Planning a trip through Turkey or a city break and searching for the best Airbnbs in Istanbul? Well, look no further, because I’ve put together the ultimate Istanbul Airbnb guide for the best places to stay, unique lofts, budget-friendly apartments, and romantic rooftop views!

Straddling Asia and Europe, Istanbul enjoys the best of both worlds. It’s been a meeting point of the East and West for centuries and remains one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities. 

From the Romans to the Ottomans, several great empires have made their mark on the city. Today, travelers have so many breathtaking sites to explore, such as the magnificent Hagia Sofia and the bustling Grand Bazaar. With so much to do, it’s vital that you have the most comfortable and convenient accommodation. Istanbul Airbnbs are aplenty and many have superb locations, as well as uber-stylish interiors. They offer a great balance of independence and convenience. Take a look at some of my favorite Airbnbs in Istanbul to get started on that dream holiday to Istanbul!

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Quick Breakdown of Istanbul Airbnbs

There’s a lot of choices when it comes to Airbnbs in this part of Turkey. Whether you’re searching for cheap apartments in Istanbul or something more luxurious, you’ll find it on this list. In a hurry? See the top picks below.

I’ve also added lots of fun, informative, and inspiring travel videos for your upcoming trip to Istanbul!  It’s such a fascinating destination with a little something to offer everyone, so make sure you watch a few of them to get tons of ideas for awesome things to do/ places to visit, food/ hummus recommendations, and the best ways for how to spend your time up there!

Istanbul Airbnb

Istanbul the capital of Turkey, eastern tourist city.

 

Top 20 Airbnbs in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most stunning destinations. To make the most of your time in the city, choose an Airbnb that meets your specific traveling needs. There are family-friendly homes with multiple bedrooms, as well as studios with plenty of arty features. Just take a look at my top 20 Istanbul Airbnbs for more inspiration!


1) Elegant Apartment Right on Taksim Square

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/40053275

Price: 651 TRY+ per night

This apartment has such an unbeatable location that you could honestly say it’s the most central Airbnb in Turkey. It is situated in a complex right on Taksim Square, the very heart of Istanbul. The area is famous for its landmarks, nightlife and shopping scene. The Airbnb itself is squeaky clean, has a modern bathroom and lovely views of the iconic square.

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Guest Review: “Great Apartment with everything you need. The location great, it’s on Taksim Square with a great view from all rooms. Its close to shops, restaurants, public transports (metro station is only 10 meters ) and everywhere. Hosts are responsive and friendly.”

Taksim Square Istanbul Airbnb

 

2)  Affordable Central Apartment with Historic Features

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19342177

Price: 100 TRY+ per night

This budget apartment doesn’t come with many frills but it does deliver excellent hospitality at this price point. It’s in Pera, a trendy neighborhood that boasts 19th-century Greek homes along its streets. 

The apartment itself is in an Art Deco building and has a unique feature wall of exposed bricks. As an added bonus, the host will go out of his way to make sure that you have a fabulous time in the city

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Guest Review: “The location was what was fantastic about this place. Walking distance of Taksim square. Great location within Beyoğlu neighborhood. The apartment was simple and even had a washer which was useful for the later part of our trip. A great place for a couple Or just a pair of fiends.”

 

3) Family Home with a Secret Garden

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost:  Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/27242744

Price: 798 TRY+ per night

It’s rare to find an Airbnb in Istanbul that’s central, family-friendly and tranquil. However, here it is. This Airbnb has three bedrooms that can accommodate a family of six, as well as a full kitchen and modern bathroom. 

The highlight, though, is the garden that really feels quite magical. The pond, swing, and hammock are favorites with travelers of all ages.

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Guest Review: “Great location in an amazing part of the city. Host was very responsive even on weekend nights. The apartment is incredibly decorated – cant wait to stay here again next time!”

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4) Ultra-Modern Apartment in the Heart of Istanbul

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/29277121

Price: ₺982 TRY+ per night

There’s so much to love about this fantastic apartment. The grey walls and pops of red bring the vibrancy of Istanbul into the apartment. With two king-sized beds and its sprawling living area, it accommodates four people easily. 

The place offers free wifi, a coffee machine, and other cool amenities. This Airbnb is a rare find so snap it up sooner rather than later.

