About this listing
Welcome Dear Guest,
My name is Seran, and I thank you for choosing us for your stay. Let me introduce you to our cozy, quiet and comfortable flats, located in a recently renovated historical building right in the heart of Taksim square.
Our building is located within walking distance to many attractions and shows day and night in Taksim area. Our street is the one parallel to the main avenue of the neighbourhood “Istiklal”, where you can find a variety of stores open 24/7.
On the opposite side of Taksim square, the street which leads down in front of our building will take you right into the old city boroughs with a lot of historic sightseeing opportunities and where you can visit the old Constantinople ruins in Cihangir, Cukurcuma and Galatasaray districts.
These neighbourhoods have always been a hit attraction for the locals, but recently a lot of foreign tourists have also started roaming the narrow streets of the historic Beyoglu district. There are boutique shops selling all sorts of merchandise which we highly recommend. There, you will find amazing items that has historic value for very affordable prices.
The Area: Taksim Central
Taksim Central is located in the European side of İstanbul. This landmark is worldwide famous for being a “meeting point” for all (locals and travellers), with historical buildings surrounding the square and following you wherever you go.
The main square is located in the Northern part of the Beyoglu district. Taksim and the surrounding area is well known; for its exclusive restaurants serving tastes of cuisines from all around the world, wine tasting cellars, delicious kebab shacks open until late, various tourist attractions, historical landmarks, museums belonging to different cultural heritages, art galleries, recreational parks as well as world renowned posh night clubs.
Taksim square has always been a popular leisure area for visitors from all around the world. It is the centre of Istanbul night-life as well as many other things. It is the absolute ideal place to stay during your vacation if this is your first time in Istanbul. The transportation is very easy to and from Taksim since it is situated right in the middle of the European side of the city.
It is close to all public transportation services with being the central station of the Metro network. Also, municipal bus service is in service 24/7 if you are on a budget and do not want to use taxi cabs. Overall, there is no better point to start your city tour other than Taksim square. There are a couple of options that offer “hop-on / hop-off” bus service city tours where you can either purchase ½ day or full days excursions of the city.
Our building is located near northern entrance of the famous Istiklal Avenue, known for its modern architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Taking a stroll on Istiklal Avenue at any time of the day, you will find a variety of restaurants, cafés, pubs, night clubs, brand stores and gift shops open. If you walk all the way down from Istiklal Avenue, you will reach the entrance of the old city, the Kabatas neighbourhood. In this part of the Beyoglu district, you can visit the churches and a couple of cathedrals built in the 17th century Byzantium occupation as well as the stunning view of the mosques surrounding the area followed with the fascinating “Spice Bazaar”.
If you choose to stay at our flats, you will also enjoy our terrace with its beautiful city-view on the famous Galata Tower and above the roofs of the European Istanbul.
In the same building we have 6 apartments: three studio flats and three 1+1 flats.
The studio flats consist of a living room, a sleeping corner, a kitchenette and a bathroom.
The 1+1 flats consist of a living room, a bedroom, a kitchenette and a bathroom.
Our apartments are comfortable, large and beautifully furnished. We chose all the furniture, cured every single detail and decorated the rooms by ourselves.
Inside them you will find all the necessary for you to rest and chill out, to cook and for your home entertainment: double bed, L sofa, dining table, fridge, cooker and kettle, full kitchen equipment, LCD TV with HD and Digiturk satellite, DVD player, free internet WIFI.
Also the bathroom is fully furnished and provided with clean linens and 2 towels for each guests, hair dryer, shampoo, bubble bath, and soap.
All the flats have hot water, air conditioning and heating.
As special welcoming you will find in your room some drinks (water, fruit juice, coca-cola…) and some fresh fruit waiting for you.
Our PRICES & SERVICES
Our prices are always per room, not per person. All mentioned services are included in the price. We provide new clean towels and do a basic cleaning of the room every 4 days (without charging any cleaning fee). Additionally you can avail some extra services (which will NOT be included in the price) such as: breakfast to your room, washing machine, doorman...
I personally greet every guest, so at your arrival we will meet in our small boutique restaurant just under the apartments, on the earth floor. There, I will show you your flat and give you the key (you will have your own key so you can come and go as you wish). In addiction I will give you a map of the city and my personal ‘Istanbul card’: with this card you will get a 70% discount on all transports all around Istanbul. Please don’t forget to give it back to me at the end of our vacation.
Anytime, you are the most welcome to our restaurant. If you want to have breakfast, lunch or dinner in a friendly atmosphere, you will have a 15% discount.
