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.
Paul and Yvonne were wonderful hosts who allowed us to share their home for 2 days. Paul was extremely knowledgable about Istanbul and extremely helpful. It was wonderful to be able to settle into a 2nd home after weeks of traveling around Turkey. We would highly recommend staying with them in their immaculate apartment with a beautiful terrace and view over the Bosohorus.
I had a brilliant stay with Paul and Yvonne. Their friendly and helpful nature really made my short trip memorable. Paul met me off the bus from the airport, and gave me a very helpful tour of the neighborhood to get me started. The apartment is well located, walking distance to great restaurants and bars, and also the tram stop which can quickly take you to all of the main sights. They even provided me with a ready-to-use card for the public transport, which I topped up and returned before I left. A great idea! The apartment itself is very bright and airy, and equipped with everything you need. The balcony and views are amazing (as you will see in the photos), and a lovely evening was spent drinking wine and enjoying the views. Highly recommended overall!
It was really nice in Istanbul becuase of Mr.Pual. He is so kind and helpful to us like a guide :-). Mrs.Yanni is also nice. Meeting to irish again was good for me ! we had a good time in your terrace with good view!
What a lovely couple Paul and Yvonne are! The apartment was perfect; quiet and with stunning views over the Bosphorus. Paul and Yvonne were extremely welcoming. Being met by Paul and having the benefit of his knowledge of Istanbul and it's transport system made all the difference to us being able to settle in and get on with sightseeing. We have a house in Dalyan and decided to have a short break in Istanbul on the way there and will certainly do this again.
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Paul and Yvonne made us feel welcome and helped our stay in Istanbul to be remembered for a very long time. They are the perfect hosts, caring and ready to provide and give all kind of information to make you feel at home. Their place is so comfortable, warm and pretty with a superb view of the Bosphorus. We would love to stay again with them any time we come back to Istanbul. Thank you Paul & Yvonne.
We felt very welcome in the beautiful flat of Paul and Yvonne. It has an exciting view over the Bosporus and is located close to tram and buses, so we had an easy access to all the places we were visiting. Thanks to Paul's introduction to the city we never got lost. The room is nice, the bed is comfortable, we had our own big bathroom. Paul and Yvonne are kind, helpful, open minded and interested in many things. We both want to come back - we felt like at home. Thanks for your hospitality!
Nous recommandons sans réserve l'hébergement de Paul et Yvonne. Hôtes très charmants, discrets et toujours là pour nous recommander les sites à visiter.
Le logement est très agréable, bien situé, à proximité des trams et bénéficie d'une très belle vue sur le Bosphore.
Excellent séjour, allez-y sans vous poser de questions, tout est très bien.
Olağanüstü! Harika! Mükemmel seçim!
Paul and Yvonne provide the perfect balance between thoughtful hospitality and privacy. The clean, quiet and private suite includes a comfortable bed with bedside lamps for reading; a closet with hanging and shelving space to unpack one's suitcase; a desk with supplies to make coffee and tea; and a beautiful, modern, marble bathroom with a strong, hot shower. The shared kitchen, seating area and balcony offer magnificent views of the Bosphorus; as well as occasional opportunities to engage with Yvonne and/or Paul in informative, interesting and enjoyable conversations, with or without coffee or wine. Located in a safe, quiet neighborhood, yet close to great restaurants, shops and transportation, this is the perfect "home away from home".
Paul and Yvonne were great hosts. Paul met us at the bus station and was happy to show us around and offer us as much advice as we desired. The apartment was lovely with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus and was located in an area that was close enough to major attractions but still quiet and not overrun with tourists. Our room was tidy, quiet and had an adjacent private bathroom. We enjoyed our stay in Istanbul very much and would highly recommend Paul and Yvonne to anyone wishing to visit the city.
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