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Robin Sparks

Member since: 2006
Speaks english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

Bosphorus+ views from flat & rooftop terrace, fun Galata neighborhood, sleeps 6+

19 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Eminönü holiday apartment

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms and Convertible bed(s), 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This quiet 3 bedroom flat has a large roof terrace on the floor above with dining, food prep & barbecue. The views from the flat are of the Topkapki Palace and the Bosphorus. The views from the roof terrace are simply AMAZING!

This flat is charming with hardwood floors and antique Turkish tiles. There is Turkish art throughout the flat. There is central heat and 2 air conditioning units, plus ceiling fans throughout.

Details:

An antique wood entry door leads from the hall into the dining room which is lined in antique Turkish tiles.

There is an antique dining table which can seat up to 8 with leaves pulled out, plus a table and 2 stools in the kitchen for taking coffee. Most of our guests choose to have their meals on the roof terrace just one flight of stairs above.

Just off the dining room is the ample, modern kitchen with black granite counter top and small table with stools. It is fully supplied with cooking utensils and appliances. If there is anything that you need in addition to what is supplied, please just ask.

There are 3 bedrooms.

The master bedroom has a separate air conditioning unit, queen sized bed, a large window, wood plank floors, closet space and shelves.

The second bedroom also has wide wood plank floors, a double bed, a Turkish hand stitched bedspread, ceiling fan, and bookshelf.

The third bedroom is in an alcove off the salon with 2 single beds, and pine floors.

There are 2 bathrooms: One is large and lined in marble and includes a marble basin, antique mirror, large marble shower & washing machine & shelves. The second bathroom is lined in antique Turkish tiles and contains the toilet.

The salon has a view of the Bosphorus and Topkapki Palace in Sultanahmet. Pine floors, large windows on 2 walls, a flat screen TV with satellite coverage, a landline telephone, and air conditioning.

You can rent this flat alone or combine with one of our other 2 flats on the same floor and/or the studio flat just above this apartment.

I am a travel writer who has selected apartments in 'real' neighborhoods located near but not in heavily touristed areas, so that you may experience authentic Istanbul with a view! The November 2015 issue of Conde Naste Traveler Magazine listed this neighborhood as one of the best places in Istanbul to stay and visit.

There is a charming Turkish cafe in the lobby of the building. Room service with just a call! Excellent food for low prices. And cafes all around. Galata Tower is just 1 city block away. The newest happening area is Karakoy, a short walk from this flat.

The location of this flat just one city block from Galata Tower, is excellent for dining and entertainment and easy access to all the sites. You can see many of the sites from the roof terrace! You can walk down the hill and catch the tram to the Old City or walk across the Galata Bridge to the Egyptian Spice Market and either take the tram to Sultanahmet or walk.

If you walk the opposite direction, you will find Galata Tower, and many restaurant and boutique lined alleys. A bit further up hill, takes you to Istiklal Avenue, the center of Istanbul's nightlife and dining.

Terrace Two sleeps 6 in beds (one bed is a double, one queen, one king/or 2 twins). You can sleep 8 in this flat if you use the sofa couch, but it is most comfortable for up to 6. Much larger groups can be accommodated by combining with one of our other flats.

Great neighborhood! You can steer clear of the carpet salesmen and tour guides while being close enough to Sultanahmet to visit when you want to. Best of all you can sit on the roof terrace and enjoy a view of Sultanahmet that is unsurpassed. All around you are surrounded with Turkish charm - a mix of modern and traditional.

The shared rooftop terrace includes a sink and food prep area with running water, a grill and a large outdoor seating area for dining and entertaining under the stars surrounded by a picture perfect postcard view of old Istanbul and the regal Bosphorus.

This flat is located on the 5th floor - no elevator. Our guests tell us it is worth the climb for the views. Return home more fit than when you arrived!

The area and building are safe. And the views are just about the best you'll find anywhere in the city.

You'll love this flat!

Rates are for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest is $15 more per night.

Refunds for deposits or balance payments after they have been paid are refundable ONLY if we are able to fill the flat for your dates with another guest - in which case we are happy to issue you a full refund for any funds paid!

We recommend you purchase travel insurance in case you have to cancel.