In case you may need, feel free to ask me and my team for any orientation tip, concerning the surroundings and the city. We will be pleased to help you.
Our guests' privacy and their stay in a secure and serene atmosphere are very important for us. I can guarantee that our apartments are located in a very quiet area and you won't have to worry about any problem concerning your personal safety.
PLEASE NOTE: You can have a look at my other flats located in the same building just by a click on the right side of the screen, under my picture on "MY OTHER LISTINGS".
Please contact me through this page for more information or reservations.
We look forward to welcoming you into our apartments!
Please feel at home and take the necessary precautions, so that this house will be safe as your own one.
Lock the door when you come in or go out and close the windows at night before falling asleep. Be sure that the door at the entrance of the building is closed as well. Not everybody is lucky as you are and maybe someone could have not found a place to spend the night: street people could come in and sleep inside. After all, this is Istanbul.
The name of the network you find in the apartment is cookpoint or cookpoint_roof . The password is the same for both of them: cookpoint2011
How to use air conditioning
To turn on the air conditioning push the ON-OFF button. When the control is in the 'hot' position the conditioning blows hot air and heats the room. The recommendable ideal heating is 28°C .
When the control is in the 'cold' position the conditioning blows cold air and cool the room. The ideal temperature is 20°C . Get help from the marks 'hot' and 'cold' on the remote control.
Filters are regularly cleaned and the pressure of the air conditioners systematically checked.
If you have any problems with the air conditioning please get help by our staff.
How to use the television
When the television and the satellite device is connected to electricity, the light on the devices must be on. On the tv control is written VESTEL, the satellite control is the RED one with the written DIGITURK.
The first step to use the TV with full HD broadcast system is to choose the HDMI mode by pushing the
arrows buttons with the written SOURCE on the VESTEL labelled control.
If on the satellite device does not appear the channel number örn:0021, turn it on by pushing the on-off buttons on the RED DIGITURK control.
Please follow these steps and, if the channels don't work, get help by our staff personally or on the phone.
Our curtains do not let the sunlight come in once inside the room is dark. So don't expect to be woken up by the sunrise in the morning if the curtains are closed. If you want to enjoy the Istanbul taste, don't forget to set the alarm.
How to use the kitchen and the equipment
Feel free to use all the equipment you find in the kitchen as at your own home. As you know, downstairs on the earth floor there is our restaurant 'Cook Point', where you can get any eventual missing part of the kitchen equipment. After your stay we expect to find the equipment clean and ready to use just as you found it as you came. An extra cleaning of the kitchen is not included in the price. Obviously it is your responsibility not to break or burn the equipment. If we find any damaged piece we will charge it to you.
WC and Bathroom
Once you use the toilet, please throw the toilet paper in the bin next to you. Please do not throw paper or any other foreign body in the wc. Since this is an historical building, a clogging may cause uncomfortable problems. Anyway, feel free to use the wc-bathroom as at home.
To remedy eventual home accidents such the spill or fall of drinks and food on the floor, on the table, on the bed or wherever, you can use the broom and the bucket, as well as the doormat and the towels you have in the room. Don't worry: we will bring you new towels and provide a cleaning services.
Feel free to use our terrace as you prefer: to relax, to take picture or eat (you can even do a barbecue!).
There are only two conditions on your use of terrace: the first one is to be careful and not to annoy anybody (don't forget that it is for communal use), the second rule is to leave the terrace as you found it. After you use it you can bring your garbage to your room or throw it in the container at the beginning of the street.
Since this building does not provide a 24 hours cleaning service and the flats are for individual use, each guest must throw his garbage by himself in the blue container at the beginning of the street. Please do not leave it inside the building and be careful not to soil the floor.
In general, if there was anything wrong concerning the room or if you should find yourselves in an uncomfortable situation, please inform us and ask for help.
Leider war ich enttäuscht. Das Zimmer war in einem schlechten Zustand. Die Tür der Dusche ist kaputt. Die Decke des Badezimmers ist komplett mit Schimmel bedeckt. Die Küche inkl. der Utensilien ist marode und schmutzig. Allerdings in einer Toplage-wenige Gehminuten vom zentralen Taksim-Platz entfernt. Außerdem sehr guter W-Lan-Empfang im Zimmer.
Das Zimmer liegt im obersten Stockwerk, mit vielen Treppenstufen. Die Decke im Bad war voller Schimmel. Die Vermieterin versprach dies ausbessern zu wollen. Sie war sehr nett. Die Lage ist perfekt. Direkt um die Ecke alles was man braucht. Insgesamt ist das appartment aber zu teuer.
