Our 7th and newest flat is the summit of our experiences, not a luxurious choice, but home you always miss to have. Already experienced by 203 people in 98 group since June 2012. (December 23rd, 2014)
You are coming to Istanbul, that means you are looking for something historical but urban, something imperial but humble, something oriental but western, something old style but fresh. Those are what we are offering make the city embracing you in a warm way. You may find real comfort in a spacious picture. The most of the furniture has been taken from our antique shop, cleaned, varnished and settled to make a difference and create an exceptional decoration and make you feel yourself someone special who already you are. There will be a small garden you may share with our other flat in a month. Cezayir Street known as French quarter is a few steps away. Also Istiklal Street, Asmali Mescit, Galata, Cihangir in walking distance. The touristic attractions of Eminonu, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus tours with ferries, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, several old hamams, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are very easy to access by tram. You may walk those routes which could be fun also.
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 6 flats in the same building with numbers of capacity for hosting 26 people at the same time.
This is really lovely deluxe flat in Galatasaray managed by directly the owners who like to meet people from around the world. If you seek for exceptional places, this is it.
Please read until the end of this description to see what you will have in Istanbul with us.
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? "Cicek Pasaji - 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, Raki would make you dizzy. It is our strong and very delicious spirit. It's best in a conversation.
Or you can take Galata area, near the Galata Tower. You may get there in 15 minutes by walking. There are new shops and cafes await you.
What about neighborhood? Cezayir Street, also known French Street is 25 steps up. 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.
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 some of attractive places 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-Fish&Bread 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.
Go left from Tophane. After 2 tram stop you get Kabatas, where the ferries go 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 2 type of ferries. Seabuses and 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.
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, and get a bus to go the villages above.
After Kabatas, it is Dolmabahce, where the last Ottoman Palace is. Very decorative.
We may show you around, if you don't know anything about the neighborhood, when you get here.
So, lots of words to attract your attention.
We have some more space to write something, but why don't you come here to explore the others?
Lovely loft with huge terrace in Beyoglu, Istanbul Istanbul, Istanbul & Marmara, Turkey
Additional Location Information
This is the neighborhood I was born. The most central location of Istanbul, between Tophane and Galatasaray. So, everywhere is in a walking distance.. Tram line is 5 minutes away near to Istanbul Modern in Tophane, the famous Istiklal Street is on the opposite way with its cafes, drink houses, bookstores and unrivaled entertainment facilities. Also Galata and Asmalimescid is in 10-15 minutes away by walk. Also just steps to Cezayir Street, also known as French Street, full of cafes and restaurants with live music. If you come to us, expect you will have fun.
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Left on 10/22/2014 for a stay in September 2014 | Phil R
We had the pleasure of staying in this flat for several months, and it quickly became a home away from home. Aydin and Evrim are fabulous hosts and went out of their way to help us settle quickly. The location is fantastic. Simple to get to nearby attractions in Taksim and Cihangir, and easy walking distance to public transport if you want to visit Sultanahmet or go across the Bosphorus to the Asian side. The setup of the flat is cosy and private – the terrace is a real plus. Both Aydin and Evrim have a relaxed approach to the apartments, and nothing is too much of a hassle. We enjoyed getting to know them over our time spent there, when not exploring or soaking up the atmosphere of Istanbul. There are many good restaurants within walking distance of the apartments, and Evrim has put together a great map to get visitors started. We think it really helped us make the most of our time in the first couple of weeks. When preferring a night in, it’s easy to buy goods from one of the nearby supermarkets (there’s one across the road), cook for yourself and just spend time watching the goings on around the other apartments in the street – we started to feel like locals and have memories we’ll always treasure.
Left on 04/22/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Exactly how it is described, right in the hart of Cihangir, maybe the most attractive neighborhood of Istanbul.
Aydin and Evrim are great hosts and the accomodation tour with aydin, including a detailed map, it's realy usefull.
The terrace is a lovely place for breakfast and for enjoing a glass of wine in the evening.
Overall, we would definitly return here.
Left on 04/21/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | Amy M
My husband and I stayed in this apartment for 6 nights. Evrim and aydin were there to meet us, spoke with the taxi driver who was lost, had a hand drawn map prepared and even took us on a quick tour of the area. The apartment is close to Istiklal Street, which was a ton of fun. Also close to the tram tracks which made it easy to get around. The big balcony was private and allowed us to people watch and hear the sounds of the street. Great area and a unique experience. We highly recommend it!
Left on 04/03/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Our week-long stay in aydin's apartment could not have been more perfect. Not only were he and his wife wonderful and welcoming but they also provided us with a hand drawn map of the neighborhood, and a quick tour after we got settled. Istanbul is an amazing city, but Beyoglu is a particularly great neighborhood to be in. It is quiet, but you are only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Istiklal street. From this apartment you are a 6 min walk (downhill) to the Tophane tram stop which can take you to both Kabatas and Karakoy ferry stops in just 2 mins. You are seriously in the middle of lots of public transportation, which makes it incredibly easy to get to know all different parts of Istanbul.
