About this listing
Spacious Garden Duplex accommodates up to 11 adults 10 + 1 (+1 adult sleeps on extra bed). It is perfect for large families, two small families or a group of friends. It is located one level down from the entrance of the building.
A large two-level (130 m2) open plan apartment on the lower two floors of the building (one level down from the entrance of the building) offers four sleeping areas, two full bathrooms, balcony and patio and an attractive living/dining room, providing chic, modern accommodation for up to 11 adults in a perfectly convenient location from which to explore the Old City.
The duplex is located in the heart of the Old City in a quiet residential neighborhood, a short walk from the Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square (500 meters from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern), and the famed Covered Bazaar. It is 18 kms from Ataturk Airport and airport transfers can be arranged upon request.
The balcony and patio face an inner courtyard garden and offers pleasant outdoor spaces to relax.
This two-floor apartment can accommodate up to 11 people with an extra bed.
Entrance to the duplex which is the upper floor, opens to a sleeping area with a queen size bed (150 x 200cm) + 1 single real bed (90 x 200cm). This floor has also a kitchen, bathroom and living/dining area with a 140x200 cm double sofa-bed facing the courtyard garden.
On the lower floor, which is accessed by an internal stairway, there is a low-ceiling children's sleeping area with 1 real double bed (140 x 200cm) and 1 real single bed (90 x 200cm - this area does not have any windows), a hallway, bathroom and a double bedroom with a queen size bed (150 x 200cm) opening to the garden.
The sleeping areas are open but separated with curtains and a curtain plus a glass partition at the lower floor bedroom entrance. This duplex works best for families or groups who do not require a lot of privacy.
The full kitchen has a dishwasher, 4 gas burners, microwave, full size refrigerator and dishwasher. The bathroom has washing machine & dryer and a glass-enclosed tub/shower and is stocked with traditional white Turkish towels and toiletries. The bathroom on the lower floor features a whirlpool (jacuzzi) bathtub inviting long soaks. The tub also has a shower hookup.
Stylish contemporary decor highlighted with bright Turkish rugs and throw pillows, air conditioning units in both the living room and bedroom, a wall-mounted LCD television with cable reception, wireless internet, laptop desk, and cordless phone make this flat a great choice for a large family or groups.
Linens, towels and pillows are provided.
Cleaning service can be arranged with a surcharge for short stays. For longer stays of more than a week cleaning and linen changes will be arranged once in a week.
Wireless internet is free. Cable TV, air- conditioning and natural gas heating are included.
The building does not have an elevator.
Luggage storage is available.
Complimentary first day breakfast materials will be offered. There are various restaurants and coffee shops around the area. We will provide you with a recommendations handbook and necessary phone numbers in case you may need assistance during your stay.
All units at Aslan Apartments are entire apartment. There is no public area to share with other guests.
Interaction with Guests
Either I or one of our greeting associate will meet you for key exchange. You will find a comprehensive information book with a list of tips and things to do in the city which include a list of restaurants, coffee shops, parks, stores, museums, galleries, Turkish baths and more...
Aslan Apartments is located in a quiet residential neighborhood close to Hippodrome / Sultanahmet Square. It is close to major sights in Istanbul Old City Center plus you will have opportunity to meet and observe the daily lives of locals.
Aslan Apartments is located about 400 meters away from the Sultanahmet (Hippodrome) Square. The closest tram stop is Cemberlitas Stop and it is about 350 meters away (3-4 minutes on foot).
-- Linens, towels, detergent, toiletries,
-- Standard kitchen utensils,
-- Electricity, Gas, Water, Air conditioning (Please use them reasonably)
-- Satellite TV, Local telephone calls, wireless internet access,
-- First day complimentary breakfast materials,
-- Weekly cleaning (applicable for stays over 7 or more days)
-- All taxes.
SERVICES WITH A SURCHARGE:
-- We cannot accept more people than the maximum occupancy with the exception of children under two years old who will sleep using the existing bedding.
-- Discounts and special offers may not be combined.
-- Daily cleaning can be provided with a surcharge of EUR 40.
-- Daily cost of baby crib is EUR 15.
