6 Most Unique Airbnbs To Stay In Istanbul, Turkey - Updated 2024

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Despite having remnants of old empires, Istanbul has developed significantly in recent years as a thriving metropolis. It served as the capital city of four major empires that shaped human development: the Byzantine Empire, Latin Empire, Ottoman Empire, and Roman Empire. If you want to explore the rich heritage left by these empires, you can visit famous landmarks, such as Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. The city is also an essential bridge between the East and West, with Asian and European cultures meeting here. Can’t wait to discover everything it has to offer? Check out the most unique Airbnbs to stay in Istanbul, Turkey below as you prepare for your trip!

Tip from tour guide

Safiye

Safiye
Istanbul

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To truly reminisce about the local culture and history of Istanbul, take a walk along the narrow streets and admire the old, deserted buildings and street cafés here. You can also stop by a local spot to try the colorful teas and take in the essence of this lovely city.

Tip from tour guide

Dilek

Dilek
Istanbul

During your trip to Istanbul, don't forget to treat your taste buds to a cup of Turkish coffee. It will give you the feeling that your body is resting when you drink it. It's also associated with a popular Turkish expression called "tiredness coffee."

Check out this video to see how the coffee is made: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Uuukh3e30Ec

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 12, 2024.

1. Boutique design guesthouse with garden (from USD 150)

Providing a unique home away from home for up to seven people, this vibrant, three-bedroom house features an alfresco dining area by the pond and a garden with glass ceilings. It has hammocks and swings, ensuring that you get the chance to destress.

Two bedrooms, including the master bedroom, are equipped with one queen-sized bed each, while the other bedroom has a double bed. Moreover, this rental has a living room with a sofa bed and mini-fridge.

Stayed at this property?
Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
1.01 km (0.7 mi) from Galata Tower
253 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
two kitchens one on top floor and bottom floor was also great
the projector room and private garden were perfect for movie nights with our family
comfortable with several nice touches for you to enjoy the experience
very nice apartment at the center of istanbul with a lot of character and style
one of the living rooms can easily be another bedroom
Cleanliness:
the place was clean and had everything that we needed
the house is clean very well decorated and well located near many restaurants and cafe
it was super comfortable cozy and clean
Host:
the hosts were very attentive and kind
the hosts are the best
hosts are fantastic
the hosts were friendly helpful and flexible
wonderful hosts and stay
Location:
great location in walking distance to everything and very quiet
incredible stay very interesting and safe location
the location is excellent close to cafes and a short drive from major attractions
nice flat in a great location
location is one of the best you can find in istanbul
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2. Ottoman-style house with one bedroom

This one-bedroom casa is ideally positioned in a friendly neighborhood on the border between Little Hagia Sophia and Old Town, offering quick access to many local restaurants and supermarkets.

Providing budget-friendly accommodations for couples or small families and groups, it sleeps up to three people. In the bedroom, you will find a king-sized bed. A minibar and coffee- and tea-making facilities are available. This property also features a balcony where you can unwind.

Stayed at this property?
Istanbul, Turkey
2.36 km (1.5 mi) from Galata Tower
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Casa particular 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment is not modern but is fully functional and stunning
the room feels super authentic turkish / ottomans style that is so rare to find
Cleanliness:
clean and quite place to stay
Host:
the staff that manages this flat were always helpful and kind
staff are friendly and try to be helpful but promises made are often not kept
Location:
good location next to parks
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3. Luxury loft with kitchen

This one-bedroom loft is designed to make you feel at home in Istanbul, featuring a living room and a kitchen. For your convenience, it is equipped with a smart home system that allows you to control all the lights and locks using a tablet.

This property accommodates a maximum of two people, making it suitable for couples. The bedroom is furnished with a double bed. Meanwhile, the living room has two couches.

Stayed at this property?
Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
186 meters (0.2 ft) from Galata Tower
128 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire loft 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place has great wifi and good usable and comfort spaces
the bed sheets were also a bit rough for my liking
Cleanliness:
their place is a really clean and modern flat located right in the heart of galata
Host:
the host was very responsive to all communications
the host replies quickly n helps with anything
and recep is good and organised host
i would absolutely be back and would stay here over and over great host thank you
Location:
perfect location right next to galata tower and short walk to taksim
great location closer to galata tower and there are many restaurants around
the location is perfect u can walk to the galata tower
very beautiful place near galata tower
the location is even better than expected
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4. Minimalist, modern apartment in the city center

This one-bedroom apartment is set in the city center, only a few minutes away from various mosques and shops. It offers a living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and a full bathroom.

In the living room, you will find a sofa bed that can serve as a double bed, a bookshelf, and a desk. Meanwhile, the kitchen has a cooktop oven, electric kettle, microwave, mini-fridge, toaster, and basic kitchen equipment. This property also features a bedroom with a double bed.

