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At least most of the people around me agree on my strong communication skills. Since my proficiency academically and practically is tourism, I have travelled a lot. And it is a pleasure for me to communicate with people.
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The apartment is in a nice district. The only thing the communication was very poor. I was welcomed by a guy who spoke only German. Also there is a trouble with address - there are 5 Elektrik streets in Istanbul and my taxi driver got lost. It is better to show this address Tepebasi caddesi 56. In that way you arrive just near the apartment.
My friend and i spent a weekend at the Kivanc's place. We liked the appartement very much. Its small but cosy and clean and centre-located. A perfect place for a couple who wants to explore Istanbul
We had some communications problems at the very beginning, but in the end we've managed to find the place. The flat was very clean, warm and cozy. Everything you may need for a short stay was there. The housekeeper was very friendly and spoke good German, which made us feel at ease. The pics show well what the studio is like.
Kivanc was on hand to give good directions to his place and his caretaker quickly welcomed us in.
His place is probably not in the safest area but it's easy to get to lots of the main spots.
La remise des clé est très souple, l'appartement est impeccable.,
Très bien situé, près des sites touristiques, la tour Galata est à 5 mn.
Kivanc was very welcoming and patient as he waited for me to arrive even if I was 1hr late because of traffic. He was also super helpful and arranged a taxi to the airport for me. The apartment was super clean, newly renovated and very functional (as seen on the pictures). The neighbourhood is quite central and safe (close to big hotels). I highly recommend the host and apartment !
La experiencia fue muy buena. El apartamento es muy cómodo para dos personas y muy bien situado. Tuvimos algunos problemas con la luz y el agua (fueron días de mucha nieve en Estambul) ajenos a Kivanc que fueron resueltos al día siguiente. Recomendable.
Overall, we had a great time in Istanbul staying in Kivanc's apartment. It was very well located and very clean. However, unfortunately, we found some of the details in the advert a little misleading and Kivanc was not great at responding to our messages when we arrived int he city.
For example, we weren't sure what time we could check-in and, when we didn't receive a response, we turned up mid-afternoon but we were told the apartment wouldn't be ready for another couple of hours.
The apartment was also VERY cold - the heaters were on very low and couldn't be turned up manually by us. This wasn't fixed for a couple of days so we were incredibly cold at the start of our stay (it was -4 outside during our visit!)!
We also emailed Kivanc about the wifi and the washer that was listed in the 'amenities' section of the ad. We had no response for a couple of days and, when he did get back to us, it turned out that there was no washer but that a laundry service could be provided if we needed it. While this was fine, it wasn't what we were expecting. There is also no doorman and there was no shampoo in the apartment - admittedly these are minor details but, again, the advert is just a little misleading in this respect.
Despite these issues, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
We were very disappointed with our stay here. Communication with Kivanc was horrible. Post booking he did not return a single email or text. I sent him two Airbnb messages and a text prior to arrival and we never heard from him. The apartment was not ready for us with the appropriate number of beds and linens as promised. The linens that were there smelled terrible, so much so that our contact agreed and took them out to be cleaned immediately. Kivanc was interested in trying to remedy the situation, but not enough to come deal with it himself. After several hours of back and fourth over the phone with Kivanc the situation was remedied enough to stick it out and not switch to a hotel. That said, the location was good. And Istanbul was fantastic.
Great place, clean and comfortable with good location!