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 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.
Après 5 nuits à Istanbul chez Paul et Yvonne, nous vous recommandons vivement d'y séjourner. L'accueil y est sympathique, tous est organisés pour faciliter votre séjour, plans, cartes de tram, et visites conseillées.
Appartement est agréable et propre, bien conçu pour préserver votre intimité et belle vue sur le Bosphore.
Pour leurs faire plaisir, vous pouvez apporter une bouteille de champagne, ils apprécierons, car en Turquie l'alcool est cher.
Thierry et Christine
yvonne and paul were wonderful hosts to us, gave us a lot of tips and advices for a exiting short-trip to stunning istanbul!
we had a tidy, friendly and absolute quiet room with extra bathroom for us.
they shared with us their kitchen and their living room, which has an overwhelming view over the bosporus!
from paul and yvonne we learned a lot about istanbuls history and present situation.
the apartment is located in the most vivid and interesting district beyoglu, an ideal starting-point for exploring the city.
we are sure to visit istanbul for another time and of course we want to stay again in paul and yvonne´s apartment.
Paul gave us instructions for getting a bus from the airport and then met us off the bus so this was really helpful. He then helped end us get a taxi on our departure. The room was lovely, peaceful and private with a bathroom. Everything was very clean and well equipped. Paul advised us about what to see in Instanbul and took us on an orientation of the neighbourhood and the restaurant area. He and Yvonne were very welcoming and friendly and we. Highly recommend staying with them. The view f rom their apartment is great too. Thank you for your warm hospitality
Paul and Yvonne were exceptional hosts and helped us have a great stay in Istanbul. They provided lots of practical help and advice plus a fast-track intro to this fascinating city. The bedroom was lovely with own bathroom too. The apartment has a great view of the Bosphorus. Thanks again to P&Y - we would highly recommend staying here.
Had an extremely good time! Paul was really helpful and thanks to him, exploring Istanbul was much easier. Would definitely recommend! Place is near tram station and many cafes. And the view of the bosphorus is just as good if not even better than in the photos :))
We thank Paul and Yvonne for their warm welcome and hospitality, we felt at home in Istanbul. Paul was always here to answer our questions and to give us good advice. You can rely on him and all the guidebooks he lends you. It would be a great pleasure to repeat the experience ! Thank you again.
Batoul & (website hidden): If you don't know how to honour their genuine hospitality, you could really please Paul by playing a Ping-Pong game with him, he's still waiting for a worthy adversary (I tried but couldn't meet the challenge...).
The apartment is located very close to center of Istanbul and offers a beautiful view of Bospor.
Paul and Yvonne are knowledgeable and helpful hosts.
Super nette Gastgeber. Im Vorfeld hat mit der Organisation alles geklappt, wir wurden vom Busbahnhof abgeholt und hatten dann sogar eine kleine Stadteinführung. Ruhig und zentral gelegen im "wirklichen"Istanbul (nicht die Touri-Altstadt)alles fußläufig erreichbar, traumhafte Aussicht aus Küche Wohnzimmer und vom Balkon. Alles neu und super sauber. Wir haben uns gleich wohl gefühlt. Wenn man möchte kann man sehr gut mit den beiden quatschen und wenn nicht, hat man im eigenen Apartmentteil seine Ruhe. Sehr zu empfehlen!! (Berliner Pärchen, Mitte 20)
Paul und Yvonne sind tolle Gastgeber. Sofort nach der Buchung erhielten wir ausführliche Beschreibungen, wie wier vom Flughafen zum Taksim-Platz kommen und dort abgeholt werden. Hat alles super geklappt.
Paul und Yvonne sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, wir haben von ihnen viel über das Leben in Istanbul erfahren.
Die Wohnung ist zentral ,aber ruhig gelegen. Es entspricht alles den Beschreibungen und Fotos.
diese Unterkunft ist bestens zu empfehlen.
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