- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 3
Description from the owner
Sleeps 2/3 or 4 include 2 kids under 7. 1 bedroom apartment in Istanbul. Centrally located close to Cezayir Street, which is full of cafes, restaurants which offers variety of entertainment and food.
If you see your days are not available on calendar or if you have a bigger group, please ask for any other rooms, because we have 7 flats in the same building with numbers of capacity for hosting 30 people at the same time.
After hosting over 400 people around the world, we decided to transport our depot in the basement into a flat, and the result was a miracle for us. For now we have hosted over 368 people in 178 group since April 2...010. (April 17th, 2014)
After 25 steps up, you'll get to Cezayir Street, with full of cafes, restaurants which offers variety of entertainment and food. 3 steps down takes you our yard. You can have dine or wine in a private location which is waiting only for you. Please read until the end of this description to see what you will have in Istanbul with us. And please ask any other rooms we have if you see your days are not available on calendar for this flat. Because one of our 7 flats would be available.
We are in the middle of everything.
Want to go to Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace or Grand Bazaar. Get a tram from Tophane after 5 minutes walk.
Would you like to shop? Walk to Galatasaray, Istiklal Street in 5 minutes and get everything you want.
You wanna try a glass of Raki? "Passage de Fleure", an old and very decorative gallery with full of drink houses, is in 5 minutes walk away. Or you may go to Nevizade Street after there. But take it slow, RakÄ± would make you dizzy. It is our strong and very delicious alcoholic beverage. It's better in a conversation.
Or you can take Galata area, near the Galata Tower. You may get there in 15 minutes by walking again. There are new shops and cafes await you there.
What about our street? Officially it is Cezayir Street, also known French Street, honestly, you cannot find anything French, but lots of cafes and restaurants offers variety of courses from Turkish and international cuisine. In the street there are singers playing guitar and sing popular Turkish and English songs in the evening. This ambiance attracts tourists and natives together and provide a great place to have entertainment and dining together.
Of course entertainment is not the only thing we have. History begins from our building and street. In Tophane, the old arsenal building, the Mosque of the Admiral Kilic Ali Pasha, Modern Art museum and the new art galleries are the some of attractive place you would like to interest.
By following the tram line you can get Galata Bridge, with a great view, some oriental and makes you feel you are in a fairy tale especially in the morning or near to the evening. There are fish restaurants under the bridge or near the ports also. BalikEkmek-FishInBread would be a good meal.
On the way to the bridge, there are several old churches, which are hundreds of years old.
After the bridge you get Eminonu. This journey takes 20 minutes maximum by walking. Or you can take tram of course. Eminonu is where the Spice Bazaar is. We call it Egyptian Bazaar.
You want more? You will have it.
Don't turn right, go left from Tophane.
After 2 tram stop you get Kabatas, where the ferries goes to Prince's Islands. Except winter, the islands offer an experience about living in another world in Istanbul, without kaos and crowd of cars. There are to type of ferries. Seabuses and open ferries. We recommend open ones, because you will have opportunities to feed the seagulls with simit. What is simit. It's a kind of bagel with sesame on it. Very crispy. And the best ones are being baked in our street, Bogazkesen.
For islands one day would be enough. Honestly not, but from Kabatas you may take buses to Sariyer, near the edge of Bosphorus. There are several villages after and after with old neighborhoods on the coast with fish restaurants and cafes, and parks to sit near the sea. Ortakoy, Bebek, Emirgan, Yenikoy, Sariyer. Without taking tram, you can walk to Kabatas in 15 minutes, maybe less, and get a bus to go the villages above.
After Kabatas, it is Dolmabahce, where the last Ottoman Palace is. Very decorative.
Yes, you have all these with us.
We will show you around, if you don't know anything about the neighborhood, when you get here.
We have some more space to write something, but why don't you come here to explore the others?
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Ideal flat for 2 people at the center of Istanbul
Istanbul, Istanbul & Marmara, Turkey
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Last updated on August 10, 2014
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- Linens Provided
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- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no
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New York, New York, United States
Great apartment in a wonderful neighborhood!
