- 2 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 7
Description from the owner
hendek apartment is located in an elegant 19th century building, freshly renovated, 100m away from the beautiful Galata Tower. The whole building was refurbished in late 2011.
Below the building are friendly electricians’ shops (as well as cafes, restaurants, small grocery shops and artistic boutiques a few steps away) and you will quickly feel part of neighborhood life in all its character. The street is lively in the day but the shops close in late afternoon, so nights are quiet allowing for restful sleep. The building has a private entrance and stairwell (lovely original marble) with one apartment on each floor.
There are two... good-sized double bedrooms (one with double bed and one with twin beds that can be put together). The kitchen is a practical size and well-equipped with gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There’s one full-size shower room and an additional small loo. The apartment is 110 m2 in total, light and bright with high ceilings throughout.
Many original architectural details have been retained and some of the walls have exposed bricks, giving a cosy atmosphere. The bedrooms comfortably accommodate four people and the large sofa-bed in the living room can manage two more if necessary.Read more
About the owner
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Overall rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 95 reviews and 3 properties
Central Location, Brand New Renovation in Galata!
Istanbul, Istanbul & Marmara, Turkey
Additional Location Information
We understand the importance of location and this is why our apartments are in Galata.
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.
Metro, bus, tram and ferry stops are all only a couple of minutes’ walk away. You can be in Sultanahmet (for the big sights of Ayasofya, Topkapı, Blue Mosque etc.) in about 12 minutes by public transport or 20 minutes on foot. In the other direction, by Metro, you can be in Şişli (for Istanbul’s biggest shopping mall) in 10 minutes or Levent (for Istanbul’s business district) in 15 minutes.
More About This Location
Nearest ferry port: Karakoy, 1 miles
Nearest train station: Sirkeci, 2 miles
Nearest airport: Ataturk Airport, 15 miles
Car is not necessary
Last updated on June 29, 2014
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Additional notes from the owner
Rates are up to 4 people. There is a fee after 4 guests.
- A/C or climate control
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- High chair
- Corporate bookings allowed
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Central heating
- Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
- Housekeeping Optional
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
- Hair dryer
- Towels Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 110 square meters
What Past Guests Are Saying
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68 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
A TripAdvisor Member
Absolutely wonderful stay in a very charming apartment offered by great hosts
Julia's and Tarkan's Hendek place in the Galata area is utterly charming and its location is simply perfect for a week long stay in Istanbul. Tarkan and Julia were always very responding, everything was organized smoothly. 100% reliable and kind hosts. The apartment is perfectly clean, very spacious and quiet with a fully equipped kitchen. Great place to stay for a couple or, as in our case, for a family of four traveling with two kids (8 yrs and 3 yrs). Downstairs you have a grocer and shops selling food and it's just a short walk away from Istiklal and a subway station. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit Istanbul because it's really spacious, luxury and boasts a fantastic location! Will be back in July.
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Charming apartment in great location!
Stayed here with my husband and a friend after a cruise of the Aegean Sea. We were pleased by the location because we just had to tell the taxi drivers to take us to the Galata Tower and we found that everyone of them drove down our street and we just had to say "Stop here!" That was important to us because we'd stayed In an apt in Athens that all the taxi drivers had trouble finding. We also enjoyed being near that area because after returning from a day of touring, my friend and I could safely go to the nearby shops to do some shopping while my husband rested at home. There are lots of taxis around the Tower which is about a block and a half from the apt. and we paid an average of about $10 US to go to or return from Sultanamet where most of the tourist sites are. The apt. Is simply but tastefully decorated and is charming if you appreciate older buildings like we do. It was great having an extra bathroom with a toilet and sink. We had a very nice meal our last night at the restaurant with the large outdoor eating area across from the Tower and another night at the Anemon Hotel with a great view of the Old City and the Tower. Fuuat went to extra trouble to make sure we were picked up by the driver they arranged for to get us to the airport on time very early in the morning. The area immediately surrounding the apt. Is like much of Istanbul with some buildings being restored and others sorely needing help. We were very satisfied with the condition of the building we were in. It's a great value for the cost. We prefer renting apts. in a neighborhood to renting hotels. Thank you Fuuat for your kind and attentive service!
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Brooklyn, New York
Great location, nice place
This place is right around the corner from Galata tower, which is a very convenient location. It's clean and simple, with pleasant decor. Nothing super fancy or opulent about it, just a clean, pleasant place. A great place for an extended stay (we were four--me, my husband and my parents). The owners, whom we met when getting the keys and when leaving, are very nice, unobtrusive, and helpful. The apartment is right across the street from a parking garage, which makes for an uninteresting view, and meant for us that car alarms going off in the middle of the night with the car owner not around to turn them off marred our sleep a couple of times. Do know that the place is at the top of a big hill (there is a funicular nearby) and up several very tall flights of stairs, which was a little hard on my aging parents.
family from italy
A perfect long weekend vacation in Istanbul
our family of 2 adults and 2 youngsters had a wonderful 3 day vacation in one of the most beautiful cities of the world. we loved each moment of our trip and to this fantastic feeling the apartment we have chosen gave an important added value : its location is perfect and its quality was of a high standard. It has really a central location, 100 meters from the Galata Tower; and with a 5-7 minute-walk one can reach Galata Bridge which brings the visitor to the area of the historical Istanbul. The apartement itself is big enough for 4-6 persons, furnished and equipped very well and with an excellent style.
