I have a particular and meticulous selection process for choosing my guests among many applicants. Please do me a favour and try to read all of the description before sending an inquiry. In return, you might be protected against some greedy local commissioners or landlords who may charge you much more than the legitimate local market prices.
About the location:
The flat is centrally located in the non-touristic part of the historical peninsula. By public transport:
~10 minutes to Sultanahmet(for the historical sights)
~15-20 minutes to Taksim(for the nightlife and cultural events)
~15 minutes to the main coach station
~45 minutes to Atatürk Airport(15-20 minutes if you take a cab)
It is very calm neighborhood with loads of students and middle-class families. It is one of the safest neighborhoods in Istanbul: no drunkards, no mass demonstrations, no tear gas, no explosions, no muggings, no violence(except for the domestic ones in the neighbours), very rare burglaries etc. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafes, groceries, supermarkets, bakeries etc in the neighborhood with pretty affordable prices. There are no nearby touristic attractions that you can be ripped off. Indeed you can find some 500-year-old mosques, Turkish baths, churches, drinking fountains, millennium-old ramparts and even older ruins among ugly and relatively new concrete buildings but none of them are furbished and served for tourists. There is literally nothing that makes my place special. I do not sell any breathtaking rooftop vista, oriental decoration or superb hospitality. If you are a luxury-seeker or looking for a special experience, you should be looking for another host.
About the flat:
- It is a large, cozy and sunny(it can be a bit disappointing in the winter) flat. But there won't be any direct sunshine in your room even though there is a large window.
- You will have a private room with a couch. You have to pass through the hallway to reach the shared toilet and bathroom.
- You will have your own keys for the flat and be able to get in or out anytime you want. You will have your own key for your private room as well
- Central heating bolstered with electrical heaters
The facilities you'll be sharing with other inhabitants:
- Refrigerator(there will be a shelf reserved for you)
- 24 hours hot water
- Bathroom with a bathtub and shower
- Typical flush toilet (separate from bathroom)
- Full-fledged kitchen
People you might meet during your stay:
- A drama queen from Southern France
- Some passer-by friends, usually medical doctors
- Some foreign friends from all over the world and some new friends as CSers
Probable complimentary features unless they're depleted or lost:
- IstanbulKart for public transportation(Indeed it can be more economic for you to buy an IstanbulKart upon your arrival at the airport and use it till the end of your trip then keep it as a souvenir)
- A mobile phone with a local GSM card in it(if you stay shorter than 3 weeks)
- Wide variety of tea, coffee and some herbal crap
- Washing machine hair dryer, iron
- Wireless Internet (7-8 Mbps)
- Soap, shampoo, shower gel
- Printer, scanner and copier
- Heaps of umbrellas
- An antique laptop
- Clean bedding, duvet, blanket and towels(if you are a student)
For cleanliness and hygiene you have 2/3 options:
- Only for students: No cleaning fee will be charged.
In this context you are subject to OUR standards in terms of cleanliness and hygiene. Clean towels and bedding are complimentary. In return your silent, obedient and very cheerful consent is expected. (recommended, please mention it in your inquiry)
- You pay €10 and get reasonably swept and cleaned room with clean towels and bedding. Again, for the rest of the flat you are subject to OUR standards. (recommended, default option)
- You pay €50 and I'll call a professional cleaner who is going to make everything in the apartment shiny and dust-free. (not recommended, go ahead and ask for it to ensure your rejection:))
It is possible to park for free in front of the building if you come with a car.
There would be a positive discrimination for PhD guys, healthcare workers, journalists, Vikings, Kiwis, Irish and native Flemish/Dutch speakers.
I provide one of the cheapest(particularly if you ignore new or fake or some freaks' listings) accommodation in Istanbul. It is an exclusive offer for interesting and distinguished people. Therefore, the money you give has a completely negligible importance compared to how you introduce yourself. Despite my hectic and busy life I'd like to host people that I can share something. But, unfortunately, presumably we'll see each other only late in the evenings if I don't have a shift.
To let me know that you've read the description, understood it and accept all the conditions, please find the KEY PHRASE(have a look at the photos) and some punctuation marks(check the "House Rules" section) to put right after the key phrase and use them in the beginning of your message. It is also good idea to check my profile to avoid making a boner. Otherwise the response will be late and negative. You might find this procedure somewhat mean but it is essential to prevent any disappointment in advance. Thanks for your tolerance and patience :)
By the way neither obsession nor compulsion is affiliated with this long and bizarre description. It is just a refined consequence of the experience of hosting more than 400 people from all over the world.
Necip is a fantastic host. I was welcomed into his home and made to feel very welcome and comfortable immedietly. He has taken a lot of time to think about the history and place of his country, and his knowlege is interesting and enlightening. We enjoyed long discussions and I found Necip to be an inspiring man. And the best thing is... I think he really enjoys being a host, and takes as much satisfaction from hosting his guests as they may do from being hosted by him. I'm very glad to have spent time living at his house, and I hope very much that he will come to visit us in England this summer.
Necip is very relaxed and even came for me to the metro-station.
I celebrated Christmas Eve together with the host, his girlfriend and more (airbnb-) guests. Very nice and special. I can recommend this host to everyone.
I really enjoyed my stay with Necip and meeting his girlfriend, roomate,friends, and other guests. He is a very informative host and will give you the best recommendations about Istanbul. The room is comfortable and has everything you need. If you desire privacy, the room is quiet enough, located off a hallway where the shower, toilet and kitchen are located, so you can access these without going through the living room. But if you wish to join the others in the common room, you will always feel welcome. The flat is in a safe residential neighborhood close to the historic city wall. Only a few minutes walk to the tram, where you can get to most touristic sites. I have lived in this area of Istanbul for over a year, and they welcome visitors without trying to overcharge you for everything, like in the tourist areas. There are many restaurants in the area, and you can even have a beer or raki if you wish. Necip is a great person and if you are looking to meet good people and see real Turkish life, I recommend Necip's home.
Many thanks for the warm welcome Necip!
I was very pleased to be with you, I felt right at home!
I wish prosperity to your home!
Can not say enough wonderful words for my stay at Necip's place!
Not being in Istanbul for real holidays but because of work, I desperately needed a place in which I could feel myself enough comfortable and free both to hang out at home sharing a fun tea with my hosts or to lock myself without giving vital signals for hours in order to focus on my writings. That's what only a "HOME" can offer!
The room was just what I was looking for, and the flat connections to reach every single point of Istanbul are simply the best.
Necip's place has everything which makes useful and warm a shared student's house and himself he is most willing to give you tips, advices or directly taking you out to make you feel the best of the city no matter how busy he can be. His housemates and friends are extremely nice too, and you can feel the gratitude from past guests in every corner and wall.
I therefore found the perfect balance between the awesome sharing feeling and the widest independance. I recommed a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y this place if you're looking for a place extremely functional, well located and with friends to host you!
Necip is nice host. He is helpfull, carefull. He has nice friends. Time in his home was good :)
I have good rest and good stay during my time in Necip house in Istanbul. He's really kind person who help and answer all questions. We have good dinner and conversations during my stay. Necip and his friends are nice, intelligent and for sure interesting people. I'm glad I was staying at Necip place. My room wasn't big but it's clean and pretty enough for me and surprisingly I even can work there. I believe you got more than you paid. City center is close by and convenient to go with trams (mostly I walked there calmly and it takes about 20-25 minutes). If you would like to have good food, ask Necip. He definitely know how local goes to have delicate culinaire. I was following Necip advice to have Turkish food and it was awesome tour. Definitely recommended place to stay in Insatnbul if you would like to make some friends and see how local live.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.