The flat is in a historical building situated in the Sahkulu-Beyoglu area, less than 5 minutes walk from Istiklal Street and 15-20 minutes walk to Taksim Square, which can be considered the heart of Istanbul, where the major culture & art centers are located, with many charming cafes, restaurants and stores...
1 bedroom adjoining living room with a/c, bathroom, kitchen, 2 balconies with wooden shutters looking over the Crimean Memorial Church and its garden
Approx. 50 sqm
NUMBER OF BEDS
1 double bed
Entertaining Space: 1 Sofa (seats 4) , 1 pouffe (seats 2), Coffee Table ( Teak ), Medium size (55cm) Satellite Tv, Bookshelf , 1 small Dining Table w ith 2 Matching Chairs (may also be used as armchairs) in bay window area Bedroom: writing desk, wardrobe, set of large drawers
A very charming leafy view of the the C rimean M emorial C hurch and its nice garden; narrow Bosphorus view in winter.
Gas-Fired Central Heating and hot water , Air-Conditioning, Regulator for protection of delicate electrical equipment Modern bathroom with storage area above
ADSL internet connection & phone line for local calls.
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 TurkuMusic.com See you next trip. Carla and Ted Monnich.
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.
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.
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".
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...it´s 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
Dec 14, 2006
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 all...like 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.
Dec 14, 2006
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!
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.
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!!
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
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