Istanbul

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Akif 2

Genre: Air bnb Hood: Beyoğlu

A stunning apartment in an old renovated building with beautifully preserved traditional features such as painted ceilings, cosy wood floors and big old doors. It’s been renovated with flair, mixing the old with the new and a splash of red …

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Mi Casa Su Casa

Genre: Air bnb Hood: Beyoğlu

A sunny apartment, on the 4th floor of a beautiful renovated 19th century Italian building with breathtaking views of Istanbul from the Galata tower to the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmed which can be seen from a little balcony lined with potted plants: a perfect spot for a turkish coffee or a summer apero! …

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Empress Zoe

Genre: Bohemian Hood: Sultanahmet

Istanbul is one hell of a hectic town. If it isn’t the sightseeing that drives you into the ground it’s the crazy traffic jams, the multitude of people and just a general sense of over-stimulation. Don’t come here if you don’t want to get worn out and over-excited! This is where Empress Zoe comes in. The hotel may be located in the heart of the tourist district but the courtyard garden and roof-top terrace make for one of those tranquil ‘urban oasis’ that people are always talking about. After a day of bugged-eyed mosaic tile gazing you’ll be thankful for the sight of soothing greenery. …

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Ottoman Apartment

Genre: Classic Hood: Taksim Square

For a traditional vibe, this warm and eclectic Ottoman-style apartment in a 19th century building will give you an authentic and very civilised address in Istanbul. The apartment has been restored by its New York owners to create a space as clean and welcoming as it is dramatic and original. It sleeps 2-4, has mod cons like Wi-fi and air conditioning in some rooms for when really Istanbul heats up. The English-speaking manager lives nearby so he’ll be around to greet you and help if any issues arise. …

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House Hotel Galatasaray

Genre: Design Hood: Galatasaray

The House Hotel, part of Istanbul’s home-grown glamorous cafe group, is busily opening up a string of hotels across Istanbul (and more power to them). It’s a tough choice, but for sheer individuality we think their 20-room hotel in Galatasaray in a four-storey 1890′s mansion gets our vote …