My friend and I had a great experience staying in Aydin and Evrim's flat. They were very acccomodating hosts and provided us with an amazing hand-drawn map of all of their neighborhood favorites. We visited most of the places they recommended and loved every single one.
The neighborhood is really wonderful. You feel like you're a local and there are tons of cute antique stores, artists' shops and cafes in the area. We were very glad we were staying in Beyoglu and not across the river where it's more touristy.
The apartment itself was clean and looked just like the pictures. The bathroom was pretty small, but everything else felt comfortable. And the price was reasonable. The Turkish karaoke behind the building adds to the charm, but don't forget your earplugs since it goes pretty late into the night! :)
Friends of ours recommended this place to us and now, after such a good experience, we will recommend it to our friends as well!
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Hübsche Wohnung in einer tollen Lage mit sehr netten und hilfsbe
Wir haben im März 4 Wochen in dieser Wohnung verbracht. Von der Lage sind wir total begeistert.Viele touristische Ziele sind zu Fuß gut zu erreichen. Auch die Metro ist nicht weit entfernt. Außerdem gibt es in dem Viertel viele nette Cafes und kleinere Restaurants.
Die Vermieter sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Sollten wir mal wieder nach Istanbul reisen, werden wir auf jeden Fall wieder diese Wohnung mieten.
Eva & Bela
Comfortable and conveniently located
In our second trip to Istanbul within 2 years, we chose this charming, cozy and immaculately clean apartment, perfect for the two of us. Conveniently located just 3 blocks away from the Tophame tramway stop, and 2 blocks from Istiklal, it is the perfect location for those wishing to explore Old Istanbul during the day, and enjoy the ebullient crowds, shops and restaurants of Istiklal at night.
One additional surprise is that this apartment is one block away from Cukur Cuma Cadessi, a street with plenty of antique shops to browse.
The apartment itself is very comfortable, the kitchen well equipped and the bed is very comfortable as well. Aydin and Evrim went out of their ways to provide us with plenty and useful information of the area, and it was great to have them around, eager to chat and get to know us better. There are plenty of small grocery shops, in fact, there is one is right across the building, and they always have fresh fruits and vegetables. In any case, if you wish to eat out, there are many restaurants and fast food places where you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just eat delicious pastries with Turkish coffee or just a nice Espresso.
We loved the location of this apartment because it is very convenient for getting around either walking or taking public transportation. We also loved strolling up and down the very famous Istiklal street at night, were you can even enjoy live musicians, street performers and grab a bite of delicious baklava.
We were a bit concerned about the size of the bathroom at first, but once we figured out how to shower in the small area, it became simple routine. We stayed one week, and did hear some live music from the nearby restaurants once or twice, but we were always so tired that it basically rocked us to sleep.
Thanks aydin and Evrim for your kind hospitality, look forward to return in a couple of years!
Good price, good value
We really enjoyed our stay in the flat, ideal for couples, friends or small families. Aydin was very helpful, I would recommend to follow his tips regarding the sights and pubs in the neighbourhood. The tram stop is about 10 minutes walk, Istikal caddesi is almost the next street. Taxim is available within 15 minutes on foot. The flat was clean and comfortable. Wifi worked well. Loved cats.
A great home stay in Istanbul
We loved this appartment, good position, good TV channels, comfortable beds and clean.
Great situation and location
Very much like home and an ideal option.
Great location with easy access to excellent dining options, public transport options close by, shopping, etc..
Hosts have plenty of useful local advise and suggestions.
Hope to get back to further explore Istanbul.
Excellent place to stay near all excitement.
We stayed in this apartment in November of 2013. The apartment is great. Comfortable bed, plenty of room, a well equipped kitchen and good provisions just outside the front door.
Aydin and Evrim are friendly and very happy to provide a good introduction to the neighbourhood. Aydin showed us around on foot the first night we were there. A map he provides is great for getting around the maze of streets in this area.