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Guest Review: “Missy’s place is great! Nice open loft, uniquely furnished, clean and well-stocked. It is perfectly located, ~3 min from the Galata Tower and steps from the main street in the City. There are many restaurants and shops in the area.”

 

5) Stunning Apartment with the Best of Traditional and Modern

Location: Pera

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28800899

Price: ₺668 TRY+ per night

This incredible loft in Pera is hands-down the most charming apartment in Istanbul for rent. It boasts gorgeous views of the iconic Golden Horn.  The interior is just as stunning with both Western and Eastern influences in the decor. With space for three guests in the bedroom and lounge, it works for couples and small families.

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Guest Review: “Engin’s place is great. The view is fabulous and the bed is comfy. The bedroom has blackout curtains which is great for jet-lagged travelers. We were worried about smoke smell and there was none. Istanbul is a huge city- quite an adventure!”

Unique Airbnbs in Istanbul, Turkey

 

6) Gorgeous Apartment Near Taksim Square

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/33439837

Price: 266 TRY+ per night

With an incredible 5-star rating on Airbnb, this apartment is a rare find in Istanbul. It’s full of stylish and comfortable features, including a full kitchen and exposed brick walls. 

This is also one the best options for travelers with mobility impairments, thanks to the block’s elevator, the wide doorways and step-free access in the bathroom. All in all, this is the perfect place to come back to after a long day exploring the city.

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Guest Review: Gorgeous place on an amazing location that contributed to our perfect vacation! The host was really helpful and kind! We absolutely loved it!”

 

7) Boho Chic Meets Luxury 

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/33440560

Price: 266 TRY+ per night

If you’re looking for luxurious Istanbul apartments for rent in the short-term, this may just be the one. Once you’ve torn your eyes away from the views of the historic neighborhood, there are many fabulous features to enjoy. This includes mosaic glass tiles and a hammock on the patio.

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Guest Review: “The apartment is in an amazing location, with a stunning view of the Istanbul skyline! Really nice neighborhood, nearby lots of cafes and amenities. A comfortable place to stay, with plenty of space for two. I would recommend to anyone!”

Beyoglu District in Istanbul - Luxury Airbnbs in Istanbul

Beyoglu district historic architecture and Galata tower medieval landmark in Istanbul, Turkey

 

8) Stylish Loft with Views of the Bosphorus | Perfect for Large Families

Location: Macka

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16527713

Price: 1627 TRY+ per night

With three bedrooms, five beds and a sofa bed, there is more than enough space for the whole extended family in this Airbnb. The magnificent views of the bustling Bosphorus will enchant everyone from babies to grannies. 

The apartment is also near Dolmabahce Palace. Amenities such as free wifi, free parking and an elevator complete this ideal family vacation home.

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Guest Review: “Overall great experience with wonderful views of the Bosphorous and a stylish apartment. Nish was wonderful and made accessing the space super easy, as well as being very accessible throughout our stay. We will be back!”

 

9) Perfect Historic House for Families

Location: Fatih

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/24532993

Price: ₺580 TRY+ per night

It’s hard to find an entire house for rent in Istanbul, Turkey, but with this find, we’ve done it. This Airbnb is a historic Greek house with four stories and plenty of charm. Its two bedrooms and two bathrooms comfortably accommodate a family of six — and for a very affordable price. 

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Guest Review: “We loved our visit to Istanbul and this apartment was a big contribution to that! What an amazing place to stay, it made our vacation even more memorable! We Will definitely come back!”

Cheap Airbnb Istanbul 2020

 

10) Old World Charm in Galata

Location: Galata

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/38287262

Price: ₺88 TRY+ per night

This Airbnb is extremely popular so book well in advance. Why? Well, it boasts a massive private terrace with spectacular views of Galata Tower and the bustling, historic area. It’s a stone’s throw away from some of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks. And that’s not to mention the super affordable price.

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Guest Review: “This space was absolutely incredible. A stunning view and great neighborhood. You are literally under the Galata Tower. We could get an uber pick-up 100m away. Could not ask for a better space.”

 

11) Designer Loft with Space for 12

Location: Galata

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/905809

Price: ₺1704 TRY+ per night

If you’re a large group or family looking for the perfect Airbnb in Istanbul, this may just be it. The apartment boasts five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, making it ideal for many travelers. It has some spectacular architectural features, in particular, a wrought-iron staircase. And it’s located in Galata, a hipster area with plenty of history to explore. 

