Open plan and bright with private terrace for fantastic views
Studio, 1 Bathroom
Hendek loft is on the fifth floor – five flights of original marble stairs – of an elegant 19th century building close to Galata Tower. It’s a bit of a trek, but the views are well worth it! The whole building was refurbished in 2011 and this apartment in April 2015.
The streets below are atmospheric with small, trendy boutiques and cafe-restaurants, yet are quiet and residential at night. Galata’s pedestrianised area is just around the corner with its lively pavement cafes and restaurants plus all the buzz of this bohemian district. You’ll quickly feel part of neighborhood life in all its character.
The apartment building is only 2 minutes walk from Sishane metro station, 1 minute walk from Tünel funicular and a downhill walk to connect with the tram for Sultanahmet. Famous Istiklal Avenue is less than 5 minutes walk up the hill.
The front door opens into the centre of the apartment and immediately you are impressed with the view ahead, through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The space is open plan yet well zoned, so very easy and a pleasure to live in. The kitchen is well-equipped to a high standard, with electric hob, huge fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The shower room has good storage and contemporary white ceramic fixtures. There are two comfortable seating areas, one with large sofa-bed and coffee table and another with two armchairs and flat-screen TV. The bedroom area has an elegant double bed with great mattress and high quality crisp white linens. Sliding doors next to the bed hide a generous storage unit and wardrobe, perfect for getting organised and hiding away suitcases etc. Next to the kitchen is a circular dining table and chairs for indoor eating close to the views.
Through the sliding glass doors is the very comfortable wrap-around terrace with fabulous views across the Golden Horn in one direction and with your neighbour, Galata Tower, in another. Wooden decking makes the outdoor dining area here feel really cosy and also integral to the interior of the apartment. There are deck chairs available too. The other end of the terrace has an outdoor utility area with facilities for laundry drying.
The loft apartment is a generous 45 m2 in total and the wrap-around terrace adds another couple of meters along two sides. The space is bright and airy, with gorgeous evening light flooding the apartment and sunset views for much of the year from your own private terrace.
The building has a private entrance and stairwell of restored original marble, shared with one apartment on each of four floors. We also manage these – 2 double-bedroom – apartments, so we are able to keep the communal areas in good repair.
Various combinations of these apartments are possible for larger groups.
Guests of Hendek loft will have the complete privacy of the entire studio apartment with its wrap-around terrace and fabulous views.
Hidden Istanbul gem with terrific views – perfect apartment for my stay!
I had the pleasure to be one of the first travelers who stayed in this beautiful, stylish, comfortable and hidden gem in the heart of Istanbul! I spent a lot of time searching the web to find great apartments for my stay and this one made it high up on my Top 3 list of amazing places I booked!
What I wanted
I longed for an inspiring but calm surrounding with a terrace and a view to die for. And after staying for 5 nights all I can say is: That is exactly what I got!
I was kindly provided with all necessary information I needed for my stay well before my arrival. I touched down at Istanbul Sabiha which is about a 1 hour ride (120 YTL) to the apartment. Fuat was in contact with me all the time and even tried to guide my taxi driver which was pretty lost. So I would recommend to book the shuttle Julia and Tarkan offer although it might be more expensive but it is so worth it.
Location & Equipment
The Apartment is located in Beyoglu, very suitable located close to the tube station Shisane, and just a few meters away from the Galata Tower and about a 10 minutes walk down to Galata Bridge. I wanted to enjoy a view, so I knew the apt. was in the 5th floor. Fuat not only took my luggage up there – I was very thankful for that! – but also provided me with a quick tour and all the infos I needed to know like the wifi code (wifi is very good!). The apartment was super clean, equipped with an amazing wooden floor and very stylish furniture. The kitchen was equipped with everything I needed for my stay, including a toaster, coffee & tea facilities and even a huge bottle of water in the fridge. The location is amazing. You are just a few steps away from great cafés, restaurants, shops and small supermarkets. BUT the whole nights I did not hear a thing. I really slept like a baby with so much fresh air coming in through the open doors. The Bed was so so comfortable and cozy, being prepared with a high quality bed-linen that I did not want to get out.
The whole balcony and the view of Istanbul, the Galata Bridge and the Bosphorus is absolutely amazing! I LOVED to sneak out early in the morning and late in the night with a hot coffee, a cold beer or my laptop to get some work done or just to calm down.
The whole experience
I regularly book Apartments online and already had the chance to stay in some amazing locations but this one was a stay to remember! It clearly made it very high up on my top 3 list! I want to thank Julia, Tarkan and Fuat for making this stay so awesome and knowing there si someone I can contact when I need to! I felt safe every second and I will be back if I return to Istanbul one day…
Heike K, Cologne, Germany. more reviews are on tripadvisor
- Free WiFi Internet
- Satellite / Cable TV (LCD)
- Central Heating and Hot Water
- Full Fridge
- Washing Machine
- Baby Cot (please request in advance)
- Toaster, Kettle, Iron