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The CHIC4 apartment was the perfect choice for exploring Istanbul, and Ali was a fantastic host that made the whole process easy and seamless. The location is excellent, just a 2 minute walk to the Tunel subway and Istiklal street. There are literally hundreds of cafes and restaurants within a 10 minute walk, and the basic necessities (market, pharmacy, coffee) are all literally right around the corner. The neighborhood is cosmopolitan, but not at all touristy, and you really feel like you are in the heart of Istanbul's contemporary arts, music and culinary scene. Going to the main tourist sites in Sultanahmet was extremely easy, and only took 15-20 minutes by tram. The apartment and the building itself are totally renovated and modern, complete with an elevator and central heating (not always found in some older buildings in this area). The apartment was immaculate and well-appointed, and came with housekeeping service several times a week. Ali also provided a binder of comprehensive and well-organized information on all essential info we'd need during our stay (phone, medical services, transport, etc.) and even included great local restaurant recommendations. Ali was very responsive throughout the booking process and arranged reasonably priced and straight-forward airport transfers. In all, the apartment was perfect in every way and Ali an exceptional host.
A perfect place to stay in Istanbul.
About the place:
Great layout, no wasted space -- a great use of the square footage. Two full bathrooms. Large master suite with private bath and second bedroom has two bunk beds with a full bath in the hallway. The second bedroom (bunks) has a nice balcony off of it. The living room and kitchen are nicely done -- great design. There is a great window nook seating area in the living room. Also, please note, this apartment is only a rental apartment -- it is not like you will be staying at somebodies apartment while they are out of town -- so you won't feel weird -- it's the same as staying at a suite in a hotel -- only much cooler and more authentic.
About the neighborhood:
In my opinion, this where you'll want to be in Istanbul. Great neighborhood -- lots of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, etc. This apartment is located on a relatively quiet street with a pretty cool city view from all the windows. We walked everywhere from this apartment -- no need for public transportation.
About the host:
Ali was great. He speaks English. Opened the door for us and gave a run down of the apartment and the neighborhood. He even put together a great book that has some locals tips about where to eat, drink, go, etc. We found that very helpful.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IF WE RETURN TO ISTANBUL, WE WILL STAY AT THIS SAME PLACE. IT'S A STEAL FOR THE MONEY.
Ali was a pleasure to deal with and very prompt to respond to all my queries. I booked on behalf of 2 of our staff members who reported that the apartment was really lovely and in a very convenient location. No hassles at all and everything as expected and described. Would definitely book again.
The flat is located in the great neighborhood Karaköy. Great access to nice restaurant and bars. A clean, nice flat. Seamless check in and check oout. Ali is a great and attentive host. Highly recommended.
We had a very nice stay at Ali's place. The apartment is really nice and exactly as depicted. It is located in a central and lively neighborhood with many bars and restaurants close by as well as within walking distance of many place of interest (and a few hundred meters from public transports if you don't like walking).
Ali arranged us efficient transportation from and to the airport, was very welcoming and had foreseen a few easy details that made our stay easier such as a map of the city and a public transport key that we just had to top up for use.
The only downside was the bar down the street which was quite noisy on Saturday night. We could hardly hear it from the double bedroom which is not by the street but in the triple room, it was pretty noisy. On other nights all was very quiet.
Overall we had an excellent stay and would definitively recommend the place to future Istanbul visitors
If you expect great service, hospitality, quality and a splendid stay in Istanbul - we would see, get in contact with Ali/ Tulin.
Flat is nice, clean and with good style. Position is my prefered in Istanbul and close to everything you may need (metro, restaurants, clubs, life). People staff perfect and very professional...
Thank you all of you..
I stayed in Ali's flat "Chic 5" for five nights this December. The flat was exactly as described, clean, with airy bedrooms and modern furniture and appliances. It is worth noting that the location of the flat is simply amazing. A minute away from the funicular and the metro, right by the big Pera hotels (very convenient a for taxis). Ali was on hand to answer any questions we had and is a very professional host.
We stayed in Ali's apparts for two nights, and I highly recommend this place for everybody:
- rooms are extremely clean. I've never seen so white sheets and so accurate apparts in hotels and guesthouses)) Thanks a lot to housekeeper Isa, he is very friendly guy and does his job perfect.
- apparts are well equipped. There are dishwasher, refrigerator, toaster,coffee machine, hairdryer, small stove. if you need to make a laundry, you can do it in there laundry room, just ask Ali
- good location: rooms are near Istiklal Avenue, apparts are close to bus station, metro station - all in walking distance.
- main thing - Ali is very friendly, hospitable and nice person. He helped us with our luggage (we needed a place to keep it for a couple of hours before our check-in). If you need some info about Istanbul, places to visit and everything - just ask him.
We will stay in this place in next visit, it is really perfect place for good price, especially if you are travelling with your friends. It is a little bit noisy becouse of location, but for us it wasn't a problem actually, we slept perfect))
Thank you Nelya,
It was a pleasure for us to have you in Easyhomeistanbul. We will be delighted to host you and your friends again.
Sehr zentrale gute ruhige Lage zu Sehenswürdigkeiten, Einkauf und Vergnügen. Geeignet für max. 5 Personen.Ein Schlafzimmer hat Etagenbetten. Etwas beengte Raumverhältnisse. Gut ausgerüstete Einbauküche im Wohnraum, jedoch kein Esstisch.
I had a great experience renting to Ali and his daughter, Nazli. Communication was polite and pleasant, and they followed thru with all my booking requirements in a timely manner. The apartment was very well cared for and returned in an immaculate condition. I hope to host for them again in the future, and strongly recommend them as wonderful guests in the Airbnb community.
Ali and his daughter were excellent guests. We really enjoyed having them at our loft in Miami and we would be happy to have them back again anytime. They were very friendly and respectful of our unit and they kept in great communication with us throughout their stay. They also left the place looking AMAZING!!! We would definitely recommend them to any other hosts on here :)
Ali is one of the best guests I have hosted ever. He also is a host, so he knows the effort we put in to provide a nice stay. That experience came in handy when I had water issue temporarily for an afternoon. Ali was so kind and accommodating while I worked on the problem. I offered a complimentary gym membership as consideration. If you want an AMESOME guest go with Ali. I cannot speak highly enough of him. I would host him over and over! I hope to return the favor and be a guest to him in Turkey someday.