We usually opt for apartments rather than hotels for the obvious benefits (in our opinion) - cook for yourself, washing facilities, larger rooms, home-style comfort, quiet. In this case we were not disappointed. The Galatasaray Flats were excellent. Clean, modern and secure if a very handy location. The tram to the Old Town is a short walk (two stops to the Old Town - 5 mins). A major shopping street is five minutes walk and the area generally is quiet and safe. The apartment is well appointed with great views over the city. Cooking facilities adequate, separate bedroom and washing machine. Overall very comfortable at a reasonable price. Don't be concerned by the outside appearance - once inside the large doors you will find a modern apartment complex over several floors served by a lift. The manager is extremely helpful (speaks fluent English, German and Turkish) - and is happy to provide information on where to visit in Istanbul, how to get there and so on. If you prefer apartments to that of hotels, then do consider Galatsaray Flats.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Istanbul's dynamic, culturally and creative quarter, our apartments feature contemporary comforts, sleek design and free Wi-Fi. We are centrally located with Metro, Tram and Havatas stations all a short walk away. Casa di Bava offers a range of spacious serviced apartments with modern homely comforts. Apartment features include fitted & well equipped kitchenettes and thoughtfully furnished relaxing lounge spaces. Cukurcuma is a quarter known for its eclectic aesthetic much admired by artists, writers and actors. The cafes and restaurants offer authentic Turkish cuisine and sit alongside contemporary wine and cocktail bars. The famous attractions surround the building with Galata Tower and Istiklal Avenue in walking distance and Sultan Ahmet (Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque) a short tram journey away. Ataturk Airport can be reached in 40 minutes by taxi. ... more less
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