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12 Coolest Airbnbs in Istanbul

Istanbul is one destination that leaves you out of breath when you first see them and reward you with more as you dive deeper. Whether it’s the mighty expanse of Bosphorus, the glorious skyline of ancient mosques, the intricate interiors of exquisite palaces, the eclectic food, the cute street cats, or the Sea of Marmara blue, this city is irresistible and magnetic. A sprawling megapolis of more than 16 million people (some estimate 20) full of diverse neighborhoods, it is calling explorers to uncover its secrets. And these are the coolest Airbnbs in Istanbul, where you can connect with the city and have a superb stay.

Istanbul Irini Seaview House Istanbul Irini Seaview House
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Istanbul Irini Seaview House

One of the best-reviewed properties in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, you’re looking at a gem of the Istanbul Airbnb scene. Set in a renovated Ottoman-era wooden house, it spans three floors and features a fantastic rooftop terrace that takes you to the top of Istanbul with views of the sea and historic mosques. Everything is sparklingly clean, and you have a fully equipped kitchen island, two bedrooms, and two baths, an ideal combination for a family or a group of friends. The Istanbul must-sees, such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapı Palace, are a few minutes away on foot.

Breathtaking Seaview and Big Terrace Breathtaking Seaview and Big Terrace
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Breathtaking Seaview and Big Terrace

The grandeur of Istanbul is best enjoyed from above, and this property hands you a key to a spectacular terrace with a view as far as eyes can see. Be it sunrise, sunset, or nighttime, the panorama is breathtaking. And it’s yours; by booking this Airbnb, you get a spacious rooftop for a lovely scenic time. The cozy studio is situated next to Galata Tower, with İstiklal Street just around the corner, which is the best position you can get in Istanbul for definitive sightseeing.

Deluxe Double Apart Sultanahmet Deluxe Double Apart Sultanahmet
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Deluxe Double Apart Sultanahmet

If you enjoy connecting with locals on your trips, this Istanbul Airbnb seems like a great pick. The communication with a host here has been a blast, and many guests raved about the great experience with Ali, an apartment owner who also runs a traditional souvenir shop downstairs. The Airbnb is a typical flat in one of the colorful wooden houses of the Fatih neighborhood, and the location is comfortable for visiting the Grand Bazaar and Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.

Delightful Suite Sultanahmet Delightful Suite Sultanahmet
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Delightful Suite Sultanahmet

Conveniently located between the Eminönü ferry station and the Sultanahmet area with all the sights of ancient Istanbul, the Airbnb is modern, bright, and comfy. Exactly what you need for a hassle-free central stay to see everything. Check-in is contactless, and there is a simple kitchen and contemporary design. Guests loved the vibrant neighborhood and strategic setting of the apartment.

Night Blue Beauty, Unique Terrace in Galata Night Blue Beauty, Unique Terrace, A.C in Galata
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Night Blue Beauty, Unique Terrace in Galata

A drop-dead gorgeous vista of Galata Tower and the Golden Horn is what you’re getting by booking this fantastic Istanbul Airbnb. With beautiful wooden interiors, well-thought-out design details, a fully equipped new kitchen, and a fabulous rooftop terrace, the apartment would be an excellent choice for a base in Istanbul. Galata’s neighborhood is one of the city’s most upscale places to stay, with many restaurants, cafes, and vibrant İstiklal Avenue nearby.

Stunning Bosphorus & Galata Tower View Stunning Bosphorus & Galata Tower View
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Stunning Bosphorus & Galata Tower View

Wake up to the sublime beauty of the whole of Istanbul, seen from the windows and the balcony of this amazing Airbnb. Galata Tower will greet you with its timeless glory, and you will have the privilege to count all the boats passing through Bosphorus. And don’t forget the magnificent Istanbul sunsets; you’re guaranteed the best place in this spectacle. With vintage decors and contemporary amenities, this centrally-located apartment would be an excellent pick for a romantic getaway. Have a cup of Turkish tea overlooking the Galata, take pics on photogenic Kamondo Stairs, and visit SALT, a former bank turned into a modern art space.

