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When I first joined airbnb, I wasn't thinking it would mean that much to me. Now I feel like I am totally involved in it. Getting to know new people, welcoming them, helping and guiding them in my local area is wonderful.
Like a big family :)
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We had an awesome time in Istanbul, especially because of Zarifis warm welcome and the cozy flat she arranged for us. She took her time to show us around in Beyoglu and told us a lot about cool spots and cafes she liked and we should visit.
Have a nice sunny breakfast on the huge terrace, before you explore the city. We would definitely book this place again.
This beautifully located flat is quite small but very well equipped. There is virtually everything you need, especially the kitchen allows you to really feel at home. The most important asset is definitely the view on the Bosporus which is absolutely stunning and really gets you addicted to Istanbul
It goes without saying that everything was spotless and communication with Zarifi was easy and straight-forward.
We would definitely choose this flat again!
We had a great time in Zarifi's flat. It is a cozy place that is convenient both from the airports and to the tourist sites (without being in an area swamped by telephoto lenses!). The bed is comfortable, the place was clean, and the check in was easy. She also provided great recommendations on where to eat!
Dear Nick , thank you for your review. :) I changed the fridge to a new one and i bought a nice wall lamb to the bedroom and took the floor lamb back to the living room. :) See you again :)
My time in this apartment was absolutely great. The flat is cozy, clean and has everything needed. The location is absolutely perfect and very well connected. We walked everywhere from the apartment, enjoying the walk and saving money: Old city, riverside, modern part…
But most important, what really made the difference was our hostess, by far the best host I had in these last years using Airbnb. Zarifi was very friendly, organized, helpful and available 24/7. We would have lost our flights back if she hadn’t helped us with an issue we had at 6am that morning. She was there to help as much as she could.
Previous customer reviews mentioned few issues with the apartment (e.g the shower) that we didn’t find as Zarifi had already made some improvements.
I strongly recommend this accommodation to all those who would like to spend a great and authentic time in a cool private apartment, rather than a touristic expensive old hotel.
Zarifi's lovely apartment is perfectly placed in the safe yet lively Cihangir district of Istanbul. Our stay was exceptionally enjoyable and our host went out of her way to make us feel welcome and help get us settled into the area. I would not hesitate to book this listing again on a return visit to Istanbul.
We had a lovely stay in Zarifi's apartment. The place is spacious with 2 big bedrooms, a great livingroom and best of all a big terrace that we used a lot even though we stayed there in April.
The area is lovely and very close to the tram that will take you quickly to both Taksim sq. and Sultanamet.
When we arrived Zarifi was there to welcome us. She had brought a map along and drew away on it to show us where to go, eat, drink and what to see.
Zarifi also gave us a guided tour of the neighbourhood pointing out the great restaurants, cafées, grocery shops and so much more. It made us feel very welcome at right at home in Istanbul.
All in all we're happy to give our big and warm recommendation of the apartment itself and Zarifi as a host in particular.
You'll have a great time when staying at Zarifi's place :)
We had a warm welcome from Zarifi, who showed us the nice neighbourhood and some nice places to eat. The appartment was very much OK and had all comfort.
It is indeed a great apartment. My flight through Turkish airlines was delayed 6h and Zarifi patiently waited for us. She showed us the apartment and gave us all the hints and addresses in Istanbul, explaining us how to move around the city. Istanbul, by the way, has a great transportation system. The Tram, just a few blocks from the apartment took us everywhere. The apartment is exactly like it is in the pictures, if not better. Newly renovated, great kitchen and bath, fully equipped, bright and comfortable. Very good taste to the minimal details. Super clean. It is great that it is in Cihangir, a cool but quiet neighborhood which is basically residential, but that has some great restaurants and bars. The only thing to be aware of are the hills and stairs around the area and the fact the flat is a walk up to the 4th floor. We really didn't mind it and arriving at the apartment was always a restorative experience. It is a great place and Zarifi was always available, friendly and helpful. Book it.
Zarifi was such an amazing and hospitable hostess. My friend and I arrived at separate times, and she took time out of her day to meet each of us and welcome us to Istanbul. I arrived after 1 am and it was pouring rain, and Zarifi took a cab to meet me and make sure I found the apartment ok. She gave us great advice on where to go and was responsive to all of our questions during the week. Couldn't ask for a better welcome to the new city.
The room itself is also great, exactly as it's listed. Very clean and comfortable, and the terrace was a lovely addition on those days that we just wanted to relax. The only downside is that the bed is a tiny bit springy/stiff. But really, given that you're right near so many big attractions, it was such a tiny setback that we barely even thought about it. Thanks for a wonderful stay! Would recommend it for sure :)
The place was very nice and comfortable and had everything we could need. Its situated in the center of the city and the owner was very kind and helpful. Highly recommended!!!
I had a wonderful time in Istanbul because of Zarifi. She not only provided me with a darling apartment with a view of the Bosporus, but also introduced me to people and took me out to eat. She rescued me when I locked myself out. If you have a chance to get to know her, take it!
She is a very nice and easygoing person. She really takes care of her guests and share the local experiences and make them feel at home.
She is very friendly and will be a good host to you :)
she is very frendly and cute. you will enjoy her company. l'm her old firend...
Great location and neighbourhood, very cozy flat. The hosy was very welcoming and friendly.