Maison Galata is a fine choice, with beautifully-decorated apartments/flats in two historic buildings newly renovated in late 2013. And if you make your reservation via this linkand mention TurkeyTravelPlanner.com, you are eligible for a free one-way transfer from Atatürk Airport to your apartment/flat.
Perfect for a large family or small group wanting to be in the heart of Istanbul‘s prime antiques/collectiblesdistrict of Çukurcuma, this large apartment/flat with three bedrooms and two baths just a few doors away from Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence sleeps up to tentravelers, with the shops, cafés and restaurants, music clubs and museums of Beyoğlu just a few minutes’ walk away (map).
Kumbaracı 1 & 2
Located between the huge Russian and Swedish Consulates-General, just off İstiklal Caddesi at Kumbaracı Yokuşu 43 (map), Apartment 1 at the Kumbaracı building, has two bedrooms, one bathroom and a salon, and is suitable for up to six travelers.
The smaller Apartment 2, with one bedroom, one bathroom and salon, is fine for up to four guests, or three, or a couple, or a single traveler.
Zarif 1 & 2
In the Zarif building at Serdar-i Ekrem Caddesi 23 (map), Zarif 1 has two bedrooms, one bath and a salon, and can accommodate up to six guests.
Zarif 2 is the largest Maison Galata apartment, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, salon, and accommodation for up to seven travelers.
The location of both buildings is quite convenient: a few minutes’ walk uphill to İstiklal Caddesi, Tünel Square and major restaurant areas; a short walk to the Galata Tower; and a few minutes’ walk downhill to an excellent hamam, several avant-garde art galleries, the exhibits of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, and the Tophane stop of the highly-useful Bağcılar-Kabataş tram. From Tophane it’s only a few minutes walk to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
When you stay at Maison Galata, you’ll receive a bonus card good for discounts on nearby restaurants and facilities such as Turkish baths, gymnasiums, etc. Ask for it!
Free Airport Transfer: Book Directly & Mention TTP
And remember: if you make your reservation via this linkand mention TurkeyTravelPlanner.com, you are eligible for a free one-way transfer from Atatürk Airport to your apartment/flat. (Here’s why to mention TTP…)
Finding Maison Galata
Kumbaracı Yokuşu, the street in front of the Kumbaracı building, and of Rooms Galata, site of the Maison Galata office, is narrow, one-lane, one-way, with no place to park. Traffic is light except on Saturday evenings.
—by Tom Brosnahan