I am from Istanbul, Turkey. I am a teacher and NGO volunteer. My husband is a Phd student and translator.
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Flat just as described, amazingly well equipped and very clean and comfortable, definitely a home from home atmosphere. Cana waited to greet us even though the taxi from the airport got stuck in traffic and took twice as long as expected. The stairs up five floors are a bit of challenge, glad we didn’t have big bags, but you do get the view across the rooftops to the Bosphorus. We were very grateful for the fan and the air conditioning (and the supplies in the fridge!).
The location is superb, though be prepared for a very steep walk up the hill to Istiklal Caddesi, going down towards the Bosphorus is easier and the tram stop to the historic centre only minutes away though its also a pretty easy walk to the Galata Bridge and across that way.
Shops for provisions in the street below the flat, beers and wine can be bought in a tiny off licence on Kemeralti Caddesi on the way to Galata Bridge. Loads of restaurants all around (both up and down) Cana’s recommendations were all great and the baklava at Gulluoglu well worth the calorie count.
If you have time take a ferry to Sariyer and visit the Sadberk Hanum Museum which is absolutely charming before having a fish lunch and returning to Emininonu.
cana is a really nice person and good host. her apartment is in very very good condition. and location of it couldnt be better. we really enjoyed our stay and it will be me priority place in istanbul, i recommend it to everyone.
L'appartement est calme, propre confortable et correspond aux photos. Le lit est spacieux et très confortable. Cana et son mari ont toujours répondu à nos demandes. Nous sommes contents de notre séjour et recommandons l'appartement.
Tout était très bien. L'appartement est bien décoré. Ce qu'on voit sur la photo est ce qu'il en est. C'est bien situé, à quelques minutes de marche de la station de tramway Tophane et à 5 ou 10 minutes de la rue Istiklal, selon notre forme physique, la côte est bonne mais Istanbul n'est pas plane. Le quartier lui-même n'est pas touristique. Il y a de petits marchés à proximité et quelques petits restos. L'appartement est au 5e étage et de la fenêtre de la salle à manger, on voit la Corne d'Or au loin. Mes filles sont arrivées avant nous et ce sont elles qui ont récupéré les clés auprès de Cana. Elles l'ont trouvé très sympathique, très accueillante et aidante. j'y retournerais sans aucune hésitation.
Cana's apartment is the perfect place from which to explore Istanbul. It is located close to all of the big attractions like Istiklal and Aya Sofia, but in a charming and quiet neighborhood full of shops and restaurants. The place itself is exactly as described, beautiful and spacious. Cana was also incredibly helpful in answering our questions about where to go and how to do things in Istanbul. We were completely satisfied with our time here.
Cana was a wonderful host and her apartment was great - extremely comfortable and peaceful and very well equipped. We really appreciated that Cana took time to ensure we arrived smoothly, and she was happy to recommend places to eat and bars in the area.
The apartment is filled with light, very spacious and has a large comfortable bed. The street has many cafés and small galleries, while there is a grocery store downstairs and a bakery opposite. The location is also great for sightseeing, while well away from the tourist traps. The restaurants of Karakoy are with 5 minutes walk, the design stores of Cucurkuma and Istanbul Modern with 10. Tophane tram stop is at the end of the street.
We would heartily recommend Cana as a host, and her apartment is a great place to stay in Istanbul. Thanks Cana!
Three of us stayed in Cana's apartment for three nights. The beds were both comfortable. The apartment is as pictured. It is on the 5th floor of the apartment bldg, so it does require some stair climbing. View of the apartment is pretty good through the large windows. The location is great as others mentioned. Very close to restaurants and bars, but on a small, quaint, steep, and quiet street adjacent to main pedestrian street of Istikal. Also, very close to tram station. Cana was a great host! She communicated well with us regarding check-in and was waiting for us when we arrived as she described. Also, Cana was helpful with providing tips on the area. Great experience!
We really enjoyed staying at Cana's flat in the heart of Galata. We found it exactly as described and shown in the pictures. It was pefectly clean, well equipped (washing machine, dish washer) and all essentials (towels, bed clothes, coffee, tea, spices) were provided. The flat is in fact cozy and from the sofa you can catch a good view of the bosporus. Cana and her husband Cagri are great hosts and very helpful for any kind of questions. We highly recommend this place. Thank you so much, we hope to see you again!
We stayed for 3 nights at Cana and Cagri's lovely loft in the heart of Beyoglu, Taksim. The flat is perfect, equipped very well with everything one might need, very clean and cosy! The neighbourhood has a real character and you really feel like you are a part of Istanbul. Location of the flat is perfect, surrounded by all the shops, cafes, restaurants around Beyoglu and very close to the Tunnel on one side, and to Tophane on the other. Cana and Cagri's hospitality is amazing. We would definetely see ourselves staying in this flat again!
Cana has been only one night but I can tell you that she is friendly and left the apartment tidy.
Cana and her husband Cagri were very nice, quiet guests and also easy to get along. They left the apartment spotless. I recommend them!
Staying at Cana's place will make you feel like you're living in Istanbul.
It's spacial, homey, with a beautiful view of the next door buildings' rooftops and the Bosphourus river. After nearly 12 days of exploring in Turkey, I took a day to relax on the couch and watch the boats go by.
The kitchen is fully equipped. I had a pleasant time cooking for the two dinner parties that I hosted. Beautiful light comes in. Birds sit on the window sills and sing.
My friend was lucky to stay in the bedroom---again views of the Bosphorus---because the bed is so comfortable. I slept in the loft, which was a lot of fun. It's cozy, and comfortable, and an all around enjoyable. experience
Best of all is the location. It's walking distance to the river, and just up the roast to Istiklal Street. Plus, unlike the hotels that are actually on Istiklal; the surrounding area is quiet. It's perfect for a lazy afternoon and a good night's rest.
Cana is a perfect host, who was always available to answer any of my questions. Most of all, she spends a ton of time making sure the place is clean, and in great working order.
I've stayed at several places in Istanbul. This is by far the best.
NOTE: I rented their place through friends of mine. I did not know them before coming to Istanbul.
Cana and I do know each other for a long time since 2004. She's married to a high school friend of mine, Cagri.
They live happily ever after in this cozy apartment since they've got married. They love to travel and meet new people and curios about any detail from art to history of their travels. I can make sure they will be welcoming you in a pleasant and caring way. Wish you a nice and entertaining holiday and do not forget to relax on their big sofa, sipping a drink towards the view after Istanbul's hectic atmosphere.
Cana and her husband (my dear friend) and I are friends since many years. They are both really attentive, kind and social, well equipped people. I guess they can recommend many places around Taksim or give informations about historical areas which nobody would knew. They love to travel a lot, have been to many places both in Turkey and internationally, so they know what's like to stay abroad and get around. I guess Cana will be taking care of all your questions, requests and needs as her own. Cozy Flat they're renting it's a really nice and spacious apartment with high ceiling and wide windows, close to many key locations. I guess you'll enjoy your holiday by renting their place. Wish you the best holiday ever.