- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the owner
The flat is on the third floor. There is satellite television, internet, fully equipped kitchen with oven, electric stove, fridge, iron, vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, dvd player. The bedsheets and the towels are included as well as all utilities.
The buiding is situated in the old centre of Pera with its art galleries and small bars and restaurants. We are one minute from Istiklal Street, the main shopping and pedestrian avenue of Istanbul, and 150 meters from Taksim Square, and close to the old European embassies: Italian, British, German, Greek, Russian, Dutch and Swedish.
There is a Metro stop about 100 meters from the house lea...ding to Sultanahmet (the area with Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.)Read more
About the owner
Nico Morano Full profile
Response rate: 95%
Response time: Within a day
Calendar updated: 2 weeks ago
Overall rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 94 reviews and 2 properties
70 sqm. near Istiklal Street, Taksim Area
Istanbul, Istanbul & Marmara, Turkey
Additional Location Information
The main thoroughfare is Istiklall Street, running into the neighbourhood from Taksim Square, a pedestrianised 1 mile (1.6 km) street of shops, cafés, patisseries, restaurants, pubs, wine houses and clubs, as well as bookshops, theatres, cinemas and art galleries. Some of Istiklall has a 19th century metropolitan character, and the avenue is lined with Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings. The nostalgic tram which runs on İstiklal Avenue, between Taksim Square and Tunel, was also re-installed in the early 1990s with the aim of reviving the historic atmosphere of the district. There are many small shops and markets. There is a Metro stop about 100 meters from the house leading to Sultanahmet (the area with Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.
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Last updated on August 12, 2014
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- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Central heating
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Stove or Oven
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 75 square meters
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62 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Great place to stay in Istanbul!
We had a great time in Nico's apartment "The Cats". The place was neat and tidy equipped with everything we needed for the stay. Nico was so nice, waiting for us in front of the apartment block however we were really really late due to a delayed flight. He was also very helpful giving us tips of what we should see and where should we go, eat etc. The apartment itself is about 3 mins walk from the main shopping street Istiklal and about 7 mins walk from Taksim square. Great location, great host, nice place! Thank you Nico!
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Great appartment, excellent service, and perfect location
We felt really welcome and were met by Nicco himself who explained the practicalities. The service was excellent throughout the stay, and the next stay, and they were always very helpful also when I missed my flight back. The apartment is very neat and clean and we felt very home from the minute we stepped over the doorstep. If you want to be close to taksim, shopping, cafés/bars sightseeing, sushi etc this is the best place to stay. We have already been back and will soon be again.
The Cats apartment
We stayed in the Cats apartment for 5 days. The apartment is neat and cozy, with Wi-Fi working, and there was enough place for 3 people. The location is great, just a short walk to the Taksim square and Istiklal street. There are lots of cafes and shops nearby. Nico and ahmet are perfect hosts. Nico was so nice giving us helpful tips. They allowed us to leave our luggage in the apartment after we'd checked out so we managed to visit Dolmabahçe Palace before our flight. We also want to thank alex (especially for carrying our suitcases up and down stairs) and Işik (our driver), thank you guys very much! I would definitely recomment the Cats apartment to everyone looking for a nice, safe and quiet accomodation.
fantastic experience in Istanbul!
The flat was great! Absolutely perfect! Great location (in the middle of the istiklal caddesi) and clean, comfortable. Nico was a great host, he gave us everything we needed (towels and bed sheets) and also some advices about good clubs and bars (we really appreciated it). We broke the bed and few hours later he bought a new one! Fantastic service!:-) I can only recommend this beautiful place and I would stay 100% again there when I ll be back in Istanbul. Grazie Nico e ahmet!:-)
A friend and I visited last February and had a great experience with Nico and ahmet. They were great hosts who arranged a ride from the airport and made sure we had everything we needed while staying with them. The apartment was perfectly located in the New City. Being there allowed us to make easy trips in and out of the tourist district but also let us see the bustling streets around Taksim.
I'd highly recommend these guys!
If you like to get to know the locals and feel like you are a part of the neighborhood when you travel then this is a perfect place to stay.
It is in an up-and-coming neighborhood with some great little cafes and antique shops.
