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Newly-renovated apartment 3

Newly-renovated apartment 3

4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
Lindsay is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Free parking on premisesThis is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.

The space

A newly-renovated third-floor (top floor) apartment in the historic area of Fener/Balat within the walls of the old city of Constantinople. The apartment is about a three-minute walk from the Golden Horn and the public transport network. Until the 1920s Fener/Balat was an entirely Greek and Jewish area, filled with distinctive Greek-style houses. Then, at the end of the Greco-Turkish war came the great population exchange between Greece and Turkey, during which most of the Greeks departed. The area is now being rediscovered. UNESCO has put a preservation order on hundreds of local houses. New cafes and eateries are opening all the time and the go-ahead has been given for a new port complex on the Golden Horn. At the same time the area retains the unique feel of old Istanbul: children playing football in the streets, lines of washing strung between coloured stone houses, small, chaotic neighbourhood stores and traditional bakeries. There is also the Patriarchate, the home of the Greek Orthodox Church, with its history and relics, various other sleepy Greek churches and nearby the Chora church, with its Byzantine mosaics, the finest in Istanbul. A little further is the northen end of the Great Land Walls of Constantinople, which can still be followed the 7kms between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara.

From Fener access to the centre of the Old City could not be easier. Istanbul’s transport system is entirely integrated – bus, metro, tram and ferry. The same electronic Istanbulkarts, which we provide for guests, are used on all forms of transport. From the bus stop at the bottom of the hill it’s a ten-minute journey to Eminönü then a stroll, or two stops on the tram to Topkapı PALACE, three to Aya Sophia, the Blue Mosque and so on. For those wanting to sample the bustle of the city centre and all its shopping, from the same bus stop a ten-minute ride goes across the Golden Horn to Taksim Square, the centre of the city. Alternatively, from Eminönü a ferry can be taken to Asia, the Princes Islands, along the Bosphorus to bustling Beşiktaş and the other ports on the European side, or just a gentle tour.

There is far more to see in Istanbul than just the standard four or five main attractions, unmissable as they are. We would be very happy to give advice, help and so on with organising time spent in the city.

The apartment is on the third (top) floor of an old, wooden-fronted Greek house. Everything inside is new. In the bedroom, which gives onto the back of the building, there is a new double bed plus a wardrobe and a desk. In the living room, which gives onto the front, there is a sofa bed, an occasional table, a television plus two chairs. Between the two there is a new kitchen area, with fridge and two-ring hob, plus plates, glasses, pots and pans and so on for four people. Next to the bedroom is the bathroom, with wc, sink and a large shower. There is central heating throughout.

All sheets and towels are provided. There is also free wi-fi in the apartment.


Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Cable TV
Laptop friendly workspace

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

24 Reviews

Sarah User Profile
August 2015
This is truly a fabulous place to stay. The apartment was superb, spacious, spotless and well equipped. The location is authentic Istanbul a relative peaceful haven away from the thronging tourist areas. The small alleyways are full of good cafes, bakeries, fruit and veg stalls a…
Оля User Profile
May 2018
Işıl is a hospitable and nice woman. She showed everything around the house: markets, shops, cafes - all that we needed during the visit. She advised a lot of interesting places for visiting and tasting Turkish cuisine. Işıl arranged transfer from and to the airport for our group…
Abdullah User Profile
September 2016
This was the second time I stayed with Isil and absolutely loved it again. The flat is situated in a unique and historical part of Istanbul, with very convenient transport to most places in the city. Takes about 15 minutes to Taxsim on the bus or taxi, and Halic and Eminonu stati…
Natalia User Profile
November 2015
It was awesome trip! And really great flat, small but functionality, in old but remodeling house, cute and cozy. Stunning location, away from the tourist places with a very beautiful architecture. Really nice bars and cafes near by! Big thank to our host! She have a breakfast…
Carlijn User Profile
October 2015
I enjoyed staying in this nicely renovated apartment during a long weekend in Istanbul and can really recommend it to others! The neighborhood is absolutely beautiful, not crowded with tourists and it has an interesting history. It also offers different good places for breakfast …
Lisa User Profile
September 2015
We had a lovely time in the appartment. It's very clean and everything you need is there. The area is very nice and not touristy and reaching the center is no problem at all. The owner of the appartment is adorable and took the time to explain everything and gave us lots of usefu…
Susanne User Profile
September 2015
Excellent place to stay: beautiful apartment in a central yet authentic part of the city. There are a few cafes, bakeries and mini supermarkets in the nearby area - anything you need to have a good start for the day or to have a nice small dinner without a long way home. And with…

Hosted by Lindsay

Istanbul, TurkeyJoined in February 2014
Lindsay User Profile
132 Reviews
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Lindsay is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Hi. I'm English and have been living in Istanbul for many years. I help my friend Işıl, who owns the apartment, with communication for Airbnb. In a way this is my penance for introducing her to Fener in the beginning, which I discovered and was smitten with on yet another long wa…
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