Situated in the boehemienne old city centre of Pera . The building dates back to (website hidden) is a gracious simple 3 floor building on the downhill at 200 m from the sea and at 150 m from Istiklal caddesi the main pedestrial and shopping mall of Istanbul .The flats (50 sqm each) are cosy and very full of light as in front of the building there is an open space . The flats are suitable for 2 to 4 people .They have been modernally restored and furnished with modern and naive style. There is one flat furnished in an old typical italian style and two flats with modern paintings This will become your house in Istanbul , a small retreat after a day of wandering through the colours and the smells of Istanbul . Dogs are allowed. There is a wide collection of books and DVD if you want to relax after your strolls or if there should be a rainy day .
From the windows you can see the old european embassies : Palais of France , Palazzo di Venezia , the old Dutch and Russian Embassy.You can breathe also the smells and the sounds of the old Fransiz Sokak (French Street ) which is nearby. There are a lot of small shops around where you can buy groceries and fruit and all you may need at home ...just as you were one of the locals living here since a lot of time . You can really participate the local life living in the heart of the old city as if you were living in a small village .This was the old Beyoglu once upon a time and this is the modern one still retaining the fascination that drove here a lot of travellers from the old Europe .There are still a lot of gypsies living in the area along with modern shops and bars and (website hidden) this area you may eat until late in the night from turkish food to european and have a turkish breakfast in the morning at the simultaneous sound of the musulman prayers and of the christian bells of St Antoine Church which you can hear every morning at 8 o clock from your windows.
We had a lovely time at the hen and chicken. Marco and paolo were the perfect hosts answering all our questions and being very helpful and welcoming.
The flat is cute and quirky and has everything you would want. It is very conveniently located, you're at Tophane tram stop in 5mins which takes you to Sultanhamed in about 10 mins. The bars and bustle of istiklal caddesi, the main shopping street that runs between Taksim square and the top of tunel, is a 5 min walk.
Absolutely perfect, can recommend 100%. I'll be back. Thanks, marco.
Marco's Hen and Chicken flat was very comfortable, nicely decorated, and centrally located. It was only a short walk to İstiklal Avenue, Galata Tower, and public transportation in the Beyoglu neighborhood. There was even a convenient cab stand just a few steps away from the place. Marco was very responsive over email and provided all the information we requested. Unfortunately, we weren't able to meet in person and coordinating with his friend Guz to check in and get some things figured out was somewhat complicated. Other than that, my friends and I had a great time in Istanbul and the Hen and Chicken was the perfect place to come back to in the evenings.
We found Marco's place to be perfect for our stay in Istanbul. He organised a driver from the airport which was great. The apartment is clean, with good amenities and the neighbourhood is very interesting with many small shops, cafés, interesting lanes. Close proximity to the buzz of Istiklal Cadessi, Istanbul Modern, trams and ferries. His prompt response to all our queries was vey helpful. Thank you. Marco!
We had a great time in Istanbul. Based in THE HEN AND CHICKEN we could easily reach many interesting spots, so it is a great location. The apartment is cosy, well equipped. It is quiet - the only minor disadvantage was music being played on Friday and Saturday night. Marco and his stuff are very helpful, answering many questions in detail. Thanks a lot!
This apartment has an amazing location for those wanting to tap into the youth scene in Istanbul. Istikal street is less than 5 minutes away with its cafes, constant energy, and wonderful nightlife. Its also a 5 minute walk from the Trophane tram station that takes you across the Galata bridge to the incredible Ottoman and Byzantine sights.
The apartment itself is cozy and warm. Marco and his team (Guz!) are extremely helpful and friendly. Marco was very responsive on email (I asked him many many questions about everything) and Guz was usually around for helping with anything related to the apartment.
Overall, this was a great spot and Marco and Guz gave us everything we needed!
Istanbul has been a unique experience to us, with credits to Marco's flat, which is extremely well located. The place was clean and tidy when we arrived. I did find it a bit cold (mid March), the heating worked but it takes some time to reach an equal temperature throughout the flat. The only minus was the shower, which didnt have a consistent water temperature, even after Marco's lovely friend Guz came in to fix it, the problem kept on during our stay. Overall it was a good deal and we were happy with our choice.
This lovely and charming spot is perfect for those who like also nightlife in Istanbul. In the heart of wonderful Beyoglu, well connected, is held by super friendly and nice Marco. The ideal host! Highly recommended
I only stayed two night on Marco and Selcuk's home. It is not a very long period but enough to let us have a taste of Marco's hospitality. They are really clean, with good location and the host is of great help.
Definitely go there again next time.
Great stay at Marco&Selcuk's place, the apartment was very nice and clean, perfect location in Beyoğlu!
Easy communication with the guys for my arrival and the keys drop off, I'll surely contact them next time I'll be in Istanbul!
Marco was such a gracious host. He responded right away, stayed in touch so we would be able to navigate Istanbul and helped us arrange transport from the airport.
The apartment is adorable, with lots of natural light an has everything you could need.
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