For those who like the night life, there are alleys full of small clubs and restaurants just outside. This can be a bit noisy on the weekends with live bands on rooftops, but the week nights are very pleasant.
This is a great place to explore Istanbul from.
Un tranquilo apartamento en el centro de Estambul
Hola somos de Madrid, estuve con mi pareja en este apartamento, durante cuatro noches, del domingo al jueves. El apartamento está bien,tiene todo lo necesario, la cama de matrimonio normal, lo único malo, es el baño que es bastante reducido. Está muy bien situado,a solo 10 minutos andando de la calle principal de Estambul, Istikal Caddesi, llena de comercios y de animación, y a unos 10 minutos andando a la parada del tranvía de Tophane, a solo 5 paradas de Sultanahmet. Se encuentra ubicado en la calle Cezayir, llamada calle francesa, muy animada todos los días, con actuaciones de músicos en directo y con mucho encanto. A pesar de la música, no se escucha ningún ruido por la noche. Si no te quieres gastar mucho dinero y buscas un sitio tranquilo y sobre todo bien comunicado, este es tu sitio. Los dueños,Evrim y aydin, fueron muy amables con nosotros en todo momento, enseñándonos el barrio y las calles cercanas al llegar, muchas gracias por el trato recibido, thank you very much¡¡¡
Ideal, just as advertised
We stayed with our one year old daughter.
The flat was clean and neat, everything in good working condition.
We were close to everything we wanted to do. Aydin's map was priceless, the restaurants he recommended were great.
We had a wonderful time and would definitely stay there again.
Lee & Monica Jones
Temple Terrace, Florida
A great apartment in the heart of Istanbul!
If you're looking for a wonderful place to stay in Istanbul and want to experience this city to the max...this is it! Don't look any further.
The location is unbeatable, the place is impeccable, clean, and has easy access to the tram, which will take you all over the place.
You have a grocery store right across the street, another one 20 mts. away, butchers, bakery, restaurants, all at very short distances.
A 5 minutes walk to the wonderful Istiklal Caddesi with all kinds of shops and restaurants. And very close to Taksim square.
I would like to make clear that there is absolutely nothing to fear about going to Istanbul and the Taksim square demonstrations. For the most part, they are peaceful demonstrations.
When we were there, we were advised not to go near Taksim square on Saturday night, and we didn't. But the rest of the week, it was totally safe to walk around there.
Aydin and Evrim, the owners of the apartments, are one of the nicest couples you could ever meet. They love what they do, and are great at it! They are very caring and are always ready to help you in any way possible.
There are not enough words for us to describe our experience in this wonderful city, hosted by these wonderful people.
Thanks aydin and Evrim, you made our stay in Istanbul unforgetable!...We'll definitely go back, hopefully soon.
Monica & Lee Jones
Wonderful Istanbul !!!
So nice and cosy place, very good location! Aydin and Evrim were so sweet and helpful with us!
Malgré quelques hésitations quand au contexte actuel, nous sommes partis une semaine et nous ne regrettons absolument pas notre décision!!! L'appartement est confortable, la décoration soignée et la terrasse très sympa pour le petit déjeuner ou l'apéro!! c'est vrai que la salle de bain est petite mais fonctionnelle.
La place Taksim se situe à environ 15 min à pieds et nous n'avons jamais été confronté au danger ou à quelques violences que ce soit.
L'emplacement est idéal car loin des nuées de touristes :)
New York City
I had a wonderful time staying with Evrim and aydin Balcik.
I have long been looking for a suitable place to stay on my visits to Istanbul and at last I believe I've found it. Aydin and Evrim are excellent hosts and I very much enjoyed meeting and talking to them. It is a spacious apartment in an interesting and central location in the city and a very good value. I recommend it strongly.
Great location, helpful and friendly owners made for a great hol
This is a really well situated flat, close to amenities, shops, restaurants etc. It has been tastefully decorated and is well equipped, providing everything you need. There is even a communal terrace for that pre-dinner drink. The owners are really helpful and friendly and provide you with useful information about local restaurants etc. Whilst it didn't bother us, the shower/wet room is very small so if you are on the larger side you might find it a bit tight. The flat is very near a street of restaurants that play live music on Friday and Saturday so it can be a bit noisy, but again. this did not bother us - we were very tired from a busy day of sightseeing! I would certainly book here again.