Bohemian Flat in the Hip Neighbourhood of Cihangir Bohemian Flat in the Hip Neighbourhood of Cihangir
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Bohemian Flat in the Hip Neighbourhood of Cihangir

With trendy coffee shops, many antiquities stores, tiny bookshops, sea views, hidden gardens, and fresh street markets, Cihangir is one of the coolest and most cosmopolitan neighborhoods in Istanbul. Book an Airbnb that expertly reflects the area’s electric atmosphere, taking you to the center of the action in style. The excellent design, a large bookshelf, a vinyl player, and high ceilings make this flat a perfect place for artistic souls. Great for two travelers, the apartment is comfortably located to explore Cihangir, and it’s a few minutes away from Istanbul’s main arteria, the pedestrianized Istiklal Avenue. Take time to feel the neighborhood’s vibe hanging out in the many local cafes, and getting lost in its maze of beautiful old streets.

Cihangir Luxury Stay with an Amazing View Cihangir Luxury Stay with an Amazing View
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Cihangir Luxury Stay with an Amazing View

Balcony with prime Bosphorus views, luxurious interiors with lots of wooden touches, and great modern amenities, this Cihangir Airbnb doesn’t hold back when giving a high-quality stay. Guests loved the fantastic vistas, the convenient location, and the comfortable furnishing. Get to the vibing heart of the neighborhood, checking out the fashionable restaurants on Akarsu Street with an obligatory meze (traditional Turkish appetizers) tasting continued by the local seafood and wine.

Studio Apartment with Terrace in Moda Studio Apartment with Terrace in Moda
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Studio Apartment with Terrace in Moda

While Istanbul may be one of the world’s largest and buzziest cities, this fact is not felt in Moda. This uptown waterside neighborhood is an oasis of peace and boasts some of the most stunning views of the Sea of Marmara. The fantastic Airbnb is located in one of the prestigious houses next to the harbor and has an unparalleled vista of the sea and the Asian side full of high rises. The youthful Kadıköy neighborhood nearby, with an unlimited proposition of hangouts and coffee shops, is among the best Istanbul areas for nightlife.

Central Bosphorus Flat, Ortakoy Central Bosphorus Flat, Ortakoy
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Central Bosphorus Flat, Ortakoy

If your idea for an Istanbul vacation is staying next to the Bosphorus, choose this Airbnb. Set in the stunning historic Ortaköy neighborhood, it offers a chic stay and one of the best views of one of the city’s icons, a massive Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia. The studio would be great for up to 5 guests and features a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony. Explore the pretty Ottoman-era wooden houses and have a coffee overlooking the intricate Ortaköy Mosque.

Modern Duplex with Amazing View with Private Terrace Modern Duplex with Amazing View with Private Terrace
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Modern Duplex with Amazing View with Private Terrace

Entirely new, with great reviews and a stunning setting, this Airbnb is set to become the hottest property to book for a stylish Istanbul stay. The open-plan apartment is full of light and features contemporary furniture with islands of greenery. Spanning three levels, it is a mecca for lovers of refined interiors. But wait until you see the large outdoor patio; it’s a true jewel with jaw-dropping views of the Galata Tower and all of Istanbul.

White and Bright 2-Bedroom Flat in Galata White and Bright 2BR flat with AC in Galata
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White and Bright 2-Bedroom Flat in Galata

If you enjoy minimalism and a black & white palette in apartment decor, this Galata neighborhood-located Airbnb would be ideal for Istanbul accommodation. Very spacious and bright, it features a fully equipped kitchen with both a Nespresso and filter coffee machines, a flat-screen TV with Apple TV, AC in all the rooms, and two bedrooms for up to 5 people. People liked the tranquil setting, the close proximity to public transport, and the comfort of the apartment.

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