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Private terrace, charm & views in Galata!

Superhostİstanbul, Turkey
Entire loft hosted by Julia & Tarkan
4 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the loft to yourself.
Self check-in
You can check in with the doorman.
Clean and tidy
17 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Julia & Tarkan is a Superhost
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This is a loft apartment on the 5th floor of a freshly renovated, elegant 19th century building very near to Galata Tower. Bright and airy, it has sliding glass doors to a very comfortable private terrace with gorgeous views across the Golden Horn.

We also offer a selection of 'experiences' with our local guides, to help you build your own genuine and memorable perspective on the city.

The space
Please be assured:
- We follow the new World Health Organisation guidelines for Covid-19 cleaning and housekeeping.
- It's possible for you to self-check-in by retrieving your keys from a lockbox.
Alternatively, if you prefer, our manager can greet you. He understands and respects social distancing.

Five flights of original marble stairs take you up to the apartment, which occupies the whole of the top floor of the building. It's a bit of a trek, but the views are well worth it!

The streets below are atmospheric with small, trendy boutiques and cafe-restaurants, yet are quiet and residential at night. Galata's pedestrianised area is just around the corner with its lively pavement cafes and restaurants plus all the buzz of this bohemian district. You'll quickly feel part of neighbourhood life in all its character.

The apartment building is only 2 minutes walk from Sishane metro station, 1-minute walk from Tünel funicular and a downhill walk to connect with the tram for Sultanahmet. Famous Istiklal Avenue is less than 5 minutes walk up the hill.

The front door opens into the centre of the apartment and immediately you are impressed with the view ahead, seen through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The space is open-plan yet well zoned, so a pleasure to occupy. The kitchen's well-equipped to a high standard, with electric hob, huge fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The separate shower room has good storage and contemporary white ceramic fixtures. There are two comfortable seating areas, one with large sofa-bed and coffee table and another with two armchairs and flat-screen TV. The bedroom area has an elegant double bed with great mattress and high quality crisp white linens. Sliding doors next to the bed hide a generous storage unit and wardrobe, perfect for getting organised and hiding away suitcases etc. Next to the kitchen is a circular dining table and chairs for indoor eating close to the views.

Through the sliding glass doors you can enjoy the very comfortable wrap-around terrace with fabulous views across the Golden Horn in one direction and your neighbour, Galata Tower, in another. Wooden decking makes the outdoor dining area here feel really cosy and also integral to the interior of the apartment. There are deck chairs available too. The other end of the terrace has an outdoor utility area with facilities for laundry drying.

Our loft apartment is a generous 45 m2 in total and the wrap-around terrace adds another couple of meters along two sides. The space is bright and airy, with gorgeous evening light flooding the apartment and sunset views for much of the year from your own private terrace.

Guest access
The building has a private entrance and lovely original marble stairwell. This is shared with one apartment on each of four floors, most of which we also manage, so we are able to keep the communal areas in good repair.

Various combinations of these apartments are possible for larger groups.

Guests will have the complete privacy of the entire studio apartment with its wrap-around terrace and fabulous views.

Other things to note
Will your stay with us make a difference? We hope so…

By self-catering right in the local community you'll quickly become part of it, financially supporting small grocery shops and other family businesses. You'll soon make relationships with these friendly people and develop a genuine understanding of the culture around you. We're sure you'll leave with special memories and more developed perspectives as a result of your encounters.

For each confirmed booking we arrange a tree to be planted in Turkey (via TEMA) to offset part of the carbon dioxide emission from the resulting flight. We encourage you to plant more trees: easily arranged during online booking.

We use local maintenance and cleaning services for the apartments and in this way we provide a good income for 2 families who lives nearby.
We do everything we can to preserve all the original features and materials in the apartments. Where new materials are needed we source them locally, prioritising products that are designed and/or made in Turkey.

