Short term apartments in Istanbul
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2010 5:50 PM Last Post By: miscanthus
Dec 3, 2010 5:30 PM
Short term apartments in IstanbulHey all,
We're going to be spending New Years in Istanbul and trying to rent a short term apartment online. We've seen a couple we like:
But they have no reviews (or two generic thumbs up). Has anyone had experience booking places in Turkey? Should we be concerned about the lack of reviews? Any advice?
Dec 4, 2010 1:54 AM
1I'm in Istanbul in a short-term rental apartment as we speak - found it on istanbulsweethome.com, had plenty of photos and reviews which made me feel reasonably comfortable and the agent replied to me promptly in English. They asked me to leave my credit card number and 25% as deposit, but they never used my card and I paid 100% in cash upon arrival. They organised an airport pickup for 2 of us for 25 euros, our flight in from Casablanca was almost 4 hrs late but the guy was there to meet us, so reliable service.
They do leave some pertinent points off the descriptions though.......our place is just near Galata Tower so a really steep hill to climb from the bridge that you have to cross to get over to the main historic sites at Sultanahmet, and the apartment itself is up numerous flights of stairs, no lift. It's quite clean, wtih enough kitchen gear to cook a meal etc, quite comfortable and not much noise at night. You want to be able to read reviews as there are loads of late night restaurants/clubs with loud music til all hours and unless you're out there with them you want to know you can get a decent night's sleep.......
I also asked if there was sat TV with English channels, as will be here for a few days alone, and was told YES, but got here to find only BBC and al Jazeera news channels. No major palaver though, enough to do in Istanbul no need to watch too much TV!!
Dec 4, 2010 6:49 AM
2My husband and I booked a Galata area studio (http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/26210) for the first time with Airbnb. I couldn’t have been more pleased. Airbnb was prompt in answering all inquiries about the process, even sending me a special first-time-user coupon code when I requested it, and sent an e-mail request for a review a few days after our booking ended. (They like to give you a chance to settle in before bombarding you.) The studio itself was exactly what we wanted, though it looks as if you’re looking for something larger. I probably would have been reluctant to book a place without any reviews, having arrived at more than one pension where the rooms didn't quite live up to the photos online. Airbnb’s policy of holding everything but the booking fee in escrow until you’ve arrived assures you don’t wind up paying for a dud place but doesn’t protect you from scrambling to find replacement lodgings at the last minute if you don’t like what you find. If you do decide to go with a place without reviews, I'd suggest wrangling the exact address out of the renter (I was in direct contact with the renter on Airbnb for this information) and checking out the location on googlemaps or maybe even running it past the experts here. As DameDuFer says, there are a lot of bars and clubs in certain areas.
Edited by: snullr
Dec 4, 2010 5:50 PM
(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.33 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$101.20 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$171.47 per night