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Room with private bathroom
Room with private bathroom
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath

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A completely independent ensuite bedroom in a three bedroom, two bathroom, newly-renovated first floor flat overlooking the Bosphorous. We have a wonderful view to the first bridge between Europe and Asia and see all the ships, ferries and so on that pass through the Bosphorous.
The flat is in an area called Cihangir, traditionally the home of Istanbul's artists and intellectuals. There are lots of delightful cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Taksim Square, the modern centre of Istanbul is a ten-minute walk. Istiklal Street, the old European capital street once called La Grande Rue du Pera and now the city's main shopping street, likewise.
Access to public transport could hardly be easier. A three-minute walk down the steps to the Bosphorous and you're at Findikli tram station. From there a tram can be taken direct into the Old City, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque etc, or one stop in the other direction then on the metro to Taksim, Istanbul's transport hub. Alternatively, a stroll direct to Taksim. A five-minute walk down the hill takes you to Kabatas, one of the Bosphorous ferry ports, from where a boat can be taken across to the Asian side, to the Islands, across to the Old City and so on. Everything is immediately accessible.
The apartment is large and has just been renovated. As well as their own private bathroom guests of course have full use of the kitchen, living room and so on. From the balcony, with seating and a small table, the view of the Bosphorous is great. Weather permitting, it's a perfect place for sitting, reading, eating, doing nothing at all.

Yvonne I are Irish/English and love living in Istanbul. There is far more to the city, so much more to see, than a handful of historical monuments, unmissable as they are. Whatever sort of accommodation you are looking for I would strongly recommend staying on the European side in the vicinity of Taksim/Cihangir/Galata, rather than in the Old City. Modern Istanbul is Istiklal Street and its grand old buildings, now the pedestrianised centre of the city, the cafes and restaurants of Cihangir and the night-time buzz of Galata/Tunel. And beyond that the style of Nisantisi or Bebek, the old-world wooden charm of Arnavutkoy and Kuzguncuk, the bustle of Besitkas, the new-world cool of Kadikoy, the retro cool of Moda, the slow pace of the Princes Islands, just forty-five minutes from Kabatas on the ferry yet with no traffic and, away from the small town centres, quiet beaches with clear water in secluded bays. And then Fener, once home to much of the city’s Greek population and only now, slowly, beginning to emerge from decades of neglect. Or Dolapdere and Tarlabasi near Taksim, with their steep streets, lines of washing and impossible pavements, similarly run-down, similarly evolving. And the markets, in Uskudar on the Asian side, in Dolapdere on a Sunday morning. And so on and on. The only problem in coming to Istanbul is the impossibility of having enough time to see it all.

Obviously we would be only too happy to help with organising visits, suggesting itineraries according to time and the particular interests of visitors.

In addition to English we speak French, passable Italian and functional Turkish.


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Buzzer/wireless intercom
Washer
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Daniel User Profile
August 2017
Best place to be in istambul, super comfortable, clean and has a balcony to heaven! Amazing host in this fascinating city! Close to everything Highly highly recomended!

Jason User Profile
February 2016
I will only echo a lot of the positive things that others have said, but here we go! I was incredibly well looked after in a clean comfortable and well located space. Paul and Yavonnes enthusiastic first hand knowledge proved to guide me through a very complicated and chaotic tow…

Claire User Profile
July 2015
Our stay with Paul and Yvonne was great so informative and friendly, the location is perfect and the view from the balcony is amazing. Definitely recommend staying here

Cas User Profile
July 2015
I'd definitely recommend staying with Paul and Yvonne. Great people, very interesting and knew a lot about Istanbul. Room and bathroom were meticulously clean and modern and Paul showed me round the area which really helped me get my bearings. Nice people, cool apartment and a…

Ulrika User Profile
July 2015
It was a pleasure to stay with Paul and Yvonne at their Istanbul apartment. They are fabulous hosts - very welcoming, accommodating and helpful right from the start when my brother and I made the booking and throughout our stay. The apartment is located at the heart of modern Ist…

Ane User Profile
January 2015
Paul and Yvonne were excellent host. The flat was really well located and the views were stunning. They gave us nice ideas to move around. The room was very quiet and nice, and the fact that it's at the end of the corridor and you have your own space with doors and the private b…

Francis User Profile
October 2014
Offered to pick us up - recommend this. Briefed, acclimatation walk. Accurate details. Great area. Highly recommended.

Istanbul, TurkeyJoined in October 2011
Paul And Yvonne User Profile
Yvonne (Irish) and I (English/Italian) moved to Istanbul at the end of 2011, having spent a long time in France, and somewhat less in a number of other places. We like cafes, bookshops – lots of secondhand in Istanbul, films - even if the really good ones are few and far between,…
Languages: English, Français, Italiano
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