lovely armchair


Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed


Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

This is a room in an Ottoman liberty style townhouse in Beyoglu. The location is very central, walking distance to istiklal street, one of the main centers in Istanbul. There are many cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping, night life.


The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Private room

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Description

The space

This cozy room for one person is on the entrance floor away from the street side of the house. It gets some light but not a lot, because our building is adjacent to another building.

(Sorry about the image quality in this listing. They are originally Airbnb professional photos, but I saved the low resolution version)

After entering the building, we have wooden spiral stairs that lead all the way up to the terrace on the third floor.

The room is furnished and you have:

- single bed
- wardrobe
- armchair x 2
- small desk
- chair
- shared bathroom (on the same floor)

I provide traditional turkish breakfast with homemade marmelades. It is 5 euro per person if you want to try it. You can use the washing machine free. I give traditional turkish cooking courses in my apartment. You can also join us as my quest. If you want to organise it for yourself for your group, whole program costs 50 euro. We buy ingredients together and cook together.

Guest access

- wireless internet connection
- use of equipped kitchen (on the second floor, common use with the me and other guest of the house)
- free use of washing machine
- terrace on the roof that everyone can use
- all bills included

Interaction with guests

I live in the same building, on the second floor, two levels up from the entrance (same floor as the kitchen). You are always welcome to have a tea or coffe with me or share my table if you happen to be at home while we eat.

The neighbourhood

Tarlabasi neighborhood was a middle class Greek neighbourhood when it was founded at the beginning of 19th century. The area is full of houses of eclectic Ottoman liberty style buildings and ours is one of them. By the 1950’s most of the greek population of the area had to immigrate to Greece because of political reasons.

The area was deserted and by the 1980’s got an internal immigration from the east part of Turkey mostly of Kurdish origin. In the neighbourhood very few Istanbulite Greeks remained, there is a big Kurdish community of rural origin, a gypsy community that settled down many years ago and work in the area as musicians, many transgender people, poor families from the East and the Balck Sea coast, expats who fell in love with decadent touch and reasonable prices of the area, young artists, old artists, students, and us.

We, in our extent, fell in love with the building and liked the spirit of the area that welcomes all the outsiders of the town. It is the gilded area in the very heart of Beyoglu. You are five minutes walk to the most trendy spots of the city yet among the poor. For some people, the shabby surroundings may be disturbing. For us it is home.

There are kurdish women sitting on the street and staring at you. If you are disturbed by people staring at you while you walk then you should probably look for another place to stay. Our street is full of children. Unlike the rest of the town, in our neigbourhood kids play on the streets. The area also has a drug reputation up to about a decade ago, but has since then been cleaned up, mostly.

Our house is really big for us. My husband and I like the energy of young people from all around the world coming and bringing us a piece of their world while we stay in our home. We’ve been renting rooms for the last 8 years and for two years on Airbnb.

Some people fell in love with the area and the house, and they keep coming back. Some even bought apartments and became our full time neighbours. Some, on the other hand, wanted to run away as soon as they heard the name of Tarlabasi. Especially the ones who have posh Turkish friends who cringe when hearing the name.

People who are free of prejudices, with no hidden or open racist tendencies, who don't look for a piece of their own garden but a real experience are welcome to make our home their home in Istanbul.

Getting around

Walking distance to many of the touristic attractions and gourmet spots. Close to the bus, metro station.

Other things to note

Please check out our other rooms in the house:

Cute attic room (on the terrace floor)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1413677

Double room (biggest in the house, with "bow window")
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1296050

Cozy single room (1st floor, away from street side, quiet, more light)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1131124

Cozy single room (entrance floor, street side, lots of light)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1034587

Studio apartment (with bathroom and kitchen ensuite)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/937206


House Rules

Please do not smoke inside the rooms, throw your own garbage. In Istanbul the tap water is not drinkable, please buy your own drinking water. Please clean the kitchen after you use, do not leave dirty dishes, left overs, vegetable remains that can stain the working space. ıf you use the terrace and want to move the chairs, please take them back to the original place after using. Do not throw cigarettes inside the plants. For long term stays please buy your own toilette paper. Please switch off the lights that you do not use. Close the door of the terrace and switch the light off when you leave the terrace. Sorry if you feel like" why do you need to tell me such basic behaviors!". Not all but some people forget that it is not a hotel but a home. Thank you very much in advance.


Cancellations

Flexible

Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Konstantin User Profile
March 2016
I didn't get to meet Fatima in person, but her husband Hasan welcomed me very nicely and was very helpful whenever I needed something. I went to Istanbul in order to learn Turkish and Hasan would always take his time and have conversations with me in my pace. The house itself is beautiful and clean, be aware though that half of the rooms' windows are covered be the neighboring house. I imagine this can also be quite reliefing in summer though and on nice days I spent most of my time at home on the roof terrace anyway. The house is a ten minute walk away from Taksim Square, and busses to the historic peninsula leave just around the corner. All in all I can only recommend staying with Fatima and Hasan!

Jenny User Profile
January 2016
This was my second time staying with Fatma and Hasan and I only regret that I was not able to stay longer. They were wonderful hosts as before and I enjoyed a few evenings dining and drinking tea with them and some of the other guests. Staying here you are very close to all of the touristic areas and only a 5 min walk from the popular Istiklal Caddesi. There is also a great market that happens every Sunday in Tarlabasi, be sure to check it out. Until next time!

Dedeker User Profile
October 2015
Fatma and Hasan instantly made me feel at home! They were extremely patient with my toddler-level Turkish, and frequently invited me to join them for meals, tea, raki, cigarette breaks, etc. The house is on the edge of the Tarlabasi, which is a colorful and rough neighborhood, but I never felt unsafe. Would happily stay here again!

Kwan User Profile
August 2015
The hosts Fatma and her husband Hasan are very friendly and hospitable. They gave me some excellent tips on places to go. The neighbourhood is convenient with shops and restaurants.

Jenny User Profile
August 2015
As soon as I arrived Fatma and her husband Hasan were very welcoming. They made me some Turkish coffee and offered some delicious pide before showing me my room. The listing was accurate and the room is as described. I immediately felt at home and especially enjoyed the late nights on the lovely rooftop terrace where I got to meet and talk with some of the other guests staying in the house. The neighborhood is extremely close to istiklal street (5min walk) and very close to all the central touristic areas in Istanbul. The neighborhood is quite different from the tourist areas which will immediately be apparent. I never felt uncomfortable but of course it is always good to be alert and careful anywhere you are. I loved how there were always children playing in the street throughout the day

Rahji User Profile
June 2015
Fatma and her family were extremely good hosts. They made sure to take care of me and my brother and gave us information about the city when needed. Over the past four years they've had a LOT of people stay over so once you do you're sort of part of Fatma's network of guests. She's already told me I'm welcome to stay again next time I'm in town!

Arnold User Profile
June 2015
My stay was very nice, When i arives late from the airport was the husband the one who give me a warm welcom. After a good night of sleep wen drink tea togheter and they help me to discover the city. The location is near the center and taksim square, galata tower / bridge. Very friendly and a good stay

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Istanbul, Turkey · Joined in June 2012
Fatma User Profile

I am from Adana, a town in old Cilicia, have been living in Istanbul for quite a while. I have worked in tourism sector for a long time now I am retired and want to know new people. I can speak english and I can join you through your visit to show Istanbul or giving you some local information.

I love cooking and feel myself lucky to know both eastern and wester cooking traditions of Turkey and willing to give half day cooking classes to whom it may interest.

Response rate: 80%
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Response time: within an hour