The owners are fun, sweet guys who will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. We ended up hanging out with them several times and had a blast.
istanbul, the best city break ever
from the start our hosts nico and ahmet were attentive to our every need or concern. the apartment was perfect for our needs and was situated close to all the action in the modern part of istanbul as well as close to the public transport to the old city. nico also provided us with a travel card for the public transport. the wifi signal was also excellent and the hot water supply good enough for all four of us to shower in quick succession. we would definitely rent again.
Perfect apartment,perfect location,perfect owner!!good price.
the place is right in the middle of Istiklal street. everything is perfect about it.you can easily get to Taksim square from everywhere and it takes only 2 min walk to the rental.everything is clean in the apartment and enough towels and bed sheets are provided. Nico himself is very flexible,helpful and caring. he was kind enough to call us and warn us about the strikes in the city and provide us with free cell phone which was very helpful.
Great time in Istanbul :)
We (a befriended couple and my boyfriend and I) had a great time at Nico's place. The apartment is located in a very central area, really close to the main shopping area of Istanbul, Istiklal street, and really close to Taksim square where most buses and metro start. The apartment has everything you need and more. It was clean and quiet. Four people can stay there easily with comfort. Our host was very helpful and waited for us late at night to give us the keys when we arrived late. Thanks for the good time :)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
This review is about apartment No 6.
The location of the building is good, and near to many desired places. There are also many shops around and if you want to do some shopping, I think you are in a right place...because you will find almost everything in your area... (Within 2 miles radius) price and quality wise...
The flat is reasonably clean and tidy... You have almost everything you need, I think... We stayed here for 7 days with my sister and her children.
The owner was very friendly, thoughtful, polite and was quick in responding to our emails and text messages.
I apartment's contents quality is ok.
The building is an old one, but we did not have any problems (safety wise)..
I raised few minor issues with the landlord, but I am sure he will deal with them...
I recommend this place...
Salima, Fatima, Amel, Myriam, Lili et Mehdi
Séjour formidable à Istanbul !!!
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Istanbul dans l'appartement de Nico. L'appartement est idéalement situé, dans un quartier animé, à proximité de la place Taskim, des nombreux commerces et restaurants ! Quant au logement, celui est fonctionnel, agréable...il a été parfait pour notre séjour. Nous avons même prévu d'y retourner du 17/09 au 24/09...Enfin pour terminer, nous souhaitons souligner la gentillesse et le disponibilité de Nico, le propriétaire, qui nous a permis de visiter Istanbul dans les meilleurs conditions ! Nous vous conseillons vivement cette location.
Excellent service and best neighborhood for great value
This is a lovely place to stay off Istiklal right near my favorite neighborhood, Cihangir. It's a super cool place to hang out in Istanbul. The rental managers, Ahmet and Nico, are second to none for friendliness, communication and accountability. I adore them!
Me and three friends stayed here whilst travelling across Turkey. Nico and ahmet were very helpful during all stages of booking and were just as helpful on arrival and throughout our trip.
The apartment consists of two spacious bedrooms as well as a dining room, kitchen and bathroom. There is also a balcony which can fit 2 or 3 people nicely. Even 4 if you arrange chairs properly.
The flat is also equipped with a washing machine and cooker which makes it cheaper as you can cook and wash at home as and when you like. There is also a washing line on the balcony to dry clothes, which takes a couple of hours in the Turkish heat.
The building is very secure and despite protests occurring on one of the days there, you could not tell anything was going on from the apartment as it is located on the third floor and at the back of the building. We only found out about trouble outside when we actually left the apartment and ventured onto Istiklal Caddesi.
As well as the basics the flat comes with a tv with many channels, free wifi, a fan and plenty of books and guides to keep you entertained. (Like keeping entertained would be a problem in a city like Istanbul!)
The kitchen is a bit on the small side and there is not much of a view from the balcony but for the price the apartment is excellent and the hosts are always on call to help you with whatever problems may arise during your stay.
Thanks for renting us the apartment Nico and ahmet!
Joe, Tom, Arjun and Sam.
Une adresse de choix à Istanbul
L'Accueil ET L 'Arrivee: Si comme nous vous arrivez par la navette Havatas depuis l'aéroport, l'appart est à 15 minutes de marche, c'est donc très pratique.
Le point fort de cet appartement est sans conteste Nico, son proprietaire, qui parle parfaitement français, vous donne rendez-vous sur Itsiklal pour ne pas vous perdre et est à votre écoute pendant tout le séjour en cas de problème.Il vous accueille "a la Turque", chaleureusement, il est présent sans être pesant.
