There had been terrorist attacks a few months before we arrived in Istanbul. Since safety was of our biggest concern, we looked for a place to stay that wasn’t a large chain and was outside of the tourist area. We figured if we were outside of the main tourist area, that maybe we would be a little better protected from potential threats.
I looked for a place to stay on several different sites but ultimately selected the Villa Galley Bed & Breakfast on Airbnb. Not only did the room look great, it was also one of the lowest priced rooms that we had on our entire trip.
Room #6 at Villa Galley
I had selected room #6 as it was waterfront and also one of the lower priced rooms at the B&B. After we checked in, we headed up to the top floor to go to our room.
The room itself was large and clean but the ceiling was a little low. It wasn’t a huge deal, but we had to duck when we headed out to the small balcony off our room.
Our bed was decent but nothing to write home about. As we had come to expect in Europe, we did not have a top sheet, only the blanket on the bed. We were happy that the blanket was a medium weight, not the standard thick comforter that other European apartments had, which made us the right temperature when we slept at night.
It was nice to be on the waterfront, but the view wasn’t amazing. We were right next to the train tracks as well as a main road. Some of the noise traveled into the room, but not enough for it to be considered a huge nuisance. Regardless, it was nice to have a view of the water, even if it wasn’t as beautiful as I had envisioned it in my head.
The bathroom had been recently remodeled and was quite nice. I was happy when I took a shower the first day as there was good water pressure and plenty of hot water, unfortunately it was not as hot on our second and third days.
Our issue with the bathroom was that it smelled like sewer gas on occasion. We tried to remedy the situation by pouring water down the floor drain which helped, but did not completely eliminate the smell.
Villa Galley – Amenities
English Speaking Host
Even before I arrived, I was in touch with Can, our host, to get the most efficient way to get to the apartment. He gave us directions on how to get to the apartment from the airport by taking public transport.
Whenever we needed anything, our host was more than willing to provide us with answers to our questions and even walked us down the street to a restaurant that he recommended one evening.
All of the rooms at the B&B had access to a shared common kitchen in the basement. We ended up using the kitchen to have cereal in the morning but did not end up cooking any meals there. It was nice to have the option to have breakfast there instead of eating out as it kept our budget in check.
Also in the shared kitchen was a large jug of purified water. This was a great money saver as we were able to refill our water bottles instead of purchasing a bunch of bottles during our time in Istanbul.
While we picked the location, our desire was to be outside of the center of the action. We knew that it would be a little way from our B&B to the action but were not expecting to be located at the bottom of a large hill. Whenever we left to see the sights, we had to hike up a pretty long, steep hill.
All in all I can’t complain about the location. We were only about 10 minutes from all of the sights. While the hill was annoying at the beginning, once we walked up it several times, we got used to it.
For the amount of money that we spent on our room, the B&B was very nice. There are things that could have been improved, but for the price, it exceeded my expectations.