Nice flat for a good value
Location was perfect.Close to everything.
Flat was cosy and enough big for three people.
Evrim and aydin were helpful and very friendly.
The flat was good choice. We had wonderful holiday in Istanbul.
Just right for us
We didn't want to stay in a hostel, but also didn't have the budget for a nice hotel. This flat was perfect because it was affordable and it gave us extra space that we wouldn't have had otherwise. It was so nice to not be cramped in a hotel room for 10 days, I really can't imagine staying anywhere else. The flat is in a great location, close to the tram, close to Istiklal and Taksim, and Evrim and aydin are great hosts. They gave us a great homemade map with some of their favorite spots and we tried a bunch of them. All were definitely worth it. The building even has a really great restaurant on the top floor with a great view. The only downside of this flat is the very, very tiny bathroom, but we made it work and it definitely wasn't a deal-breaker.
Fantastic Gem in the Heart of Istanbul
Our apartment was more than we told have asked for! We had an amazing time in Istanbul, and it wouldn't have been the same without it. Evrim and aydin were extremely friendly and super attentive. The lovely map they gave us our first night is a cherished keepsake.
Thanks so much for a wonderful stay :)
Tiffany and Nickolas
Peter & Daniela
We can strongly recommend this place
My wife and me stayed at this cozy apartment for 4 nights. It is an ideal starting point to explore the European side of Istanbul. Public transport is very close and all things that you need are nearby (shops & restaurants). The apartment was in very good condition. Interior, safety, cleanliness and equipment was all perfect. Evrim and aydin were very nice hosts. They did provide very useful information on the city, where to do what and where to go out for dining. The apartment is on the ground floor, so you are not really enjoying the greatest view over Istanbul, but this is not why stayed at this apartment. We felt always safe, welcome and in good hands with Evrim and aydin. We can recommend this 100%.
Peter & Daniela
Home away From Home
My friend and I stayed five nights in this charming apartment. We had just finished an oat trip in expensively decorated hotels, thus my first impression of this owner refurbished flat was disappointment. Not what I thought. That impression quickly changed. It proved clean, comfortable, cozy and more. It was in a wonderful location. We strolled to the Grand Bazaar, a great day outing, and explored the many surrounding neighborhoods. Upon arrival, Aydin shared his fascinating family history and personally lead us on a short walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, pointing out great places to eat and shop. He armed us with an excellent, hand drawn map full of good recommendation. Both he and his wife are wonderful, loving people making it very enjoyable to chat with them and share their home. A minor problem we had with the toilet was fixed quickly. We arrived at an unexpectedly early hour and a neighborhood grocer went out of his way to help us. If you want to experience the real character of Istanbul as opposed to the modern, high rise, tourist hotels, have honest conversations about life in this cosmopolitan city, and wander about active neighborhoods, I highly recommend staying here. A delightful home away from home.
Heather and Mike
Best of both worlds
This is an ideal apartment for a city break in Istanbul. The location is excellent, just five minutes' walk from trendy Istiklal Street, with its traditional restaurants and real Turkish atmosphere. Yet it is an easy and inexpensive tram journey (just five stops and less than £1) from the cosmopolitan centre of Istanbul, with its world famous sights, including the Blue Mosque and the wonderful Topkapi Palace.
Aydin and Evrim are ideal hosts. Aydin picked us up from the airport bus stop at Taksim Square and walked us through Istiklal Street, pointing out the best places to eat fish, ice cream, pistachio baklava, even Turkish pizzas. Over a cup of tea we discussed our experiences in other areas of Turkey and our plans for Istanbul with both aydin and Evrim, who kindly provided three excellent hand-made maps of the area.
The apartment was spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. It also boasted the all-important wifi and English channel TV. An added bonus was the fantastic restaurant on the top floor of the building (one of aydin's tenants). We were totally blown away by the view of Istanbul by night, as well as the superb food and relaxed atmosphere.