Pour ce qui est de l'appartement, il est idéalement situé à 3 min de la rue Itsiklal et 5 mn de la place Taksim. Aucun problème donc pour effectuer les visites, à pieds ou en transport. Pour faire ses courses et se restaurer, c'est facile aussi (2 DIa : l'un à la station Tophane du tramway, l'autre à côté de la station findikli), et pleins de petits restos sympas. Dans la rue de l'appartement, on vous conseille le durumce kebab, pas cher et très bon, le sofram pide salonu chez qui vous pouvez aller chercher des pides et plats cuisinés bon et pas chers. idem petite boutique de boreks au début de la rue top... Bref de quoi se restaurer bon et pas cher !
L'Appartement est un peu "défraîchi" mais très bien équipé : literie confortable, serviettes de toilette en quantité suffisante. Nico, a prévu "un fond" d'épicerie: café, sucre, sel, un paquet de riz ... très pratique. Doubles vitrages, très utiles car la rue est très bruyante la nuit. Nico a installé 2 ventilateurs, qui restent insuffisants. Quand il fait très chaud, il faut ouvrir en plus les fenêtres et supporter le bruit (pas difficile si comme nous vous avez visité et que vous êtes crevés).
les plus : l'accueil, l'emplacement,les Equipements (cuisine, lave-linge), les facilités prévues par Nico (prêt d'une carte de transport et donc tarifs réduits)...
Le moins : la chaleur dans l'appart non climatisé, la salle de bain un peu spartiate.
Nous Retournerions sans Hesiter Dans CET appart :-)
Great flat and great hosts
Nico´s and ahmed apartment is situated on a great location of the new european side of istambul.
It is only two blocks from istikal street, an iconic street of istambul and where you can do good shopping.
It is also short distance from the old city where the Grand Bazaar, Palaces, and Mezquites are situated. You can go on a 30 minute walk or take a 10 minutes tram.
It is a great city to explore and we found it perfect going on a 4 nights trip.
The apartment is very comfortable and a great choise!
You can cook, and wash clothing there, what makes your trip a lot less expensive !
Also Nico and ahmed were very kind and helpful to us !! Every time we needed some help or advice we asked them by text and they always were very friendly.
Definitely will go to there apartment again if i returned to Istambul.
Thanks guys for everything, Magui and friends.
Great location, wonderful hosts
We arrived in Istanbul right when the protests started. Nico was wonderful and very accommodating. He took the time to show us around the neighborhood and calm our nerves.
The apartment is in a great location - near all the shops and bars and not in the overly-touristy part of town - and had everything we needed to be comfortable.
Very cozy place
Convenient place to stay . Close to Metro. The owners are very helpful & friendly
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Thank you Nico and ahmet
We were 4 girls, we stayed in the flat for almost one week. I still remember every single beautiful day in this week.
Concerning the flat:
-suitable for max 4 persons
-the flat has a good wifi
-it's in the heart of Istiklal street, where you can enjoy shopping and hanging out day and night
-the neighbors are very welcoming and kind
-very safe location since there is a police station near the flat
-you can lock the flat from inside(without keys) for those who are afraid from the theft.
-you can cook in the flat since it's fully equipped from a to Z
-the street has many minimarkets and local restaurants that are very tasty.
Concerning the Owners:
Nico and ahmet are much more than helpful, when we have been facing any kind of trouble, they were always ready to help at any time. The best thing that they are always in the area, so that can make you feel safer.
I really can't go through details. But briefly, I like the flat, I enjoyed my vacation, and I recommend the reader to book directly
Sehr schöne Wohnung, geniale Lage
Die Wohnung ist super schön eingerichtet, es fehlt wirklich an nichts. Nico ist sehr hilfsbereit, gibt sehr gute Tips über Sehenswürdigkeiten, Fahrplan der Metro etc. Die Lage der Wohung ist genial, mitten in der altstadt, umgeben von typisch türkischen kleinen Geschäften, und Restaurants. Nur ein paar Häuser weiter beginnt die Fußgängerzone von Beyoglu, mit allem was das Herz beghert. Die Metro ist in 5 Minuten zu Fuß erreichbar, nur 2 Haltestellen bis zum Bosporus wo die Fähren ablegen. Wir, Familie mit 2 Kindern freuen uns schon auf den nächsten aufenthalt bei Nico.