The flat will be booked in your name and reserved after we receive the initial deposit. In the infrequent case that 2 guests send deposits for the same flat, we will honor the deposit that was received first and refund the second.

Please respect the neighbors by being quiet in the flat, common areas, and especial on balconies and terraces after midnight.

Smoking outside only please.

Please turn off heat, air conditioning, and lights when you leave the flat. Electricity is very expensive in Istanbul.

If there are any problems with the flat or with the neighbors, please call my manager Elif +90(0)5365544968 or assistant Davide +90(0)5416728636 and we will do our best to take care of it as soon as possible.

Please leave apartment keys on the dining table when you check out.

Winter rates excluding holidays (Dec 18-Jan 4) are 50% off regular rates.

Keywords: Apartment, flat, views, large, roof terrace

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robin Sparks (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

About Robin Sparks

Travel writer, workshop leader, connector of cultures. Google me at robin-AT-robinsparks-DOT-com

Robin Sparks purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Robin Sparks chose Istanbul

Love this area. Bustling with activity, perfectly located in the center of everything one might want to do in Istanbul. There is a charming Turkish cafe in the lobby from which you can order room service during the hours they are open. A historical area that is slowly being gentrified and retains just enough 'old' Istanbul while giving options for the best dining and entertainment in Istanbul. Bustling, fun and exciting area, while the apartment itself is very quiet.

What makes this apartment unique

Views, and close proximity to all the sites. I love being able to walk everywhere from here - or take a quick easy (and cheap) cab ride or tram to wherever I want to go. And the stairs to the flat insure that I leave Istanbul in better physical shape than when I arrived!

Guestbook comments from the manager

This apartment was amazing and exactly like the photos-this doesn\'t always happen! We were six and had ample room, it was clean and fresh and a great location with the tram at the bottom of the street, and then just a bit further across the Galata bridge is the metro line. We mostly ate out so didn't use the kitchen much but it had all you would need. The bathroom was nice-not too much room but shower was huge compared to some, and it was nice having a seperate toilet.



Can't think of anything except the kids would have liked a lift for the 5 flights of stairs!
Jun 2014
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Reviews

4.5
based on 19 traveller reviews

Bosphorus+ views from flat & rooftop terrace, fun Galata neighborhood, sleeps 6+
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 21 reviews
4

Awesome location & views, really lovely apartment.

  • 4 of 5

We spent 4 days in the apartment on our first trip to Istanbul and it couldn't have been better.

The location is great, right in the thick of things and doesn't feel touristy. It's easy enough to get to the trams and all around the city. It's a short walk to Istiklal Caddesi and all the shops and restaurants there.

This is definitely a great base to explore the city and we are already planning our return!

Just be warned the stairs are quite a climb so be prepared and down pack too much to lug up them!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great location, clean, comfortable and a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Loved the apartment

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia
4

Great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this apartment for 5 nights and loved the location. The apartment had great views of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, and Topaki Palace also very close to public transport. It was clean and we were met by a very friendly and helpful manager. The only disadvantage was the stairs but we are a fit family so it did not bother us too much. Highly recommend it is in a great neighbourhood.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3

Good location in a great city

  • 3 of 5

We stayed in the large apartment for eight days with two young children aged 6 & 9 years old. Davide the manager was always responsive arranged an airport transfer. When we arrived at the airport we had to wait about an hour to find out who has come to pick us up which was not ideal after a long flight. The location of the apartment was great because all the major tourist attractions were close-by. The view is very nice from the roof terrace but you have to be extremely fit because the location of the apartment is up on the hilly road plus it's on the 5th floor. After a long day out we always dreaded to return to the flat. The toilet in the apartment definitely needs a complete makeover because the rest of the apartment is up-to the standard. We had plenty of time to explore Istanbul City & the location of the apartment made it easier for us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and so glad you enjoyed the location and views from our Terrace Two flat. (Terrace Three across the hall is actually our largest). I regret that the driver was not there waiting when you arrived. Apparently there was miscommunication about the flight's arrival time, and out of many hundreds of pickups, this (unfortunately for you), was the only time our driver was not there to greet the guests when they arrived. Thank you for your feedback about the needed update in the bathroom. I will write to you to inquire about what exactly needs updating as yours was the first complaint we have had about the bathroom. We constantly update our flats but sometimes updates are needed before we notice. Thank you once again for staying with us and for your review! We hope to see you again in Istanbul.
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5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Very nice contact via email. Appartment as described! Clean,well maintained, very good location, beautiful terrace, breathtaking view. Manager very helpful. I We would love to come back!!! And we recommend this appartment to all our friends!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freudenstadt, Germany
5

A beautiful quiet place in a very big city.

