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.
- 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