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Top 12 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Istanbul, Turkey - Updated 2020

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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 rentals in Istanbul, Turkey. If you’re visiting Istanbul, these are the places to stay.

1. Pleasant room in hotel near Taksim Square (from USD 27)

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 hospitality
Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey
238 reviews
Room in boutique hotel 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy room nice view on the rooftop
the beds were comfy and had a pleasant street view
my room had a nice balcony
the room is nice with a cozy green balcony
the breakfast (included) was delicious and very fresh
all the rooms were very clean and had fresh towels soap bed sheets soap etc
the room was nice and clean and the bed was quite comfortable
its a clean place cons:1
the room was very clean and had a nice little terrace
the room is great for one person clean and neat
staff are super friendly
all the staff is great
the staff is really friendly and helpful
alihan was a great host responding immediately
the staffs were nice friendly and helpful
the location is amazing
located very close to all the attractions
amazing location close to principal and cute places
location is perfect very close from all the main attractions in istanbul
we really enjoyed the location of this hotel
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2. Excellent hotel with views of the Blue Mosque (from USD 24)

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
248 reviews
Room in boutique hotel 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved our ocean view room and having ac
wifi works perfectly too
especially the balcony view was gorgeous and breakfast was delicious and with beautiful sunrise
room was cosy with small terrace with amazing view of the sea
the view at the rooftop terrace where you eat your breakfast is amazing
great breakfast clean and cozy room
clean room though used it for one night
it's basic but clean
room was simple but roomy and clean
fantastic location clean and peaceful
staff were very nice
friendly staff and hospitable
staff are very friendly
the staff was very friendly and accommodating
staff were very accommodating and always happy to help with any questions we had
location is great too
great central location close to the blue mosque
great location as well
location is great walking distance to most attractions
very well situated close to major attractions
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3. Stylish apartment near Taksim Square (from USD 26)

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
314 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room was super clean and spacious design interior furniture amenities were of the high standard
bathroom was clean and will amenities coffee and tea available as well as fresh water in the fridge
great location and spacoius room with a lot of windows for natural light and ventilation
i liked that there are 3 windows in the room which give plenty of light and ventilation
the bathroom size is small but it's okay & good enough
clean and excellent bed
clean and good place
place was clean and tidy
room is clean and tidy
the place is sparkling clean and equipped
the host was very responsive
the staff was amazing 5 stars for staff
comfy place staff is amazing
all the staff are kind and responsive
the manager and all other staff were friendly and kind yet very professional
the location is good to take a airport shuttle bus
great location super safe area
the location is great walking distance to taksim square
cosy room and great location
great place very near to taksim square
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4. Stylish apartment in Sultanahmet (from USD 27)

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 Sultanahmet
İstanbul, Turkey
333 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
he prepared a nice breakfast for us and helped us in every situations
he cooked breakfast for us on the rooftop which was delicious
strong recommendation very nice place to stay and hikmet made us a really traditional and delicious breakfast
during our stay hikmet made us a lovely turkish breakfast
me and my friend look forward to return as soon as possible look no further book this apartment
the room is clean and comfortable
hikmet’s apartment was clean and spacious
the flat was great clean and warm
hikmet’s place was really clean and tidy
all clean all you need is there
very friendly and thoughtfull host
hikmet is a very nice host
a hospitable and nice host
hikmet was a wonderful host
the host is very friendly snd attented to the details
cool location near the bazaar
this place is located within easy walking distance of all the main attractions in istanbul
location is very good near blue mosque st
great location close to all the attractions in istanbul
very well located flat and quiet in middle of the city
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5. Room in Sultanahmet boutique hotel

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 #1
Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
240 reviews
Room in boutique hotel 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
upstairs facilities great for coffee and rooftop view of the bosphorus thanks savas
cousy room and exciting view from the roof
nice apartment great view off the roof top balcony to watch the sun rise or to see at night
the view on bosporus from the terrace is magnificent - having breakfast there was a real pleasure
the beds were comfortable and savas was very responsive whenever we had a question about the accommodations
clean towels and linens
very clean and welcoming
very clean easy access
the room was clean and new
house is clean and tidy
communicating with the host was great
savas is a very nice host
savas was helpful and replied quickly to our questions
lale was really kind
and host is very nice and friendly helpful
the location is close to the main attractions in istanbul
great location; close walk to everything in sultanahmet
great neighborhood within walking distance to the heart of sultanahmet
it is situated in a very good location
very good and convenient location for sightseeing
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6. Excellent flat in Taksim Square (from USD 27)

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 Square
Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
201 reviews
Entire apartment 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment was nice and cosy with all the listed amenities in working order
the apartment is comfortable and very well maintained with full amenities (incl
all facilities advertised were fully functional and easy to use
we adored istanbul and so grateful to have stayed in this apartment
really nice flat - secure and comfortable exactly as pictured
the place is clean and friendly
super clean and comfortable
the house is clean cozy and warm
clean space with all the immediate necessities
clean space with excellent location
she was a great host and arranged our pick up & drop off
berma is the best host
awesome apartment and reliable host
really perfect host very professional
the host is friendly and approachable and always happy to help
great location very close to taksim square and the metro
great location if you would like to stay near taksim square
nice location very near to the square and the sea
good and close to taksim square
nice and comfortable flat near a great location
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7. Double room in quiet area (from USD 46)

