decent quality/price balance in Ist

Apartment - Private room · Pazar Tekkesi Sk, Istanbul, Istanbul 34093, Turkey

The Space

I have a particular and meticulous selection process for choosing my guests among many applicants. Please do me a favour and try to read all of the description before sending an inquiry. In return, you might be protected against some greedy local commissioners or landlords who may charge you much more than the legitimate local market prices.

About the location:
The flat is centrally located in the non-touristic part of the historical peninsula. By public transport:
~10 minutes to Sultanahmet(for the historical sights)
~15-20 minutes to Taksim(for the nightlife and cultural events)
~15 minutes to the main coach station
~45 minutes to Atatürk Airport(15-20 minutes if you take a cab)

It is very calm neighborhood with loads of students and middle-class families. It is one of the safest neighborhoods in Istanbul: no drunkards, no mass demonstrations, no tear gas, no explosions, no muggings, no violence(except for the domestic ones in the neighbours) , very rare burglaries etc. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafes, groceries, supermarkets, bakeries etc in the neighborhood with pretty affordable prices. There are no nearby touristic attractions that you can be ripped off. Indeed you can find some 500-year-old mosques, Turkish baths, churches, drinking fountains, millennium-old ramparts and even older ruins among ugly and relatively new concrete buildings but none of them are furbished and served for tourists. There is literally nothing that makes my place special. I do not sell any breathtaking rooftop vista, oriental decoration or superb hospitality. If you are a luxury-seeker or looking for a special experience, you should be looking for another host.

Seasonal con(s):

About the flat:
- It is a large, cozy and reasonably sunny) flat.
- You will have a private room with a double bed and a couch. You have to pass through the living room to reach the shared toilet and bathroom.
- You will have your own keys for the flat and a combination of primitive fixed slide lock and normal lock on the door of your private room. You will enter your room directly without passing any other rooms and your privacy won't be disturbed.
- Central heating bolstered with electrical heaters
The facilities you'll be sharing with other inhabitants:
- Refrigerator(there will be a shelf reserved for you)
- 24 hours hot water
- Bathroom with a bathtub and shower
- Typical flush toilet (separate from bathroom)
- Full-fledged kitchen

People you might meet during your stay:
- A drama queen from Southern France
- Some passer-by friends, usually medical doctors
- Some foreign friends from all over the world and some new friends as CSers

Probable complimentary features unless they're depleted or lost:
- IstanbulKart for public transportation(Indeed it can be more economic for you to buy an IstanbulKart upon your arrival at the airport and use it till the end of your trip then keep it as a souvenir)
- A mobile phone with a local GSM card in it(if you stay shorter than 3 weeks)
- Wide variety of tea, coffee and some herbal crap
- Washing machine hair dryer, iron
- Wireless Internet (7-8 Mbps)
- Soap, shampoo, shower gel
- Printer, scanner and copier
- Heaps of umbrellas
- An antique laptop
- Clean bedding, duvet, blanket and towels(if you are a student)

For cleanliness and hygiene you have 2/3 options:
- Only for students: No cleaning fee will be charged.
In this context you are subject to OUR standards in terms of cleanliness and hygiene. Clean towels and bedding are complimentary. In return your silent, obedient and very cheerful consent is expected. (recommended, please mention it in your inquiry)
- You pay €10 and get reasonably swept and cleaned room with clean towels and bedding. Again, for the rest of the flat you are subject to OUR standards. (recommended, default option)
- You pay an extra €50 and I'll call a professional cleaner who is going to make everything in the apartment shiny and dust-free. (not recommended, go ahead and ask for it to ensure your rejection:))

It is possible to park for free in front of the building if you come with a car.

There is a positive discrimination for PhD guys, healthcare workers, journalists, Vikings, Kiwis, Irish and native Flemish/Dutch speakers.

I provide one of the cheapest(particularly if you ignore new or fake or some freaks' listings) accommodation in Istanbul. It is an exclusive offer for interesting and distinguished people. Therefore, the money you give has a completely negligible importance compared to how you introduce yourself. Despite my hectic and busy life I'd like to host people that I can share something. But, unfortunately, presumably we'll see each other only late in the evenings if I don't have a shift.

To let me know that you've read the description, understood it and accept all the conditions, please find the KEY PHRASE(have a look at the photos) and some punctuation marks(check the "House Rules" section) to put right after the key phrase and use them in the beginning of your message. It is also good idea to check my profile to avoid making a boner. Otherwise the response will be late and negative. You might find this procedure somewhat mean but it is essential to prevent any disappointment in advance. Thanks for your tolerance and patience. You you managed to read till here and still eager to send an inquiry I assure you that you won't be disappointed. :)

By the way neither obsession nor compulsion is affiliated with this long and bizarre description. It is just a refined consequence of the experience of hosting more than 400 people from all over the world.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Couch
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 2
Extra people: $11 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 6 nights
Weekly Price: $149 /week
Monthly Price: $425 /month
Cleaning Fee: $14
Check In: 6:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 AM (midnight)
Cancellation: Flexible

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Necip is the kindest, smartest, most sincere man I know. I am so happy that my travel companion and I were able to stay with him and develop a friendship that I am sure will last. His flat is comfortable and homey with easy access to the tram which can take you all around the city. Take time to listen to Necip's advice and stories about istanbul. You can learn so much! Necip is amazingly hospitable and willing to share so much of his life. I am so happy that I was able to spend the small amount of time that I did with him.