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Guest Review: “We had a great time in Istanbul and Doruk made the trip ‘easy’ from the arrangement of pick up at the airport to taking us around the district to point out good Cafes or shops etc. accommodation worked really and altogether was a very good experience.”

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12) Central Family-Friendly Paradise

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/8494202

Price: ₺224 TRY+ per night

This bright and airy Istanbul Airbnb is another great option for families. It can accommodate five guests with its double bed, sofa bed and crib. 

There’s an island in the kitchen for family meals but you’re unlikely to want to stay in, thanks to its awesome location in the heart of town.

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Guest Review: “Wonderful space in a fantastic location! We had everything we needed and were in close to proximity to the metro so it was super easy to get around Istanbul. Would stay here again!

 

13) Central Apartment with Lots of Natural Light

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/718917

Price: ₺153 TRY+ per night

On a midrange budget and looking for an apartment in Istanbul? This central apartment has all the comforts you could need. The decor may be on the simpler side but the apartment is comfortable and impeccably clean. There’s also free wifi and clean towels provided. 

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Guest Review: “Our quality of stay was excellent with great amenities and very convenient location. We would definitely stay again on our future visits.”

Bright and Clean Airbnb Istanbul Apartment Airbnb Short Term

 

14)  Large “Voyager House” in Central Istanbul

Location: Taksim

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6708756

Price: ₺177 TRY+ per night

With two bedrooms, this beautiful home can easily accommodate a small group of friends or family. The space is bright and airy, with a modern bathroom and kitchen. 

Although the apartment is the epitome of comfort, it still has an edgy flair, thanks to its quirky travel-themed wallpapers and industrial features. 

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Guest Review: “Shahrzad was a wonderful host and helpful with info and advice for going around the neighborhood. The apartment is a bit of a walk to get to, but easy enough on the bus or a taxi. Her apartment was beautifully decorated and true to the photos.”

 

15) Cozy Charm Around the Corner from Galata Tower

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/24581064

Price: ₺331TRY+ per night

Just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Galata Tower is this gorgeous find. Its beautiful historical features are enhanced by modern lighting and mirrors. The bathroom is impeccable and modern. At this low price, it’s a steal. 

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Guest Review: “Beautiful apartment in an ideal location. Loved staying here, hope to come back someday. Rooftop view is gorgeous.”

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16) Bright Studio Near Taksim Square | Perfect for Couples

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32176524

Price: ₺230 TRY+ per night

If you’re looking for apartments in Istanbul for a short stay, finding a place in the city center is ideal so you don’t waste limited time traveling back and forth. 

This Airbnb is literally a one-minute walk away from iconic Taksim Square. It also offers a modern bathroom, a small kitchen, and comfortable furniture. 

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Guest Review: “Engin’s place is in great location. Near Taksim Square and have a lot of options for food, shops, and public transportation to get you anywhere. Engin was a great host, fast respond and really helpful.”

 

17) Family-Friendly in Beyoğlu

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/11712288

Price: ₺313 TRY+ per night

Situated in the heart of Beyoğlu is this family-friendly apartment. It’s best for families with older kids who will enjoy the novelty of a sleeper couch. The full kitchen and modern bathroom rounds off this homey apartment. 

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Guest Review: “Wonderful apartment. And all in place as mentioned. Clean. And the central location so close to Istiklal. Perfect for exploring Istanbul.”

Luxury Airbnb Istanbul

 

18) Elegant Apartment with Rooftop Terrace

Location: Balat

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: Yes

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/34442220

Price: ₺165 TRY+ per night

For those looking for cheap apartments in Istanbul, you must consider this one. It’s just a 10-minute metro ride into the heart of Istanbul. 

The apartment itself is immaculate and stylish, with a neutral color scheme and soft furnishings. It also boasts a unique shared rooftop terrace with stunning views of the nearby water. 

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Guest Review: “Awesome apartment, super nice host, a fantastic area to live in. Would always come back!”

