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Great, cosy, cool-decorated flat with a beautiful old Istanbul & Golden Horn view located in the heart of Istanbul.
Enjoy the coolest decoration and furniture, great view, beautiful terrace and very easy access subway. Best way to experince İstanbul!
My flat is located in the heart of İstanbul in Sishane-Taksim, with 2 minutes walking distance to the subway, Asmalimescit, Istiklal Str and Beyoglu.
Sultanahmet, Eminonu and all other historical places in the oldtown are all ten minutes away with tram, metro, bus or taxi.
At the entrance of the building, there is a very cosy café called Sim Pera and the flat is on the 7th floor with amazing old İstanbul & Golden Horn view. I have decorated it with cool, modern and high quality furniture. On the 10th floor, there is large terrace, where you can hang out with your friends at nights.
Asmalimescit, the most popular nightclub, cafe and restaurant district of İstanbul, is only 2 minutes away by walk from the apartment. So you can easily go to clubs and return to your flat without using a taxi.
I can ensure you'll have a great time in İstanbul as you will be staying at a very central location and a very cosy and beautiful apartment.
The flat offers you the following amenities:
- An amazing view
- Double bed
- Central air conditioning,
- Hair dryer,
- A beautiful kitchen with everything inside (from kettle to toaster)
- Refrigerator (Miele)
- Owen (Miele)
- Dishwasher (Miele)
- Full HD TV (Samsung)
- Free Wi-Fi
- Coffee table books
Also have a look at my other room in the same building:
The apartment has breathtaking views over the Golden Horn through a floor to ceiling wall of windows in both the living area and bedroom.
Living room is spacious and it was very relaxing sitting on the couch. Bedroom is a little on the small side, but the bed and pillows were very comfortable.
Windows can be opened to take in the breeze, and there are external Venetian blinds than can be adjusted, or a very effective air conditioner if needed.
Kitchen area had all the necessities - including a great sandwich toaster.
The location was great, we walked everywhere, Hagia Sophia, cistern, Taksim Square and Dolmabahce Palace. Lots of great restaurants nearby and a grocery shop virtually opposite the apartment. The neighborhood had a great vibe to it.
Lisya was easily contactable by phone and email, and was very quick to rectify a few minor problems.
The view is absolutely amazing. Even better than the pictures. The apartment is located in a convenient location: we did have to take taxis to get to the old town, but we could walk to great restaurants in the evening (so its really a trade off in terms of where you want to stay).
Lisya was generally helpful in responding to issues. She talked to our taxi driver on the way from the airport to give him directions, so we had no problem finding the apartment. She also gave us two restaurant recommendations.
My biggest complaint is that the elevator was not working when we arrived and the apartment is on the seventh floor. Lisya did have someone meet us to help us with our luggage (it would have been impossible otherwise), but we still had to hike up seven floors everytime we came back to the apartment. Given that an elevator is listed as an amenity on the Airbnb site, we would have liked to have been notified in advance of the issue and given the opportunity to make other arrangements. I'd had foot surgery three months prior to our visit and dealing with the steps was a challenge. Lisya did offer to put us in a hotel at her expense, but after such a long trip we just wanted to get in and not worry about finding another place to stay. The apartment was otherwise clean. As other reviewers mentioned, there is a problem with the drain in the shower. This wasn't a huge deal, however there was also an odd smell coming from the bathroom. Also the door/window in the bedroom was not working. We noticed that the people who stayed there before us left a note complaining about these issues, but it was just sitting there in the apartment because Lisya must not check the apartment after each visit.
Overall, we did have a positive experience. It seems that a few things could be fixed in the apartment though.
Good sized flat with everything that we needed.
Elevator in the building was not working for our last 3 days so it was 106 steps each way.
Neighbours were noisy on several nights but suspect that they were there on short term rental.
Did have problems with air con on first days but Lisya sorted it out quickly.
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