The neighborhood was awesome, we were right off a major metro station called Taksim Square and also right off the main street Istiklal which we walked every night for food, drinks and desserts. It can be a bit loud but the apartment is on the top floor (also read: lots of stairs to walk up FYI) so it wasn't so bad with the AC on.
Lovely apartment in a very lively neighbourhood. We stayed here for 4 nights and enjoyed it. Sena, Seran and their team were very accommodating and helped out to adjust the heating (it was too high for our taste).
The apartment is located in a very nice area 2 mins from Taksim Square and the most vibrant street in Istanbul.
It comes will all the promised inventory and is in good condition.
Only the heating is very tricky - it was scorching hot and we had to keep the window open all night. Which can be very noisy in a city like Istanbul. Other than that I can recommend the apartment and the hosts are really nice and welcoming.
We stayed here over 2 days and 3 nights (just last week)... and I will be very objective with my review!
1) Location (just 300m from Taksim square) - perfect location.
2) Cookpoint (nice boutique cafe downstairs - we could only have one coffee there because of our schedule but it definitely looked very nice albiet a bit pricey by Istanbul standards)
3) Zihad (he assists owners with customer handling, good English and very helpful).. Seran himself was probably too busy to talk to us directly and Sena is more into cookpoint and not the hotel.
4) Hot water supply... boiler was very efficient and water temperature could be controlled very easily.
1) Very poorly equipped - Very little kitchenware, almost no basic cooking ingredients (salt, pepper etc), broken shower head, no hairdryer, no washing m/c or dishwasher, very small kitchentop with electric plates for cooking, dysfunctional kettle, oddly placed small dining table for 2 which couldn't have been used, no DVDs/books, fused bulbs leading to poor lighting and gloomy look to the room! We managed to request some extra kitchenware, DVDs (weird collection!) & a hairdryer though.
2) Internet - We were at top floor and struggled all the time with wifi... they always used to switch off the router at the roof and we had to rely on the main router at cookpoint cafe whose signals would be disappointingly weak in our flat. The issue was fixed on the last night - even though we had been requesting to fix it since as soon as we got in!
3) Staircase & bathroom - This is a histoic building and the staircase is very steep and risky also not very well lit... must be avoided by elderly people and/or those with kids. Also, the bathrooms are very small with not even basic supplies like shampoo/conditioner.
4) Noisy - expected downside of being too close to Taksim square... lot of noise all through the night..
So, if you are a family with kids or elderly... you can/should avoid it. But younger lot without kids can give it a shot... though I do feel it was a bit costlier for the amenities provided and one can definitely find as good options at cheaper rate in the same locality.
We believe Nidhi was not aware of the whole concept of "apart hotel" where you are responsible to purchase your own stuff like toiletries, spices, beverages etc. because she expected these things from us even though her stay was only for 3 nights overall.
She must have been very intoxicated to recognize the washing machine situated right in the middle of the kitchen unit.
We are not obligated as any other Airbnb host around the globe to provide the guest with an "interesting" DVD collection which is not "weird" to the guests' taste but I guess the guest was not aware of the concept either.
We checked the room, actually myself went up there and checked all of the light bulbs after they checked out and surprisingly, unlike this review all of them seem to be working just fine. The way they illuminate the room is a bit low but that is just how they are. No problem with the bulbs. By the way, the room is only 30 square.
There was a slight problem with the Wifi router while this guest was lodging with us but we managed to fix it as soon a possible and notified her about it which is we believe is "understandable".
In the heading of the advertisement of this particular flat it says "Historical Building" so no need to explain that further. We had numerous families with small kids, even babies stay with us in this particular building and had no complaints whatsoever about the staircase or the illumination of the staircase.
I guess the guest is just trying to make things up, very creative imagination though... Would not recommend this guest to any host.
Great place. Clean and well located. Full of nice details . Be prepare for some stairs.
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About the Host, Sena & Seran
Hello Dear Guest,
Me and my wife are İstanbul locals who enjoy the city life very much. Our purpose of renting out living spaces is to show the true Turkish hospitality to our guests we host at our suites.
We also have a boutique restaurant named "CookPoint" located on the ground floor of our building where we serve a variety of tastes of the Turkish cuisine. Especially, our breakfast dishes are quite popular among our customers. We highly recommend you to try our XXL breakfast if you want to taste all the essentials of an Ottoman style breakfast buffet.
We hope to accommodate you during your stay.