We very much enjoying having fresh simit (sesame bagel from the bakery down the street) on our terrace, and the view for sunsets and sunrises is beautiful. Their street is filled with contemporary art galleries, cafes, and very interesting shops with hand-made art and design pieces from Turkey- great for gifts. The Hammam Kilic ali Pasa just past the Tophane stop is a must. We had an amazing experience.
All in all, I recommend this apartment 275% to anyone who asks. We stayed as three friends and it was the perfect size and very affordable. I have no negative thoughts, or things I would change about my experience. I will be back as soon as I can.
Left on 03/24/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Matt
We had a fantastic stay in the aydin's loft flat. The location is absolutely perfect for a stay in Istanbul, especially for a couple but kids could be accomodated on the couch as well. We didn't get too much use from the terrace due to the somewhat chilly weather, but it would be a great place to have breakfast in warmer months. The location is about a 5 minute walk to the trolley to the Old City, a 5 minute walk to Istikal Street (the "place to be" in Istanbul), a 10 minute walk to Galata Tower, and a 10-15 minute walk to Taksim Square. We actually ended up walking to the Old City (Sultanhamet/Topkapi Palace area) a couple days because it was a fun walk and the weather was perfect.
If you want to get away from a crowded hotel room and see the "real" Istanbul I highly recommend it. Aydin and his wife were great hosts. On the day we arrived he provided us a hand-drawn map and gave us a tour of the neighborhood. In addition to visiting the tourist sites, we enjoyed shopping and eating in the area near the flat. Although we didn't initially plan to, we ended up "going out" the Friday night we were in town. We started at the nearby wine shop recommended by aydin and ended at a nearby area of bars drinking local beers and listening to local music.
I think it sadly will be a few years before we return to Istanbul, but we hope to stay in one of aydin's properties again when we return.
Left on 03/05/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Let me assure you that the apartment is lovely, clean and in perfect working order. The rooms are reasonably sized, and the terrace is massive and would be particularly enjoyable in the warmer months. The flat has its own entry through the back of a courtyard, up one set of stairs then up a rather narrow spiral staircase. It's not much of a climb; only those with rather serious physical disabilities would have a difficult time.
The street is typical of the neighborhood. Across from the apartment, you can enjoy the convenience of a Hilal market that's open much of the day and fairly late at night. At the end of the street you will find some of the most charming antique/reclaimed furniture shops you've ever seen. The amazing neighborhood of Cihangir lies next door, basking in the Bohemian life of cafés and small shops. Bigger stores and restaurants are also available on the larger streets. Essential amenities are accessible 24-hours a day. Taksim and Istiklal Caddesi are within easy (though hilly) walking distance. There you will find all manner of shopping, including international chain stores, as well as fast food. In between are little pubs, clubs and shops of every variety. You will want for nothing. If you choose to visit the old city (spice market, grand bazaar, Hagia Sophia, etc.), a 15- to 30-minute walk (depending on your average speed) will take you there. One tremendous benefit for me is that Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence lies right around the corner from the flat.
You can find other clean, pretty and well-located apartments on holidays, but what you are unlikely to find is a host like aydin. He will explain everything to you on arrival, provide you with a map of recommendations around the neighborhood and help you with absolutely anything you need without being invasive. You will still enjoy your privacy.
What more can I say? Great apartment. Wonderful city. The nicest host you can hope for. Would there be any other choice?
Left on 01/03/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
My mother and I stayed here for 1 week in December. Great times. We will recommend the apartment for the following reasons:
1) The apartment is easily accessible via public transportation. It is a 5 minute walk to the Tophane light rail station, and 10 to the Taskim square, which is a major bus transfer point. Most of the tourist sites and the ataturk international airport are on the light rail network.
2) The apartment was clean, cosy, and functional. Both the large bed in the bedroom and the small one in the living room were comfortable. In addition to what was listed above in the ad, there were also hot water & heating, an electric kettle, and plates & utensils.
3) The neighbourhood provides the following amenities: pharmacy, post office, mosques, corner stores, superstores, bookstores, Atms, the İstiklal avenue, restaurants, pubs, bakeries, cafés, liquor store, etc..
We wish you happy travels.
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Located perfectly for pre- or post-cruise from Istanbul
Left on 11/07/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed here before our cruise and its location was excellent - uphill to Taksim area, downhill to the Tophane tram stop, Istanbul modern and the Salipazar cruise port. Easy tram ride to Sultanahmed. Spacious, comfortable, the large deck was a bonus. Aydin and Evrim are great hosts, we really enjoyed meeting them. Two things to consider: access is via a spiral stairway - Aydin helped with our big bags; and nearby restaurants do generate evening/night time Turkish music that may be a bonus depending on your taste!
Left on 08/24/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Christine
Aydin and Evrim are delightful and gracious hosts. The neighborhood is charming, quiet, full of antique stores, and very close to the Tophane tram stop, which was an unexpected bonus. You get easily get to all of the attractions from this flat. Plus, we found a hip coffee shop (Holy Coffee) around the corner - don't miss the apple cake!
This flat is a home away from home. Very pleasant stay -- only wish it could have been longer! We made breakfast in the kitchen and enjoyed meals and drinks on the sunny outdoor terrace.