Stayed at this property?
Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
1.01 km (0.7 mi) from Galata Tower
90 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stylish apartment panoramic windows amazing view of the roofs of istanbul from the balcony comfortable bed
the apartment is very stylish with a beautiful view of istanbul plenty of space a comfortable bed
beds pillows and sofa bed were comfortable
great location many cozy and authentic cafes and shops nearby
apartment had comfortable bed conditioner essential utensils and lots of books
Cleanliness:
this was a clean spacious and comfortable apartment
the apartment is very clean well designed and maintained
Host:
she answers quickly and friendly
the host is very responsive and very helpful
the staff was in general very friendly and easily accessible
hopefully this comment will be taken into account by the host
Location:
the location is good - 10 minutes' walk from the metro station
a really nice location for tourism
the airbnb is situated in an ideal location
the babel's place has a great location very close to istiklal street and taksim square
best option from all babel‘s listing top location but the apartment itself needs a renovation
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Istanbul Tour Guide

Rose TheGuide

Rose The Guide

Professional Tour / Travel Guide and Photographer Certified by Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. I am a knowledgeable and motivated individual with years of experience in organizing group tours in several areas; have the ability to motivate different sets of audience; have the ability to communicate effectively and possess high degree of energy and enthusiasm.

Istanbul Tour Guide

Dilek Orubegarcia

Dilek Orubegarcia

My name is Dilek, a national-licensed tour guide. I am 40 years old and have been guiding for 12 years. My husband is from Mexico as a Mexican Turkish family and with our two young kids we live in Istanbul. When I don't work I spend most of my time outdoor with my family, enjoying Istanbul as much as we can. We go out, try to discover new restaurants, new museums, art galleries, children's acti... Read more

Istanbul Tour Guide

Safiye Kaban

Safiye Kaban

Hi there, this is Safiye from istanbul. I am a professional licensed tour guide and travel expert over 12 years. I have guided thousands of travellers from all around the world. I love meeting with new people, making new friends and building bridges. I orgnize cultural, historical, shopping and food tours to small groups, I mostly guide to private tours. I am also a foodie, I love discovering n... Read more

5. Apartment with private terrace and a view of Galata Tower

Sleeping up to two guests, this charming rental is suitable for solo travelers and couples seeking budget-friendly yet quality accommodation. It is ideally positioned in the city, providing quick access to many points of interest, such as Eminonu and Taksim Square.

In the sleeping area, you will find two single beds. This rental also features a well-equipped kitchen with a coffee maker, refrigerator, and stove. A washer is at your disposal if you need to do your laundry.

Tip from tour guide

Rose

Rose
Istanbul

This unique Airbnb is an excellent base to explore the vibrant neighborhood of Balat. It's a quirky area full of surprises. Among the things you can check out are colorful houses and stairs, the cheerful umbrella cafe, the Red School and Church, the Patriarchate Church, Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, and Yanbol and Ahrida Synagogues.

Stayed at this property?
Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey
1.75 km (1.1 mi) from Galata Tower
66 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment has a great balcony with views of the city
the interior is beautifully decorated and really comfortable for 1 or 2 people
the place is small but comfortable for 1-2 people for a short stay
Cleanliness:
it was clean & has everything i needed
Host:
she was helpful & answered quickly
melis is a friendly host
melis is really great host
awesome apartment super nice host fantastic area to live in
melis was very responsive in communicating and answering questions
Location:
the location is also great
this is a cute cozy place conveniently located in the heart of fener
really good location once you find the right address
we really enjoyed staying at melis' place
this apartment is very well located right next to one of the coolest streets in balat
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6. Cozy garden house with kitchen

Located in a quiet street in Moda, this stylish, 1-bedroom earth house with a garden is only a 15-minute walk to the ferry that will take you to Old Town. It also provides quick access to numerous cafes and bars. This rental accommodates up to three guests, offering a bedroom with a king-sized bed.

In the well-equipped kitchen, you will find a coffee maker, microwave, oven, and refrigerator. A washing machine and dryer are also at your disposal. Pets are welcome here.

Stayed at this property?

6.81 km (4.3 mi) from Galata Tower
8 reviews   Wifi Available
Earth house 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment had everything we needed for a 3 week stay plus a great outdoor courtyard quiet unique
Cleanliness:
quiet peaceful clean and relaxing for all your needs
the place is unbelievable very clean great taste and the best backyard to chill
Host:
mehmet is very kind and helpful
great place mehmet was very helpful with anything i needed or having questions
Location:
really nice apartment located in a quiet street
moda (kadıköy) is the best neighbourhood to stay in istanbul
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Experience the best of Asia and Europe in Istanbul

There is no better place to visit than Istanbul for those who would like to experience the best of both Asia and Europe. As you map out your itinerary, do not forget to take a look at these most unique Airbnbs to stay in Istanbul, Turkey!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!

In light of the February 2023 earthquake that devastated Turkey and Syria, Trip101 urges you to be apprised of the latest news if you have any plans to travel to Eastern Turkey. Other parts of the country remain open to travelers.

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