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We traveled to Istanbul in December and enjoyed our stay. The apartment was very conveniently located, within walking distance to the Blue Mosque and other sites, and close to a tram stop as well. There were several shops nearby where we bought bread, water, etc. and we had tea and played backgammon at the cafe across the street. Very enjoyable! We would probably choose to stay in this apartment again--but there are some things that people staying here should know. The plumbing didn't work very well--the toilet leaked water on the floor, and the drain in the shower clogged every time the shower was used. One time the shower nearly overflowed, because the drain was so clogged. Maybe this is what you get when you stay in the old part of the city--I don't know what other apartments are like. Some of the furniture was broken (but completely usable), and the kitchen is very small. There are very few pots, pans, plates and cups. (That wasn't a problem because we ate out most of the time.) We got a shuttle from the airport, and the driver knew the address. Taxi drivers also knew the address. There was some confusion when we arrived, because Qahar wasn't at the apartment. But that was sorted out with no problem. I gave it three stars because it was a lot like staying in a hostel, and it's pretty expensive for that.
Nuestra experiencia el departamento fue buena. Las fotos del mismo son tal cual estan en la pagina sin ningun tipo de engaño. El departamento tiene la gran ventaja de la ubicacion. Cerca de todos los sitios historicos y los lugares mas importantes de visita en Estambul. A 15-20 minutos caminando a Santa sofia y a la mezquita azul. Tambien el mismo tiempo al gran bazar. Hay 2 supermercados enfrente, restaurantes a metros del mismo. Desgraciadamente la vista externa del edificio y el pasillo y la escalera de acceso al departamento es horrible. Muy sucio y desprolijo. De noche la zona es bastante oscura y tenebrosa pero no tuvimos ningun inconveniente. El anfitrion es muy atento y se encontraba a nuestra disposicion en cuanto lo necesitabamos. En cuanto al mobiliario, nos faltaron varios elementos para cocinar, las cortinas estaban algo sucias. El ultimo dia anduvo mal internet pero quahar se disculpo y lamento el hecho.
Lo recomiendo mas que nada por lo comodo y por la ubicacion. El anfitrion es muy confiable, de hecho nosotros llegamos a las 3 de la mañana y el se encargo del transfer y estaba a esa hora para entregarnos la llave y mostrarnos el departamento. Eso creo que es muy importante.
Siamo stati in 4 persone nell'appartamento di Qahar 3 giorni..
E' situato a 10 minuti a piedi ( alcuni punti in salita) dal centro (Sultanamet) dove si trova la moschea blu e altri punti di interesse di Istanbul. La zona dove si trova la casa non è il massimo della bellezza ma l'appartamento e' abbastanza moderno, con la pecca del bagno decisamente scomodo e piccolo. Casa pulita e stanze confortevoli.
Consigliato per un breve soggiorno!
Qahar was very helpful and we enjoyed the three day stay in Istanbul. The location is perfect if you want to stay in the old part of the city, and for a group of 5 the accommodation was very affordable. Our apartment looked exactly like the photos, although you should allow for the fact that the building is quite old (you are staying in the old part!).
Qahar's apt is great! We have a great time there, it's clean and well located. I hope to stay there again on my next visit to Instambul. Thanks Qahar!!!!!!!!!
Qatar has been most helpful. The apartment was quite decent and we really enjoyed our stay!
Pros: Qahar is a great guy, our place was in a nice location near a cute playground with a fountain and a nice outdoor dining place. I liked the a/c and the place was spacious, clean, huge fridge, washing machine. Qahar responds quickly to you.
Con's: we did not get the flat in the picture, no water for about 12 hours, guys who worked there had a hard time communicating, loud neighbors. I feel bad this was my first experience with airbnb and I was expecting a great experience. Overall there were more negatives than positives but the lack of water was not Qahar's fault. I want to write a better review but it was pretty rough.
We absolutely loved Istanbul, and Qahar's apartment gave us a great location from which to enjoy it. The apartment is downhill from the major Sultanahmet attractions, and we generally felt safe walking to and from the apartment, even late at night down dark alleys. We did not make use of the kitchen amenities, as we indulged in Turkish food as often as possible, so we cannot speak to their relative workability. We did find that leaving the bedroom windows open at night for air circulation was often loud on the weekends--the Turkish people stay up late!--but during the weekdays it was quiet. The bathroom facilities were clean, and an initial issue with the toilet flush was fixed immediately upon placing a call to Qahar. He handled any issues we had quickly, no matter the time of day, and he arranged a taxi for both us and our other houseguest upon leaving the flat.
We had a wonderful stay in this apartment! It was very spacious, probably the first place we've been that turned out to be *bigger* than we were expecting. It's nicely organized, with two bedrooms, a large dining room where you can seat four people easily around the big table, and a front room with couches folding out into more beds. There's a shower in its own separate room, with a shower stall and sink, and the toilet next door in another small room -- I thought it was a much better design than the usual one of having the shower right next to the toilet. The kitchenette was small, but that's standard for Turkey. Our group of three adults and two children had all kinds of space to sleep and relax. Qahar was a terrific host, helping us out with everything we needed. The location is in a quiet neighbourhood, with a nice park across the street that our five-year-old absolutely loved. We were usually the only tourists there, and it was nice to be able to see a slice of local life, and to have a quiet place to retreat to after the constant hustling of the big tourist areas. The big sites (Ayasofya, Sultan Ahmet/Blue Mosque, Topkapi) are all walking distance (and in fact the narrow streets are so jammed that walking was faster than trying to take a cab). It's a bit of a hike up the hill, though, so be prepared. We did the walk many times, and even with a short-legged five-year-old it took about 20 minutes -- adults could probably do it in under 15. On the whole, we had a great stay, and I'd certainly recommend both the apartment and Qahar. [May 2013]
This is not an easy review for me to write. There were some good things about this room, but also some serious problems. Let's begin with the room: although it does not resemble the room pictured on the airbnb page, it is an fair room with a good bed. The room was clean although the bath, which is tiny, had a musty smell. The kitchenette was nearly useless--no way to light the burner, no pan to heat water, almost nothing to cook with, nothing to clean up with.
The big issue is that it was up 3 nearly vertical flights of stairs. I specifically told Qahar that I needed something without stairs and he told me, "Ok i will arrange you room with out much staires ok." When I got there he said that he was sorry but the rooms without stairs were booked and that he had something on the 2nd floor. However, it was up 3 flights, no matter how you count it. My injured knee limits my mobility but if I can avoid stairs then I can use up my pain limit on something like, oh let's see, sightseeing. If he had been honest, I could've booked something appropriate. He didn't have what I needed, but said he did, so he took control over my vacation.
You might wonder why I didn't just book something else. I was so exhausted by the time I finally found the place and then crawled up the 3 floors of stairs that I really didn't have the energy to go out and look for another place. It was 6 pm, but I
Qahar gave very sketchy directions to this place. The address he posted doesn't actually exist, as far as I can tell. Istanbul has very few signs marking street names, so he needs to use other landmarks to help travelers find their way to him. If his English is not up to it, then I'm sure he could ask a guest to help him.
After I had been there 2 nights, he told me that there was an area on the roof where I could make tea and sit with other guests. It should've been communicated to me from the beginning. Also, this location is not so near to most things--not near Sultanhamet, a long walk to the Grand Bazaar, but is near to the fish restaurants in Kulkapi, and very near Kennedy Boulevard which has buses running down toward Sultanhamet and Eminono.
I guess what I want from Qahar is communication.