-- Daily towel change can be provided with a surcharge (please inquire for the rate).
-- Private airport transfer can be arranged. The cost will vary depending on the airport and number of passengers.
-- Luggage storage (for a limited time) and fax/photocopy service available with a surcharge.
-- Daily Istanbul tours, daily excursions to nearby cities can be arranged upon request.
We do not require a deposit but we would like our apartments to be in good shape after our guests leave as to expect them to keep the property in good order and leave the apartment in the same condition as when they arrived.
We would like our Guests to inform us at least 72 hours in advance the arrival details and encourage them to book the private airport transfer service as it makes the arrival to the apartment much smoother unless you know Istanbul well or have stayed with us previously and know how to get to the building.
If you prefer to come on your own we will provide you with directions in Turkish (for the taxi driver) and a map showing the directions to our address. We will appreciate if you can bring a photocopy of each guest’s passport on your arrival who will be staying in the apartment as we need to keep for security reasons on behalf of local authorities.
CHECK-IN and CHECK-OUT:
Check-in hours are between 02:00pm (14:00) to 11:00pm (23:00) and check-out hours is 09:00am (09:00) to 11:00am (11:00). For a late check-in between 23:00 - 01:00 a surcharge of EUR 30 will apply. Please inquiry for check-ins after 01:00.
We do our utmost attention to accommodate the individual needs of our guests and we honor early check-in and late check-out unless there is no arrival/departure after or before your check-in/check-out time.
2 sets of keys will be provided. Lost key set will be charged at USD11 (EUR 8).
Please check the Cancellation Policy of the apartment. Please note that no refunds whatsoever will be given for cancellations made in response to circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters or political events. Guests who depart before the scheduled date are charged the tariff for the entire rental period.
CHARACTER OF THE PROPERTIES
Guests are advised to read the website/house rules carefully with particular attention to the character and nature of the properties and the area. The building does not have an elevator and the apartments are not recommended for individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs or for those who expect daily housekeeping and other hotel services unless you require one of our daily cleaning or tidy up services.
People other than the paid guests may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of guest. All of the units are privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
The apartments are placed in a quiet residential neighborhood and we expect our guests to respect our friendly neighbors.
Please note we do not have an electric generator nor massive water tanks in the building and occasionally power / water outages may occur. By accepting this reservation, guests agree to not to claim any reimbursements due to power / water outages during their stay in our properties.
We kindly ask our guests to use water, electricity and natural gas reasonably. Please remember to turn off the AC, lights and heat when you are out of the apartment and even inside use them reasonably. Owners and Management has the right to get into the apartments and turn off the AC, lights and heating during the day when the guests are out exploring the city.
Guest shall allow Homeowner access to the property for purposes of repair and inspection. Homeowner shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner.
Smoking is allowed on most of the apartments but we highly recommend smoking outside at the balconies or garden.
Unfortunately pets are not allowed in properties.
Children are welcomed.
Abbiamo soggiornato per una settimana. Globalmente l'esperienza è stata positiva. L'appartamento ha punti di forza e punti di debolezza. I punti di forza sono la vicinanza ai principali monumenti e attrazioni, nonchè l'arredamento moderno e di buon livello. Ottime le dotazioni tecnologiche. Da sottolineare che i proprietari sono stati cordiali e disponibili. I punti di debolezza derivano dal fatto che i due piani dell'appartamento sono, di fatto, a livello seminterrato. Questo crea problemi di umiditá e ricambio d'aria. E difatti nel bagno del piano inferiore, che non ha finestra né aspiratore, c'e della muffa. Al piano inferiore c'é un deumidificatore, ma é talmente rumoroso che per dormire va spento, con gli effetti conseguenti. I ragazzi che hanno dormito al piano inferiore nella stanza senza finestre, senza climatizzatore e con il tetto basso, hanno avuto difficoltá a dormire per il caldo-umido. Per correttezza va detto che leggendo bene nella descrizione dell'appartamento questi aspetti erano piú o meno esplicitati. Crediamo non sará difficile, per i proprietari, rimediare a questi problemi, allo scopo di rendere i soggiorni ancora migliori.