  • 5 of 5

We are a small group of 6 persons (2 couples and 2 women) and we stayed in flat 2 and flat 4 for 9 nights in August 2013. We had a wonderful time there. The flats are spacious and well -maintained. The managers, Elif and Davide and the owner, Robin, were very helpful and answered all questions and concerns in several e-mails we wrote before our arrival.

The building is a typical Istanbul house in a very good location close to restaurants and shops. But there is one thing to mention - there is no elevator. You have to be in a good condition to walk up and down 5 floors several times during the stay. But after some days of doing this daily exercise you`ll feel fit.

But the best of the flats is the gorgeous view from the rooftop terrace. We didn`t spend much time in the apartments because of the beautiful terrace. There is enough room for everybody. Maybe the owner of the flats could put one or two tables and some chairs onto the terrace for more people to sit in the morning at breakfast time or in the evening at sunset.

We recommend this property to our friends and we`ll stay there again when we go to Istanbul.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ataturk
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Hydrapasa
Nearest Point of Interest
Galata Tower
Nearest Point of Interest
Music Street
Nearest Point of Interest
best restaurants in Istanbul
Nearest Point of Interest
Istiklal Avenue
Nearest Point of Interest
Galata Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
fish market
Nearest Point of Interest
Tophane area
Nearest Point of Interest
Taksim Square
Car: not necessary

Sit on the rooftop terrace and enjoy the views up and down the Bosphorus and across the Golden Horn to the Old City. There is a charming Turkish cafe in the lobby from which you can order room service A few minutes walk to the best dining and entertainment in Istanbul. A few tram stops away from the Old City. On a hill near Galata Tower. The flat has views of the Bosphorus and Topkapki Palace in one direction, and the street leading up to Galata Tower/Square in the other. From the roof terrace on the floor above, sit back and view the mosque-studded skyline of Sultanahmet and views across the Bosphorus to Asia, the Marmara Sea, Golden Horn and more. We have tables, chairs, umbrellas, a grill, and a food prep area with running water on the large shared (with 4 other flats) roof terrace.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Eminönü, Turkey

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$175
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Prep A$94
airport meeting/driver A$60

Fall/Winter rate is 50% off regular rates. Ask about our longer term rates for regular season.

Rates are for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest is $20 more per night.

There is a one-time cleaning fee of $70.

Airport meeting & driver is $45 per car (8 passengers).

Deposits are refundable if we are able to book the flat on the same dates.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Eminönü, Turkey

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town
  • Water View ...
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - shower enclosure , marble sink, washing machine, large shower, marble walls
    Bathroom 2, toilet - toilet , Toilet only, antique Turkish tiles on floor and walls
    Bathroom 3 optional - toilet , lg bathroom w view when you rent studio flat above
  • 1.25, 1 large marble bathroom with marble sink, antique mirror, large shower, washing machine. Toilet is in a separate room with beautiful Turkish tiles. Note that there is currently 1 toilet in 2 bathrooms. Add a 3rd bathroom (2nd toilet) by renting the studio flat above for only $75 more per night high season, only $50 per night Nov 1 - Apr 1.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Sunny, large window. Pine floors. A.C.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Private and quiet room w fan
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Can be moved together to make large bed. Sunny alcove.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sofa bed/futon , Sleeps up to 2.
    Bedroom 4 optional - 1 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , upstairs, add for $80 per nt. Sleeps 3. Views!
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) can be moved together to create king size bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double sofa bed in living room. Also there is a studio flat upstairs which you can add to this flat for only $75 more per night.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Cafe in the lobby will deliver to your apartment. Large roof terrace 1 floor above with running water, barbeque and outdoor dining table and chairs with umbrella. Incredible views. Wonderful place to entertain and soak up Istanbul from a seagull's eye view. Add the studio flat above for only $75 more per night high season, $50 per night Nov 1-Apr 1. Ask about the other flats on the same floor with this one.