On my last post I made a quick list of personal recommendations for Istanbul and how to get along there. As I promised to go deeper, now have fun reading part 1 and tune in next week for my top sight-seeing choices.
Our view on the first day’s morning. In September it can be very cloudy in Istanbul.
First lets talk about accommodation. Coming back to a place nice and cozy after a day of exhausting sight-seeing is very important for me. Else I feel soooo drenched after the trip back at home.
Should you be dead set for room service The House is probably the best option. Though at mid price range they offer top designed rooms, many with a very nice view, in the coolest areas of Istanbul. There are various venues now by The House, my fave being the Ortaköy vault.
Other than that I can’t recommend hotels that much for Istanbul. No surprise they’re mostly overpriced and usually don’t live up to any aesthetics with their typical corporate interior. The best is to rent a flat for yourself or a room at a shared apartment if you travel alone so that you meet some people. I advise you not to stay in Sultanahmet apart from sight-seeing. Especially first or short time visitors should find something in Beyoǧlu. There I have made good experiences around Galata or Cihangir. Why not better be located right in the center of everything and not only of touristic sites, right?
If you’re a little more daring maybe you check out some of the Beyoǧlu boroughs behind Istiklal. Right there the big Tarlabași road runs up until Taksim square and a small district is cut off from the rest of Beyoǧlu. What was an urban planning disaster once, leading to neglect for a long time became a lucky chance from an architectural point of view today. Now the quarter is right in the middle of gentrification and its nice old buildings are slowly getting restored.
This is where we stayed last time. Right next to the building you’ll find a really good baker with the most wonderful smelling bread, a butcher and a Turkish super where you can get really good produce (don’t miss out on the fresh eggs). The feel of the quarter is that of an old Turkish movie. Still, should this particular option not be available for the time of your visit and you want to stay in this district nonetheless just be careful not to book anything too close to Taksim square and read reviews beforehand. A review by me of that flat is also found under the link above.
At our flat I loved the big, airy rooms and its historic flair. The all white interior spoke very much to me. On the site its stated that it’s a place for 4 people but you can easily fit up to six in.
Some impressions of the AirBNB
You see all white and cozy
Obligatory mirror selfie on arrival
A very sweet vanity situation
Glimpse to the bathroom
The modern and functional kitchen
This is with two members* of my family in front of the kiosk on the Emin Cami Sokak, the little alley which runs outside the building of the flat we stayed.
Excuse the changing quality of my pics, they were all made from different mobile phones and later collected by me. I couldn’t adjust the colors without loosing too much details.
*The guy is my cousin btw who makes ceramic art and is a fabulous dancer of Caucasian Lezginka as well. Check out this dance here.