Historical Building in Cihangir 215

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Billurcu Sk, Istanbul, Istanbul Province 34250, Turkey
Sena & Seran
Your host, Sena & Seran
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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 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!

Best greetings,


Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $2050 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • June 30, 2014
    Sena & Seran,
    Cathy and I had to leave very early this morning to catch a plane back to Vancouver. We left the keycard in the apartment. I am not sure how much you are involved in the day to day operation of the apartment we rented (suite 215) through Airbnb. So I thought I would update you on the condition of the suite.
    Let me start by saying I have worked in construction and have bought and renovated a house and 2 condos and so I have considerable experience in this area.

    When we arrived in late afternoon, the staff checked us in. One of the staff carried our luggage up to our suite for us which was very kind of him.
    1.When we entered we found one of the sliding doors from the clothes wardrobe not in place but just leaning up against the wardrobe. The staff member tried to reinstall the door but was unable to and so he leaned up against the wall of the suite.
    2.On one side of the wardrobe the shelving was unusable due to missing shelf supports.
    3.The wardrobe also did not have any clothes hangers in it on which to hang our clothes.
    4.The kitchen counter top had a crack that ran across about 10 centimeters of the countertop.
    5.When you stand over the kitchen sink there is a strong smell of sewer gas that comes up from the kitchen sink drain.
    6.The door to the bathroom had two large deep indentations in it.
    7.The bathroom shower was full of mold and mildew around the bottom of the shower.
    8.The sliding shower doors no longer close well because the bottom track for the door has been removed.
    9.The smell of sewer gas from the kitchen sink combined with the smell of mold in the bathroom has created an unpleasant odor in the apartment especially when the windows are closed.

    Most of the above problems in the apartment do not appear to have been happened recently. However the affect of the above problems combined to create a rather unpleasant experience for Cathy and myself in our weekend stay. I would not want other renters to experience what we experienced. Over the last several years we have had many very good experiences renting through Airbnb. Unfortunately this was not one.
    Ken Arkell

    July 2014
  • As with the previous reviewer, we didn't meet Seran or Sena but they sounded friendly on the phone. The staff were helpful in fixing the air conditioner as it didn't work on the first night we arrived.

    The main attraction of the apartment is the location. It is easy to get the tram to the main sights and the neighbourhood has some great cafés and bars.

    Overall basic no frills apartment (which is reasonable for the price) with fantastic location.

    May 2014
  • The good point is the location, close to Taksim square - the busiest quarter of Istanbul. The host sounded friendly on the phone (we haven't met him in person) and the staff was helpful. But the rest...unfortunately were a bit of a disappointment really.

    May 2014
  • All expectations were met. Nice flat, great location, we enjoied our time there.

    May 2014
  • The accomodation was more than satisfying for us. The host even left us in the fridge some fresh fruits and drinks, we really appreciated it. Towels were clean, the bedroom large and confortable, a warm shower; that it is what counted more than everything for us. Internet connection did not work the first days, but when we reacted with the host, they did their best to make it work the following day (unfortunately, it was very slow).

    The situation is without any doubt perfect, as close to many bars and restaurants, 3 minutes walking from Taksim Metro station. Moreover, the area was quiet during the night and protected from morning traffic.

    We recommend this accomodation to enjoy Istanbul as much as we did.

    April 2014
  • The apartment was beautiful and located perfectly for exploring Ciangir, Beyoglu, Taksim, and central to public transport. the food at Cookpoint was also delicious. Easy check in and out.

    April 2014
  • The apartment was great. The location couldn't be better. Everything is within a walking distance. Above all was the fabulous restaurant downstairs, which is owned by Sena and Seran, which also made it easy to communicate with them. We dined there almost everyday!

    I highly recommend this apartment.

    April 2014
  • Our vacation was beautiful. Apartment was nice and we had all we need in it. It has perfect location and the neighbord is great. Thank You Sena & Seran. Kind regards. :)

    April 2014
  • My girlfriend and I were expected to stay at Sena and Seran's apartment, but unfortunately, we were involved in a bus accident that prevented us from continuing our holidays in Turkey. Sena and Seran were caring and understanding. We really appreciated their support, and we will be sure to stay with them when we return to Turkey to continue our vacation.

    March 2014
  • My friend and I spent wonderful 5 days in Istanbul. We really fell in love with city and Cihangir especially.

    The flat is exactly like in the pictures, clean and has the perfect location - we also did not find it too noisy. Everything you need is around the corner - lots of small restaurants and bars, a 24/7 supermarket etc. Frankly though, we enjoyed the breakfast at the Cookpoint restaurant so much that we just ate there every morning.

    Sena and Seran were helpful and professional. They always replied promptly to messages. As my battery died I was not able to give them a phone call telling them when we would arrive, but once there they made sure that we got the keys asap. We really appreciated their flexibilty and would definitely come back.

    March 2014
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Cook Point Boutique Restaurant
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. Best Regards,
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