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Galata Arms

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Penny Arcade July 27, 2014
I spent a wonderful visit to Istanbul in the Galata Arms. I cannot imagine a more wonderful apartment imbued with all of the comfort and coziness one can imagine. Beautifully restored with exquisite taste , very clean but not sterile, beautifully painted ceilings, divine lighting, filled with antiques and loaded with charm, as if you are staying at a very tasteful friend's flat. everything is arranged so you feel really at home- Istanbul Sweet Home could not be a more apt description. Perfectly situated minutes from the Galata Tower and Taksim's Isticlal Street across from the leafy comforting view of the Crimea Church Garden this is an oasis of peace. Your host Metehan does everything to insure a perfect trip from airport pick up to very knowledgeable advice on history, sights and all things Istanbul! The neighborhood is chic without being pretentious. Sweet terraced coffee place 5 minutes away, unique Turkish designer's ateliers, three or four good restaurants with lots of élan and vibe and you get a good look at how fashionable Istanbuli's live in this artistic neighborhood. This is a tremendous opportunity to feel like a traveler not a tourist.Istanbul has another larger, very glamorous 2 bedroom flat around the corner from here with an AMAZING roof Terrace that looks over the Bosphorus! This is the kind of lived holiday experience that lodges in your heart long after you have returned home, one you can revisit in your minds eye whenever you want! Don't hesitate to book!
Amy Ghiz April 8, 2011
Dear Metehan,

Thank you so very much for accepting me and Rami as guests in your beautiful apartment in March.

We had a wonderful time in Istanbul, and our visit there was made more enjoyable because we had such a lovely place to stay. Everything about the apartment and the neighborhood was perfect, and we hope to be able to do business with you again when we return to Istanbul for another visit.

I hope you are well and happy, and hope to talk to you again in a few months.

Best Regards,
Claudia Oct 28, 2010
I stayed at galata arms in winter 2008/2010 and I loved it. Perfectly located, even more beautiful than on the pictures. Looking forward to stay here again on my next Istanbul trip!
Aini Sept 26, 2008
I was in Galata Arms in January for three weeks, and now I have again a feeling that it would be great to return back to Istanbul and Galata Arms (or other Sweet Home places). I really enjoyed working and writing my book by the window looking at the church and the mosque. Galata Arms has an excellent position; easy to go everywhere and near a main pedestrian area. Facilities in Galata Arms were good and the Internet connection invaluable. Looking forward to return one day!
John C. & Catherine L. July 29, 2008
We stayed at Galata Arms for two months (April 17 to June 12, 2008). Our stay was made more enjoyable by the extra things that Metahan was able to do. We called him at 5am for an emergency and was at the flat in no time. He gave us a lot of useful information including the name of a trusted travel agent that saved us time in arranging our excursions to other parts of Turkey.
When we were stuck for a solution in how to get to the airport( for our excursions ) at 5am, Metahan came to the rescue by arranging this. Most memorable for us was the couple of times he was able to share a glass of wine with us. Our discussions ware varied and enlightening. Best of all for me ( John ), and I am sorry I did not try sooner, was the day that Metahan took me to experince a "Turkish" shave; I would go back to Istanbul just to try this and probably get a haircut too.
The Flat had all the amenities that was advertised on the net and all the comforts we needed. The location was ideal in that we could walk to Istiklal Caddesi and take the transportation we needed to other parts of the city. The flat looked on a church and a mosque was beside the church. Most days we heard the call for prayers from the mosque starting at 5am and ending at 10:30pm and the church bells later in the day. After this the street chatter was on; people talking, kids playing, street vendors singing their sale items, artisans below working, seaguls squakking, birds singing and even the cats' mating lullaby made us feel we were living a local Stanbulites.
We will not hesitate to go back to the same flat and live like locals.
Sanem Soyarslan July 13, 2007
Galata Arms is a perfect choice for staying in Istanbul. To begin with, its location is great. If you want to live a real Istanbul experience, Galata arms is for you. In Galata Arms you are not only a few minutes away from the cultural heart of the city, the cosmopolitan Istiklal Caddesi, but also in the middle of a local neighbourhood surrounded by all kinds of sounds of Istanbul. The apartment itself is super cute, very nicely decorated and you can find all sorts of stuff, everything that you can possibly need, in it. Metehan is amazing and very helpful and nice. Thanks for this wonderful experience. I highly recommend this super sweet apartment!
Carla Monnich June 13, 2007

My husband and I just spent the month of May at Galata Arms. It was 100% better than any hotel where we've stayed on our previous 5 trips to Istanbul. We just hated to leave. The flat had everything we needed, plus things you can't get in hotels. Thanks, Metehan for all your help in making this wonderful experience. Looks like the flat is booked up through the rest of the year. I think maybe you should open some new flats. I'll add a link to our Istanbul travel tips site at See you next trip. Carla and Ted Monnich.

Nam Nguyen May 2, 2007

I just spent a wonderful week at Galata Arms - a charming and comfortable apartment centrally located in the heart of the European side of Istanbul. Waking up to the neighborhood noises of the call to prayer over the speaker, ringing church bells, yelling vendors hawking their wares, while peaking at the Bosphorus through the trees gave me a taste of being a part of Istanbul - one of the main reasons why I prefer the Galata Arms over a standard hotel room. However, the best part was the landlord, Mete, who really took care of us with information and advice. When our driver was caught in the May Day traffic, which might have made us late for our return flight, Mete came to our rescue by managing the crisis. All turned out well with his help. I would definitely recommend others to rent the Galata Arms; it might be occupied because I've already rented it again.

