About this listing
A completely independent ensuite bedroom in a three bedroom, two bathroom, newly-renovated first floor flat overlooking the Bosphorous. We have a wonderful view to the first bridge between Europe and Asia and see all the ships, ferries and so on that pass through the Bosphorous.
The flat is in an area called Cihangir, traditionally the home of Istanbul's artists and intellectuals. There are lots of delightful cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Taksim Square, the modern centre of Istanbul is a ten-minute walk. Istiklal Street, the old European capital street once called La Grande Rue du Pera and now the city's main shopping street, likewise.
Access to public transport could hardly be easier. A three-minute walk down the steps to the Bosphorous and you're at Findikli tram station. From there a tram can be taken direct into the Old City, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque etc, or one stop in the other direction then on the metro to Taksim, Istanbul's transport hub. Alternatively, a stroll direct to Taksim. A five-minute walk down the hill takes you to Kabatas, one of the Bosphorous ferry ports, from where a boat can be taken across to the Asian side, to the Islands, across to the Old City and so on. Everything is immediately accessible.
The apartment is large and has just been renovated. As well as their own private bathroom guests of course have full use of the kitchen, living room and so on. From the balcony, with seating and a small table, the view of the Bosphorous is great. Weather permitting, it's a perfect place for sitting, reading, eating, doing nothing at all.
Yvonne I are Irish/English and love living in Istanbul. There is far more to the city, so much more to see, than a handful of historical monuments, unmissable as they are. Whatever sort of accommodation you are looking for I would strongly recommend staying on the European side in the vicinity of Taksim/Cihangir/Galata, rather than in the Old City. Modern Istanbul is Istiklal Street and its grand old buildings, now the pedestrianised centre of the city, the cafes and restaurants of Cihangir and the night-time buzz of Galata/Tunel. And beyond that the style of Nisantisi or Bebek, the old-world wooden charm of Arnavutkoy and Kuzguncuk, the bustle of Besitkas, the new-world cool of Kadikoy, the retro cool of Moda, the slow pace of the Princes Islands, just forty-five minutes from Kabatas on the ferry yet with no traffic and, away from the small town centres, quiet beaches with clear water in secluded bays. And then Fener, once home to much of the city’s Greek population and only now, slowly, beginning to emerge from decades of neglect. Or Dolapdere and Tarlabasi near Taksim, with their steep streets, lines of washing and impossible pavements, similarly run-down, similarly evolving. And the markets, in Uskudar on the Asian side, in Dolapdere on a Sunday morning. And so on and on. The only problem in coming to Istanbul is the impossibility of having enough time to see it all.
Obviously we would be only too happy to help with organising visits, suggesting itineraries according to time and the particular interests of visitors.
In addition to English we speak French, passable Italian and functional Turkish.
Great place to stay for those traveling to Istanbul! Hosts are very helpful and knowledgable about the city! They gave us maps, took us for a walk around the neighbourhood to gain our bearings of the area, and suggested some amazing places we never would of thought of! Room/bathroom was very clean, shower water pressure and temperature were amazing and view from balcony was spectacular! Definitely recommend!
Our stay with Paul and Yvonne was great so informative and friendly, the location is perfect and the view from the balcony is amazing. Definitely recommend staying here
I'd definitely recommend staying with Paul and Yvonne. Great people, very interesting and knew a lot about Istanbul. Room and bathroom were meticulously clean and modern and Paul showed me round the area which really helped me get my bearings. Nice people, cool apartment and amazing view.
It was a pleasure to stay with Paul and Yvonne at their Istanbul apartment. They are fabulous hosts - very welcoming, accommodating and helpful right from the start when my brother and I made the booking and throughout our stay. The apartment is located at the heart of modern Istanbul with a splendid view over the Bosphorus (my photos from the terrace are exact replicas of the picture on airbnb!), lots of cafes nearby. Perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing, and close to both heritage sites and the vibrant evening life of Istanbul. Paul and Yvonne are great conversationalists, happy to share their formidable knowledge of Istanbul with us and we received expert tips on what to see on top of what was on our list of "must sees". We enjoyed great coffee talks about Istanbul, Turkey, people, culture and the world and yet had as much space to relax as we could wish and more. A perfect home away from home. Thank you, Paul and Yvonne. I miss Bosphorus already, so I am bound to be back soon.
Our time with Paul and Ivonne was great! The apartment is fantastic, the view amazing and the room is comfortable and private. Paul is very nice, the best host, and he is always willing to help.
The neighbourhood is great too, and Paul gives you a small tour when you arrive so you don't get lost.
We really loved our time there and would recommend it a thousand times!
Living with Paul and Yvonne have been a memorable experience. They are the perfect hosts, guiding you through your stay, telling you where to find the best local places to eat, relax, shop and more. Their apartment is both charming and greatly located. We will highly recommend anyone to stay at Paul and Yvonne's!
Paul and Yvonne was fantastic hosts. They gave us great information about how to arrive, gave a small tour in the neighborhood, and informed us about what to see in Istanbul. The whole stay was amazing, and if I'm going back to stay in Istanbul I would contact them.
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About the Host, Paul And Yvonne
Yvonne (Irish) and I (English/Italian) moved to Istanbul at the end of 2011, having spent a long time in France, and somewhat less in a number of other places. We like cafes, bookshops – lots of secondhand in Istanbul, films - even if the really good ones are few and far between, travelling (like everyone else), history, languages, people, etc etc. Yvonne teaches English here.