We stayed recently at this 2 bedroom apartment for 8 nights. It was my first visit to Turkey. When you step out the door you really are in the center of the city. A short walk and you are surrounded by lots of lovely shops selling food and fresh breads. Then you come to the main shopping street. There is a tram that runs down there so you can easily use that to get up and down the street. Or a short walk up towards Taskim Square is the metro. We used it to go to the pier to catch a tour boat to Princes Islands.
As for the trouble in Taskim Square we wandered up there on a few occasions and the police had taped off the square but we saw no trouble. Everyone was going about there daily business. If there is to be a protest on just stay away from the square and you won't even know anything is happening. Don't let it put you off going there.
Nico and ahmet are wonderful hosts. You have everything you need in the apartment. I would go back.
New York City
Ultimate launching point for Istanbul adventures
I stayed at Nico's apartment for about a week when I was in town for a friend's wedding. Four of us comfortably fit in the flat with absolutely no problems. As far as the location goes, it was superlative. Close to trams, metros, and funiculars, the entire city of 15 million is accessible. We did Fatih, Levent, Galata, and Uskudar no problem. The neighborhood too, was the most vibrant in the city. Tons of clubs, bars, galleries, and antiques, it is most suitable for the traveler seeking a cultured, immersive urban experience.
Even though we arrived during the peak of Taksim unrest, the area was still safe and did not interfere with our travel plans. Nico took care of all of our needs, providing free guides, metro cards, and even hunting down lost luggage. Absolute recommend.
Good place in Istanbul
Good and comfort place to stay in Istanbul! Nico is a very good guy that he help us to solve any problem we met in Istanbul and also easy to contact. Clean house, near takism square with free wifi. We enjoy our stay here!
your best choice in Istanbul
We were so glad that we wound up at this apartment. Nico was a great host, in fact he made our stay in this truly amazing city even more pleasant! Even before the trip he immediately replied to all our mails and was very kind to assure us about the situation in Istanbul (we were there at the beginning of June when the demonstrations/riots were going on but felt totally safe as the apartment is on a side street that is very close to Taksim square but far enough to actually not realize what was going on there). Furthermore, he provided a transportation card and a Turkish-sim card free of charge (big ups for that!), showed us the best kebab place in town (Dürümce -which is less than 50m from the apartment), provided tons of great advice on what to see in the city and even came clubbing with us. The apartment itself is clean and the beds + sofa were very comfy. Although it looks a bit bigger on the pics, it perfectly fitted us 5 people and actually it could fit one, probably even 2 more people if they squeeze a bit. It is perfect for those who want to be close to the nightlife area as a lot of stuff is going on at night in that area (but it is on a side street so it is totally quiet) and given that it is less than 10 min walking from Taksim square it is very easy to take public transportation and get to all the other areas in town (in fact on the first day we even walked to Sultanahmet through the Galata bridge and it took us about 30min). In a nutshell, considering the very cheap price it is definitely a great bargain and when we come back to Istanbul we definitely stay here again!
The apartment is in an awesome location! It is a little rough around the edges, with a few things broken and shabby, and there is no air con, which may be an issue in the middle of summer. All the pics are very accurate. The apartment is a few flights of stairs up, and there is no lift. The building is a bit smelly and old, but once you get into the apartment, it is very comfy,and was perfect for what we needed. Nico is very helpful! Read more
Response from Nico Morano - 06/25/2013
There are fans in each room which are enough becuse the apartment is not very hot in the summer. We always help and carry our guests luggages upstairs. There is no elevator in most old historical buildings in Istanbul.
Great location and friendly hosts:))
The price performance ratio is very good. The apartment is simply furnished and fully sufficient for a city trip. It is centrally located, 100 meters from Istiklal street with many shops, restaurants and bars. We ordered a transfer from Sabiha Gokcen airport to the apartment, this worked great! The hosts Nico and ahmet were very friendly and organized everything very well. I would book this apartment again.
Perfect location and value!
We stayed at the flat april 2013. Booking was smooth and Nico was always prompt with answers to any questions we had. Booked the airport transfer through Nico and it was ideal for transport direct to flat. I highly recommend arranging this! Nico met us and gave us all the information regarding the flat as well as some helpful tips for touring the area.