Good apartment, everything you need, good location
Nice small apartment, has everything needed for a couple of people to stay in. The owners are very helpful and conscientious. Location is good, lots of bars and restaurants around and a tram stop about 10 min walk away. Good value for money also.
My memory from Istanbul is an amazing one also owing to our hosts.
They astonished me from the first moment when they picked up by bcar from the bus station. They were very hospitable and kinds , providing us very detailed maps of the location, with clear points to keep in mind, personalized for our location. In the first evening, they took us for a walk in order to show us the surroundings, shortcuts and recommended us where to eat traditional food.
Regarding the apartment,it really looks as in photos, it is spacious and comfortable, perfect for 3 persons ,we had even salt and pepper in the kitchen, and shower gel for the bathroom. the only disadvantage was the bathroom, which was small enough. but not so small in order not to be able to use it properly.
All in all, we were extremely satisfied by the flat, services (wireless access and permanent support from the owners, cleaning at 2 days) and especially great hospitality.
I kindly recommend it!
Evrim and aydin are very nice hosts and me and my friends were very, very satisfied with this accommodation. it is very close to Istiklal street, it's safe, the neighborhood is ok and I have no downside to mention regarding this Istanbul experience. I strongly recommend it!
Bente and Paul
Nice flat - good location
Nice place to be. Good location for all the things to see in Istanbul. Restaurants very near by. Evrim and aydin are very nice, and see to that everything is ok - thank you for that. Thank you aydin for the guidet tour we had when we arrived. We would like to go back some day.
Walking distance to everything that moves and shakes in Istanbul
My husband and I stayed in aydin and Evrim's flat for 10 days.They are extremely hospitable and helpful in every way.
The flat is clean and neat and you can walk to the tram,the bosphurus,taksim sqaure,galata tower,the ferries and isikadel cadessi where all the action is.A great base to explore Istanbul.
Lovely apartment, great location.
My fiance and I stayed at aydin and Evrim's apartment for a week in October 2011. The apartment was in a great location for us with many of the sites we wanted to see in walking distance. A taxi rank was easily found at the bottom of the street and about 5 minutes walk away were the tram and bus stops. The apartment is surrounded by places to eat out and it was quite noisy on the Friday night of our stay, but this had been expected.
The apartment was just the right size for us, comfortable and spotless. The combined toilet/shower was quite small, but still totally functional. There was a private outside area which was ideal to drink çay in the morning.
Aydin and Evrim are a helpful and pleasant young couple and we would certainly contact them again should we return to Istanbul.
A great Istanbul location!
We stayed at aydin & Evrim's 1 bedroom apartment & were rewarded with the most gracious & accomodating hosts! The tour of the city with Evrim upon arrival was most helpful in getting our boundaries & we felt very comfortable right from the start with their willingness to help in every way possible. We got the feeling that it was important to them that we enjoyed & learned of their city & we had a wonderful time doing just that! The Turkish people are most friendly & we can't wait to go again!
The location is close to the funicular(about a 10 minute walk)& lots of shopping & eateries. The apartment is comfortable & modern & we used the kitchen quite a few times for cooking meals.
Thanks to you both for all of your help!
Karen & Roger
Addie and Tony
Fantastic home away from home in great location
This apartment was perfect for our 5 night stay in Istanbul, we wished we could have stayed longer! With its own separate kitchen, loungroom and bedroom the apartment gave plenty of space to feel like we were truly living in Istanbul, rather than the cramped conditions of a hotel. Its location couldn't be better, walking distance to everything and also close to public transport. Evrim and aydin were fantastic hosts, showing us the local surrounds and offering to help with everything we needed. Thanks for making out time in Istanbul so good!
A wonderful location close to transportation and easy walking to restaurants. Away from the tourist area and right in the center of a residential area. The most helpful and wonderful host made the stay great. It is not a quiet location, the one downside.
The place for four season
The most beautiful, comfortable, safe place with the warmest hosts in Istanbul.
