Although not the capital of Turkey (as all quiz fans will know, that’s Ankara), Istanbul is without a doubt the most iconic city in this country. One of the very few cities in this world which can lay claim to sitting on two continents, it is home to 14 million residents and a whole lot of history. Locations that you must visit include the Hagia Sophia; in its day it has been a basilica and a mosque and now it is a museum. You can also see the city’s famous street bazaar and visit historical buildings such as the Topkapi Palace while taking a trip across the Bosphorus Bridge will take you from Europe to Asia or vice versa. Below, you’ll see some of the best Airbnb vacation rental properties in the city. If you’re visiting Istanbul, these are the places to stay.
This room is in a boutique hotel in one of the most popular areas of Istanbul, the quiet Sultanahmet district. All of the attractions of Istanbul’s old city are within easy reach on foot, and you can enjoy traditional Turkish breakfasts on the rooftop terrace every morning. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and there is an excellent convenience/grocery store nearby where you can buy water, snacks and local specialities.
* True spirit of Turkish hospitalityFatih, İstanbul, Turkey
Residents in this hotel can take breakfast in the morning on the rooftop terrace while looking over the majesty of Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque (and its six minarets). Within the hotel itself, you can enjoy satellite TV, a fridge in your room, and a highly comfortable French bed. Should you wish to do a bit of grocery shopping to fill that fridge, then you will find there are plenty of stores nearby where you can shop to your heart’s content.
** The best location and hospitality!Fatih , İstanbul, Turkey
This apartment is ideal for couples and small travelling parties and is an excellent modernist accommodation that will be hugely popular with all who stay there. You will have the run of the full flat, including a well-stocked kitchen and a bathroom with shower. You’ll have hot water 24 hours a day. The attractions of Istanbul, including the main square, are just a couple of minutes’ walk away. The bedroom, for its part, features a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Decorated in a modern European style, this flat has a touch of class.
Fancy Flat near Taksim Square (7)Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
This apartment is perfect for travelling parties of up to four people, decorated in a minimal style and offering spectacular views over the city. Visitors will enjoy the outdoor terrace where you can enjoy meals, a few drinks and a view of the Bosphorus; on the terrace, you will also find a washing machine. Indoors, there is a fully equipped kitchen, an HVAC system and all of the modern conveniences you could want including an LCD TV. In short, it’s an ideal apartment in one of the quietest areas of Istanbul.
Charming apartment in Sultanahmetİstanbul, Turkey
This room is perfect for holidaymakers who wish to be well located for Istanbul’s key tourist destinations — you’re a short walk away from Hagia Sophia, and also close to the Topkapi Palace. The apartment itself is in a building with a touch of history itself, having been a mansion in Istanbul’s old city before it was renovated and turned into a hotel. This room is brightly furnished, modern and spacious, and even has access to a kitchen (which, it is only fair to note, is shared with other residents). With a mini-fridge and an LCD TV, this is a room that you’ll be happy to spend a lazy day or evening in.
Superior Suite in Sultanahmet #1Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
This room, a private rental in the owner’s apartment, offers you excellent views of — and proximity — to the best of Istanbul’s sights. From the roof here you can see the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque and more besides. While space is limited, the views more than make up for it and, if you happen to be a cat person, the host’s three cats will be very pleased to meet you! At nights, the view from the rooftop terrace includes the lit-up Galati Tower, making for a magical experience.
Charming Place Overlooking Galata Tower (+Terrace)Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
Visitors who book this accommodation will have access to an entire apartment with plenty of space and the very best in terms of furniture, appliances and amenities. It is air-conditioned, and has a fully equipped kitchen and, what’s more, the apartment is directly on Taksim Square. You’ll find bus and metro stations two minutes’ walk away, and shops and nightlife are also within easy walking distance. This chic apartment is in the middle of everything in Istanbul and will be hugely popular with guests.
Excellent Flat in Taksim SquareBeyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
This room is found in the Sultanahmet area of the city and offers the visitor plenty of space as well as an airy, well-lit location which is ideal for hanging out in the room during the day. Your room has a sofa and a TV in it, along with a double bed, and perhaps the most unique selling point is the fantastic rooftop terrace which includes cooking facilities and offers space to sit and enjoy meals as well as the views over the city. The owner will even go out of his way to ensure you have transport to and from the airport.
Private Double Room in Sultanahmet - Free WiFiFatih, İstanbul, Turkey
The aptly-named “Voyager House” is perfect for holidaymakers, with one of the things that will immediately stand out being the huge world map on the wall which you are invited to add a “pin” to, to show how far and wide the guests in this apartment have come from. The room that you rent will be private to you, while common areas such as the kitchen and living room may be shared with other guests if they are there at the time. It’s a beautifully decorated spot, with a hostess who is assiduous in ensuring that renters get the best experience possible from their time in Istanbul.
Voyager House at Taksim Private bedroomIstanbul, Turkey
This apartment will be much appreciated by all who stay in it — each apartment in what is a hotel made up of serviced flats offers a very self-contained experience. Each room has its own unique touches, and you will have a fridge, dining area, and en-suite bathroom all to yourself. The road on which you’ll find the apartments is just adjacent to the British consulate, in one of the most exclusive areas of the city. At a highly affordable price, this is a rental you won’t regret taking.
Leon Apartment in Taksim # 201Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
Seeing the best of Istanbul, on the inside and the outside
Each of these accommodations is ideal in its own way for visitors to this city, a gateway between continents. There is something special about Istanbul which truly appeals to the voyager, and these accommodations serve that part of us by being perfect for sight-seeing, comfortable places to come back to after a day of exploration, and by putting you in touch with people who know the city of Istanbul inside out and will do their level best to make your trip memorable.
Get Trip101 in your inbox
You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101
*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.