I can’t but kick off my Istanbul posts without first letting you know a bit more about where we stayed as this really made us very comfortable to kick back and really enjoy the city. In a Google search for boutique hotels, we stumbled across The House Hotel and found that the hotel also offered self catering apartments; The House Apart just around the corner from The House Hotel itself and was a more affordable option. After a check on Trip Advisor and learning that the hotel and apartments are recommended by Vogue we thought we must surely be onto something good.
Our street where I wondered the antique stores for hours but my luggage allowance kept me in check!
The House Apart consists of 8 units in a choice of 4 different styles and is neatly tucked away in the heart of the city so much so, that you may even miss it from the street. Galatasaray is an up & coming area, best described as the Soho of Istanbul. And yes, in case you were wondering, this is where the football club Galatasaray S.K got its name! This fascinating neighbourhood is located between the French, Italian and Jewish quarter where boutiques, art galleries, antique stores and cafe’s line the winding streets giving it a hip, arty flair.
The building itself is a century-old and beautifully restored with the location giving us access on foot to key attractions like Taksim Square, Galata Tower and Istiklal Caddesi and importantly the tram and subway. We opted for a classic apartment, a 1 bedroom unit of 55 m2 on the 4th floor and found it more than comfortable and tastefully decorated with touches like high ceilings and original parquet floors.
I loved our neighbourhood, locals were friendly & there were kitties at every turn!
- The thing I loved, loved, loved best of all was that I didn’t feel like a tourist at all, being nestled in this safe neighbourhood and rubbing shoulders with locals on the streets.
- Luxury touches always catch my eye, e.g. the white percale linen and the double volume walk-in shower that I looked forward to coming home to everyday.
- We had great service from the nearby House Hotel (where the reception is located) in every interaction with them be it checking in, getting adapters, arranging outings and even when we somehow managed to stuff up the code on our safe!
- There’s free Wi-Fi with a good working signal – I really believe this is something all hotels should offer as a basic service.
The House Cafe where we had breakfast. The potato, caramelized onion and goats cheese omelette was my favourite.
- The neighbourhood is very hilly (picture Walmer Estate in Cape Town if you can) so we got a good workout. It wasn’t really a problem except for a few evenings when we’d walk back and were already exhausted from the day.
- Also, there is no elevator in the building. Pack your walking shoes!
If I ran the place
- No idea how (there’s really no space for it) but I’d add a lift into the building!
Need to know
- The apartments are serviced every second day which is adequate. You have a hotel experience with the amenities of a self catering apartment (fridge etc) – really the best of both worlds.
- The rate includes breakfast, which is served at The House Cafe (a series of restaurants that the hotel owns) and the nearest branch is at Istiklal Caddesi, about a 15 minute walk way.
- I was relieved to find out that breakfast is served till a very decent 12pm weekdays and 1pm on weekends.
Watch out for my follow-up posts detailing our experience of the food, culture and sights of Istanbul – we had a great adventure!
The House Apart
Faik Pasa Caddesi, Kuloglu Mahallesi, No:28 Cukurcuma, Beyoglu