a freshly pimped up studio with great view, local feel and super central with Taksim and Istiklal 10 min. away.
The 50m2 apartment is situated in a very central, easily accessible and yet rather calm part of Cihangir. It is at the 5th floor and receives amazing sunlight throughout the day. You have some sea view near the Topkapi Palace area, historical peninsula and it receives light from 3 directions, a constant contact with the sky making you feel you are living together with gods. A rather big balcony will make your breakfast a pleasure with the old-city view facing Galata Tower, St.Antuan and Lycee Galatasaray. Besides a comfortable bedroom with a queen size bed, a big sofa is placed in the neatly furnished living room area which can actually allow up to 3-4 guests to stay in the apartment. The way I designed the apartment is there are no walls except for the bathroom one, so you get this chunk of space with equal brightness everywhere. Additionally the apartment consists of a well equipped kitchen area, a bathroom where you can look outside to the city while at shower with all the discretion. I put an old untuned piano in one corner in order to make a couple of notes every now and then to resonate the space with good vibes.
It is 3 min. to tophane tram station; 5 min. to istiklal street and 10 min. to taksim square. Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn and Karaköy district is just down the hill and 10 min. walking distance. So it is actually very convenient for both doing the old city tourist visits and going out to bars, cafes, nice restaurants and clubs at night. I have a bag full of recommendations list for you.
overall quite enjoyable staying. functional space, cozy atmosphere, great view. good located. minor cons/a bit overpriced. great plus, Bilgehan's trip advices.
If you are a creative person, this is the perfect place for you to stay. We really loved Istanbul overall, but loved it a little bit more because of this wonderful place that we stayed at :) Lots of natural light, excellent location, clean, comfortable, wonderful views of patches of colourful Istanbul terraces and misty contours of mosques out in the horizon. Just my kind of place, really- thumbs up!
We had a great time in Bilgehan's flat, it's location is so close to central historic Istanbul and yet calm. The flat in itself is nice and cosy and has got the most amazing view on the whole city even as you lay on the bed. On top of all, Bilgehan provides all the information one might wish on surrounding food, leisure and tourism attractions, all you need to do is ask. Definitely a great spot if you plan a leisure trip or more to Istanbul.
Great place !
Der Aufenhalt in "Cozy studio apartment in Cighangir" war sehr schön. Die Wohnung ist sehr schön und der Ausblick traumhaft!!
Bilgehan hat, trotz Abwesenheit, alles soweit organisiert, als dass wir eine unkomplizierte An- und Abreise hatten!
Eine wirklich tolle Unterkunft!
Man hat zu allen Seiten Fenster und entsprechende Ausbllicke über die Stadt. Das Meer sieht man zwar nicht; aber dafür die Spitzen der naheliegenden Kreuzfahrtschiffe und Hagia Sofia und...
Es gibt leider relativ wenig Platz für eigene Sachen/Kleidung, weil die meisten Schränke voll sind. Und die Treppen in den 5.Stock (88) waren bei weitem nicht so unendlich viele, wie andere Bewerter schreiben. SOFORT WIEDER !!!
A really nice appartment with lots of charme. Highlights are clearly the airy view that you have from all parts of the appartment. Good organization on-site. Some details in the appartment need a fix, but I am sure the owner will take care shortly.
My wife and I had a wonderful experience in Istanbul, staying in Bilgehan's apartment for 4 weeks. Bilgehan was very friendly, communicative and helped us resolve the problems that arose. He wasn't around, but his brother and associate were.
The apartment is well-located. It's a short walk to the Tophane tram stop which makes getting around to the old city quite convenient. It is at the lower end of the Cihangir neighborhood which is colorful and convenient to the Galata/Istikal/Taksim areas.
As a number of other guests have noted, the apartment is a 6th floor walkup and Istanbul is extremely hilly to begin with. It is not suitable if you are not fit or have a stroller, etc. You will need to carry up your own water - tap water is not potable in Istanbul (although if you speak Turkish you can get people to cheaply deliver water). Also, the apartment is a distinctly bohemian experience. The furnishings are humble and the bathroom could use some improvement. The building's stairs are run-down. The layout of the apartment is totally open (the bathroom doesn't even really close), so it would be difficult to share with someone who you are not intimate with. Overall, it's a bit of a romantic garret, but it is spacious, well-lit, breezy (and the AC works well), has a cheerful ambience and has nice features like a pleasant terrace. So, it is ideal for the young or the young-at-heart.
I strongly recommend a nearby restaurant called Datli Maya. It's a bakery with takeout or upstairs seating. Try their vegetarian lejemahun! Also, there's a nice grocery store called Carrefour on Silvaselviler. I also recommend taking the ferry from Kabatas (two stops away on the tram) to Kadakoy on the Asian side of Istanbul and visiting the restaurant there called Ciya Sofrasi.
Very nice studio. Great location, close to everything, and super close to a very pintoresque antique shops neighbourhood . We had a great time at the flat, and was a great base to explore the city.
If you are looking for a simple but pretty place to stay, away from the hotel areas and willing to interact with everyday life Istanbul, this is a perfect spot! The apartment is in the fifth floor, so train your legs!! : ) All great!
Generally, we enjoyed Bligehan’s apartment, although we were only there for two nights. It is certainly larger and has more character than a standard hotel room in central Istanbul.
The positives were the size (about 50m), the city view (especially pretty at sunset and night-time), the relatively quiet but handy location – walking distance to restaurants, markets and sights such as the river for Bsphorous tours and the Grand Bazaar- the free WiFi (which was a bit “dodgy” but improved after his brother, who lives in the apartment opposite, moved the router) and the helpfulness and responsiveness of Bilgehan, himself, who wasn’t there for our visit but sent us information and kept in touch. The apartment was also clean and tidy and had the basics needed for self-catering – fridge (old but working), gas-burners, kettle, sink, simple crockery and cutlery.
The negatives include that the building is really old and run-down, there is no lift and the 210 steps up the spiralish, dark staircase were rather challenging for us, even though we are fairly fit older people (aged 59 and 60 respectively), especially with luggage or after a long day’s walk in the heat. Fortunately, Bilgehan’s brother helped us with one bag when we first arrived. This place certainly wouldn’t be suitable for anyone who is unfit or disabled…much more suited for younger, fit people. There is no oven, microwave or TV (although the lack of TV was not a problem for us) and both the kitchen and bathroom are, indeed, in need of a “make-over,” (sorry, Bilgehan, but putting damp cloth over the drains does not really help reduce the bad smell coming from the drains – there are environmentally-friendly products you can buy to help with this!); there is no light in the bedroom area and the wardrobes and drawers were full of what we assume were our hosts clothes and shoes…it looks someone usually lives there and just put their stuff away because we were coming! The latter was not an issue for us as we were only there for two nights and really didn’t need to unpack our suitcase…presumably the clothes are taken away for people who stay longer???
Overall, the apartment was reasonable value and a fun experience, but just more suited to a younger generation. In addition, we have probably been spoiled by the comparative luxury of the apartments we have stayed in prior to this one… e.g; Split, Belgrade and Athens…at cheaper prices.