We understand the importance of location and this is why stay!istanbul apartments are in Galata. With its genuine, very welcoming community and intriguing mix of cafes, restaurants, small grocery shops and artistic boutiques, we think it’s the most interesting part of Istanbul. No matter where you wander, you will always find your way back to Galata Tower, which has been a well-loved landmark for the last 700 years.
Metro, bus, tram and ferry stops are all only a couple of minutes’ walk away. You can be in Sultanahmet (for the big sights of Ayasofya, Topkapı, Blue Mosque etc.) in about 15 minutes by public transport or 40 minutes on foot. In the other direction, by Metro, you can be in Şişli (for Istanbul’s biggest shopping mall) in 20 minutes or Levent (for Istanbul’s business district) in 25 minutes. You can read more about Galata in Turkish Airlines’ magazine: Skylife
On the map below you’ll see 6 markers in different colours. The -green- house markers show the locations of stay!istanbul apartments (hendek and lüle) and the -various coloured- pin markers will introduce you to the geography and scale of the city.
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Galata Tower (medieval landmark with fantastic view from the top) = red marker. The distance between Galata Tower and our apartments is around 150m, 2 minutes’ walk and the first stop to getting your bearings.
Istanbul Modern (the largest contemporary art gallery in Istanbul and Turkey) = blue marker. The distance between Istanbul Modern and our apartments is around 1km, down a steep hill and with some traffic challenges, taking about 25 minutes to to walk.
Taksim square (often considered the centre of the city) = turquoise marker. Our apartments are linked to Taksim by Istiklal Avenue, a long (around 2km) pedestrianised street with a nostalgic tram running it’s entire length. This area is the culture and entertainment hub of Istanbul and Turkey.
Sultanahmet (the district where you’ll find the big sights of Ayasofya, Topkapı, and the Blue Mosque) = yellow marker. You can walk to Sultanahmet in around 40 minutes or you can take the modern tram: 5 minutes’ walk then 10 minutes’ tram ride.