If you're looking for a small, simple, quiet apartmentin Old Istanbul for a stay of a week or two, or a month or two, Sultanahmet - Cankurtaran Efendi Apartmentsmay be just right.
Located on quiet Cankurtaran Caddesi (map), the apartments are a 10-minute walk downhill from the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque and the Hippodrome.
Each of the three apartments has a bedroom with either a queen-size bed or twin beds, TV and air conditioner, small bathroom with shower, and small kitchen with range/cooker, sink, refrigerator, some kitchen equipment and supplies for making coffee and tea. Occupancy in each apartment is for one or two people.
The ground-floor apartment has a tiny terrace. The top-floor apartment has a bit of Bosphorus view. All apartments receive plenty of morning and afternoon sunlight. Furnishings are new, simple, and tidy.
The apartments are reached by stairs (no elevator/lift).
I must emphasize: these apartments are small. They should really be looked upon as 3-star hotel rooms-with-kitchen. They have no salon/sitting room, nor seating area in the bedroom. The big windows in front and back keep them from being claustrophobic, however, and their compact size keeps the rent delightfully affordable in increasingly expensive Istanbul.
You may also want to consider the Gedikpaşa Efendi Apartments and Cibali Efendi Apartments. Here are the daily rates per room:
Low = Low season: January-February & November-December
High = High season: March through October
Holiday = Christmas & Easter periods
*4-night minimum stay in Cibali apartments
These rooms are owned and operated by Efendi Travel. When you contact Efendi for availability, rates and reservations, please mention TTP. Here's why.
Efendi Travel Agency
Yeni Akbıyık Caddesi No: 30 (map)
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 638 6343, or 638 6344, or 638 3746
Fax: +90 (212) 638 3922
—by Tom Brosnahan