The service was excellent as well: all our questions,requests were answered already during our "research" period; during our stay the local representative of the family,Fuat, was very kind and helpful. Also the airport transport offered by the owners of the apartment was of a great quality.
to sum up our experience : we recommend to everybody this apartment who looks for a solution with a good price and quality ratio.
We very much enjoyed our stay in Istanbul. The apartment was ideal for our family (we have 2 small children). It was conveniently located near cafes, grocery, and just a short walk to public transport. Being near a major landmark made it very easy to find our way home each day. The airport transfer offered was also very good and car seats were even provided for the children.
I would like to recomment this guest house for Turkey stay. You will be promised to stay in a clean accomodation which were reflected on the internet photos with unexpected excellent service.
When my family and I arrived in Turkey, Mr Fuad did text me to welcome our arrival and he was there at the guest house to assist us with our big numbers of luggage. We felt the warmth welcome.
The accomodation itself was vey well kept and it was very clean and we were very pleased with all the utensils provided.
The location and amenities were near to Taksim and it was very assessable to use tram and trains.
I will highly recomend this guest house to anyone who wish to have excellent experience.
Blue Hill, Maine, USA
My friend Kate found the apartments and we rented two at once as we were a large party of 11. The apartments were perfect for us - children, friends, families - lovely and light and modern inside wonderful period buidings. The service provided was incredible and everything and everyone was great. These apartments have no outside space and for when we were there, February/March it was ideal but I don't know what it would be like in the summer. On the other hand, I don't want to go to Istanbul in the summer!
Our plans changed during our visit to Turkey and fome of my family ended up returning to the Hendek apartments for a further weekend (after our initial 5 days) and my husband said the view from the top floor was worth the climb with the luggage! He said to ask for the top flat as it was magical.
Perfect stay in Istanbul great location with great style
We stayed for one week in the hendek apartments with our 1 year old daughter.
Tarkan was very accommodating and provided all that was needed with a child.
We found the apartments (our friends rented 2 of the other apartments in the building) extremely comfortable and very well kitted out. It was the little touches such as dishwasher tablets, salt and washing powder as well as guide books, maps and a travel card for the tram that we found cemented our high opinion of tarkan and his team.
The area was great withs shops, coffee shops and restaurants all on the door step. It's an easy travel into the major sights. It is a bit of a climb up the hill coming home from the tram but taxi's are cheap and plentyful.
Overall - wonderful experience -very easy to deal with and helpful
I came across this apartment through Vrbo but decided to stay elsewhere for other reasons. Two weeks before my trip to Turkey I was contacted by the family to let me know they could offer me an apartment at a special rate if I hadn't booked a place yet. I was so impressed with their follow up I cancelled my other reservation and made one with them. So glad I did.. The apartment is beautiful renovated, nice views and conveniently located with lots of great independent designers and music stores ard the corner. The family was there to greet me and also to see me off with just a handshake and 'thanks for staying with us!' They were super. Totally recommend staying with these folks!
Great apartment in Istanbul. We stayed with 4 adults in the apartment everything was very clean and good beds. We will go back to this place!
Cozy apartment in Istanbul
We stayed four days in Istanbul and we really enjoyed the apartment.
Cozy and clean place fully equiped , convenient neighborhood with nice restaurants and kind people to welcome us.
Highly recommended for an ideal staying
The best location in Istanbul!
Perfect location, very well organized rent!
We stayed at Hendek apartment for 3 nights in November.
The apartment exceeded expectation both in terms of location-central with easy walks to most places of interest- as well as decore, size, cleanliness and extreme helpfulness of the manager. We traveled with 3 children and a grandmother, and the apartment was really comfortable for us. We enjoyed our stay very much. And Istanbul... fantastic! We would highly recommend the apartment.
The best one yet!
Like Goldilocks and the three bears, it seemed my third stay in one of Julia and Tarkan's apartments was "just right"! Amazingly designed and architecturally pleasing, Hendek is a wonderful home away from home. It has everything you could want - centrally located, quiet and comforting with the exposed brick walls, original flooring and cool furnishings. I would recommend this apartment to anyone wishing to experience 'living' in Istanbul rather than being a tourist. As with every stay I have had, the team were amazingly customer oriented even with last minute airport pick requests and early morning checkouts. You will not go wrong with a stay in Hendek or any other apartment managed by Tarkan and Julia.
Frankfurt / Germany
We had a perfect stay in Istambul and in the very nice appartmen
Everything was exactly as described. The booking was very easy and the service with all information was excellent. The apartment is decorated in a nice way, the kitchen is perfectly equipped and it was very clean when we arrived.
The souring of the apartment is in the centre of Galata with lot of shops and tiny restaurants around. The stayistambul team was always very friendly; the even brought me a gift for my birthday.
It is a perfect stay for a family if they don't choose to go in a hotel.
Thank you very much
Familie mit 2 Kindern (12/14)
Tolle Unterkunft, ruhige Nächte-alles fußläufig zu erreichen!!
