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Istanbul is one of those destinations that leave 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 grandiose palaces, the eclectic food, the cute street cats, or the Sea of Marmara blue, this city is irresistible and absolutely 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.
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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 over 3 floors and features a fantastic rooftop terrace that takes you to the top of Istanbul with the views of both the sea and historic mosques. Inside everything is sparklingly clean and you have a fully equipped kitchen island, 2 bedrooms, and 2 baths that is 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.
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’re getting a spacious rooftop where you can spend 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.
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’s owner who also runs a traditional souvenirs 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.
With a synergy of modern design and bombastic views, this Airbnb is hands-down one of the coolest in the city. You will have a balcony with an obstructed view of everything Istanbul is famous for. And it’s all only for you to enjoy: the sea, the Bosphorus and the stunning mosques of Sultanahmet. Iconic medieval Galata Tower is a few minutes away and you’ll be staying in one of the best neighborhoods of Istanbul.
Conveniently located between the Eminönü ferry station and 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 in order to see everything. Check-in is contactless, there is a simple kitchen and contemporary design. Guests loved the vibrant neighborhood and strategic setting of the apartment.
A drop-dead gorgeous vista of Galata Tower and the Golden Horn is what you’re getting booking this cool Istanbul Airbnb. With beautiful wooden interiors, well-thought-out design details, a fully equipped new kitchen, and a fantastic rooftop terrace, the apartment would be a wonderful choice for a base in Istanbul. Galata neighborhood where it’s situated is one of the most upscale places to stay in the city with lots of restaurants, cafes, and vibrant İstiklal avenue nearby.
Wake up to the sublime beauty of whole 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 a 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 a cool pick for a romantic getaway. Have a cup of Turkish tea overlooking Galata, take pics on photogenic Kamondo Stairs and visit SALT, a former bank turned into a modern art space.
Having your private rooftop terrace in Istanbul is never a bad idea. This apartment between Galata and Karaköy neighborhoods gives you a chance to glide above the city enjoying outdoors on your own terms. The terrace has two sunbeds and a dining table giving you a perfect space for relaxation. Inside the apartment is spotlessly clean, well-illuminated, and features boho designs, a fully equipped kitchen with a coffee maker, and even a swing chair. Explore the recently revitalized harborside Karaköy area with lots of hip coffee shops and eclectic bar scene. And be sure to take a ferry ride from here to the Asian side visiting the Üsküdar neighborhood with the best views of the iconic medieval Byzantine Maiden’s Tower.
Trendy coffee shops, lots of antiquities stores, tiny book shops, 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 electric atmosphere of the area taking you to the center of the action in style. The cool design, a large bookshelf, a vinyl player, and high ceilings, all of it make this flat a perfect place for artistic souls. Great for 2 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 vibe of the neighborhood hanging out in the many local cafes and getting lost in its maze of beautiful old streets.
Balcony with prime Bosphorus views, luxurious interiors with lots of wooden touches, great modern amenities, this Cihangir Airbnb doesn’t hold back when it comes to 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.
While Istanbul may be one of the world’s largest and buzziest cities, this fact is definitely 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 cool 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.
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 you can get of one of the city’s icons, a gargantuan 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 around and have a coffee overlooking the intricate Ortaköy Mosque.
Entirely new, with great reviews and a sensational 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 over 3 levels, it is a mecca for lovers of fine 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 parts of Istanbul.
If you enjoy minimalism and a black & white palette in apartment decor, this Galata neighborhood-located Airbnb would be an ideal choice 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.