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“Cozy and well-equipped apartment - Perfect hosts!”
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11 reviews
Stone tiles and wooden ceilings
living area
Living Room and Kitchen
well equipped kitchen
Living Room and Kitchen
Living Room and Kitchen
dining table
double bed
Bathroom
Bathroom
Our Neighbourhood Balat. On the shores of the Golden Horn.
Typical Balat houses in the neighbourhood
Typical Balat houses in the neighbourhood
Watch the sunset over the Golden Horn.
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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Istanbul

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1Ander
Pfaefers Dorf, Switzerland
1 review
“Cozy and well-equipped apartment - Perfect hosts!”
Reviewed 1 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

This place was our first choice, and we were absolutely satisfied! Özkan gave us a really nice and friendly welcome: directing our taxi driver, having some elementary food ready for our first meal, giving us an introduction to the apartment and – best! – the neighborhood with all its chances to discover another authentic side of Istanbul. We felt being received in a wonderful way! The area felt like home quite soon, and getting back here from our excursions was the perfect retreat. Everything is in good reach: walking and the buses took us to all the good places in reasonable time.
We felt very comfortable with our hosts, being helped with our little needs, enjoying Özkan and Peter’s great humor and their wonderful hospitality.
The apartment is small but perfectly sufficient for two. It provides everything you need in daily life, with a friendly and thoughtful interior design, modern but breathing the spirit of the old house. Everything looked exactly as on the pictures, perfectly cleaned and very comfortable.
During this visit we stayed at three different places which gave us a chance to experience different quarters of Istanbul and different hosts: This was by far our favorite! We are sure to come back and visit again. Thanks a lot!

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Liked best: Great hosts - Authentic neighborhood
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Reviewed 7 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Gerald M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Excellent studio”
Reviewed 30 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We knew it would be different. The apartment had everything we needed. The location was excellent. We stayed local for the 1st night and found plenty of good food places.

We had an Istanbul card (a must if you use public transport). We did the usual visitors venues but missed a few as we had been before.

We started with breakfast at a café at the bottom of the hill. I went for a shave while my wife planned our day. The shave was an experience at about £2.50.

We got a tram and funicular up to Taksim square and walked back to the main bridge. We caught the football in a really nice pub then crossed bridge to Enimou to get a bus back to local area.

After our cruise ended we took owners advice to go to Princes Island. A short walk from the ship to the terminal port then 1 hour 40 minute sail to the Island.

Cheapest day out ever. About £2.00 each return on the ferry. We got a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the Island. About £18.00 for 4 people for about an hours ride. Great value. We had a meal before sailing back. The ferry was BUSY, and we went on a weekday.

Would recommend any independent traveller to book the property and experience the real Istanbul.

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Stephen F
Quebec City, Canada
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“I would stay here again”
Reviewed 15 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I stayed in the studio for 14 days in April 2015 and was very happy with the place and the hosts. So much so, that I would definitely stay there again.

After looking at many options, I decided on this place because it provided an affordable option in what can be a very expensive city.

The studio was clean and well organized and is located in a non-touristy neighbourhood. Local food shops are just a short walk away. The biggest outdoor market in the city also takes place once every week in this neighbourhood as well... an atmospheric outing and a great way to stock up on local fruit and produce.

I found the bed comfortable and slept well every night. The hosts provided a lot of great information, including "insider" tips on places to eat and things to do and see. They were welcoming and responsive to all my requests both online and off, and genuinely concerned with ensuring my comfort and well-being.

If you want great hosts, a clean, well organized and smartly equipped studio in a neighbourhood where you are likely to meet more locals than tourists, then this is definitely a place to consider.

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Reviewed 19 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

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