Nach unserer telefonischen anfrage nach einer Unterkunft für 4 bis 6 Personen wurden wir zurückgerufen und hatten die Möglichkeit, uns zwei Wohnungen anzusehen. Monika hat uns empfangen und uns alles gezeigt. Anschließend haben wir uns zum Bezug der Wohnung mit Özge getroffen. Alles verlief problemlos, es wurden uns alle Räume gezeigt, die Zimmer waren liebevoll eingerichtet. Für die öffentlichen Verkehrmittel wurde eine Istanbulkarte zur Verfügung gestellt und im appartement lagen zwei Infomappen mit den Telefonnummern der anprechpartner bereit sowie der Polizei, Krankenhaus und Taxizentrale. Wir sind liebevoll empfangen und auch verabschiedet worden. Wir haben eine ganz tolle Woche in dieser Unterkunft in Istanbul verbracht. Wir werden diese appartments weiterempfehlen und beim nächsten Istanbulbesuch wieder hier buchen. Her?ey için çok te?ekkürler!!
Great stay in Istanbul !!
It was my first time in Istanbul. I stayed in Hendek apartment with my friends for 4 days. The apartment was very nice, spacious with nice decoration and style. The most important was the people who were always available & willing to help us out with whatever we needed. I would definitely recommend it to friends if they decide to visit Istanbul. It added up to my good experience with the city!
Wonderful apartment in downtown Beyoglu
The apartment 'Hendek' we stayed in was a wonderfully renovated and comfortable apartment. The apartment is perfect for 4 people. The beds are very good, the kitchen is well equipped. The apartment is renovated with style. Last but not least: the location is unbeatable! You can reach all major sites in Istanbul within walking distance! There are very good restaurants in the neighbourhood. Supermarkets and banks are around the corner. We felt very welcome because of the personal attention of the staff.
Tarkan's and Julia's apartment is the perfect centre to explore Istanbul. As you enter the apartment you are welcomed by a sign on the wall saying "Darling, let's be adventurous!" And that's what it's all about, indeed. It's a ten minutes footwalk to places where you can enjoy the town and start further trips and explorations: a walk down the hill leads you to Galata Bridge, a walk up the hill to the main shopping street. A little further down the road you can visit Orhan Pamuks wonderful Museum of Innocence. And in the evening if you feel tired and come home from an expiring day you just walk around the corner and enjoy life around the Galata Tower. You find the shops you need for a good breakfast in walking distance - and if you want to cook your own meals - well the kitchen is there and the ingredients wait to be bought in the shops around. The apartment is spacy, has two toilets which is quite nice (!) if you really use the two bedrooms, i.e. there are four people in the house, the living room is wonderful to relax and to muse about the day and to plan the next. The service around your arrival and the departure helps you to settle and to ease the pain of having to leave. All in all - it's the perfect place for a trip to Istanbul!
Lovely apartment very well situated
Jag reste med vänner på weekend-semester. Vi bodde i denna fina, rena lägenhet. Läget var charmigt, ett kvarter från Galata-tornet och trevliga små restauranger. All kontakt med uthyrarna har fungerat mycket väl. De skickade en mycket trevlig man som mötte oss vid lägenheten när vi kom och hans lika trevliga dotter kom och hälsade oss adjö när vi skulle resa hem. Allt fungerade smidigt och bra. Lägenheten låg tre trappor upp utan hiss, så den som har svårt med trappor bör välja annat alternativ. Till alla andra rekommenderar jag detta boende starkt.
salt spring island, british columbia, canada
I can't imagine a better place to stay in Istanbul - fantastic!
This was my first time in Istanbul (my friend's 2nd). I couldn't believe our luck at choosing the "Hendek" apt. It is the very best location in an area of cutting-edge artisanal shops, little restaurants, interesting music and lighting shops. Turkish people live here - not just tourists and that makes it much more interesting. It is close to the ferry terminals and a very nice walk across the Galata Bridge to the old town. We love to walk so the steep hills in the area were not a problem. If you don't, then a very inexpensive tram ride gets you up the hill. Fuat was charming and helpful throughout. I just thoroughly recommend this place!
Modern Equiped, Clean, Luminious and Quite apartment at a very C
We had a comfortable stay in the Hendek apartment. Sometimes internet photos can be deceptive but the apartment was just like the photos I've seen previously at the internet web site. It was very clean, spacious with high ceilings and modern-furnished. It's in a quite street and at a 2 minutes walking distance to the Galata tower. I definitely recommend it.
clean, elegant, modern and most important-great Location
the apartment we rented was exquisite, modern and beautifully designed.
as a family of 5 there was space for all of us and we felt right at home.
the location couldn't have been better- right next to the galata tower
and istiklal street full of restaurants, shops and most of a all
a good atmosphere.
the organization of the flat, our arrival and the taxi service to and
from the airport was perfect and punctual.
thank you istanbul place for making our stay in istanbul
Cape Town, Buenos Aires
All you need
After an extensive and long search regarding the perfect 'home away from home' we (as many lucky others) have stumbled across Hendek apartments nestled in the heart of Buyoglu, Istanbul. Not only was it everything the pictures promised to be but also presented the ideal platform to discover this amazing city. I could find absolutely nothing amiss regarding service, amenities and surroundings during our visit. Fuat made sure of every need being attended to. Other than mentioning the extremely professional and accommodating hosts Tarkan and Julia who restored a piece of classic history here I think this was one of the most perfect vacations of my life. And I have been around the proverbial global block a few times. We spent two weeks exploring Istanbul and all it has to offer. Whether it was a day trip to the lovely beaches (Adalar or agva) in the summer, museums visits, diversity of restaurants, live shows in the evening or just chilling down the street at the Galata tower with a cold beer, you are never bored and the public transportation system is superb. All you have to do is book now and let the Istanbul magic do the rest.