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 WiFi
Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey
162 reviews
Private room in guest suite 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is air conditioning and i slept very well
but the tv didnt work; i had trouble with air-condition and bathroom didnt have soap/conditioner/shampoo/toothpaste
the room was exactly like the photos
the place is nice and comfortable with all the necessary facilities
i slept really well there bed is comfortable and it's quiet in spite of being in central istanbul
the room was very clean and well furnished
room was clean and spacious an omg
the room was huge clean and bed very comfortable
the room was spacy and very clean
the accommodation is spacious clean and simple with all basic needs
great host and very helpful staff
the host was very welcoming and provided us with great guidance
yasar himself is very helpful
yasar is an amazing host very good with directions and advice
the desk clerks were exceptionally helpful
the location is perfect walking distance to everything
perfect location by good price
great location in the old city
very good location close to tour attractions restaurant and shopping
the best location for 1st time visitors
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8. Travel-themed apartment with stylish decoration (from USD 30)

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 near Taksim square Entire house
Istanbul, Turkey
88 reviews
Entire apartment 0 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is really big we also had a closed in balcony which was nice
i will definitely recommend her apartment to anyone coming for a leisure tour to istanbul
we got her own apartment with a beautiful view it was a pleasure :) thanks again for everthing
her apartment was beautifully decorated and true to the photos
it was our pleasure to meet with shahrzad and stay at her beautiful apartment
clean and big living room
very nice and clean appartement also very clean and stylish we recommend it
it was very clean organized and well equipped
room was very nice and clean
the whole place is really clean and well kept
highly recommend this host <3
she is very helpful
shahrzad was à wonderful host
shahrzad is a wonderful host
shahrzad is a great host
the location is also good
nice apartment great location 15+mins walk to city square close to supermarkets
perfect location close to public transit
quite a walk to taksim but easy acces via taxi or bus
the location is great because it was only a 30-40 minute walk to istikal street
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9. Serviced apartment in city centre (from USD 19)

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 # 201
Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
198 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
but anyway everuthing was good and there is iron kettle and even a safe
the room is nicely maintained with all that is needed
we had a great stay in kürsad’s apartment in taksim
the apartment was good value for money and you can’t complain for circa £30 a night
lovely apartment space easy to get to task in restaurants cafes and shops but quiet residential area
a beautiful clean and comfortable apartment
very nice and clean space
clean convienant and nice personel
place is very quiet and clean
the apartment is cozy and very clean
staff is friendly and efficient
kürşad was very friendly and nice host
kursad was very responsive and helpful
kursad is an amazing host answers to any message super quickly and is there to help with everything
easy check in and quick response from host
great location near a main street with restaurants and shopping
nice location in a quiet area
it’s located from a walking distance to nice restaurants and happening bars
easy walking distance to shops restaurants
nice and very well located place from where you can walk to many attractions
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10. Fantastic flat with terrace (from USD 57)

Located in a peaceful street in Cihangir, just two minutes away from Taksim Square and the metro station, this Airbnb vacation rental is dreamy and beautifully furnished. It has a modern design, lovely furniture, charming decors, and everything you’ll need during your vacation, which includes a spacious sitting area and a fully functional kitchen with a breakfast bar. Another great feature of the apartment is its balcony with an umbrella table and outdoor seating, where you can chill, lounge, or read a book. Additionally, booking this accommodation is very affordable, leaving travelers a more flexible budget for other activities like sightseeing and shopping for souvenirs.

Fantastic Flat with Terrace, Taksim
istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
274 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is even a standing fan in the bedroom in case you get warm at night
it’s a beautiful apartment exactly as can be seen in the photos
a great apartment in such an accessible area to see istanbul
the system for locking the electrical code of the building and the apartment works very well
we had four really nice days in istanbul and the apartment was a reason for it
the appartment was clean and spacious
clean cozy decorated and properly equipped
berna's apartment was spotlessly clean and lovely
the place was very clean with everything we needed
it was clean and tidy and a very modernised apartment
lovely apartment and fantastic host
berna was a great host
she is a great host and would highly recommend
the host was very friendly and provided great communications checking in on us regularly
tje host was extremely approachable and very nice
good location for the beyoğlu neighborhood
great location berna's place is located in charming cihangir
great stay great location
a short walk away is journey a cozy cafe bar situated on a lively cafe strip
nice apartment close to public transport
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11. Stunning home with a secret garden (from USD 44)

Another affordable and stunning home in Istanbul, waiting to be booked, this Airbnb vacation rental offers one of the best living experiences in town. The house only features one color, white, starting from the walls up to the curtains, beddings, decors, and furniture. It has one bedroom that can accommodate up to four guests and an open-floor-plan, where you’ll find the kitchen with breakfast bar, dining, and seating area. Also, it comes with a garden with lots of lush greenery and has an alfresco dining set-up, where you can have a romantic dinner or morning breakfast with your loved ones.

Secret Garden
İstanbul , Alibeyköy, Turkey
183 reviews
Entire house 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioning was very much appreciated
an amazing apartment with private garden views
the internet/wifi is a little slower than what we are used to in europe but nothing really bothersome
perfect price host view and an apartment
all necessary kitchen stuff is in place so we never had troubles with cooking
very clean and comfy
very clean and perfect decorated
very clean wont be disappointed
very nice and clean apartment
it's clean relaxing and beautiful
she is a real good host
the host is very friendly and nice
elif is a great host
elif was really a great host
elif was a fantastic host
amazing location with a mall nearby
a little bit far away from center but it's easy to take the bus to galata
there’s some distance to sultanahmet but you can get to taxi and bus fairly easy
so beautiful to be nestled in among the trees yet just walking distance to everything you need
you can go very easy to city center by bus buying an istanbul card
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12. Bright room close to everything

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
228 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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.

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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