Left on 08/12/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Dorette Besser
Why would one stay in a hotel if you could have a whole apartment to yourself?
Our email correspondence with aydin was very pleasant throughout the booking process and he went out of his way ensuring that everything is organized best down to directions for the taxi driver from the airport to the best map! ever drawn by his wife of the immediate surroundings.
The location is walking distance to the famous French and Istiklal street and we found it to be fantastic. Just down the road to the tram stop to go see the major sights of the city and close to restaurants and a small supermarket. You cannot ask for a better location from which to explore Istanbul.
Excellent location and accomodation for a Istanbul Vacation
Left on 06/27/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We (two of us in our 60's)stayed here for 10 days and it proved a excellent location with easy access down the hill to the tram system that works flawlessly and connects to the ferries, buses etc. Aydin met us and Evrim took us on a tour of the neighbourhood plus she had made a excellent map highlighting all we needed. The loft is large and spacious so we had lots of room (it is accessed by a outdoor spiral staircase). We so enjoyed the terrace and ate breakfast there every morning and relaxed with a beer after a day of sight seeing. We like to see local life so looking down from the terrace on the street below we could see it unfold in the morning and relax in the evening. Only a short walk up to Istiklal street which we walked almost every night after enjoying an ice cream. Secure apartment in a very safe neighbourhood and in fact we felt safe all over Istanbul. There are some good local restaurants offering wholesome food at a good price and we just bought our breakfast fruit, juice etc from stores in the street as we believe in supporting local small business. First class Haman at the bottom of the hill by the tram station although not the lowest cost but newly renovated. Aydin and Evrim are excellent landlords and help with any questions or issues, plus their house maid does laundry which we very much appreciated. The photo's shown of the loft are accurate. We liked the location the best although the terrace is a close second.
Left on 04/17/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
La porte s'ouvre.Le refuge.Literie parfaite. Douceur du beau linge sur la peau. Aydin LE Genereux vous fait le plus beau des cadeaux : Sa carte de son Istanbul pour vous aider à voir l'essentiel, à le ressentir. Le plus beau des cadeaux...
Et aussi, le récit de Daniel Rondeau, Istanbul.
Aujourd'hui aucun de nous 3 ne sait. Était-ce un voyage ou un câlin ?
Pendant une semaine notre tête devenue Bosphore, calée entre deux seins_Europe et asie_ : posée au plus près du cœur.
Et encore, Cerise sur le gâteau : Dauphins sur le Bosphore.
Left on 02/15/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed here for 5 days and had a great time. From the start when aydin bey picked us up and settled us in our little home from home, giving us a little map of the area to help us on our way.. even though he couldnt do anything about the weather, we had a great time catching up with family and friends. Would thoroughly recommend the lovely little loft flat we stayed in. Thankyou very much to aydin bey and his lovely wife Evrim..
Left on 01/12/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed for one week in Istanbul at Evrim and aydin's. We were lucky to experience two of their very nice apartments, one is this loft. Both flats were absolutely charming and equipped with everything you could need. Great location, lovely views from the terraces. And Evrim and aydin are really two great hosts, very helpful with everything, very friendly and well, two persons we hope to meet again next time we visit Istanbul. I'll keep their hand drawn map of the surroundings jealously!!
Left on 01/08/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Ho trascorso una splendida settimana in questo delizioso appartamento, curato nei minimi dettagli, estremamente accogliente e confortevole. La zona è bellissima molto caratteristica ed ad un passo dai mezzi pubblici. L'ospitalità di Evrim e di aydin è stata eccellente ed è stato un vero piacere conoscerli e stare nel loro appartamento
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Great location, awesome terrace, helpful owner!
Left on 11/13/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Great little apartment, centrally located. Close to transport links and fantastic restaurants, bars, tourist sites and shops. Owner super helpful and very easy to contact and very responsive. Beautiful apartment, wonderfully decorated and fantastic large terrace. Highly recommend.
Left on 10/24/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed 5 nights in this flat and felt very comfortable. There was nothing to complain! The terrace is great! Aydin & Evrim Balcik were so courteous and helpful. We can absolutely recommend this flat!
Left on 10/18/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
I would like to recommend this cozy apartment.We were impressed first from the way Evrim and aydin organized our trip - very detailed explanation how to get the address,later they made for us special trip around the house with lovely map made by hand.
They helped us even in identifying national peculiarities.
The apartment is with very interesting interior, clean and with super position - we are with our daughter 5 years old and in fact we succeeded to visit a lot of touristic places and in the same time to be fresh.As a conclusion we were happy there and I hope some day we will be back.
Left on 08/01/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We had a great time in this apartment ,it was so central to all the major attractions,really secure and very clean
The hosts spoke were very friendly and spoke perfect English , they are helpful and easy going as he even picked me up from
The bus stop .
The loft apartment was furnished with antiques and had a homely feel , the only downfall was the temperature was hot in the entire apartment even with an aircon and fan.
It didn't bother too much as I was out most the time and loved coming back to sleep there in the evening
I will definately stay there next year :)
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