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Stablesgate House & Studios
Ranked #297 of 1,199 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Asbury Park, New Jersey
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“Our home away from home.”
Reviewed 17 January 2013

We rented the Stablesgate house for our final three nights of a two week stay in Istanbul. It seemed extravagant for only two people to rent an entire house but the cost was comparable to a nicer hotel in Sultanahmet.

I liked the fact that the house (and studios) were run by the nearby Armada Hotel. They offer cleaning services and fresh towels everyday. This is quite unusual from my experiences renting apartments in many different places. Having breakfast at the hotel each morning was also super convenient and I have no complaints about the food. I especially liked the variety of offerings and the fresh juice station. It was too cold to sit outside on the large restaurant terrace but the views from inside were spectacular.

The immediate neighborhood is not touristy but it is conveniently located near the Blue Mosque and other historic sites. There is a good walking route that brings you past a local market and through a gate right to the Blue Mosque. I'm glad we stayed in Sultanahmet for three nights, but on future trips I think we'll only stay in Beyoğlu.

The house has a nice living room and guest bathroom on the street level. A colored glass lunette window casts beautiful shadows on the wood floors. The huge well equipped kitchen is in the basement and has everything you could think of including a washer/dryer. My only complaint was that the kitchen was a bit dark.

There are two bedrooms, each on a separate floor with their own large bathrooms and tubs. The bedrooms were each the size of a large hotel room and were beautifully appointed with window seats and comfortable beds and nice artwork.

The roof terrace is not to be believed and offers both indoor and outdoor space. Where can you stay with your own private terrace with views of the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Sea of Marmara? We loved sitting in the atrium room enjoying a Raki in the evening and popping outside to enjoy the evening lights.

If you are traveling with four people this house is a crazy bargain. I'm not sure what the summer rates are but I can't imagine you can beat the value. Overall, a memorable stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

We got a great kick out of staying in this old house in the middle of the residential area so close to the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. The two of us had the whole house to ourselves and enjoyed the feeling of living Istanbul rather than just visiting. We made friends with the local cats and began to exchange merhaba's with the neighbours. The views from the rooftop are amazing and so many must-do sights are in easy reach. The down-sides for us? There was a wedding celebration at the restaurant nearby with drumming and singing that disturbed our first nights sleep. After phoning the Armada to complain we blacklisted ourselves from trying out the food there! And we also had a nasty smell of drains on the ground floor. However I would love to go back there maybe with friends or family.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We stayed here in July. It is in a good location if you want to stay in Sultanahmet, no more than 10 minutes walk form Haghia Sofia or the Blue Mosque. We stayed in studio1 which had a bedroom/kitchen/diner with bathroom on the top floor (at ground level) and a further living room and bathroom in the basement, done in a Turkish style with Ottomans, brass tables, rugs and lamps. For two people the space seemed luxurious.

The main room is smaller than it appears onthe website and this is initially a shock but we soon got used to it. The kitchen isn't fantastically equipped if you want to do some serious cooking. I was restricted to pilaus. I did have ideas of visits to fish markets but in summer the distance and effort didn't seem worthwhile. There are only really basic shops nearby. Giritli restaurant is around the corner and is in a lovely courtyrard but the first statement on entering is that they have a set menu and it is 40 euros. I didn't like the attitude or the price but I can't comment on the food. There are plenty of restaurants a 10 minute walk away. Mosaik was excellent.

You get full use of the Armada hotel facilities when staying here. We had a airport pick up which went flawlessly and also arranged two cabs from the hotel. Staff weren't always particularly friendly but were always helpful and efficient and ultimately that's what counts. I must add that they helped me buy tickets for a concert at Hagia Eirene for my wife's birthday, before we arrived and bought them on their company card. Again we picked the tickets up without a problem from the ticket office,despite my concerns about it me not being the cardholder. They had given the ticket office our details etc. They went well beyond their duty here.

Breakfasts at the hotel were good with excellent views of the Sea of Marmara from the roof terrace. Dinner was less impressive with the food a little bland for my taste but it is probably worth doing for the location, as with the Blue Mosque floodlit and the lights twinkling on the Asian side it is spectacular.