Location is ideal!!! Just 5 min walk to Istiklal St and 10 min to Taksim square for connections to funicular. Great restaurants and shopping right at your doorstep.
Flat is as pictured in flipkey and had lots of space for our family of 5. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this rental.
appartement au calme!
je conseil fortement la location par le biais de Nico et ahmet!
vous ne serez pas déçu! accueil, gentillesse, dévotion et petits conseils seront au rdv!
l'appartement est propre, calme, pres des transports en commun et de la rue Istikhlal!
nous y avons résidé avec 3 enfants dont un bébé, ce fut parfait!
Alex and Sabry
Great Place to stay in Istanbul
Stayed one week in this apartment which is only one hundred meters away from Istanbul's exciting street - Istiklal in Taksim area. The flat is very quiet and away from tourists, and both ahmet and Nico were always eager to sort out any minor problems. Very comfortable and suited our needs of peace and quiet after a hectic day sightseeing. The balcony (no view but quiet) was ideal to breakfast daily and also sit with a glass of beer, review photos taken during the day, read and just enjoy quiet time.
I would very much recommend this as an ideal place to stay when you are in Istanbul.
More like a home in the middle of the action in Istambul
The apartment is very cozy, literally steps away from the bustling activity of Istiklal avenue. It was definitely a more "homey" experience: My partner and I love to cook, enjoy an authentic local experience and just cuddle when cold outside, and we did exactly all of that in this place. The hosts, Ahmet and Nico, are friendly, professional, and always on top of things. If you really want to spend a great time in the middle of the action, this is the place for you. There is literally everything around: restaurants where only locals dine, tiny mom-and-pop shops, big stores, Turkish baths, and best of all, a genuine Turkish hospitality.
I was with friends in the apartment during late april 2013th We stayed 5 days and really had fun. The apartment is neat and clean, very close to Taksim, and the old part of town not far away (a pleasant walk Istaklal avenue). Near there are good restaurants and bars, and the owners are very friendly and full of good advice related to the stay in Istanbul (where you can have a good time, which bars are not too expensive, etc.)
Cosy and lovely
My friends and I had great moments at this place. The apartment is located almost on the Istiklal Street, which leads from one side to Taxim Square, and on the other side of the Old Town of Sultanahmet. Istiklal Street is the center of events, with many shops, cafes, good food and fine drinks market in the side streets. Still the apartment is quiet. Nico and ahmet are wonderful hosts and were very helpful about everything you can imagine. I warmly recommend staying in their apartment.
Perfect base in Istanbul!
We stayed 4 nights in Nico's flat and had a great time!
Absolutely perfect location, everything you need in the flat and around, and comfortable beds :)
Was a bit smaller and less bright (light) than we expected, but all in all, very good value!
Lovely place, people and location
We had such a great time in this apartment. It's homey and really well located close to Istklal yet really quiet and peaceful. Great little real turkish places for breakfast nearby. Walk in any direction and you will see something beautiful.
Our hosts Nico and ahmet are 2 of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Lovely stay in Istanbul !
We stayed 10 days in this lovely apartment owned by ahmet who were very helpful and efficient in every situation! If you need a central base in istanbul to be able to visit the town by foot and with easy access nearby, this is the place!
We were 4 adults and 3 kids and ahmet and Nico made everything they could to make our stay very comfortable. Very easy to eat out and go out, you have everything you need within 2 mins walk.
We enjoyed our holiday very much and totally recommend this place.
Marie, Tim, jodie, Morgane, liz, Manon and Nino.
Great location for families or friends
Location is very good - close to Istiklal Street with all the shops and restaurants but nevertheless it's really quiet. We had a good time with our little son (2.5 years). The flat was clean and had everything we needed (TV, WiFi, fridge...). Nico is very friendly and he was almost the only one around who could speak English...
Everything was excellent
Hello! We recomended this flat. Everything was very well. Flat is clean, cozy and comfortable. It is beter then on foto. It has a good location: 7 min from Taksim square and 2 min from Istiklal. Ahmet and Nico are friendly hosts, they helped us in all matters. Good luck, Nico and ahmet!
