Ottoman Apartment

Istanbul Hood: Taksim Square Genre: Airbnb Price: $

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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The Neighbourhood

Taksim Square is probably a little on the hot side right now, but generally speaking the location places you in the heart of the action – in a good way! The major shopping and entertainment area of Istiklal Caddessi is just close by – you’re also easy walking distance to public transport including the metro, ferries and trams heading towards the tourist area of Sultanahmet.

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What We Love

We love the antiques, art, traditional crafts and textures that lend the flat a real sense of character and occasion. The large and generous walnut dining table should  inspire a lavish feast. All up, good spot to practise the traditional Turkish art of reading coffee grounds!

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To be on the safe side, bring ear-plugs – the apartment is in a busy area and there’s a traffic intersection on the corner – this can translate into a lot of car-honking at all hours. Note: there is a minimum stay of 3 nights – discounts can be negotiated for long-term rental.

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