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aysegul was very sweet and helpful, as the apt. is a little confusing to find at first. location is amazing. loved this neighborhood. we really loved this apartment. its very roomy, nice tv and couch area. the was it is decorated was especially charming to me how it was a nice mix of antique furniture.
The listing was exactly as it appeared in the pictures, nothing too fancy but comfortable and clean; don't expect any extra frills. Bathroom and kitchen are very small and compact. Only complaint was that the neighbors are quite loud and smoke into the the apartment's (private) terrace/outdoor area, but if you are in Turkey, you should be prepared to be surrounded by cigarette smoke all the time. The lovely little fruit stand next to the apartment was perfect! Aysegul is kind, let's you in, then let's you be. It literally is just minutes to Taksim square/Metro but unfortunately a very steep hill climb to the other tramway stations.
Aysegul is an extremely welcoming and flexible host. After many flight/travel delays - we arrived very late in the night (3AM) and she made it clear that this was not an issue and was even happy to come meet us at the bus stop.
We stayed here as a couple for 3 nights and the apartment itself was exactly what we needed. It was clean and extremely close to the main square. We would say that the apartment is better for those who plan to spend their time out and about and not as much time inside as it does not get a great deal of light - nor does the outdoor space. However the flat was great for the price and we would stay there again. Wouldn't really recommend this to a family but its definitly ideal for travelers in search of a good deal!
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We loved our stay at Aysegul's place in Istanbul. She was there waiting for us when we arrived, and she very kindly let us check out late as our flight was after midnight. We really appreciated that. The apartment is lovely, very clean, very central to Istiklal St, and easy to walk down the hill to the Bosphorous and the tram to the historical attractions. We would definitely book this place again next time we go to Istanbul. Highly recommended!
Aysegul was a lovely and gracious host, but we were greatly disappointed in this listing. Our arrival was delayed by the guests before us until 9:30 at night. The dishes were not clean, there was peeling paint coming from the walls in several rooms and the décor did not look as it is shown in the photos.
This flat is lovely and just as described. Ayşegül is a great host and met us after a late flight in the small hours of the morning, and gave us a tour of the flat and an induction to the city on the wall map which was very helpful to orientate us. Stayed for 6 nights. Flat is clean and well furnished, bed very comfortable. Modern snazzy shower which even plays the radio! Ayşegül kept in contact before our arrival and was easy to get hold of.
The street is quiet and safe, and on a hill. 5 mins up the hill is Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue, 5 minutes down the hill is Findiklu station which takes you directly to the port of Eminonu and the old city. Dont want to walk up the hill on your way back? Easy! Just take the T1 to Kabatas and then the Funicular and hey presto you're at Taksim and ready for a gentle downhill stroll to the flat. It doesnt get better!
Thank you Ayşegül!
Everything was ok. We felt like home and the was quite cosy. The location is nice. But this area is hilly. Aysegul was helpful and welcoming.
Ayşegül was a really nice and friendly host. She was easy going and responded to our requests for help really readily. Her home is nice and cosy and located within walking distance to Taksim Square. Highly recommended!
Aysegul was very responsive to the problem with the sewer smell that was coming from a bad toilet seal. She got the plumber to come the same day. They also installed an exhaust fan which helped air out the bathroom. So, the previous concerns (from other "customers") has finally been taken care of. The apartment itself is spacious and has good sound-proof windows which can be useful when the neighbors are having a party or listening to their TV late at night (midnight). The location is very convenient to Taksim Square but if you are elderly (I'm 60 with a hip replacement), it is a challenge to hike up the hill to get there or find a cab.
Aysegul is a nice host and turned to be my friend now and we are communicating continuously. She is really a friendly person that can enjoy her company. Place is really nice and perfect location. Thanks Ayse.
Aysegul is such a great host, I've been her flat couple of times, she is always kind, gentile, thoughtful...always great welcome, kind hospitality, you can hardy find any place as much as comfortable Aysegul's flat.... It is located in a trendy, artsy neighbourhood with metro and all necessary amenities nearby, and friendly locals. It is very easy to feel as if this is your home during your stay, which contributes a real sense of authenticity to a trip to Istanbul! The apartment is clean, well laid out and has a nice fantastic location. Also the room has a beautiful view of the city at night. ....I'm pretty sure yo will get amazing experience...