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Wonderful stay in Istanbul. Apartment was located in a perfect part of town, which was within 5 minutes from galata tower, galata bridge, and iskytal street. Amazing view of the Bosporus, old town, and the Anatolian bank. Umut was a wonderful host and was very responsive if we had any questions. Apartment is very simple as stated, but provided a great home base. We had a flight at 7am and Umut arranged pickup. I recommend you grab a beer with him as well for an enlightening chat.
Great location, not such a great house. All and all very poorly maintained. Host was friendly and we had a good time but it was not due to the charm of the place! Pictures don't really match the current condition which is a lot worse with quite a bit of water leakage, mold and a very squeaky door! For the price we expected something better. Hope the owner takes some initiative to clean things up. Better luck next time!
Umut was a great host. The flat had all we needed and was in a good location close to shop/restaurant and galata tower and not far from the tram either or karakoye bridge. Umut lives in the same building which was really good to exchange information. We had a great and will come back. I recommend this place.
Umut was a wonderful and helpful host, and his top-floor apartment is located in a great part of town. Wonderful views of the Bosphorus, Old Istanbul, and Galata Tower (his pictures are accurate). The apartment is small and clean, the only negatives being ceiling stains from apparent roof leaks in the past. Be warned: it is a walk-up apartment, 6 flights of steps, and the neighboring streets are hilly, so get your exercise in; if walking is an issue for you, this apartment is not your best option.
Multiple small cafes & grocery stores are within 1 block; shopping within 2 blocks, of both tourist and modern Istanbul boutiques. 5-10 minute walk to Istiklal Avenue, Galata Bridge, Karaköy docks, and Karaköy tram station. EXCELLENT location for visitors, without being in the thick of tourist-centric Fatih district (Old Istanbul).
we had a easy stay in the appartment of umut, it is very well located, with old and new istanbul within walking distance, the neighborhood has a nice mix of local and urban atmosphere, the apparment itself is simple indeed but the view is really good; although umut was very occupied he did make some time for us
We, 4 friends from Germany and France, stayed a week at Umuts place in July. Thanks to Umut we had a wonderful time in Magic Istanbul! Umut is a great person and we appreciated spending time with him and his girlfriend, discussing and drinking beers together.
He is a caring host and does everything for the well-being of his guests.
The flat is exactly as in the description, simple and clean. As it is on the top floor the view is just breathtaking. Even in July at night it was not too hot in the flat as there is a fan and always a gentle breeze.
We would definitely book the flat again when we come back to Istanbul.
Excellent views and good location in Beyoğlu. Umut is kind, thoughtful and helpful and took time out of his busy schedule to chat to us. The room is basic and without air-con, luckily we had some breeze coming in and a fan. Some of the paint work needs re-doing from water damage but apart from looking slightly shabby the place is a good and clean base from which to explore Istanbul.
Umut was a fantastic host. Full of excellent recommendations and great info - warm, welcoming, and friendly. The apartment is nice, exactly as described and depicted in the photos, with a really OUTSTANDING location in a cool, hip, up-and-coming neighborhood full of great bars, restaurants, and cafes. By far, though, my favorite activity here was just coming home and flinging the windows open to stare at that crazy view, with the Bosphorus stretching out at your feet. Yes, as others have noted, be ready for the call to prayer to sound right outside the window, and there are a lot of stairs, but that just helps work off some of the heaps of food you'll be eating while in Istanbul. Next time I need a place to stay in Istanbul, Umut's apartment will be the first place I look. Thanks for everything!
My friend and I stayed at Umut's place for 12 days. Overall, we had a good experience. The price quality ratio is excellent. It's cheaper than a hostel without all its inconveniences. Most of all,it's perfectly located. I that to say, the cleanliness of the apartment is poor. And I don't have such high standards. Major dust bunnies and spots of mold on the ceilling. The shower drain was clogged. There was even a pigeon living on the kitchen's hot water tank. Apart from that everything was perfect.
Our week at Umut's apartment was great! Umut is a very nice, sensitive and helpful guy and gave us some great tips and background information.
The rooms are basic, with a great view, located in a perfect location for an Istanbul- trip.
We highly recommend Umut's place,