A lovely place, very well located
We were two couple of friends staying 5 days in Hendak appartment.
The appartment is beautiful, lovely renovated, very comfortable and very well furbished. The kitchen is small, bu we only took our breakfast in the appartement and it was not problem. The beds are very comfortable.
The only problems that we noticed are: one toilet is leaking (but there are two toilets in the appartment) and the shower is splashing a lot so the bathmat is always wet.
The street is very quiet at night but located close to Galata tower where you have lot of small shops and restaurants. It's also 5 min walk to very animated streets where you can find a lot of restaurants and bars with live music. We spent great nights there!
It's also close to te bridge to reach üsküdar district, where all the touristic sites are. We took the tramway only once, but we preferered to walk across the bridge the other days, as it is a pleasant walk with beautiful sights and very animated.
We were welcomed by Fuat, wo waited for us late at night when we arrived. He already bought us a gallon of water, that we appreciated a lot.Some maps were at our disposal also. Our stay is Istanbul was one of the most beautiful and Hendek appartment is also one the best place we stayed.
We hope that you will also appreciate it.
Marie & Fabien, Pascale & Pierre.
Our home away from home.
We rented this apartment in the middle of July 2013, for 10 days. We are a family of four, with two young kids and we always opt for an apartment with kitchen and laundry. This apartment suited us perfectly. One large bedroom with two separated beds for the kids and one smaller room with a large bed for us. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking simple meals and equipped with dishwasher and laundry.
The building is on a quiet street and we were also not bothered by the visitors above and below. The high ceilings and air conditioning units made kept us cool even in the hot July weather. The apartment was clean and all the facilities worked well. Excellent water pressure and endless hot water.
Only one block away we found numerous good restaurants, two supermarkets, a bakery, an excellent wine shop, a pharmacy. Everything is centered around the pleasant public square at the base of the Galata tower.
Our daily routine was to walk 10 minutes down to the Galata bridge and take tram of ferry to various attractions. A public transit card was conveniently attached to the apartment keys.
We had a few minor issues that were resolved within hours by the friendly apartment manager who spoke excellent English.
We highly recommend that you stay in this apartment the next time you visit Istanbul.
Great week in Istanbul
Thoroughly recommend this flat and the hosts. Stayed there 5 nights with our two children aged 10 and 13 and had a fantastic time.
I really enjoyed my experience at Henkel place! The apartment is beautiful and amazingly furnished. It is placed in a fantastic neighbourhood! You can find everything! People here are very nice and friendly. I would reccommend this experience to everyone who goes to Istanbul!
Great Istanbul Bolthole
I stayed here with 2 friends for a long weekend in June. The apartment is fantastically situated 2 minutes walk from the gallata tower and 10 minutes from a main shopping street which I can only describe as the 'Oxford Street'(London) of Istanbul. We were a little worried we might struggle to find the apartment again, or to direct taxis back from various corners of the city but since the tower was so close we asked to be dropped there and usually ended up passing the flat anyway. The place itself was very clean, the bathroom was lovely and spacious (water pressure in the shower is great). The double room was a little bit pokey but given I only intended to sleep in there it served its purpose well! The twin room is a good size. The flat has no built in air conditioning (given is is a stunning old building) but there was an air conditioning unit in each bedroom which worked perfectly. I would definitely recommend to a friend for a short trip.
the apartment was very good and clean with a well-equipped kithcen and a nice terrace.
I would strongly reccomand it
Stylish apartment in a trendy area of Istanbul
We recently came to Istanbul for a conference and booked 3 of the Hendek apartments (all in the same house with identical interior). We were highly satisfied: the apartments were spacious, newly renovated, with super (!) stylish decoration and furniture and made us feel at home at once. The whole booking procedure was very professional: Tarkan and Julia were very helpful in answering our many questions upfront and one of the staff came to welcome us at the beginning of the stay and to say goodbye at the end. When we had questions inbetween, they always answered very quickly and gave helpful advice. The location near the Galata Tower is nice, with a lot of cute shops and restaurants. As the location is pretty central, you can hear sometimes hear sounds from cars or people walking during the night, but overall it was not too noisy. Would definitely come back.
we stayed at the hendek for a week with our four children. it was a great location and the apartment was very chic and clean. we were able to walk to the tram and hit all the sites easily from this location in beyoglu. the beds are a bit too firm for my liking, but i would definitely stay here again. istanbul was such an interesting place and we all had a great time exploring it. this apartment made our vacation there even better!