Our apartments are uniquely situated amongst mosques, churches, synagogues, a mevlevi ‘whirling dervish' hall and other sites of religious significance. We encourage guests to sense the history of religious tolerance and hopefully! to experience something of it themselves during their stay.
This is a loft apartment on the 5th floor of a freshly renovated, elegant 19th century building very near to Galata Tower. Bright and airy, it has sliding glass doors to a very comfortable private terrace with gorgeous views across the Golden Horn.

We also offer a selection of 'experiences' with our local guides, to help you build your own genuine and memorable perspective on the city.

The sp…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Iron
Cable TV
Washing machine
Laptop-friendly workspace
Hangers
Hair dryer
Heating
Air conditioning

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İstanbul, Turkey

Galata has a genuine, very welcoming and diverse community with an intriguing mix of cafes, restaurants, small grocery shops and artistic boutiques. Elegant 19th Century buildings line cobbled streets, with discoveries waiting around every corner. No matter where you wander, you'll always find your way back to Galata Tower, which has been a well-loved landmark for the last 700 years.
Galata has a genuine, very welcoming and diverse community with an intriguing mix of cafes, restaurants, small grocery shops and artistic boutiques. Elegant 19th Century buildings line cobbled streets, with dis…
Sultanahmet
2.0km
Chora Museum
2.9km
Basilica Cistern
2.0km
Bosphorus
25.4km

Hosted by Julia & Tarkan

Joined in November 2011
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*COVID-19 Update* Our historic apartments make comfortable, secure, private short term homes and we understand and respect the issues of social distancing and isolation. Julia, Tarkan and manager Taskin are now certified by the UK Institute of Hospitality for 'Coronavirus: Taking Proactive Action'. In Istanbul Taskin and our cleaners wear masks the whole time they work. High-touch areas - eg light switches, door handles- are disinfected with alcohol spray and apartments are cleaned more thoroughly than ever, though we had a great reputation for our cleanliness before too! ***** We've been busy, building up a collection of lovely historical apartments in Galata, our favourite part of Istanbul. We've personally renovated most of them and stay in them ourselves whenever we can. Recently we've added a sweet flat in the UK's Cotswolds into the mix. 17 years ago we met in Istanbul, Tarkan's home city, while I was there for a photography assignment. Since then we've led international lives together, based in Istanbul, Singapore and now England, my original country. Along the way we've raised our son, Eren, across the cultures as we've steadily grown this holiday apartment project, our second baby. We see it as a way to find balance in our family life and to always have a home in our best-loved city. We understand from our own experiences, what makes a great city-break stay and we try our very hardest to deliver it to you in Istanbul. For this we've won i-escape's global Guest Award for 'Best City Apartment' two years running and Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (2020 isn’t announced yet ;). We are also listed in many guidebooks. Your questions and booking will be handled by us. On your arrival our manager Taskin and friendly team with their natural Turkish hospitality, will welcome you to your apartment, pass over your keys and explain practicalities and the neighborhood. You'll have as much or as little help as you choose and we're sure you'll soon feel at home in the cosmopolitan and very welcoming local community. "Life is a balance of holding on and letting go" said Rumi. We agree, do you?!
*COVID-19 Update* Our historic apartments make comfortable, secure, private short term homes and we understand and respect the issues of social distancing and isolation. Julia, Tar…
During your stay
This is a small Turkish-British family project. Julia and Tarkan used to live in Istanbul then Singapore and are now balancing life between England and Istanbul. If we're in Istanbul during your stay we'd love to meet you.

Your questions and booking will be handled by us wherever we are. When you arrive in Istanbul Tarkan's wonderful family and/or our friendly team will welcome you to your apartment, give you the keys and explain about practicalities and the neighbourhoods.

We'll all help you as much as you need and we're always only a phone call or email away.
This is a small Turkish-British family project. Julia and Tarkan used to live in Istanbul then Singapore and are now balancing life between England and Istanbul. If we're in Istanb…
Julia & Tarkan is a Superhost
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House rules
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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