About this listing
This is a room in an Ottoman liberty style townhouse in Beyoglu. The location is very central, walking distance to istiklal street, one of the main centers in Istanbul. There are many cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping, night life.
This cozy room for one person is on the entrance floor away from the street side of the house. It gets some light but not a lot, because our building is adjacent to another building.
(Sorry about the image quality in this listing. They are originally Airbnb professional photos, but I saved the low resolution version)
After entering the building, we have wooden spiral stairs that lead all the way up to the terrace on the third floor.
The room is furnished and you have:
- single bed
- armchair x 2
- small desk
- shared bathroom (on the same floor)
I provide traditional turkish breakfast with homemade marmelades. It is 5 euro per person if you want to try it. You can use the washing machine free. I give traditional turkish cooking courses in my apartment. You can also join us as my quest. If you want to organise it for yourself for your group, whole program costs 50 euro. We buy ingredients together and cook together.
- wireless internet connection
- use of equipped kitchen (on the second floor, common use with the me and other guest of the house)
- free use of washing machine
- terrace on the roof that everyone can use
- all bills included
Interaction with guests
I live in the same building, on the second floor, two levels up from the entrance (same floor as the kitchen). You are always welcome to have a tea or coffe with me or share my table if you happen to be at home while we eat.
Tarlabasi neighborhood was a middle class Greek neighbourhood when it was founded at the beginning of 19th century. The area is full of houses of eclectic Ottoman liberty style buildings and ours is one of them. By the 1950’s most of the greek population of the area had to immigrate to Greece because of political reasons.
The area was deserted and by the 1980’s got an internal immigration from the east part of Turkey mostly of Kurdish origin. In the neighbourhood very few Istanbulite Greeks remained, there is a big Kurdish community of rural origin, a gypsy community that settled down many years ago and work in the area as musicians, many transgender people, poor families from the East and the Balck Sea coast, expats who fell in love with decadent touch and reasonable prices of the area, young artists, old artists, students, and us.
We, in our extent, fell in love with the building and liked the spirit of the area that welcomes all the outsiders of the town. It is the gilded area in the very heart of Beyoglu. You are five minutes walk to the most trendy spots of the city yet among the poor. For some people, the shabby surroundings may be disturbing. For us it is home.
There are kurdish women sitting on the street and staring at you. If you are disturbed by people staring at you while you walk then you should probably look for another place to stay. Our street is full of children. Unlike the rest of the town, in our neigbourhood kids play on the streets. The area also has a drug reputation up to about a decade ago, but has since then been cleaned up, mostly.
Our house is really big for us. My husband and I like the energy of young people from all around the world coming and bringing us a piece of their world while we stay in our home. We’ve been renting rooms for the last 8 years and for two years on Airbnb.
Some people fell in love with the area and the house, and they keep coming back. Some even bought apartments and became our full time neighbours. Some, on the other hand, wanted to run away as soon as they heard the name of Tarlabasi. Especially the ones who have posh Turkish friends who cringe when hearing the name.
People who are free of prejudices, with no hidden or open racist tendencies, who don't look for a piece of their own garden but a real experience are welcome to make our home their home in Istanbul.
Walking distance to many of the touristic attractions and gourmet spots. Close to the bus, metro station.
Other things to note
Please check out our other rooms in the house:
Cute attic room (on the terrace floor)
Double room (biggest in the house, with "bow window")
Cozy single room (1st floor, away from street side, quiet, more light)
Cozy single room (entrance floor, street side, lots of light)
Studio apartment (with bathroom and kitchen ensuite)
Please do not smoke inside the rooms, throw your own garbage. In Istanbul the tap water is not drinkable, please buy your own drinking water. Please clean the kitchen after you use, do not leave dirty dishes, left overs, vegetable remains that can stain the working space. ıf you use the terrace and want to move the chairs, please take them back to the original place after using. Do not throw cigarettes inside the plants. For long term stays please buy your own toilette paper. Please switch off the lights that you do not use. Close the door of the terrace and switch the light off when you leave the terrace. Sorry if you feel like" why do you need to tell me such basic behaviors!". Not all but some people forget that it is not a hotel but a home. Thank you very much in advance.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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I am from Adana, a town in old Cilicia, have been living in Istanbul for quite a while. I have worked in tourism sector for a long time now I am retired and want to know new people. I can speak english and I can join you through your visit to show Istanbul or giving you some local information.
I love cooking and feel myself lucky to know both eastern and wester cooking traditions of Turkey and willing to give half day cooking classes to whom it may interest.