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.
Un séjour super agréable, Paul et Yvonne sont tops! De vrais experts pour accueillir les voyageurs: infos précises, très bons conseils pour profiter un max d'Istanbul et ses recoins magiques, cartes et guides déjà ouverts à la bonne page en arrivant, ...! L'emplacement est très bien aussi, loin des hôtels blingbling du centre touristique et au cœur de la vie active des stambouliotes. L'accès au centre historique en tram est super facile et à 2 pas (et quelques marches) de la maison.
Merci encore à vous!
Paul and Yvonne were wonderful hosts. They gave us easy-to-follow directions to reach their place from the airport, a great overview of the surrounding neighborhood, plus tons of great suggestions on places to eat and drink. They live in a really cool neighborhood, not touristy at all, but close enough to the old city and major sites. Our visit was very quick (just an overnight layover) and unfortunately we did not have much time to explore.
The room was comfortable and clean. You have a private bathroom, which was also spotless.
Paul and Yvonne were both warm and welcoming. I had a nice time chatting with them, learning about the history and politics in Turkey. If I find myself in Istanbul for another visit, I'd definitely book their room again.
We have been spending a really great time in Paul&Yvonne appartment !
Warm welcome, helpful tips, pleasant talks, and nice sharing in a simple and spontaneous mood.
Everything was there to complete the beauty of Istanbul !
WOW amazing place with the best view of Istanbul. Paul and Yvonne are very friendly and helpful, the room and the bathroom were very clean and you have your own area with a separate door. Paul picked up us on the Taksim place, he is a very good guide and you can asked him all things about Istanbul. Around you have a lot of bars and restaurants and you are very close to the Taksim place, you can't get lost. We would book here again. .. thx Paul and Yvonne for the great time. Best Regards Vicky and Katti
Paul and Yvonne were excellent host. The flat was really well located and the views were stunning. They gave us nice ideas to move around.
The room was very quiet and nice, and the fact that it's at the end of the corridor and you have your own space with doors and the private bathroom made it perfect for us.
We loved the city and the people. Very nice trip. Highly recomended
Staying with Paul and Yvonne made our trip to Istanbul an amazing overall experience.
Your own room and bathroom are separated from the rest of apartment with doors, so you really feel like you have your own place.
The apartment is fully equipped , everything you need and more.
The thing we will miss the most is the terrace with breathtaking view on Bosphorus.
Paul and Yvonne are amazing hosts, really helpful and great people to talk to. Paul met us at the bus stop, showed us around neighbourhood and gave us some great tips (ask about the turkish breakfast place!).
You can't go wrong with choosing Paul and Yvonnes place :)
We stayed for short time at Paul's and Yvonne's apartment, but it has been a wonderful experience! Paul has been incredibly friendly and helpful, telling us directions, suggesting us nice places to visit, and even gave us a card for transports that we didn't had, and helped us to move in Istanbul. The room is cozy, very clean, and even if not independent with a great level of privacy thanks to a dedicated bath and a door that separates the spaces. Aesthetically the flat is well described by the photos, with a wonderful terrace and a huge living room! Definitely recommended, we would have like to stay there more!
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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.