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Galata Tower Terrace 2
Terrace 2, along with the other Galata Tower Terrace apartments, is located in an historical neighborhood called Galata. The flat consists of one master bedroom and one living room that with a part that becomes another bedroom with separating curtains. The flat gets a lot of sunshine and is on the main street of the neighborhood. As you are on the 5th floor though, no noise could bother you during your peaceful sleep. Terrace 2 has a beautiful view of Bosphorus where there is not just scenery but also some action like ships passing by, cruises stopping by If you want more of that view, the flat has access to the owner's private terrace with a more expanded view along with a dining table a grill facilities. That part alone makes the flat so unique as to find that experience in a cafe or a bar, you need to struggle with Istanbul traffic for some time. Right above your bedroom you can prepare a perfect meal and enjoy that right across from Topkapi Palace.

When you enter the apartment, the toilet is located on your left and you step into the dining room. As you walk through, you pass the dining room and reach kitchen. Master bedroom is right next to the kitchen and the 2nd bedroom is right next to it. Cross the hall from the 2nd bedroom you will see the bathroom. As you turn right and you find the living room which has two parts. One part is used as another bedroom with two twin beds, and the other part has a sofa and chairs. The bedroom is on your right and the kitchen is on your left. Walking straight from the dining room, you are in the living room. It could be divided into two with curtains for semi privacy. two fold out sofas are at the corners of the living room.

Also in the building are two more flats available from the same owner. Perfect for family reunions and large groups. There is also a studio flat on the rooftop. All are decorated with beautiful textiles, paintings, and various art pieces that are tasty.

The neighborhood around Galata tower is both a local neighborhood and minutes away from tourist attractions. The street is full of Turkish music instrument stores, cafes, kebab stands and restaurants. Walking down, you could reach Galata Bridge and fish market, passing the bridge you are in Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar, right next to the Blue Mosque. Walking up takes you to famous 3 km long pedestrian street called Istiklal Avenue where you could find hundreds of restaurants, cafes and stores.

Davide who usually greets the guests offers customized half day and full day Istanbul tours at reasonable prices for up to 4 people.
  • 5th floor
  • no elevator
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • air-conditioning
  • double glazed windows
  • eat-in kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • tea kettle
  • toaster
  • microwave
  • phone for incoming calls
  • DVD/CD player
  • cable/satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • private balcony
  • communal terrace
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • mini-safe
  • washing machine
Katrina Paton on Jun 2014:

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!
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 6 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by Paypal (guest pays the fees)
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 180 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 doubles, 2 singles and 1 sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on balcony only, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, cleaning fee of $70 is not included in the price
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 Galata Tower Terrace 2
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Galata Tower
Taksim Square
Süleymaniye Mosque
Miniaturk Museum
Istanbul Modern Museum
Grand Bazaar
Bagdat Street