The main downside of the studio was that it could be quite noisy if you wanted an afternoon sleep. The kids in the street had fund ringing the bell to see if they could get someone to answer - ignore it long enough and they go away and find other distractions. The call to prayer will wake you up and the time varies but frankly it is beautiful and I cannot understand anyone objecting to being woken in this way.

The main upside is the roof terrace you share with the other studio. What a view and what a luxury! We had dinner up there at night with all the oriental lanterns they provide lit. My food was plain but the environs more than made up for it.

When I go to Istanbul again I will probably stay in Beyoglu but for a first time visitor who wants a bit more independence and space than a hotel room offers this is ideal.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

We spent 8 wonderful nights here, and couldn't have been more pleased with this accommodation and especially its location. We stayed in the House, and for 2 people, not only was this the best bargain in all of Istanbul, but it was the most spacious as well! They charge by the person, (100 Euros at the time), so for 200 Euros we had 5 floors to ourselves, the jewel of which was the top floor, which included not only a beautifully furnished terrace (table, chairs, folding lounge, large movable umbrella), but a glass-enclosed option for colder days. Hotels in the Sultanahmet brag about their rooftop terraces, and indeed, you should try to get one that includes that, but here you can have one all to yourself! Watch the ships go by in the Sea of Marmara or watch the sun set behind the Blue Mosque, while relaxing in the comfortable robes and slippers the house provides.

The pictures on their website represent the features of the House very well and are very accurate; the bedrooms are good-size, larger than most rooms in all of the Sultanahmet, I venture to say, and have great closet space, as well as safes. The bathrooms are very comfortable, (and you can each have one if there are just 2 of you!) and even come with tubs, something I do hate to give up when traveling. The kitchen/dining area is quite large; it is a bit dark,however, as it is below street level, but it is well enough equipped if you wanted to cook. It even includes your own orange juicer, although why you would want to skip the wonderful breakfasts (included in the price) at the Armada Hotel - where you also juice your own oranges for great fresh-squeezed morning OJ - is beyond me! The living room includes a small TV, and DVD player, and the free WiFi works great down there, but not in the higher floors. The furnishings are very clean and comfortable in a kind of Ikea meets Ottoman style, very pleasing.

If you are the sort of traveler who needs room service, nightly turndown, luxury toiletries, premium bedding, TV viewing from the bed, a clock radio, then don't stay here. But we happily gave those things up for what was in all other ways an absolutely outstanding stay. You are treated as a hotel guest, and the front desk will take care of all your questions and help you with anything you need. Namik especially was just terrific! We got maid service every day, even though on the website it says you get it every other day. We would have been happy with that, but came back each day to an immaculately cleaned house, even including the tea mugs and tea pot I'd left uncleaned.

Others have mentioned here the character of the neighborhood, which to us was certainly a positive. However, be warned that there are quite a few young children living in the houses on the street, and they play boisterously and loudly in the street, but never early in the morning, and never at night. You may even be subjected to the "doorbell game", where one particular little boy rings your doorbell, squeals and runs away, then comes back, and repeats maybe 12 or 15 times, but a stern look will discourage him. The other children will ask you your name, and tell you theirs, but otherwise there is no English on this street! But if you wanted a late afternoon nap, the sounds of the children playing might be difficult to block out, as all the rooms in the house are over the street. We never napped so weren't bothered. One evening there was a wedding at the Giritli restaurant, and that was very loud, but we actually enjoyed hearing the music and it stopped promptly at 11. We never heard the morning call-to-prayer, and we slept great because it probably was the absolute quietest street in all of Sultanahmet, with NO sound of traffic or other life during the nights.

You are a 45-second walk from the hotel, NOT even 2 minutes as others have stated! There are at least 25 different cats between you and the hotel, and if you are like me, you will befriend them all. All in all, I can say without hesitation that our stay in Istanbul was absolutely phenomenal thanks to this outstanding property and the Armada Hotel. We felt so lucky!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Zuerich
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

This review is part two of two… We stayed at the “Armada Annex”, otherwise known as “Stablesgate House & Studios”. This review is for the studio rooms that are separate from the hotel, but are serviced by them. For the review of the Armada and the included breakfast, look at the review on the Armada Trip Advisor page.

