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I was born and raised in Istanbul...I have studied business administation and working in foreign trade business..Please feel free to contact with me to ask about anything in Istanbul...
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Nothing much to add to our first review, since we stayed at the apartment the day before and the day after our tour of the country. this is a clean, modern apartment in a gaited community, probably near the airport - if you do not count the horrendous traffic typical of the city of Istanbul. However, we were able to get to the airport at 3:45 in the morning quite easily - and that was our goal. Our thanks to Meltem for a convenient place to stay.
This is a great apartment. It is a few minutes walk to the tram station. Once you figure out how the tram works, you can easily take it to the tourist destinations such as Sultan Ahmet or to the airport. We used the tram to do both.
The apartment complex is new and clean. There is a small store that sells food and produce in the parking garage. The top level of the parking garage has a small restaurant that serves excellent food. Staying here really gives you a feel of what local life would be like if you were living in Istanbul. There is also a huge supermarket and mall about 5 minutes walking from the apartment.
The only con I can think of is the noise from the school and indoor soccer field from across the street. But that can be easily remedied by closing the windows.
Meltem was a good host. She helped us identify where the stores and train station was before she left us alone for our stay.
Since the apartment is a bit removed from the typical tourist spots, barely anyone speaks English. So bring a dictionary with you or get one on your smart phone.
Meltem's apartment is in a district of Istanbul that was probably more industrial just a few years ago. The gated complex is brand new (as her description calls it), the apartment very well appointed, modern, and spotlessly clean. It is ideal for a longer stay in the city, though we were there for just one day before a tour and the day after the tour.
There is a little grocer within a minute's walk, and a cafe that we did not use (too little time). We walked the neighborhood on our second visit, and found the metro (subway) within three minutes away, making it convenient for trips into Taxim or other touristic spots in this fabulous city. About 10 minutes away was the area's shopping, which seemed accessible more by car than foot, but very pleasant. All-in-all, the apartment was very, very nice!
Meltem´s appartment was great, very nice furnished, with all services you may need, it was extremely clean and ordered. We felt very comfortable at our stay here. The proximity to the airport is also perfect, only 7 minutes with the taxi at night or early in the morning.
Meltem was awesome, very communicative, very cool, totally hands off. She even left me some food! (At least I hope that was left for me. =) The apartment is super sweet, new, clean, secure, quiet, afforable, and very close to the tram station, and the biggest hooka bar in the area. The only thing I really missed was having internet and there weren't any cafes nearby (that I could find, she may know of some), so that's my only reason for four stars. Thanks Meltem!