkish, but excellent English speakers who are very interested in meeting people from other cultures. As professionals in business lives, we are flexible and happy to assist guests to get to know Istanbul. We have been hosting foreigners for three years. You can contact us with any questions. We offer you great service and you will feel yourself at home!
All our listed apartments are as follows:
1-) www.airbnb.com/rooms/85366 ( 3BR)
Ideal Place For Couples