We rented 3 flats in Galata and we had a beautiful stay. The flats are ideally located and in perfect conditions/ Very clean. They are exactly as the pictures on the website. The "stay Istanbul" team is really good and helped us to book airport transfers and other taxis during the weekend. Everything went smoothly and all the drivers were on time. I would highly recommend this place for a few days in Istanbul.
Faultless... an apartment you can call home
Stayed for 5 nights in april and cannot rate this apartment highly enough. Location is fantastic with Galata's trendy shopping and dining at you doorstep and a pleasant 15 minute walk to Sultanahmet. The apartment was beautifully furnished, spacious and very homely with all the amenities you could want. Upon arrival, I was met by at the apartment by a lovely woman as Fuat was otherwise engaged but I had the pleasure of running into him later at the apartment building and he even left a small farewell gift on our doorstep! I stayed a few nights in the apartment on my own and felt very safe walking around the area after dark and the apartment is very secure with keypad entry into the building. Whilst the spiral staircase is stunning, the climb to this forth floor apartment may not suit everyone.
I hope to one day stay here again! Faultless, thank you!
Clean, spacious, comfortable in great location
Myself, my brother and nephew stayed for three nights. Booking process was easy. Fuat met us on arrival and was most accommodating. Airport transfer went well, though next time would catch Havatas shuttle to Taksim Square for 10 lira (now that I know!).
The apartment had a great feel and delivered what it promised to. Would recommend this place to friends.
Fantastic long weekend
We have just returned from a great long weekend in Istanbul and I cannot recommend this apartment enough. Having been slightly concerned we were the 'wrong' side of the Galata Bridge, the location of the apartment is perfect. 5 minutes walk from the bridge and 5 minutes from the main centre of the new town, everything worked out so well. Check in was very easy, the apartment easily fitted the 4 of us and was very clean and well stocked.
Loved our trip- thank you!
Gilbert AZ USA
Great location and hospitality
I stayed at this apartment april 26, 2013 for 6 nights with 2 other family members. Loved the apartment, very bright and clean. The RT transfer service from the airport went without a hitch. Fuat met us upon arrival and was also available during the week by phone. This made our visit so much more enjoyable than staying in a hotel especially for 3 ppl.
Aussie in London
Roomy apartment in great location, friendly hosts
This is a huge apartment in a great location. It is a few hundred metres from Galata Tower and close to the great restaurants and bars of Beyoglu. The apartment was extremely clean and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The hosts were extremely friendly and flexible about the arrival/departure times - Fuat even messaged us when the weather turned cold to make sure we knew how to use the heating. I would definitely recommend this as a great place to stay in Istanbul. Have also stayed at Petraki Place which is equally as good.
Perfect flat in Istanbul
Perfectly renovated flat only 5 minutes away from Galata Tower and
Metro Station Sishane or 20 minutes to the Bazar. Well equipped modern kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. Everything was clean,
the beds were spotless and comfortable. Fuat was friendly and very helpful.
Our children (21 and 14) also liked the area and closeness to the pedestrian
street very much. There was nothing to complain about.
A home away from home
We (four girlfriends) stayed three nights in this aparmtment. It is a really nice place, nothing is missing. Dishwasher, washing machine, thermometer, plaster - everything is there.
The apartment is furnished with care. The owners are very nice and responded quickly with any questions.
Superb was the transfer from the airport and back which we've booked trough the owner. The driver was right on time.
The view from the apartment is gorgeous. It is located next to the Galata tower which is within sight. So you are right in the middle of Istanbul - what more could you want?
This apartment is highly recommended to anyone who wants intensely immersed in Istanbul.
Grasse / France
Séjour à Hendek appartment
Top service pour cet appartement à 2 pas de la tour Galata. Accueil chaleureux et convivial... Avec un petit cadeau pour fêter l'anniversaire de nos filles !!!
Rien ne manquait à nos besoins dans cet appartement. Rien de négatif...
un appartamento confortevole, in posizione srategica
In sette, (tre adulti e quattro ragazzi) abbiamo passato la settimana di capodanno a istanbul, alloggiando in due appartamenti Hendek nello stesso immobile. Gli appartamenti sono esattamentee come appaiono nelle fotografie pubblicate sul sito: confortevoli, decorati con grande gusto e perfettamente attrezzati. Tra le caratteristiche positive, c'e' il secondo wc, oltre quello della vasta sala da bagno, che rende piu' facile la cconvivenza e le operazioni di avvio della giornata. La situazione e' ideale, a due passi dalla Torre di Galata e dalla sua piazzetta piena di caffe', e a tre passi dalla funicolare che scende verso il ponte di Galata e dalla metro che sale invece verso la piazza Taksim e la citta' ''moderna''. L'accoglienza e la disponibilita' dei proprietari e' stata perfetta, compresa la gentilezza di averci riservato, come avevamo chiesto, l'appartamento del primo piano per il gruppo dei piu' anziani, visto che l'immobile non ha ascensore (ma la scala e' francamente molto comoda). a pochi metri dagli appartamenti c'e' un supermercato molto fornito, e sulla piazza di Galata un chiosco praticamente sempre aperto fornisce tutti i generi di prima necessita'. Puntualissimo e molto efficace anche il servizio di navetta da e per l'aeroporto (che viene proposto a parte con un modico supplemento).
