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I'm a musician from Berlin/Germany. Since 2011 I live in Istanbul and found a new home in this amazing city.
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If you are looking for a great place to stay in the heart of Istanbul, on the edge of the lively Taksim area, you should really consider Marcel Martins place. It's perfectly situated, has a great authentic atmosphere, you've got a lot of privacy and Marcel is a magnificent host. Hospitable, helpful, flexible; he trully makes you feel at home. Thanks for a great stay Marcel!
Die Wohnung war sehr schön und Marcel ein netter Gastgeber. Die Lage der Wohnung ist sehr gut und die Anbindungen an öffentliche Verkehrsmittel ebenfalls. Manchmal war es allerdings etwas kalt, was viellicht auch mit den dünnen Fenstern zusammenhing.
Ansonsten gerne wieder.
Marcel is a wonderful host, who goes out of his way to be helpful. The apartment is a little gem in the middle of bustling Istanbul. It is located in a quiete side street, right off one of the main transit streets of the city. Taksim square and the busy Istiklal shopping street are just a stone throw away. The apartment is very easy to reach by public transport (metro, bus) and I felt safe walking around there even in the middle of the night. The pictures do not do the room justice! The paintings on the walls are impressive, the bed is great to sleep in and bathroom, although small, has all one needs...especially a very warm and well functioning shower. The apartment is kept very clean and welcoming and if you look at the lovely wooden floor, you feel ok to take off your shoes prior to entering the main room. I highly recommend staying with Marcel when in Istanbul. You will not regret it!
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Marcel is taking good care of his guests. The appartment is in a great typical, authentic non touristy area but if you cross the street you are in the best area of Istanbul filled with art, cosy restaurants, etc.
A great hideaway for people who like the real Istanbul
The flat is really nice!! We loved it so much. The location is good, not far from the main shopping street. Marcel is nice and helpful. Every thing was great during our stay. Thank you Marcel!
The flat was very beautiful, comfortable and nicely decorated. The location was very central as well, only 10 minutes walk from Istiklal. We really recommend Martin and his apartment.
Eine sehr schöne, individuelle Wohnung in zentraler Lage, genau wie beschrieben. Sie hat uns die "regenreichen letzten Tage versüsst".
Marcel war hilfsbereit und jederzeit ansprechbar für Informationen und Tipps. Wir können die Wohnung unbedingt empfehlen.
Danke Marcel, dass Du uns am Anfang begrüßt hast. Das war sehr freundlich.
Die Lage der Wohnung ist sehr angenehm: die Nachbarschaft erschien uns überwiegend türkisch, allerdings sind die Wege zu den Zielen in Beyoglu oder Galatasaray angenehm kurz, auch die Altstadt ist gut erreichbar.
Wir haben bei frühwinterlichen Temperaturen (fast) alle Ziele zu Fuß erreichen können. Für geübte Wanderer ist das kein Problem, für andere gibt es auch ein System von Bus, Metro und Fähre.
Nach Anstellen vom Boiler wartet dann auch eine heiße Dusche im Vintage Bad auf den müden Wanderer oder auch das vernünftige Bett.
Morgens sehr zeitig mahnt allerdings der Mufti mit arabischen Klagegesängen, dass schon wieder ein Tag beginnt. So negativ haben wir das nicht empfunden. Wir konnten noch einen kurzen Nachschlaf nehmen und dann eine Tee in der gemeinsamen Küche bereiten.
Wir empfehlen Dich weiter!!!
I really enjoyed the flat, beautiful layout, great atmosphere, furniture and art. The neighbourhood is quiet (although you will hear the 6am call to prayer from the nearby mosque… which for me, adds to the experience) and only a ten minute walk to the centre of Istiklal. Marcel made us feel at home and was very accommodating.
Marcel was my landlord for a year and has been a friend for longer. He has worked in the service industry for over five years, and the hospitality begins at home. As a host, Marcel is charming, hospitable, and fastidious. He knows how to make a good cup of coffee, and he is present and helpful without being intrusive. One might even compare him to Gustave H, the legendary concierge in Wes Anderson's film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The flat embodies everything one can hope for in a such a Mediterranean entrepôt -- aside from an explicit Bosphorus view. There's tasteful, thought-provoking art from Germany, Latin America, Turkey. There's oak. There's tile. There's ample foliage. There's a library full of natural light that contains literature and travel guides in at least four languages. It's a 7-minute walk from Galatasaray Lycée on Istiklal Ave, a central meeting point, and it's neither in tourist central nor such a conservative area that you'll get tongue clucks for wearing shorts. What's not to like?
Marcel is a great guy living in the same neighborhood as me. He knows Istanbul very well and I'm sure he's a perfect host !
Marcel was our gracious host in connection to The Triangle Project Part 10 in Istanbul! His place is close to the nightlife and center of city street life for the international traveler. Marcel is also connected to the local art, film and music scene and open to sharing his network and friends. Enjoy Istanbul! :-)
I can highly recommend to stay with Marcel for your time in Istanbul. His flat is a very beautiful place, set up with nice antique furniture, wooden floors and high ceilings. The place is very good located in the center, so you’re close to all famous attractions and the exciting metropolitan life of Istanbul. Marcel is a perfect host, friendly and open minded. He can recommend you a lot of interesting things to do, and knows a lot of good places and people through his work as an artist and musician. I can totally recommend to stay with him, you will enjoy it!
Im more than pleased to recommend Marcel as a host. He is a helpful and cheerful friend, Im pretty sure he would be welcoming to his hosts. And you can have great tips about İstanbul; the culture, the city and events from him.
Marcel is a great host and the flat is perfectly located - 10 minutes away from Taksim - just nearby the Istiklal street - where you can feel the vibe of Istanbul and enter all important places of Istanbul. Absolute recommendable! :)
Marcel is a great guy and good friend of mine! Spending time with him is always a pleasure. I'm sure he makes a great host!
marcel is a very open minded and friendly guy, he took part in our last summer venue micamoca and I would like to work with him again!
Marcel is a very good host, I´ve been visiting him in April 2012 in Istanbul. He was very hostile and showed us around. We got to know his friends and lots of cool and stylish locationsfor goign out and get to know the city.
I highly recommend staying at Marcels Place, it was awsome.