This very beautiful multi floor historical house is right in the center of Istanbul. It consists of an office space, a fully equipped kitchen, a cinema room (second bedroom), a master bedroom, a high ceiling living room plus a terrace with a breathtaking view over the Golden Horn. 3 bathrooms on different floors with towels and a hair dryer will make multiple guests stay much easier. Up to 6 people can sleep here.
In the old greek neighbourhood of Balat, this house is a perfect spot to enjoy the city, very close to historical peninsula with all the major sights and Istanbul's night life at Taksim. A neighbourhood with a lot of character. If you are a small group traveling to the city and want to combine sightseeing with some entertainment, this is the right place to stay at.
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Hakan is a really cool guy and super helpful. He had written up great notes about the history of the neighbourhood and other recommends in the city. The house is simply incredible and although there is so much to see and do in Istanbul we also just wanted to stay around the house too! We made good use of all the rooms, from the rooftop, and the cinema room to the hamam-style bathrooms.
The local neighbourhood is so amazing - a taste of real Istanbul. It's a bit of a walk to the bridges but a lovely walk - you can take the route along the water and stop for a freshly caught fish sandwich or through the back streets and sample real local life - both of which are amazing! During week days we felt like the only non-residents in the area (although there are more tourists at the weekend). The local cafes were my favourite in the whole city. The local area has the perfect balance of authenticity and gentrification (i.e. a handful of hip but very bohemian cafs and restaurants). The crumbling architecture set next to beautifully restored buildings makes for a fantastic contrast. Please do leave at least a day to explore the neighbourhood and sit around drinking Turkish coffee, playing draughts or sketching, or just watching the world go by around you. The street food is great too - my fave is the stuffed mussels!
Everything exceeded our expectations - you will love.
The main asset of this house is the decoration. The perfect balance between simple industrial style and modern equipment. The main issue is that you don't want to leave!
Great place thanks for letting us stay
I am sorry we where a bit slow leaving hope it didn't create any issues
Hakan was a good host. Communication flew smoothly. We had a problem with the the staircase lighting which was solved in less than 24 hours. We accidentally left the key inside the apartment and Hakan brought a locksman in less than 20 minutes.
The area where the apartment is located is far from completing the enjoyable phase from a process of gentrification. We felt it still remains too dull for those looking for a more vibrant neighbourhood. In terms of distance, the apartment is decently located from most famous touristic spots like Haga Sophia, Grand Bazar,however, this means at least a 25 min drive with no traffic. Catching a cab from/to the house is always easy, drivers know Balat area quite well.
In terms of the distribution of the building, comfort may be compromised for those who don't like or cant be moving up and down continuously: a beautiful 6 storey apartment that requires continuous movement in at least three different floors (kitchen, main bedroom and toilet).
Hakan's house is stunning: beautiful interiors, lots of quirky details, comfy bed and a breathtaking views from the top floor terrace. The kitchen is beautiful and really makes you want to cook; the bathrooms amazing with their marble sinks and showers.
The Balat neighborhood was a true revelation: we loved staying in a less touristy part of the city, and can truly recommend the Natftalin cafe and vintage shop just down the road, they are lovely people and serve yummy food :) Also a visit to the local hammam was fun :) There are lots of good restaurants nearby too (Hakan will send you some recommendations upon booking), but traveling to the busier parts of the city is also very easy as well. Overall a memorable visit, and we hope to come back to Hakan's house soon!
Simply Amazing! Our Holiday was just wonderful. Istanbul has thousand things to do and to see and this apartment only made it more surprising!
It was fantastic to spend our journey here: the house is entirely to discover as well as the city. Particularly surprising is climbing the big stair inside the house up to the little terrace on the Bosporus where you can enjoy dawns and sunsets!
Our host was punctual and very helpful! We really spent an amazing time in his beautiful house and in the area from which you can reach the city center by cab paying €3 or making a beautiful walking siding the Bosporus.
We strongly recommend this house to those who wants to discover Istanbul living an extraordinary experience.
A unique house in a fascinating part of Istanbul. The design & architectural details throughout the house are exquisite. We hope to be back !
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