Just perfect :)))
Looking for apartment for 12 days for my friend and me was a hard job and I was really excited to ran into Nico and ahmet's flat. As it says in the title, the apartment is near Istiklal but I couldn't believe it was so close yet so peaceful and quiet!!! Both of the guys were great even before we came and answered fast to all our questions (and there was a lot of it :)). We came to Istanbul in the evening and Nico met us on the corner of Istiklal and Sadri alisik street where the apartment is located. He helped us to bring our bags upstairs, showed us the apartment and explained how to get around. He even recommended us a great restaurant near by for which he made a reservation and gave us good tips about where to eat and buy stuff we needed for everyday use. Considering there were only two of us, we each had our own room, newly renovated (and clean) bathroom and kitchen that had everything we might need. The flat was great and the best thing about it is that you are so close to Taksim from where you can take a metro or bus to go anywhere you like but we mostly walked either to Kabatas or Karakoy (Galata bridge)where there's a tram and it took us no longer than 10-15 minutes but also, because the weather was nice, it's a nice walk to go all the way to Sultanahmet where there are most of famous attractions in the city.
On our last night we met ahmet who is also so nice and had çay with him. I really hope I will soon come back and I can't imagine better place to stay than in Nico and ahmet's apartment. Thank you guys for a perfect stay in Istabul.
just like home
The flat was perfectly located for all of our evening and night activities; and we were close to small shops thus allowing us to have fresh breakfast in our flat every morning very easy.
The space could comfortably accommodate 5 of us.
Our host was fantastic, he made himself available, gave tips and advice and even joined us for a drink and a nice discussion during our first night.
Overall, very pleasant experience.
A Great stay in Istanbul
Me and my friends rented an apartment from Nico and ahmet for our trip to Istanbul, and had a wonderful experience! Nico and ahmet were extremely accommodating. They met us to check in and gave us some great advice for good places to visit in the city. We would definitely stay with them again!
Un accueil excellent
Nous avons ETE Tres Bien accueillis par Nico ET ahmet.
Les Conseils ET L'emplacement DE L'Appartement ONT Participe a la Reussite DE Notre Sejour.
Tout Etait Reuni pour passer UN agreable moment.
The place looks exactly like on the pictures. very warm welcome form the owners, accommodating all requests. We had great stay!
Great first time in Istanbul!
This was my first visit to Istanbul. Just a few minutes (literally less than 5) from reserving the apartment, Nico had responded and confirmed my reservation. I booked in October for a stay over New Year's and in the weeks leading to my arrival Nico responded to every single email I sent with the same speed. By the time we arrived it felt as if I've known Nico all my life. He picked is up and brought to the apartment which is at a fantastic location - a side street off Istiklal, we were in the heart of Taksim and all the shops, great cafes and restaurants and nightlife. The flat is 5 min walk to the Taksim finiculer which connects you to the tram at Cabatas, or for those who like to walk about a 40-50 min walk to the Bridge that leads to the old town (with aya Sofia, etc.). The apartment is just as on the photos, clean, warm (plus for the cold in December/January), well equipped with everything you need, neat eclectic decor, plus a terrace!! We loved staying there and felt as if at home away from home - no hotel can truly offer that. Not to mention at the affordable price! The best part of it is Nico and ahmet, our hosts. These gentlemen are two of the most kind, welcoming and genuine people I've ever met - and so responsive and concerned that we have a good experience - they made our first visit to this great city truly memorable. I am telling all my friends about them and will gladly stay in their apartment again next time I am in Istanbul. Thank you Nico and ahmet! Alla prossima... :-)
This flat is where Istanbul never sleeps!
The flat is very well located; you can access the Istiklal Street, where the city never sleeps, just by walking any time you like and this saves you transportation fees. This place is cozy and friendly and the furniture and kitchen tools are both complete and fine. The flat is best for four people, although there are sleep beds for six.
very good experience :)))
Thank you for a lovely stay :)))
The building is on a small street right off Istiqlal, its a very safe place where you can go out at 1 am and never feel threatened. The apartments' location is "perfectly" central, its a one-minute walk to Istiqlal (right around the corner of the street) and its a great starting point to any other place you want to go to with all kinds of public transportation just five minutes away; and there are also several nice places you can reach on foot. Its a small place, but practically designed...there were 6 of us, and we were feeling comfortable.The flat is very well equipped from all aspects, including free WiFi internet, cell phone with a line you can instantly charge with credit, and even a hair dryer! It was on the third floor of a building, it would be a little wearisome if you have a lot of luggage, which we did... but Nico and ahmet were extremely helpful; they helped us carry all the luggage both up and down.
