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My two friends and I hunted for the perfect Istanbul AirBnb for weeks, and we were so glad to have found this one. Baris was so flexible and easy to communicate with, he met us at the taxi to take us up to the flat and gave us a little tour of the neighborhood before he left.
The space is exactly like the photos. Cozy and feels like a flat rather than a hotel (which is what we wanted), yet minimal and with plenty of closet space and surfaces to unpack comfortably. The terrace is as lovely as everyone else says it is, and the music from Balkon made it feel like our own private rooftop bar.
The location is ideal for visiting the city and getting around, and while the neighborhood is definitely lively, on the fifth floor it feels far enough away to where sleeping was no problem at all.
Highly recommend this place. Baris is a chill, accommodating host and the flat is perfect.
Baris was very receptive and welcomed us on arrival to lead us to the flat. It was exactly as described and the host came across as very sincere and genuine, tending to our every need without being overbearing. We spent 8 nights there and were very pleased with how it panned out. The flat is charming and includes all the essentials you could need for a stay in istanbul (iron, good shower, good bedrooms, cable TV, kitchen, and nice living room), with particular praise for the well-tended roof terrace which comes attached and which we used to great effect every morning and evening for our ciggarette breaks. In regards to the location, it is hard to conceive of anything better, being smack in the middle of the bar/resturant area, and within 15 minutes walking distance to most historical landmarks and sights. 10/10, wouldn't hesitate in using the same flat were we to return!
Lovely flat, perfect location, great host!
We had a wonderful time in Istanbul.
I can definitely recommend Baris place to stay.
We loved staying at this apartment. The locations was PERFECT; Beyoglu is such a vibrant neighbourhood and we were so happy to be in the center of it. The bed was comfortable, the living room was a great hangout place. We used the roof terrace a lot. Baris was extremely helpful with all our questions. I'd absolutely stay there again!
Baris was a wonderful host and very responsive. He waited for me to arrive and helped me get checked in to the apartment. I loved the space- the patio on the back was beautiful!
Baris is an absolutly reliable and welcoming host.
The apartment is really nice with elegantly styled. It also has remarkle terrace. It is situated in the very heart of Beyoglu.
And the location is part of one major drawback. Beyoglu is full of bars and nightclubs, which are also near the apartment. This makes the apartment noisy. I recommend the apartment only when you plan to enjoy Beyoglu nightlife intensively (better be home late than early).
We had a great time staying at Baris's place. He was relaxed and helpful and made things very simple for us. Its a lovely apartment and although it is in a very central area we had no trouble sleeping, Definitely would recommend it
Slap bang in the centre of restaurants and bars you need not walk too far for entertainment! The apartment is functional and bright and the terrace, although overrun by cats, was a good place to enjoy a sun-setter. The stairs with their smell of cats were a little challenging but once in the apartment were forgotten, (plus Baris was kind enough to carry my bag up to his top floor pad, a gift indeed). Friday and Saturday night saw the neighbourhood heaving to the early hours, however, I was able to sleep despite concern that the sounds of frivolity from the streets would keep me up. All in all we had a good stay at Baris' apartment.
We stayed five days in Baris wonderful apartment, enjoying the bright and spacious rooms and the sunny terrace just outside the door.
The location is perfect to enjoy the nightlife of this nice pedestrian district, full of bars and restaurants and only one block away from the Istiklal street and the cable car tunnel which will allow you to easily go anywhere in town, especially to Sultanamet historical spots.
The area can be noisy at night (specially on Saturday), but once back home on the fifth floor, you just relax out of the crowd.
Baris was very nice, we met very easily and the first contact was very friendly. He showed us the place and gave us some tips on the neighborhood. He was very helpful and discreet as well.
We spent 6 nights in Baris' flat in March 2013 and it was great. It's conveniently located close to Tünel Square in a pedestrian zone (read: the taxi can't drop you right at the door). Baris showed us where the neighborhood market is and pointed out an excellent Turkish restaurant nearby. The neighborhood can be noisy at night (particularly weekends) due to the clubs, but it's downright placid in the morning. The patio is great when the weather is good. The flat is as spacious and comfy as it looks in the pictures. The flat is 5 floors up and there's no elevator so pack light. We would definitely stay here again.