The most wonderful place in Istanbul
This apartment is located in heart of Istanbul also in the center of the European side of the city,
5 minute to The wide pedestrian street Istiklal Caddesi.
Evrim and aydin Balcik are not only the host of this place but also they become a unforgettable friends.
I definitely recommend this place to every one because of cleanliness, safety and comfort.
Great Place, Vert Helpful Hosts
We only had 3 nights, but aydin made it easy to understand the area and we never got lost. He recommended many good restaurants and gave us a some insight into Turkish culture. The apt is in a noisy area in the middle of the nightlife (which goes to about 1am). However we were eating and going to bed late so it didn't really bother us. Getting to the historic area is easy, just a 5 min walk plus 10 minute tramride. Only drawback for the apt was the small combination shower/toilet. I would stay again, no doubt.
First of all, we would like to thank Evrim and aydin for their warm welcoming and kindness during our stay in Istanbul.
They were very helpful for discovering the city.
We would highly recommend the location and will definetly come back to the flat if we happen to come back to Turkey.
Fantastic spot to explore Istanbul
We would highly recommend this appartment. Its location is excellent for seeing the sights of Istanbul and there are lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance. The appartment is comfortable providing all you need and aydin and Evram could not have been more helpful. They are extremely knowledgable about the area and are always more than happy to help. They even assisted us with our onward travel and recommended places to see/stay.
Unlike staying in a hotel you end up feeling as though you have had a taste of living in Istanbul.
MC in Canada
Vancouver, BC Canada
Best place to stay in Istanbul
My 18yr old daughter and myself went to Istanbul and stayed in this lovely, very well situated flat. The neighbourhood was prime for evening activity and incredibly convenient to everything we wanted to see and do. Ayden and Evram are wonderful people who go out of their way to ensure their guests enjoy themselves and are well looked after. I have read comments that the washroom/shower situation is less than ideal, but we did not have any issue with it, especially as the bedroom had a large mirror and vanity so we did all 'getting ready' there. This flat is ideal for 2-3 people who want to feel like they are living in Istanbul during their stay. We would stay again in a heartbeat.
Cool apartment, cool neighbourhood, great stay
We stayed here for four nights and were Istanbul first-timers. The apartment was ideal for us - a great base from which to explore the touristy and not so touristy sides of the city (which we mostly did on foot), and still impeccably clean, modern, safe and cosy enough to relax in after we came home.
Must-visits include the restaurant on top of the building (incredible views), the bars, cafes and antique / curiosity shops of the Cihangir neighborhood and breakfast in Van Kahvalti Evi about ten mins walk away.
Aydin is a great host, waited very late to let us in on the first night after a delayed flight, explained what there was to do in the neighbourhood and felt like a caring and trusted local contact in case anything went wrong during our visit.
All in all a brilliant alternative to staying in a hotel for an opportunity to experience a little of what it must feel like to live in Istanbul.
Zelda and Chris
Fantastic place to stay
The apartment was clean and comfy and had everything we needed. A well equipped kitchen, a very cute and comfy lounge, with a telly and CD player to listen to all those CDs we bought, and a bathroom (small but managable) as well as a lovely and clean bedroom with a double bed. We had fresh new towels every 2 - 3 days, and our garbage taken out regularly. We felt welcomed. The hosts, Aydin and his wife, were very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Due to the fact that we were there for a long time (2 weeks) we were also collected from the airport, and then also later dropped off when we left. This was much appreciated. We had a very good stay in the apartment and enjoyed the place immensely. No complaints except for the late night party noises on weekends but these were not such an issue either. The apartment was within walking distance to all the main shopping places and restaurants as well as within walking distance to Taksim and tour buses.
Excellent location for shopping, restaurants and bars. Good centrallised location for travelling to all sightseeing spots. Aydin and Evrim very welcoming and helpful couple, with good overall knowledge of the area and how to get to places.