 

19) Charming Apartment in Arty Neighborhood

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: No

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7798700

Price: ₺491 TRY+ per night

Exposed bricks, heavy curtains, and original artworks make this a rare find for an Airbnb. That’s not to mention the apartment’s location in the arty Beyoğlu. If you can bear to leave the apartment’s sunny rooms, there are plenty of galleries, coffee shops, and historic sights to explore closeby. Your host will happily offer you plenty of recommendations and tips to make the most of the area. 

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Guest Review: “We couldn’t have hoped for a better experience! Yasemin was incredibly helpful and responsive. The apartment was beautiful and in a really great neighborhood – close to public transportation, cafes, shops. We hope to be back soon!”

Romantic Airbnbs in Istanbul

 

20) Stylish Mezzanine Apartment | Walking Distance from Historic Sites

Location: Beyoğlu

Airbnb Plus: Yes

Superhost: No

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/33713572

Price: ₺236 TRY+ per night

It’s hard to fault this breathtaking Istanbul Airbnb. It’s in the city center and also offers exceptional comfort and style. The highlight is the mezzanine bedroom with its queen-sized bed. 

If you’re a small group, there is a sofa bed for a third person. There’s also a fireplace so couples can enjoy cozy nights in front of a roaring fire. 

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Guest Review: “We loved the design of the house, everything is as it seems in the photos. It’s a cozy place but so stylish at the same time. The kitchen is well equipped and the sitting area makes you feel at home. Lovely place that we truly recommend and for sure to stay again.”

 

Istanbul Tours & Day Trips to Consider Booking

From the wondrous markets, boat tours, and religious landmarks – Istanbul is filled with some breathtaking places! Here are just a few tours that would be amazing to experience during your time in the city!! 


Hagia Sophia: Skip-the-Line Ticket with Guided Tour

“Skip the line and enter the magnificent Hagia Sophia, which is the world’s largest place of worship, built by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. Enjoy a guided tour inside and see the tallest dome of the largest Christian church in the world.”

https://www.getyourguide.com/istanbul-l56/hagia-sophia-skip-the-line-ticket-with-guided-tour-t192699/

Price: $19 U.S.D

Review: :Booking was very easy and price was very good.Our tour guide Adam was excellent He was very knowledgable about the Attraction.He was also good fun.He gave us all the information in a way that was informative and not boring.I would highly recommend this tour” 

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Hagia Sophia Interior

The Hagia Sophia (also called Hagia Sofia or Ayasofya) interior architecture, famous Byzantine landmark and world wonder in Istanbul, Turkey

 

The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

“See the stunning Mevlevei Sema ceremony in Istanbul. Known for its whirling dervishes and dances, enjoy a complex musical repertoire called ayin and go on a mystical journey representing man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection.”

https://www.getyourguide.com/istanbul-l56/whirling-dervishes-1-hour-show-t21283/

Price: $21 U.S.D

Review: “Remarkable! The look of peace on the dervishes faces As they danced with their eyes closed was awe inspiring. It was a shame some of the audience were chatting and moving throughout the performance and spoilt it for others. I would suggest going early to have time to read the information boards which explains what Sufis are and what the dance represents.”

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Am I Missing Any Amazing Istanbul Airbnb Rentals? 

With Istanbul being one of the largest most populous cities in Europe/Asia, there really are tons of amazing Airbnbs all over the city! So if you’ve been to Istanbul, Turkey recently and stayed at an apartment rental or homestay that isn’t mentioned on this list, please do let me know! 

Also, if you’re a new Istanbul Airbnb host and are interested in having your rental featured on this list, feel free to shoot me an email! I’d be thrilled to check out your listing, read some reviews, and view out your photos! I’d love to keep my list of Airbnbs in Istanbul as up-to-date as possible!

 

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Final Thoughts on Airbnbs in Istanbul

Whether you’re indulging in Turkish pastries or marveling at soaring Ottoman monuments, you’re sure to have a wonderful time in Istanbul. The city has so much to entertain visitors and so many historic sites that it’s definitely a bucket-list destination.

Airbnbs are the perfect way to experience Turkish hospitality and style. You can interact with Turkish people and stay in authentic local homes. Additionally, many Airbnbs are in fabulous, central locations and are, in fact, very affordable.

Choosing the perfect Airbnb will set you up for a spectacular time in Istanbul. You will be ready to conquer Istanbul and make lasting memories!


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