We stayed here with our two-year-old son and friend for a week in April. Here's the deal...
-Great neighborhood, full of cool shops, great food, and fun cafes/bars. Perfect atmosphere!
-Kind and efficient booking process/staff. Everything went smoothly inc. airport transfer.
-Cool apartment as advertised, neat period features and all mod cons. Spacious.
-Pricey, but worth it, especially if you have kids or are traveling with a few people
-Street noise was a little extreme, especially on the weekend nights. Tough for our little guy. Call to prayer is pretty darn loud too, even by Muslim standards.
-A few minor upgrades needed, leaky shower head and dripping boiler bucket. Minor, but needed.
-The flat is great, but the building entry is pretty shabby. Fine line between atmospheric and slummy. Not a big deal for us, but just an FYI.
-Galata is a great place to stay, but it is a bit of an effort to get around. Not a biggie for us, taxis are ever present and the metro is about a 10 minute walk (although it does not connect to the old town area) but just an FYI.
All and all it's a great place to stay. Most of the con's are out of the owners/managers control. Istanbul is great, go for it!More