    March 2014
  • I could write pages about what a great host Necip is, but I will try to avoid that. When I arrived, I told him that I'd like to spend a couple weeks at his flat and a couple weeks each in 2-3 other parts of the city, too. He told me, "That's a good plan. Many others plan like this, too, except they never leave." I chuckled then, but sure enough, I never left.
    Necip is one of the most laid back and generous guys I know. As another reviewer says, "Necip is one of the few people on Airbnb who are living by the ethos of the sharing economy." This isn't a business for him, and he doesn't care about the money. He loves to show guests around Istanbul and tell them more about the city and Turkey. (But don't expect that; he's a busy man with his own life.) He is so well-read and has so many interesting insights to share (about most things in the world) that almost any discussion with him becomes an enlightening one. And he finds time for all of this amidst a hectic schedule where he works all-night shifts regularly.
    The room is very spacious and quite comfortable. It's detached from the living room, so you get good privacy. I really like that it isn't a touristy area. As you can see above, you're not far from tourist hotspots at all. But the area of the flat is not as crowded but is still lively and full of great restaurants/cafes.

    January 2014
  • Necip was flexible and allowed us to change our check-in time which was due to a flight delay. Room was clean and we were provided with clean towels. Necip was very hospitable and provided us with suggestions and a wonderful dinner. He also helped us to get started in Istanbul, such as getting an IstanbulKart and places to visit.

    December 2013
  • Necip was the best host we could ask for ourselves!!
    Me and my boyfriend stayed more then a week at Necip's place, and had the best time! Necip has to offer a lot more then an accommodation solution. As being part of his lifestyle, Necip is a host, and he is doing it with warmth, patience, and attention to details. We felt as if we were staying in our own home, having a good time with all the present house members, which added an intimate social experience to our beautiful trip.
    The location of the flat is great- it's not at the city center, but not far away, and the transportation is very close and often, at all times. It's an opportunity to get off of the tourist trail. We found the neighborhood live and fun, and has many nice places to eat. The apartment is convenient, and the atmosphere is great- it gives you both privacy and social gathering options.
    Staying at Necip's place was one of our trip's highlights, provided us with friendship, beautiful discussions and knowledge, and nice memories.

    September 2013
  • Necip was really kind and helpfull...even if very busy with his work he made us feel at home. It was a pleasure to know him and Letizia and the many people we met in the house. I advice to go this house to all the people that like to visit the cities from the resident's point of view.

    July 2013
  • Necip is one of the few people on Airbnb who are living by the ethos of the sharing economy - he is definitely not doing this for the money and is genuinely interested in meeting people from around the world. He was a great host who took time out to get to know us and show us good dinner spots despite his ridiculously hectic schedule at the hospital (and then insisted on paying! We now have to pester him to vist us so we can return his hospitality!). We had interesting discussions on politics in Turkey during this particularly volatile time and I found his insights incredibly enlightening.
    The last few days he was traveling out of the country himself and let us stay on in the apartment as his guest with another friend of his. The room is quite comfortable and affords more privacy that implied in the posting. While we where there the apartment was quiet and yet we met some friends of his from other countries as mentioned in the description. The location is perfect - easy access to transport but away from the touristy areas of Sultanahmet. Necip, thanks for being a perfect host and making our stay in Istanbul so convenient and memorable. See you in Mumbai or Rome!

    June 2013
  • We had a fantastic time in Istanbul - but even 2 weeks are to short :-(
    Necip was very helpful and did look up all the information that we needed. He did show us a good restaurant and gave us many other useful tips! The location is great and the street usually quiet. Many small markets round the house - some even open till mid night. And the tram is only a few minutes away - you get where you want in no time.

    June 2013
  • Necip and Laetitia were excellent hosts. They were very generous and always full of interesting conversation. By staying here, you get to learn about Turkey (and the world) in a way that would be completely impossible staying in a hostel or hotel.

    The room was comfortable and spacious.

    We would definitely stay here again if we find ourselves in Istanbul in the future.

    Thank you both!

    April 2013
  • This apartment is a revolving door of cultural cornucopia and Necip is a natural born host. He is warm, welcoming and extremely generous. My time spent at this apartment, in this neighborhood with both Necip and Laetitia provided a more intimate view of Istanbul, as well as fodder for an enlightened appreciation of the Turkish culture and hospitality.

    April 2013
  • The apt has everything you will need for you stay. Located just a few mins from the tram which takes you directly to all the tourist destinations. Necip was very knowledgeable about anything Turkish and gave perfect directions. He is a interesting guy and great conversationalist. I highly recommend staying here!

    March 2013
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Istanbul Medical Faculty
Resident of Anesthesiology and Reanimation at Istanbul Medical Faculty
I'm a simple minimalist guy who can get along with the most of people easily. For further information, my references may inform you better than the usual social media self-descriptions that the majority is inclined to skip. If you happen to be my guest through Airbnb, you'll have your private room and additionally an opportunity to meet with a quality collection of people who are my friends, friends of friends, CSers, Airbnbers as your co-visitors. You will be completely independent during your stay and explore the city on your own. I might have some leisure time in the evenings to spend some time together with if my very demanding residency program in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care allow me to do that. If your arrival date is coincide with one of my 36-hour shifts, you'll be asked to check in a day after or before. If you check-in a day before, it will be free of charge. If you check in a day after the concluded date, you will be reimbursed one night fee. Memo: Even though I do not care about the money and offer the cheapest accommodation in Istanbul, I do not like to hear that you want to stay at my place only due to the low cost. Thus, if in your inquiry you refer anything about your super-cheap-place-to-crash-desire, you will be turned down immediately. Once I was a budget-traveler as well and I know how it feels. That's also why I come up with those special discount offers that you pay even lower than a local student staying in the similar conditions. Another reason for me to keep the rent as low as possible to avoid having landlord-tenant relationship instead of becoming good friends. I hope it is gonna be appreciated :) Another reasons to be rejected: - Irrelevant or blurry profile picture - Empty profile description - Lack of phone number verification - Lack of fcb00k verification(particularly for Mediterraneans and Americans)
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