Nam Nguyen

Tammy Roxburgh Apr 13, 2007

My 14yr old daughter and I stayed at this wonderful little hideaway this Easter (2007). It is a little gem, very well situated for the Galata Tower (2 mins walk), Taksim Square (5 mins walk), tram (5 mins walk). Very well equipped, VERY CLEAN, brilliant shower!! You really feel that you are living in the true heart of the city with local noises all around you.A number of corner shops 1 minute away who provide all the basic things like milk, fresh bread etc. I have stayed in many apartments all round the world over the years and this really is a gem and I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to anyone visiting Istanbul who really wants to feel part of this amazing city, and be so central to so many important sites.

Pierre Feb 22, 2007

In december 2006 I spent a wonderful week in a wonderful apartement surrounded by wonderful people. Metehan, thank you very much for all your help and the great service you provided. I want to recommend to everyone to spend holidays in istanbul with "istanbul sweet home".

Ferhat Feb 6, 2007

I stayed at Galata Arms and i have to say i really liked it a lot,,,there was everything i needed,its central and i only have good things to say,,i really recommend this flat to everyone who will visit istanbul...its at the end of istiklal street so if you have been clubbing its really convinient for you,,becuase you dont have to take taxi or anything,,just walk home,,,so for young people its a perfect place of choice,,,thanks metehan my friend for everything,,hope to be visiting istanbul very soon again...

Claudio & Zeynep Jan 15, 2007

Dear Metehan, We really enjoyed our stay at your apartment Galata Arms and we didnt have any problems about the flat..It really is a friendly neighbourhood and less noisy than Tarlabasi neighbourhood..

The flat is in a good location so we didnt have problems about transportation..Very close to shopping places and also very close to the main streets..On the other hand having the church and the mosque next to each other made a nice view and also little bosphorus view was nice.. About the negative parts the outside door is really noisy :) so when there are people coming in and going out you can hear it really loud all the time :)

Metehan as a owner and maybe i can say as a friend is a great person helped us a lot..This wasnt our first stay and hope to stay at your apartments more times :) The decoration was really nice and you can really feel like it is your own flat during the time you stay there.. When you look from outside you would think that inside couldnt be that nice and interesting..i would like to thank to the person who made this decoration..

just a little comment not something so important or necessary maybe but it would be nice to have the camera system like in the other flat The last thing we can say is that staying in this kind of flat is way better than staying at a small hotel room where you dont have so much freedom at all with similar prices :) Best Regards and Thanks for everything Metehan you are the best!

Claudio & Zeynep

Owner's Remark Dec 14, 2006

Dear Brigitte,

Thanks for your comments.

I will buy a couple of more pots and pans and place them in the kitchen for next guests.

Thanks for mentioning the point about the azan (Islamic call to prayer called by the muezzin five times a day from a mosque's minaret), which is part of the music of this city, and especially of our street, together with the church bell, street sellers, and kids playing on the street...but you are right, the one early in the morning might be a bit surprising, if you arent used to... but after a while, we don't hear it at a lullaby :)

Those who are planning to travel to Istanbul and looking for an accommodation should know that it is almost impossible to find a place which is far from a mosque or a church in the old, historical parts of the city, such as Sultanahmet, Beyoglu (Pera) etc.

Best Regards,

H.Metehan Ozkan

Brigitte Jelen Dec 14, 2006
Dear Metehan,

We have now returned to Irvine, after a very long flight (and a one night stop in Paris).

We had a wonderful time in Istanbul and are very eager to come back, hopefully next summer. The apartment was very nice, beautifully decorated, with all the modern amenities. You are also a very efficient manager, I must add. Everything went perfectly as planned.

Now that I think if it, the only thing that could be changed are the pots and pans in the kitchen. I was cooking every day and it would have been nice to have better pots with lids. That's all I can think of.

Oh... if only you could turn the volume of the "call to prayer" a bit lower...
That was tough to get used to, especially at 6am!
Best wishes

tammy Dec 8, 2006
Had a wonderful stay in this flat - know the owner who has a wonderful eye and it shows in this charming apartment. It is like walking into another land with the touches of East meets West - a fantastic location right in the heart of the city but quiet at night a great relief for the hustle and bustle of daily life. The best part was overlooking a charming green leafy garden of the church - and the 3 minute location of wonderful cafes and shops.
Caitlin Roxburgh Dec 5, 2006
This flat - the Galata Arms - is in a wonderful posistion and has modern touches along with a rustic and homely feel. The srroundings and views are charming and I would recommened this flat to anyone young, old, male or female especially for a city break so what are you waiting for go and book it now!!
Andrew Dec 3, 2006
I stayed at Galata Arms for a long period. Quiet and leafy but two minutes walk to the tram street, Istanbul's Soho. Very well equipped (everything works!) -amazing paintings on the ceilings - not to mention the arms! Recommended
George A. Nov 24 , 2006
If somebody wants to live and work in Istanbul: iF his (or her) work is creative: and if there is a sense of some romantic in his hart, the small flat on Serdar ahmed street is a perfect place for him. It's real, old but fresh a nd moving street, Quiet and noisy and and you feel there as a part of something very Yours. place newer disturbs you, it just helps.

there are five minutes of walk up to Istikal and strangness of the place is very visible: you live close to noisy and active tourist avenue, and at the same time you live ina a totally real istanbul.

in flat you feel yourself as a part of strange but very warm world:may be it's a imaginary Istanbul, the place of some so sweet retro urban fairy tale. no, the place is really modern with all modern things inside, but it's old and charming a t the same time.

thank You, friends for Your taste and vision of Your magic city

Yours, George.

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