Great location and a nicely appointed accommodation for the thre
Very nice apartment in a wonderful part of the City of Istanbul. The apartment was perfect for three people (one couple and our daughter). The beds were comfortable and the comforters were warm and nice. In addition, there was a nice living room with two couches and a small dining table for 4. Very nice.
The kitchen was well-appointed with all we needed to prepare simple breakfasts and meals (though the neighborhood is teeming with restaurants, and you'll likely eat out a lot).
Be advised that this space rewards those who like to stay in shape, as you have to walk up the hill to reach Galata Tower area and then there are four flights of stairs up to the apartment. We rose to the occasion and enjoyed the exercise, but if you're not in great health, you might choose another place with an elevator.
Great location, clean and comfortable
Four adults stayed for a week in Nov, 2012. Overall, apt was clean and comfortable. Kitchen well equipped; white marble bathroom was pleasant to enter and shower water pressure was good. Great location, literally 2 blocks from Galata Tower; grocery store, veggie/fruit stand, bakery, eateries around the corner. Kind landlord, whose business also provides transportation to/from airport--a little bit more expensive compared to local cabs, but worth saving the hassle of dealing w/cab drivers who may not be familiar w/ the exact address.
nice place to visit Istanbul
the location is very good, 200m from Galata tower in a very pleasant district. The appartment is clean and comfortable. And the host are very nice, always helpful. One of the best place we had in our travels and that we recommend warmly.
a very nice renovated apartment
The apartment is very good renovated and had enough comfortable space for 4 people. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen very well organized and the living nice and simple decorated.
Fuat was very kind and helpful during our staying.
The location is a few steps from Galata Tower,one of the more interesting area of Pera.
We like to stay again to this apartment
This apartment was perfectly located near the Galata tower and well equipped for our needs. Fuat greeted us when we arrived and heard my tale of woe losing my smartphone at the airport. We called my number and a Turkish gentleman answered. Fuat arranged to drive over an hour the next day to retrieve it. We were amazed and grateful
We really enjoyed our visit to this apartment. Well equipped, spotless, perfectly located. Fuat our host was truly kind and sincerely helpful. Excellent communication with the owners as well. Would definitely recommend to friends!
Great Place for a Family Stay
We rented the 4th floor (no lift!) apartment on Hendek last week for a week. The apartment has a good kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a lounge which can also function as a third double bedroom - we had 5 adults and a child and found it was absolutely fine for our needs and probably very spacious by Istanbul standards.
The apartment building is approximately 100 years old but freshly renovated to a high standard. The beds are very comfortable, there is a view of the mosques from the master bedroom. If you aren't super fit, then the climb up the stairs to the fourth floor, especially with heavy luggage, is like having a built in gym session every day of your holiday! We were offered the opportunity to move to a lower floor but stayed put to enjoy the view. Lower floors probably have no views and would be darker (on one side the view is directly over a large car park).
It's a perfect location a few steps from Galata Tower. Having seen most of the major tourist attractions in Istanbul, we found this location to be a great base for exploring - more so than if we had stayed in the old city which we thought was just a bit too busy and touristy by comparison. Indeed when we go back to Istanbul, I can't think of a better area to stay in.
Fuat was fantastic in providing us with assistance during our stay - everything from helping out with luggage to suggestions on things to do and booking transfers.
Staying in Galata means getting lots of taxis which we found to be the most cost effective way of getting around - so long as you can convince the driver to put the meter on before you start your journey. This may mean having to approach several drivers before finding one who isn't set on price gouging a tourist - so pack your haggling skills!
Finally, nowhere in Istanbul is without very loud calls to prayer from the mosques at an early hour (~5am) - after a few days we managed to sleep through it.
Comfortable, clean and in a good negbourhood
This is really a good option to enjoy Istanbul through the prism of a resident and in comfort. We were very happy with the apartment and many thanks to Fuat for the flexibility when we arrived late and for letting us keep out bags in the apartment late on the last day. These small details really make a holiday. We'd come again.
Everything we wanted...and more
Having booked on-line, I saw an excellent review in a UK newspaper so knew I had chosen well. And it was great - very clean, excellent decor and furniture, and the beds so comfortable. The 4th floor apartment has wonderful views. Would highly recommend this place.
Light, Airy, Good Sized apartment in Good Location
The apartment is ideal for 4 people. It it only a couple of minutes walk from Galata Tower, which is a great area and a nice part of Istanbul experience. The Galata Tower was partially visible from the kitchen window. It is roughly a 10 minute downhill walk to the train station at Galata Bridge. Coming home, it is best to ride the furnicular to avoid the uphill walk.
The features and fixtures of the apartment were clean and modern and the apartment had a great feel to it. One thing to bear in mind is that it is quite noisy durng the day as this is a retail/cafe area. The sofa bed in the lounge was a little uncomfortable for our 5th adult, but if you are only housing 4 in the apartment, it would be perfect. The two toilets was an excellent feature!