Perfect location close to the Blue mosque Aya Sophia and Topkapi BUT the area is pretty rundown and very popular with islamists (heavily veiled women' pretty intimidating men). The lower floor is mostly underground and humid (dehumidifier provided but noisy). The garden opens on a derelict backyard. To be perfectly fair the flat is very well equipped. There is a live-in handyman and the shuttle to and from the airport was fine. We never met Gulnur but she answered her phone promptly. All in all fine for visiting the old city but not for anything else.
We enjoyed staying at Aslan Apartments in Istanbul. Gulnur arranged a taxi tranfser for us (to get to the Sabiha airport), and was always ready to help us when necessary during our stay.
The apartment itself was located right in the center of the Sultanamhet neighbourhood, 10 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topkapi palace, a top location! Every room had aircondition, which was very good to have as it can get quite hot in Istanbul in summer. The place was also very clean and well equipped (perfect kitchen, good internet connection, towels, ...). We would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a place in Istanbul for groups!
We were extremely pleased with our stay in Istanbul.
We had arranged for transport from the airport and were greeted upon leaving. Our van took us to the rental and the driver was very helpful and courteous.
The apartment itself was as expected, very clean and spacious. The person who greeted us was very helpful and answered all our questions.
The apartment's location was ideal for us during our stay. It afforded us the opportunity to walk to everything we wanted to see during our visit. Public transportation was also available but walking allowed us to see more of the old town and to stop and shop or visit interesting restaurants along the way.
Our transport was also on time for our return flight.
We would definitely stay here again and would recommend this listing to our friends.
Janet and Charlie Purcell
We were warmly welcomed at 1.00a.m by Ali, who explained all we needed to know about the apartment and was extremely friendly and helpful. We loved the apartment which was incredibly central, beautifully decorated and supplied with everything we needed. Gulnur was extremely helpful whenever we needed anything.
The flat is quite whacky in its layout. We loved it.
It is exactly as described in the website "The sleeping areas are open but separated with curtains and a curtain plus a glass partition at the lower floor bedroom entrance. This duplex works best for families or groups who do not require a lot of privacy."
Because it doesn't have a window, the lower sleeping area could do with A/C (which all the other spaces have). It does have a dehumidifier however.
There is a lovely terrace to eat out in, outside the double bedroom, with a spiral stair up to the balcony outside the living room. all quite charming.
We loved it and would go back again
The apartment is very nice and in a great location for seeing sights in Istanbul. It is clean and comfortably housed all 8 people. The location is very convenient for accessing the sights, public transportation, and food (restaurants and grocery stores).
I really like the information book that Gulnur and Azlan provided. They also arranged our transportation to and from the airport. All of their assistance make the trip easy and fun for us!
Gulnur and Aslan were excellent in arranging everything. Everything went well. We used the airport transfer - very convenient solution. The Complimentary first day breakfast was appreciated. The apartment manual was clear and useful. The apartment was in order and as expected from the description - just maybe the courtyard garden (outside the property) facing the balcony and patio was not so pleasant.
The location - at the heart of the Old City - is great. The area is quiet although it would need some restructuring.
Overall, we highly recommend this apartment for two families.
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About the Host, Gulnur
Life is running too fast and I feel like a mother bee busy with work, home, kids, lots of errands to do and our lively apartments.. As well as being a host for Aslan Apartments now we have a new apartment: 'Kismet' in the very Old City of Istanbul called Zeyrek which is under Unesco protection for the Byzantine ruins.
It is time to think about new year resolutions!.. I do yoga whenever I find some spare time for my body and soul! Towards the end of this year I went back in history to Patanjali and once more amazed how an ancient philosopher from 200BC can inspire us towards our journey to enlightment. As he explained Santosha (Contentment): let's cultivate contentment and tranquility by finding happiness with what you have and who you are. Seek happiness in the moment, take responsibility for where you are, and choose to grow from there.
I am sure traveling like a local will help! We will keep on hosting self-content travelers from all around the world in our Aslan Apartments, Sultanahmet and Kismet Apartments, Zeyrek and hope to help them to have a local experience in Istanbul!