This was actually our first time to rent an apartment instead of booking in a hotel, and we actually enjoyed it, it gives you a more real and authentic experience making you feel you are part of the country, you have a home and neighbors that you get to see and greet everyday. In fact, the owners ahmet and Nicola, live on the same building, and they are amazing hosts in every way, always helpful and smiling; they even help you with advice on how to go around in Istanbul, and are great trouble shooters.
The rates are also very very reasonable, they also own another small flat on the same building (if you are a couple or you are a bigger group and need to rent both places).
Best location, comfortable, clear and good price
That was my fifth time being in Istanbul and also the best accommodation I've ever had. First of all, the location!!; There is many streets and alleys cross Istiklal avenue but most of them are very crowded and noisy and also have a steady slope. Sadri alisik is a flat alley that is not far from Taksim sq. (about 400m). The place is safe, nor very crowded and noisy neither retired and unsafe.
Second, The flat: The flat has been renovated recently, very clear, comfortable and equipped.
Finally, the most important thing is the owners, Ahmet and Nico are very responsible, kind and nice hosts. They provide all you need.
Lovely flat and lovely rental agent/owner
The flat was clean and quite. Nico and ahmed, the rental agents/owners were very helpful and friendly. All what I needed for my short stay in the flat was available.
A perfect stay!
Everything was good from the beginning to the end. Very nice, friendly and helpful owners.
Cute and comfortable appartment with everything you need to feel good during your stay. In my opinion renting a flat like this gives you more authenthic travel experience as staying in hotel, because you adapt a feeling like you are an actual Istanbul resident and believe me it feels good! :)
Location is perfect. It's a good starting point for every single place you want to visit in Istanbul. Public transport/taxi is cheap so you have no limits to explore the city. And there are also a lot of very nice places you can reach on foot.
I can't highlight any special thing that I liked or hated, because everything was just perfect.
I can just say that I've started planning my next trip while I was still there so I think it says a lot about whole experience, service that was offered and our very kind owners :)
I will definately retourn soon!
A very well equipped flat from all aspects, very cozy and comfortable,
although colse to Istiklal and Taksim area that are really crowded(which is a central part of the city and is an advantage itself), but the flat is calm and you can find peace in it,
very friendly and also very helpful landlords,
cosy appartment in dynamic Beyoglu
The appartment is nice, clean and cosy. Centrally located in Beyoglu. Wifi was available, which was very important for our sons. The appartment sleeps 4 easily, 5 is a little crowdy. Good beds. During a Saturday night there was unfortunately a lot of noice coming from a Latin american party nearby. The other night we stayed there, was quiet. The owners are very sympathatic and helpful!
New Hampshire, USA
central location, helpful landlord
Quiet though it was right off one of the busiest streets in Istanbul. We found everything we needed to make a comfortable stay. We were two adults and two children. The bedrooms and the living room offered privacy for everyone. The kitchen was a bit small but we were able to fix hot breakfasts. Grocery, restaurants, pharmacy, and all kinds of shopping were all within 5 minutes, if not less. A subway station was within s 5-10 minute walk (depending on how much window shopping you do on the way there). Our favorite restaurant is Dürümce (kabab restaurant), just a 2-minute walk from the apartment. Nico and ahmet were always prompt in their email response and their assistance. There was no airconditioning but it cooled off in the evening (we were there at the beginning of July). There was internet though there were minor interruptions here and there. The owner said he was in the process of improving the internet reliability. Read more
Response from Nico Morano - 07/25/2012
Hi Ming. We put an internet hot spot inside the.flat and there is a very strong internet connection in the flat now so there is no interruptions. Thanks for staying in our flat. Nico
Nemi (Rm) Italia
Beautiful. Molto accogliente
- Servizi puliti, accoglienza totale
- Casa molto confortevole, ottima logica degli spazi
- Luogo simpatico e anche tranquillo
- Piaciuto molto, economico e insieme gradevole
The flat is in a very good location very near to taksim.
the cleanness of flat is very good.Ahmet was ready to help for everything.thank you ahmet for phone and simcard and carrying our heavy luggage and reserve flat without credit card for us.
the only point was renovation in stairs that I think will be over soon.
