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The NIGHT OWL is a very cute little flat. It is not exactly like the the pictures, but they fit quite well. It is located very central just about a 3 minute walk to Istiklal Cad./Galatasaray Lisesi. The direct neighborhood is really nice (little cafes, shops etc.). As the French street is just around the corner, it could be a little louder at the weekends. But who wants to sleep Saturday night in Istanbul?
We've been in contact with Marco via email before our trip which worked very well. Marco and his friend Isik gave us a warm welcome. Isik was very helpful to us and answered every question :). Check in and check out have been very easy.
I just can recommend The NIGHT OWL.
This was one of our favourite stays with Air Bnb. The apartment is in the perfect location, short walk to the tram so within 15 mins you are in Sultanahmet. The street of the place is very cool with cute cafes, record stores etc. The apartment itself is very spacious with everything you need and was a very comfortable stay. Would highly recommend and we hope to return!
Génial ! Le petit appartement de Marco est charmant , propre, bien équipé et très bien situé( tout est accessible facilement à pied). Nous avons été très bien accueillis par isik et tout nous a été expliquer à notre arrivée. A recommander pour profiter de cette ville magnifique!
Althought the location is really central and convenient, the place is definitely overpriced and undercared - the pictures don't 100% match with the actual apartment.
Besides the interior design,the place is much smaller that it may seem on the pics, the bathroom is far from a good condition, there is no tea/coffee or even a bottle of water to drink, which really bugged us when we arrived about midnight, so tired and thirsty. Also don't expect the apartment to be clean - it was quite dusty there.
The guy who met us(Isik) was very pleasant and nice. Our flight was delayed, but this was no problem with him and we could contact him right away.
Overall, it's an OK place to stay for 1-2 persons if the pricing doesn't seem high for you.
This apartment is so tiny, that saying it sleeps 4 people is actually not fair.
There is a huge difference between what you might imagine from the photos and what you find in reality.
Very well located, in a great neighbourhood, but poorly kept, it’s apparent that it is just a bussiness thing, and far from what you call “a home away from home”
We arrived in the evening, the directions said “200 meters” from the Tram station up the hill , but it was actually more like 600 meters, so it took quiet a while to find.
The apartment is very small and cramped with uneccesary things, which in the photos makes it look cozy and homey, but in reality there is no place to move, without bumping into each other all the time.
We booked it for 4 people (as advertised ), 2 adults and 2 children, but there was linen only for two , and we had to wait for the morning to get some linen for the kids, who slept without pillow cases and blankets.
The shower is very run down, and the bed in the “bedroom"is very uncomfortable.
It gets hot in the night and there is only one fan in the apartment, so you’ll have to decide where to put it.
The ikea couch in the “living room” is tiny, make sure your kids are small before you put them up to sleep there.
The closet in the bedroom is broken, and has no shelves, which makes it impossible to use. Having no space to put clothes of 4 people, we had to keep everything in the suitcases on the floor and that made the place impossible to be in, claustrophobic even. Leave your yoga mat at home.
The washing machine was broken, we had been promised that someone will take our laundry, it took 3 days. The owners, Marco, was very difficult to reach, and took a long while to respond to our messages.
(we had spoken mostly to a caretaker that was nice and tried his best, but his hands were tied).
But the thing that bugged us most, (attention:”owners”), was that there wasn’t even a bag of tea or a spoon of coffee to have until we settle down.
When you come after a long trip it is nice to be able to have a cup of tea, before going to bed. Well, not here.
After a couple of days we asked to moved upstairs to the bigger, more expensive flat advertised as “the dogs”. That apartment is much more suitable for 4 people, and has a nice terrace but costs much more.
The bottom line is : “The Night Owls” is very well located, way overpriced as it’s advertised for 4 but suitable for 2, and needs much more care by the actual owners.
L'appartement de Marco est très agréable. Marco est arrangeant. La terrasse est un peu plus petite qu'imaginée d'après les photos.
Marco kept in touch with directions to the flat and made me feel very welcome.
The apartment was just as describe in a really good neighbourhood of Istanbul and easy to find. Marco's friend was waiting for me at the apartment and showed me everything I needed. They were flexible on check in and out times which made for a really relaxing stay. I would definitely recommend it!
Die Unterkunft war genau so, wie beschrieben - für 2 Personen sehr geräumig, aber gemütlich, mit allem was man braucht. Wir haben uns dort sehr wohlgefühlt! Die Lage ist ideal - nahe der Haupteinkaufsstraße in einer ruhigeren Seitengasse, mit kleinen Lebensmittelläden und vielen hübschen kleinen Cafés und trendigen kleinen Geschäften rundherum. Der Kontakt mit Marco war stets sehr angenehm, er hat immer schnell geantwortet. Er selbst war zum Zeitpunkt unserer Reise nicht da, aber ein Freund von ihm hat uns sehr freundlich begrüßt und war stets hilfbereit. Da die Waschmaschine nicht funktionierte hat er sogar für uns die Wäsche gewaschen. :)
Alles in allem sehr empfehlenswert, wir würden immer wieder hierherkommen.