Outstanding Flat and Wonderful Hosts in Istanbul
I spent three days at this flat in early June. I loved the location...walking distance to everything in the Taksim/Istikal CaddesiGalata area and very close to a Tram stop. The living room was cozy and inviting, the kitchen well equipped for quick breakfasts or even preparing meals. The bathroom is small (toilet/sink/shower combination) but the water was always hot! Bedroom towards the back of the flat had no direct sunlight but there were good reading lamps on both sides of the bed. What really made my stay were the owners, Evrim and aydin. They were gracious hosts, gave me very detailed information about the area and Evrim took me on an hour+ 'walking tour' on my arrival to give me tips on grocery stores, restaurants, and transportation. They both went out of their way to help me with my numerous questions and inquiries. A very positive experience!
M. Mme B.
Excellente location pour découvrir Istanbul
Nous avons séjourné avec plaisir pendant 10 jours dans cet appartement bien situé, à proximité d'Istiklal, et d'où l'on peut facilement rejoindre la ville ancienne, soit en flânant à pied par le pont de Galata, soit en empruntant le tramway, assez rapidement accessible à la station Tophane. L'appartement est accueillant, bien conçu, propre et correctement éclairé. La petite salle d'eau offre l'essentiel et le lit est confortable. De nombreux petits commerces à proximité, dont une épicerie située juste en face, permettent de faire facilement les courses. L'accueil chaleureux et la disponibilité d'Aydin et d'Evrim contribuent à l'agrément du séjour et à la découverte du quartier. C'est un appartement que nous recommandons et où nous reviendrions volontiers.
We stayed with pleasure during 10 days in this well placed apartment, near Istiklal, and where from we can easily join the old town, either by strolling on foot by the bridge of Galata, either by taking the streetcar, rather quickly accessible to the station Tophane. The apartment is welcoming, appropriate, conceived well and correctly lit. The small bathromm offers the main part and the bed is comfortable. Numerous small businesses near, which a grocer's shop situated just opposite, allow to go shopping easily. The warm welcome and the availability of aydin and Evrim contribute to the enjoyment of the stay and to the discovery of the district. We recommend this apartment and we would return there with pleasure.
lovely apartment, lovely owner
Thank you for 5 fantastic days Evrim & Aydin. Everything was perfect!
Location was perfect. Very close everything. It was nice to walk to see Sultanahmet area. Just two steps to Istiklal Caddesi. Tram was also very near.
Flat was cosy and enough big for two people.
Evrim and aydin Balcik were helpful and friendly.
The flat was good choice. We had wonderful holiday in Istanbul.
Nice flat for a good value
We spent one week in aydin and Evrim's apartment. I preferred staying outside of the main tourist area in their neighborhood of Beyoglu. There were many restaurants and shops to walk to. If you head up hill towards Taksim you will find many places. It was very easy to get to Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque, etc). You could either walk or take a tram which is just a few blocks from the apartment. It is also a quick walk (ten minutes) to get to the ferry that will take you to the asian side. We really enjoyed taking the ferry to Kadikoy. It's a fantastic neighborhood with a great market and much more of a local feel with more authentic things to buy, cheaper bars and the incredible restaurant Ciya. A few more details about the apartment in Beyoglu: a well equipped kitchen, living room, small bathroom, movies, books and TV. The space isn't super large, but more than enough for two people. My only criticism is that because it is close to a busy street of cafes (very convenient), you can hear the music at night. It usually ended by midnight or so. It didn't bother me too much, but if you are a very light sleeper, this might be a problem. Other than that, I would say this is a great apartment at a great value. The owners are also really helpful and go out of their way to answer any questions or help you out with whatever you might need.
Our apartment couldn't have been located in a better place. Right in the heart of the residential neighborhood of Beyoglu, it provided the true flavor of living in Istanbul yet was walking distance to Istiklal street, restaurants, bank, market, and the tram stop. We actually walked to/from the Sultanamet area several times, although there is a convenient tram stop just down the hill, too. The apartment was appointed with every necessity, a nice, new kitchen, and individual design touches. Aydin and Evrim were gracious hosts, full of wonderful information, easy to contact, and even provided us with convenient transport to & from the airport. A wonderful experience for our first visit to Istanbul - we dream of returning one day, and are already recommending the Balcik's apartments to our friends considering a trip to Turkey!