The Armada studios are not for everybody (as can be seen in other reviews), but they were fantastic for us. All of the advantages of staying at a high end hotel (the Armada), while still experiencing the antique and exclusive feeling of staying in one of the historic old Istanbul wooden houses. Staying in the annex is not 100% luxury, and one needs to accept that you are living in a “village” part of Istanbul, but once over this the charm of the place takes over!

The Stablesgate house is about 3 short blocks away from the Armada hotel, down cobble streets and a back alley (not so easy with rolling luggage). The house itself is a beautifully and simply renovated historic Istanbul wooden house.

We stayed in studio2, upstairs in the house. The room was large, comfortable, and well equipped. The décor was very nice with hand painted doors and ornaments, and intelligently designed woodworking. The heating worked well (important as it was cold when we arrived), there is AC for the warm months, the bathroom was fine and clean, and the kitchen was properly equipped with everything needed.

From the foto’s on TA, you can see that the bed is built into the big bay window. This is a bit odd, but still OK. The bed is a full queen and is very comfortable. Being right “in” the window, you hear more noise from the street. The windows are good, but there is noise and you hear it: including the cats at night, the birds in the morning, and the Adhan call to prayer several times a day… you get used to it very fast, but it is certainly present. Living in the neighbourhood clearly has all the the pro’s and con’s of this little corner of Istanbul. We thought it all added to the charm of the place, but I would understand others who might find it annoying or even a problem … decide for yourselves.

The room is still cleaned and made up once a day by Armada staff, and the house is very secure and well kept. Again breakfast is included at the Armada, but the studio is clearly aimed at visitors who want a little autonomy from the luxury of the “managed” hotel.

There is absolutely no view from the room, just windows across the tight street. However there is a great private roof-terrace (with chairs and umbrella), which has a fantastic 360 degree view across the sea and Istanbul. There you are joined by many birds, (including a stork a few roof’s away!), the occasional cat, and my wife saw dolphins in the sea (1 block away) on our second day there.

The studio’s are within walking distance from all the main tourist sights of Sultanahmet. Around the corner there are a couple small shops, and in one direction there is a very simple, very local restaurant… in the other direction there is one of the most expensive highly rated restaurants in the city. …Take your pick. Other places to eat are about a 10minute walk away to the main resto area of Sultanahmet… there are lots to choose from.

The studio’s of the Armada at Stablesgate are clearly not for everyone. We really enjoyed being in the neighbourhood, having a short walk to the hotel each morning, and feeling like we were staying somewhere adventurous… The room is lovely, but a bit remote and isolated from the hotel. If you are interested in “real” life in Istanbul than this might be the place for you. If you do not carry your own bags, climb small stairs, or like to hear the sounds of the neighbourhood … then just stay at the Armada.

All in all we were really pleased with our stay at the Stablesgate. It was just adventurous enough to make it a bit out of the ordinary, and at the same time if we needed anything we would just walk (or call) over to the Armada.
It is an interesting place to stay in Istanbul and we can highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

The Stablesgate House (part of the Armada Hotel Istanbul) is in an incredible location, just off the coast of the Marmara Sea, a short walk from the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque, the Aya Sofya and Topkapi Palace in the old part of Istanbul. We loved the location, the friendly and helpful service, the old-world feel, and especially being right in the middle of a real Istanbul neighborhood, getting to know the neighbors. The views from the terrace atop the House are magnificent, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby -- not that you need them as the restaurant atop the Armada Hotel itself is superb (and boasts more magnificent views). Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

This apartment is affiliated with the Armada Hotel. I have reviewed the property that we stayed in under the Armada Hotel reviews. I wrote this review on June 17 2011. Please refer to that detailed review.

Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Stablesgate House & Studios
Address: Cankurtaran | Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #297 of 1,199 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This unique concept allows guests to luxuriate in the space and privacy of their own beautifully renovated private house, whilst enjoying hotel-style services. Stablesgate is so named as the area used to be the stables of the Topkapi Palace. ... more   less 

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