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.