The host was excellent and professional to deal with. This location is really at a mid point between both of iStanbul's airports if you are getting a tax service.
Lauren and Claire
Peaceful stylish oasis in Istanbul
We stayed 4 nights in this beautiful apartment in oct 2012. The situation is great, next to sishane tube, galata tower on doorstep, easy public transport to sultahmet and the asian side attractions.
The flat has been decorated very stylishly, but with great sensitivity to the old building. The walls are stripped back natural brick, the ceilings are impossibly high with the undulating natural arches of the ceiling intact, and then there are funky coloured glass panels high in the connecting walls, bringing in modern style. It has everything you need for a comfy stay in the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.
The team were so kind to us, before we went, while we were there, even stopping by to say goodbye and make sure we didnt need help leaving and going to airport. Tarkan who we booked it with was consistently helpful, answering questions, always responding quickly, going the extra mile, and Fuat who met us there was fantastic. Lovely to meet genuinely helpful and kind people.
The best thing, the fact you could be so comfortable and homely in a busy city.
The least thing, nothing!!
Comfortable appartment in lively neighbourhood
We stayed four nights in Hendek and had a wonderful time thanks to the nicely decorated, fresh and clean appartment in the lively, buzzing Galata-area. We would recommend Hendek to anyone who likes to be near good restaurants, exotic little shops and all other hotspots of Istanbul.
our apartment was wonderful, an old and very well renovated house, with 2 new toilets, with all the comforts and fast internetconnection. The location is very central, I think in the best neighborhood of Istanbul, at night incredibly alive, but the apartment is in a quiet street. Everybody was very nice and helpful, the driver of the airportservice and the representant Fuat. We enjoyed our stay very much, we will recommend it to all our friends and we will definitively go back to Tarkan and Julia!!
The partment was great, neat, perfectly located. Special thanks to Mr Foad who didn't cut any corners in providing all sorts of supports, from staying there over night while we were struggling to manage our flight through a strike to giving address for different places to not very-well-address-knowing taxi drivers.
Very nice and comfortable place in a central neighborhood
apartment very pleasant, well decorated, clear, with a beautiful view for one of the rooms (4th floor) in a central area that can do many things on foot, restaurants, shops, supermarkets are nearby. The renters are very available, arranging for check in and check out, everything is very easy to recommend to visit Istanbul quietly.
Perfect holiday apartment in Galata!
Our stay in the trendy, very well equipped apartment was wonderful! Thank you for the excellent service, from the booking of the apartment, the shuttle service that was waiting for us at the airport, the friendly reception and the perfect accommodation. We loved that the apartment was centrally located, a quick five minute walk away from Istiklal Caddesi. The apartment is lovely, beautifully renovated with an attention to detail. All the amenities that one could hope for: TV, internet connection, washing machine and even a dish washing machine! Thank you, thank you we can't wait to visit again!
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Lovely But no a/C
The Hendek apartment is good value for your Money. The recent renovation was done well. Everything worked well. The bathroom is spacious although badly needs a shower door as the current set up, though modern and stylish, causes a fair amount of water to spray on the floor. The washing machine works well. The kitchen is fairly spacious and sunny. There is a four burner cook top but no oven which is not necessary for a short term rental. The only issue for our stay was that there is no a/C. The three fans provided however are strong and silent. Still without a/C it got uncomfortable. Please note that this apartment is in a lively neighborhood with lots of traffic from the many electrical supply stores that are the hallmark of this street and revel ears at night, i.e. it can get a bit loud at night as you will need to keep the windows open for a draft. The apartment is on the third floor up a winding, steep staircase which is a real challenge for older folks and people with physical disabilities. We really liked that there was a separate toilet and a storage area for suitcases as well as sufficient drawers and hangers for clothing on racks. The wood floor is expertly renovated and varnished. Wireless Internet worked well although there was a service outage on the first day which was quickly repaired. Read more
Response from Tarkan and Julia - 08/03/2012
It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We were hoping that the (good quality) fans would be enough to make a high summer stay comfortable -this is the first summer since the renovation- as we prefer to avoid a/c for environmental reasons and also not to damage to the 19th Century building unnecessarily. However, we've now accepted that air-conditioning in this case will improve comfort over these few weeks and so we intend to install it in time for next summer.
We hope you can visit again to try it out :)
This was a gorgeous apartment, well-equipped and reasonably pric
We were a group of four friends who stayed in the apartment for four nights. The place is beautifully decorated throughout, and well-equipped with a small kitchen, and towels, hairdryer, etc. in the bathroom. Wireless was available for free throughout. The location was excellent, just two minutes' walk from Galata Tower and the main shopping street. The manager was extremely friendly and helpful.
The only down-side was that the second bedroom had a double bed, which would have been fine for a couple but was a little cramped for us.
Otherwise, we really enjoyed our stay and would happily recommend stay!istanbul apartments.
Good location, well appointed and comfortable
My family and I stayed here for 6 nights in early May. The apartment itself if very nicely decorated with all amenities like fridge freezer, dishwasher etc.
There were 2 bedrooms, one double and a twin. There was also 1.5 baths which is good with 4 people staying.