This was the best airbnb experience I've ever had! The apartment is beautiful, amazing location, great value and so comfortable. Marcos friend took care of us and he was absolutely wonderful, he even did our washing for us. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Istanbul :)
We really enjoyed both the Squirel and the Hen and Chicken flats. The area is ideally located between the hustle and bustle of Istiklal Cadessi and the vibrant residential area leading down to the Bosphorus and yet it is very quiet. We were very comfortable and were able to cook all of our meals as there are a lot of grocery stores nearby.We didn`t meet Marco but Selçuk was always available and helpful....a very pleasant person.We would definitely recommend the flats and will stay there next time we are in Istanbul. Louise and Michael
We had a nice stay in Istanbul last July. Both flats (The Hen and Chicken and The night Owl) are very confortable. The only negative point is that it was really hot in Istanbul at that time, and without AC it was really difficult to sleep !!! And it's a really great location. Don't miss it.
We stayed in the Mice apartment for 4 nights and it was incredible experience. The location is perfect, in the heart of Istanbul, combining the old part of the city – Pera with the modern spirit of Istiklial str. (Taksim). The apartment is artistic, very cozy and clean. We felt there like at home. Moreover the hospitality of Ahmet and Marco help us a lot and made our stay in Istanbul excellent experience. I highly recommend the place to everybody going to Istanbul.
We had a wonderful mother-daughter week in Istanbul, and Marco's beautiful flats helped make it a success. We were able to rent both the Fishes and the Mice flat, so that all of us (3 mother-daughter pairs!) could stay in the same building. The location is superb - the neighborhood is full of boutiques and little galleries, and the Tophane tram stop to Sultanahmet (old town) is just a short walk downhill. Catering to different travelers' taste and budgets, Marco's flats wowed everyone in the crowd. Would certainly stay here again!
L'ospitalità di Marco e dei suoi collaboratori è piacevole, ben organizzata e presente per chi lo desidera, in ogni momento. La posizione della casa strategica, l'alloggio molto confortevole e ben attrezzato, si stà proprio come a casa! Vicino a molti luoghi è a pochi passi al museo di arte contemporanea (che consigliamo di vedere!)...insomma il consiglio è di andare e di tornare!
I stayed in both the Mice and Hen and Chicken apartments for two weeks in early Jan 2011-I loved (website hidden) addition to all other favorable and glowing comments I have read on this website I would like to add that Marco is the perfect host for a sole traveler who is visiting the city for the first time. From my initial internet inquiry to my departure in all correspondence and discussions he was friendly, interested, helpful and supportive.Unfortunately my wallet was stolen during my visit and both Marco and Arhmet spent 5 hours with me at the police station helping and translating and even lent me $$$ whilst organising funds to be sent- UNHEARD OF!!!
I could not recommend the apartments and personal backup more highly.
We had a great stay in Istanbul thanks to accommodation in La Casa di Maria Pia, The Hen and Chicken flat. The flat was tiny, but clean and comfortable. Lots of artistic details to make the atmosphere, books to relax, international TV network and Internet connection to stay in touch with the rest of the world. We enjoyed the walks to Taksim Square via Istiklal. Pera Museum and Istanbul Modern are on a walking distance as well. Walking up and down the streets in Beyoglu is useful for discovering interesting shops while performing your daily excersises. The highlight of the area are friendly dogs and cats you meet on the streets for those missing their house pets. If you are an enthusiast, you could walk to the Galata bridge or you could catch a tram to the inner city. I would personnaly avoid the local taxies since they have unpredicatable routes - not as costly as they are unpredictable which can make you a bit nervous :(
Marco, Ahmet and Taner are excellent hosts, always ready to help or provide a good advice. With them around you feel Istanbul is an easy place to be in.
A HEART A HOME ; A HAVE AN OASIS in Istanbul – was the Birds apertment for all five familymembers during our 10 day long stay during Christmas and New Year 2010.
Marco & comp mad e this come truth in the most wonderful way by offering an apertment with style, finesse, good taste and most all a functioning home with all the facilities you may need.
The hosts gave us a helping hand whenever needed, the website gave us the key to Istanbul – one of the most existing cities in the world . And yes, we have been arround and seen a lot.
We went by boath at the Marmara sea, enjoyed the Ballet in the Opera, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera at the Peramuseum, ; found the ingredients for our daily meals at the Fish Market and in all the nice small shoops in our street. Pamuk, who gave some of us inspiration, was present most of the time, And every night we got together in the big sofa and wachted the lastest movies from all over the world, dvd;s we found in a shop nearby.
Thank You for a wonderful vaccation,
Su Pe Isak Aron and Sanna /Finland and Sweden
PS: We do recommend the Hamman right across the street. It is local, it is real !
We have just returned from Istanbul having stayed in Marco's third floor flat for ten days over Christmas holidays. The flat was newly decorated, everything worked, it was spotlessly clean. The neighbourhood is clearly the best in town, with everything close by but not too much noise or hustle. We especially loved bakeries and sweets shops near by; the feel was European but Turkish as well, very welcoming. There was a taxi stand just 100 yards away where local drivers never tried to overcharge us (we typically paid 3 times more for cabs from other places). Marco was the best host - he waited for us for an hour at the airport (we had problems with snow and two couples arriving from different countries) but he never complained and was the perfect host - happy, well-travelled, clever, warm. We felt at home as soon as we arrived! Marco and Ahmed took care of everything and I cannot recommend them highly enough. It is so lovely to travel and learn about new places and when you meet welcoming and kind people like Marco, this makes it all so much more beautiful. We would certainly come back and recommend it to everyone we know!