Short Term Rentals in Istanbul

Istanbul is divided into the old and new parts of the city which are separated by the Golden Horn, a natural harbour where ferries arrive and depart. Sultanahmet is part of the old city lying south of the Golden Horn. Known as the ‘historical heart’ of Istanbul, its proximity to the main sights makes it a perfect destination if you’re looking for self catering holiday accommodation for a short break. As this is a quiet area at night, it’s a popular option for families travelling with children. The newer part of Istanbul to the north, offers lots of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Self catering accommodation here includes flats and apartments that give you easy access to the hustle and bustle of modern Istanbul. Taksim Square, in particular, is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Good transport links including a tram service connect the two areas of the city, so it would be easy to stay in the old centre and travel north for the restaurants and nightlife.

  1. Short Term Rentals for Families

    Where you decide to stay with your family will largely depend on whether you want to be near the historic area, or nearer to the shops and restaurants. Holiday accommodation in Sultanahmet, for example, is generally cheaper and quieter so may be a good option for families with young children.


    If you’re staying longer in Istanbul, for two months or more, a residential area might better suit your needs by providing more space. Houses for short term rental periods of around three months in the area of Sisli to the north, would offer outdoor space, restaurants and the largest shopping mall in Europe.

  2. Short Term Rentals on a Budget

    It’s not normally the case that a city’s historical area offers cheaper accommodation than a modern district, but you stand a good chance of finding a budget self catering apartment or flat in the Sultanahmet district to the south of the Golden Horn. Good transport links exist from here to all other areas if you want to venture further afield, but with the number of historic attractions on your doorstep, you may prefer to stay close to the city.


    Visiting in the winter months will help to keep down costs, with the added advantage of fewer crowds near the attractions, as long as you don’t mind the cooler temperatures. A short term rental in Istanbul can often work out cheaper than a hotel, especially as many holiday lets include internet access and the facilities to cook and do your laundry.

  3. Luxury Short Term Rentals

    Many tourists looking for luxury holidays lets in Istanbul head for the bustling, cosmopolitan new part of the city. There are luxury self catering apartments here that offer proximity to top class restaurants should you prefer a break from cooking, but also provide spacious accommodation when you want to entertain guests.


    The area of Nisantasi in the Sisli district boasts designer shops, galleries and boutiques plus luxury villas with private pools. You can enjoy the culture of the area whilst basing yourself amongst the ‘jet-set’ of Istanbul.

  4. Short Term Rentals for Business

    The area of Levent is one of the primary business districts of Istanbul, and lies to the north of the Golden Horn. Levent and the other main business district, Maslak, are characterised by huge skyscrapers, with Levent also offering a great choice of furnished apartments with internet access and work spaces.


    Those travelling for longer periods of more than one month might enjoy staying in the residential areas of Levent, as many of the holiday homes here include a garden, also beneficial for business people travelling with their families. Metro and tram links bring you here from the airport via Taksim Square.

  5. Alternative Short Term Rentals

    Self catering accommodation is available within Istanbul University’s Halls of Residence during the summer months of June, July and August, and also part of September before the students return. University swimming pools, gyms and saunas are also open to holiday visitors, making this a cost-effective choice for short term holiday rental.


    If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, the Çiragan Palace Kempinski offers guests the chance to stay in the former home of Ottoman sultans. As well as an iconic infinity pool, this five star hotel has an impressive spa and four destination restaurants with views of the Bosphorus.

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