While the apartment is marketed as being close to Sishane metro, you'll find it's not the one you need. Most if the sightseeing/ shopping/ activities are across the river in Sultanhamet, so you'll actually need the Karakoy metro, but it's only a 5 min downhill walk to this metro station. Be prepared to do a lot of uphill walking, Istanbul is very hilly.
Pros and cons of the apartment
1. Great location, supermarket/ electricians/ cafes near by.
2. Very neat and clean
3. Host Fuat was very friendly, meeting us in the first day and showing us the apartment
4. Due to the high floor it's on there was a lovely breeze especially as it gets hot and there were no fans/ ac
1. It's in the 4th floor and there wasn't a lift, which was a bit of a problem for my parents.
2. There is quite a bit of noise from the street at night, people shouting quite loudly as they walked past 4 stories below.
All said, I really enjoyed my trip and would go back and stay at the Hendek apartment again.
Beata, Marek, Aleksandra and Karolina
Nice, quiet location in a very centre of Istanbul. Luxury equipped, large flat on 3rd floor, unfortunately no lift available. Person in charge can arrange a taxi for you and will help you with everything,
Stijlvol appartement in leuke buurt. We waren er met 2 volwassenen en 4 kinderen. Erg aardige verhuurder. Lopend of met de tram ben je zo bij de belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden.
Very good apartment
The apartment is well equipped and perfectly located.
Renovated, it is suitable for 4 to 6 people.
The reception is perfect and the check in and check out are very easy with confidence.
It is even possible to get up at the airport!
I recommend this rental to anyone who wants to visit Istanbul, the modern and ancient.
Fantastic apartment, fabulous location
Guests: 4 adults
a spotlessly clean, very tastefully renovated, and spacious apartment (Hendek), very close to Galata tower and surrounded by lovely bars, restaurants and small shops. A charming area and really convenient location, Tunel entrance and Istiklal a few metres away. The apartment was furnished with a keen eye for detail with regard to both aesthetics and convenience. Kitchen adequately equipped. The whole apartment was spotlessly clean, as was the linen! Airport pick-up excellent. Tarkan, Julia, and Fuat were extremely helpful, kind and friendly. Communication was fantastic: all questions via email promptly answered. A lovely, lovely, stay, thank you! Look forward to staying at one of your apartments again soon.
Great apartment, great location.
Couldn't fault the service they arranged airport pickup and drop off, and briefing on the apartment and surrounding area. They answered our questions and were available for advice and instructions on how to operate the heating.
Newly renovated in a character building that has been sympathetically decorated and furnished. We didn't cook in the apartment as there are numerous restaurants, bars and bakeries within easy walking distance but the kitchen seemed to be well set up.
Brilliant location just around the corner from the Galata Tower, easy walking distance of Istiklal Street and the New Mosque is just a twenty minute walk away over the Galata Bridge.
The location was the best feature. The beds were a little hard for our liking. The three flight of stairs may not be workable for everybody but it didn't worry us and we are nudging sixty!!
john and Marie-Laure Marsh
a great apartment... in a great location... in a great city
I know our son wrote to you...but as his parents we want to congratulate you on the simplicity and beauty of your apartment...we just loved going back to it after a full day in your beautiful city..Galata is a great location...we walked happily across the bridge to the Mosques...the ambiance day and night was a revelation.we just had a great time and would certainly come back...
one thing for us was missing...a microwave oven...as there is no oven...it would have been a bonus for our party of 5 to be able to cook or warm up simple food...also it wasn't clear where and how you recycle glass and plastic ...as we do all the time in France and ireland where we come from...thank you for your hospitality..
regards ML and J Marsh
Very comfortable apartment in an excellent location
We arrived on a Wednesday night and were greeted by the nicest host (Fuat), who explained how the hot water and heating worked, and was also very kind to give us recommendations for food for that night and the following days.
The apartment is exactly as it is described on the site (a very good renovation with character), that felt very safe and quiet (we actually felt very safe anywhere we went in Istanbul), and had enough comfortable space for 4-6 people (and up to 7 people if they get along). We were gladly surprised by the amount of useful appliances in the kitchen and the comfortable beds (...quality of the linens and towels).
Located in a very popular area, just ~100 metres from the Galata tower (very handy landmark to give directions to taxi drivers), and 5 mins walk to the Istiklal avenue (very good spots for food/drink off the main street), it really has the best restaurants and bars (with and without views) close by (i.e., walking distance).
Around the apartment there were also two main supermarkets (Migros + Spar, I think), and a couple of fruit stalls were you could get your morning juices (grapefruit was an eye opener, very tasty). Coffee was more of a challenge (although we did have a French press in the apartment), but we managed to get good/strong ones on the second day from a place around the tower and on the way to the tram.
Liked best - the actual apartment, and the fact that it was close to night life, but in a quiet street
Liked least - cannot think of anything
(sorry, did not take pics of the apartment, but the photo of the tower was taken from a street around the corner from it)
great stay in istambul
our 5 days in this apartment was just perfect.
the area where is the apartement is absolutely stratecig for every important places and the apartment is just lovely, confortable with all facilities and very dity and clean:))
the honers are very very gentle and available and help us a lot also for the matteo's eye glasses then he lost at the airport during the way.