The place to be in Istanbul
For a week of a dream in Istanbul, this apartment offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy our time in this wonderful city.
Situated in the heart of Istanbul (few meters from Istiklal Street) the location is just perfect. We could either walk or take the tram way to go to other parts of the city like Sultan ahmet, Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque...
The apartment is very clean and the owner is very lovely and helpful.
Soggiorno fantastico.Istanbul stupenda.Accoglienza eccellente. C
L'appartamento è molto comodo e completo di tutto.Inoltre è posto in una posizione strategica per divertirsi in ogni modo immaginabile di sera in quanto è a pochi passi dalla strada più fantastica di Istanbul, piena di locali, stores, ristoranti, negozi di ogni tipo, ma soprattutto piena di vita. Ciò nonostante, l'appartamento è silenzioso, tranquillo e sicuro. Ahmet, che lo gestisce sul posto è una persona gentilissima e viene incontro a qualsiasi necessità dei clienti. Nico Morano è altrettanto premuroso e gentile. E poi Istanbul è fantastica! Credo proprio che ci tornerò e consiglio a tutti di andarci, in modo particolare in questo appartamento sito nella zona di Bejoglu, tanto per spostarsi nella zona storica è estremamente semplice ed economico con i mezzi pubblici, molto efficienti.
C'etait un grand plaisir, accueil chaleureux, l'appart est bien situé.
Thank you Nico et ahmet.
Prague & Paris
Very good location - Quiet place and Friendly landlords!
We had a very good time in Istanbul thanks to ahmet & Nico who accommodated us very nicely. They were extremely friendly and helpful. The place was very well located close to Taksim (the best area of the city to stay at since it's very lively at night compare to Sultanahmet) but still very quiet! The price was very competitive compare to a lot of other places. The bed in the second room is a little too small for two adults and that would be best to have hot water in the kitchen. But these were minor details compare to all good things about this place. Thanks again guys! Read more
Response from Nico Morano - 05/07/2012
Hi Anthony, there is hot water in the kitchen, bathroom and shower. The problem is solved now. Thanks again for staying in our flat.
Very nice flat, well situated (very near Taksim and Istiklak street), quiet, and very clean.
perfect home from home
Perfect hosts in an amazing city who met us at Taksim square and had excellent communication throughout. The appartment was in a great location so near Taksim square. So near the night life but so quiet too. Spoilt for choice when it came to eateries... a chance find of cool live music bars in Cezayir st is well worth a visit.
Only very slight down side is the wifi connection is poor but there are so many locations to connect in the city so only a minor inconvenience.
The flat was in an incredible location right in the heart of Istanbul's popular Taksim district. It was impeccably clean and orderly with all new appliances. A couple, family or even backpackers would have plenty of room with the advertised 70 sqm. Our host was so sweet and helpful that we feel we have long term friend. We will return as this is the best value in Taksim. Thanks so much. Bob & Jenny/ Chicago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Great getaways in Istanbul.
Our family(2adults/1 child) stayed here in February/march. The apartment was clean, cozy, comfortable and fully equipped -perfect for our family. Ahmet was responsive, prompt and helpful from the get-go. The apartment is a short walk to the taksim square and located at istiklal road, most happening place in Istanbul. The tram stop, funicular, airport bus, shopping area, grocery store and restaurants also bars are steps away from the apartment. Ahmet personally fetch us at taksim square after info which bus should be taken from ataturk airport. We really appreciated that ahmet/Nico provided soaps, toilet paper, complete kitchen amenities, condiments etc. The apartment and location made us feel like we were residents rather than tourists! Perfect!
I will come back!
So I have been the first to rent this flat, just recently renovated. For those who like taksim area and Istiklal street fun, the location is just perfect. In the middle of action, and in the same time very silent for this busy area.
Bed is big and confortable, and everything I needed was there...
And the manager is very kind and do his best to make a pleasant stay. Hard to find better at this range of price in this area... I hope to come back!
Pour ceux qui aiment l'animation d'Istiklal et Taksim, l'emplacement est juste idéal. En plein dans l'action, et en même temps très calme pour le quartier. Rien a redire sur le confort du lit et les services, et difficile de trouver mieux dans cette gamme de prix et ce quartier. Et puis le gérant est sympa et fait tout son possible pour rendre le séjour agréable... je reviendrais!