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I am a visual artist (painter / illustrator) and world traveler.
I love second-hand markets, small details, creative minds, cats, books, etc.
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Amylin et Ali sont très sympas; ils nous ont accueillis avec un thé vendredi soir et malgré notre arrivée tardive (presque 1H du matin quand même...) cela ne leur a pas posé de problème. Amylin nous a donné beaucoup d'informations sur Istanbul par mail avant notre arrivée. Quant a la chambre elle est lumineuse, le couchage est bon et la pièce privative. Tout est conforme aux photos. A recommander!
We had a really good time at Amylins Appartment! It's perfectly located. And with the help of Amylins nice map of recommandations we had delicious meals at some really nice and sometimes hidden places. We didn't feel like the typical tourists, which we loved! I would def recommend staying at her Appartment!
I had a great stay at Amylin and Ali's place, and everything went smoothly from my initial booking until my check-out. Amylin was super fast with her correspondence and also before my trip provided detailed instructions to the apartment & recommendations on things to see and do in Istanbul. They were flexible with the check-in and -out schedules to suit my itinerary. I had a warm welcome from them both and they attended to all my questions and gave me tips to the city according to my interests, and also helped me e.g. with getting a reservation to a restaurant. The apartment is really nice and the room just as shown in the pictures, beautiful deco, comfy bed etc. And the location was just perfect to my needs, in close proximity and within walking distance to all the action and attractions of the central part of town, yet on a quiet, small street to avoid noice from the traffic. They give you the privacy if you wish so, but I was also happy to spend one night with them with a movie and chatting. I would definately recommend this place to my friends, and hope to stay there again if I have a chance to travel to Istanbul again.
Everything we could have hoped for. Our stay was relaxing and quiet! After a busy day in Istanbul, we were happy to be in such a beautiful and soulful place. Everything about this place was comfortable. We have definetly found a home away from home here for when we
return to Istanbul.
Ali greeted us (not too sure how long he waited for us under the rain) and helped us carried our luggages to the apartment. We didn't get a chance to meet Amilyn but communicating with her through emails are pleasant (you get lots of reminders from her as well). Both of them were really helpful and attentive to our questions.
Apartment was great and close to the main Istiklal avenue. Walking to the nearest tram station might be difficult for some (pretty hilly) but the neighbourhood is just amazing. There are lots and lots of useful guide books (especially on Istanbul food) in the apartment. Do make sure you bring earplugs cause there is a mosque nearby and morning prayer can be heard around 05:00 - 06:00 (didn't really bother us).
Overall, it was an amazing stay in the apartment and we highly recommend this apartment.
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay at Amylin and Ali's apartment. Ali was away during our stay so we were not able to meet him. Amylin (and Patates) was welcoming and accommodating. Our flight to Istanbul did not arrive until midnight and by the time we arrived to the apartment the first night it was 2 am! Despite our late arrival, Amylin welcomed us and showed us around the apartment. The room itself is beautifully decorated, has plenty of space, and the bed is very comfortable. Also provided in the room are many books and travel guides for Istanbul. Our stay was so brief, we did not really get to take full advantage of all of the books and guides but we thought it was a great touch. The bathroom is also wonderful- huge mirror, shower/tub with water that warms instantly. Amylin answered all of our questions regarding sightseeing and provided a map of recommendations, which was very helpful! The location of the apartment is perfect! It is within walking distance of major attractions in the old city and 5 minutes from Istiklal St. We would definitely recommend Amylin and Ali's apartment to our friends and family.
The apartment is stunning—high ceilings, exposed brick, beautiful artwork— the photos say it all. The apartment is on a quiet residential street right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Beyoğlu; incredibly convenient to everywhere I wanted to go, yet nice and quiet at night.
Besides the facts that the apartment is fantastic and the location ideal, Amylin and Ali were what made the apartment so great— they are exceptional hosts and I can't imagine having had such a great time in Istanbul without them. Amylin sent me directions, an incredibly detailed map with activities and restaurant suggestions in the area, and a list of blogs that were great for planning. They cooked for me (man, they can cook), made sure I knew how to get where I was going and had everything I needed, introduced me to sütlaç, and continuously offered me delicious çay (tea). They're just good people— easy-going, fun to talk to and be around. I had an amazing time staying with Amylin and Ali.
And Patates— how could I forget about Patates! I thought, “Cats are just okay, I'm more of a dog person”. While I might still be more of a dog person Patates isn't just a cat, she’s Patates, and she’s wonderful.
I stayed a week, the location is perfect and the flat itself is well contained and clean. I didn't meet Emily but the communication was very clear and she was extremely helpful. Her creative input makes the flat warm and welcoming.
Ali greeted me kindly and gave an excellent introduction to the property facilities. His eateries recommendations were spot on too. I would stay there again.
Amylin's room is even more beautiful than the photos! She welcomed me with Turkish coffee and shared wonderful advice about the neighborhood, a quiet corner just a hop from bustling Istaklal. I wish I had longer to enjoy the warm space and view her exceptional artworks. I would love to stay with Amylin again, and I hope to!
Staying at this great little apartment was perfect for my best friend and I. Amylin was super welcoming and had a pot of Turkish Tea at the ready when I arrived! She also keeps a great list of restaurant and activity recommendations in the area up to date and all set for guests with maps. The restaurants which she recommended were all really good! She also took the time to answer all of the questions I ended up emailing her while I was there, which was quite a few! The location was great too. It was set away from all of the noise, but everything we wanted to do was easily accessible (although it is located down a pretty steep hill from the main road, if you are not a strong walker). There isn't a view, since the building is across from other residential buildings, so we kept the curtains drawn, but we were out on the town during the day anyway so it didn't make much of a difference to us! The only negative thing I could say is that we did find the bed to be a bit uncomfortable, but overall we were really happy with everything and our stay was really enjoyable! We are both now obsessed with Turkish towels!
Amylin is wonderful guest. Respecting every rule of the house and keeping everything clean. Nice person and very interesting to talk with. She has so many stories to tell! I'd love to have more time spent with her to listen to her travel stories.
Awesome artist and excellent host.
cool cool lady, you have to meet her.
Amylin is warm, kind, welcoming soul that is worldly and adventurous in ways we all wish were part of our inherent selves. She's a great cook, an amazing conversationalist and has a great sense of humour. A distinct pleasure.
Amylin is an adorable, intimidatingly well-travelled and incredibly skilled in a number of fields person. She is polite and understanding, caring and adventurous. She has hosted me on a number of occasions and on a number of continents and it has always been a pleasure. She has that rare knack for balancing responsibility with fun. I am positive any Airbnb guest would get so much more out of Istanbul if they were to be hosted by Amylin. Did I mention she is a mindblowing cook? And no, these are not all exaggerations.
Amylin is reliable, sweet, cool, creative and so much fun to be around!
If you want to know Istanbul from the inside, she's the one to ask!
I met her and her flat mate through airbnb, and it made all the difference in the world for my stay!
And she has the coolest cat. Just so you know :)
I've known and worked with Amylin for a couple of years now, and she's consistently reliable, friendly and trustworthy. Very nice girl. 'Nuff said.
There are lots of thing to be said about this great person but maybe the most important is that she is one of the most reliable person that you can ever meet. I knew her for more than a year now in which we ve made a lot of trips, joined a lot of dinners that she was organizing at her place etc etc, and i can easily guarantee that apart from being an excellent host in airbnb, she would be highly contributing to your travel experience with her social network, and with her amazing knowledge of Istanbul, as a almost-local expat who has been living in the city for years...