Nelson, BC Canada
The heart of Istanbul
This apartment is a great find in the heart of Istanbul. It is right on the 'french sector' with great french restaurants at your door. The main shopping street is very close as well as lovely restaurants. The tourist attractions are easily accessible by transit and there is a lovely neighborhood that specializes in selling antiques close by. It is highly affordable for the location, size and amenities in Istanbul. I highly recommend it.
Compact and Efficient in the middle of the action
Great flat in the middle of the action...bar and restaurants are just at your door step.
Very interesting area to walk around in the day too.
Hospitality is great, and the flat is definitely good value for money, compact but efficient !
I had a comfortable stay and would recommend it.
Amazing position offers great value
The flat offers an absolutely amazing position in Istanbul right in the centre of one of the tourist area. From the flat all the best Istanbul offers is within easy reach. With the tram station so close, we had just an easy time exploring this wonderful city.
Combined with the excellent position of the flat, the overall service was first class. We were picked up from the airport late on the evening of our arrival. Aydin really made us feel at home and their service is great.
This would definitely be my accommodation next time we visit Istanbul. Read more
Response from Evrim and Aydin Balcik - 09/02/2010
Thank you very much Floris. Next time you'll have a much better service also.
A Great Place
This apartment was really in the centre of a fun and nightlife of Istanbul yet there was no noise to disturb the night's sleep! Evrim was a model host in terms of advise and hospitality,
it is a great location in the center of Istanbul
it benefits from good connection to all the main areas
very nice welcome from the landlords
I would recommend this place for young travelers
good value for money place
A Wonderful Vacation in Istanbul
Mr. Adyan Balcik met us at the airport we were pleased by his help and being friendly and honest.
The apartment was nice sufficiently equipped. The location was excellent and in easy walking distance to a lot of shopping and activity areas. The best was the location of the apartment and the good services, the least is that the apartment had high humidity moisture and lacked central heating system. We are looking forward to visit Istanbul again and using Mr.Balcik service
Response from Evrim and Aydin Balcik - 06/05/2010
Thank you Sherif. They were the second couple who trusted us, there would be a flat there awaited for them with seeing only the ruins. Thanks to their trust we could make it. Of course you can understand what could be a problem after you did something. Yes, the humidity was the problem. Now we have a dehumidifier in the flat, it is collecting the humidity, and also after our current guests leave the flat, we will change the glass on the window with new ones which an aspirator would be applied on it. So, it would be better. And when they were here at the beginning of May, it was cold. We will furnish the heating system after August. Now, it is hot enough in Istanbul.
P.S. We installed the new glasses with aspirators. We can say the humidity problem has been solved. 05 June 2010.
Mike and Sheelagh Fowler
perfect for a couple wanting a great base to explore Istanbul
We loved this recently completed apartment. It has loads of personal touches like slippers to wear inside the house, a set of steps to reach the cupboards in the kitchen and even fresh flowers. The bedroom is stylish if a little cosy, the kitchen is perfect for all holiday requirements and the lounge/diner is airy and spacious. We would have liked somewhere to place toiletries in the bathroom but we are sure that had we mentioned it to Aydin or Evrim it would have been majicked instantly, such is the attention to details of this delightful and welcoming couple.
We spent 10 days exploring Istanbul with important facilities such as trams, buses and ferries within easy walking distance. The covered bazaar and spice markets, Galata Tower and Bridge are easy to walk to and the Istanbul Modern is definately worth a visit. Local shops include a butcher, bread shops and grocery store and make self catering easy although the area is teaming with restaurants and we would definately recommend the Terrace on the roof! Fabulous restaurant with magnificent view, great food and we caught fantastic live music at the weekend.
As pensioners (aged 60 and 78) we loved being part of this incredibly vibrant area and had an unforgetable holiday in this delightful apartment. Well done Aydin and Evrim. and thank you!!