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Arda is a terrific host and Arnavuykoy is a charming place to stay as it is unspoiled by the rapid development found in some parts of Istanbul. Arda is quick to answer all questions very willing to make your stay pleasant.
I really enjoyed my stay at this apartment. It was my first time using airbnb and everything was really easy. Arda is an amazing host. And, while the apartment is a bit hot, the apartment is in a really interesting neighbourhood.
Thanks to Firat and especially Arda for their kind hospitality. Bosphorous and Breakfast is a nice place to stay for a reasonable price. The 2-bedroom apartment could easily and comfortably fit 4-5 people, though we were only 2. The neighborhood, Arnavutkoy, is quite charming, and lively but not congested. Great restaurants, grocery stores, and the Bosphous itself are all within blocks. You're just a pleasant walk from the more upscale neighborhood, Bebek, and a straightforward and cheap (1 lira) bus ride to the downtown areas. I would definitely stay in this neighborhood again.
We visited Bosphorous and Breakfast in late August, so we tend to agree with other reviewers that adding an air conditioner and/or additional fans would greatly improve the level of comfort. However, we spent our days out-and-about, exploring lovely Istanbul, and the temperature of the apt was more bearable when we returned home in the evening.
I think the apartment could also benefit from a more suitable dining table. A primary reason we chose airbnb over a hotel was so that we could save money by cooking and eating in from time-to-time (and we did for most breakfasts), but the table is more of a desk and not so comfortable for eating. This is just a small critique and should not sway visitors from staying here. Bosphorous and Breakfast is an accomadating and cared-for apartment, and we encourage others to book their stay here!
I second all the excellent reviews of this place. The neighborhood where it is located has a great seaside village vibe to it with excellent seafood restaurants - I think I went to Abracadabra three times in one week. Due to the lack of an air conditioner in the apartment I wasn't able to stay the entire length of time I had originally booked - Arda was extremely cooperative and understanding and we easily negotiated a refund.
This comfortable apartment truly deserves the name “Bosphorus Bed and Breakfast.” The view from the panoramic living room windows is a delight for the eyes: The blue waters of the Bosphorus with the bridge connecting Asia and Europe, picturesque green hills with an interesting mixture of modest and posh neighborhoods, seagulls passing by combined with sounds of the müezzin’s call to prayer and bells from the Greek church nearby, are a special treat for any visitor of Istanbul – especially if, like us, you prefer staying in a quiet place, away from the centers of tourism and hustle and bustle of the city with lots of traffic noise.
Arda was a very friendly host, accessible and helpful. The apartment had everything we needed, including some basic food items like, sugar, condiments, tea, etc. The kitchen was well equipped with enough dishes, a stove with four burners, and a large fridge. We ended up using the cooking facilities less than expected thanks to the plentiful eateries just a few minutes down the hill in the shopping are of the village of Arnavutköy. However, grocers produce sellers and other stores are within easy reach as well, so you can also prepare your food in the apartment.
If your stay is during the summer season, make sure that you pull down the window screens to avoid excessive heat in the flat. A stay during late May and early June for our group of four required us to try to control the heat with the help of the handy screens, and, by opening windows. The latter, however, is not recommended at night or while you are out, as the two bedrooms, unlike the living room, are on ground level and close to the street. The iron bars in front of the windows, common for Istanbul, provided for safety, and we kept the screens pulled down for privacy. The climb up to the building while not strenuous required a basic level of fitness.
We, a group of four, were very happy to spend our five days in this friendly apartment for a price that is difficult to beat in the metropolis that is Istanbul. Being so close to the Bosphorus, enjoying walks on its shore, trying out different restaurants with delicious foods, and experiencing the quiet, back streets of Arnavutköy, while being able to reach the busier parts of Istanbul quite easily, made our stay special.
We would stay here again!
You cannot find a better place to stay in Turkey than with Firat Basar. Imagine staying in a beautiful, airy apartment, with wall to wall windows looking out over the Bosphorus, the night skyline lighting up the whole city. The Basar family - and it is a family endeavor - are the kindest, most helpful landlords you could meet. Arda, Firat's son, not only met each member of our party as we arrived (all separately), but he brought us around town, showed us how to get around, gave recommendations on places to go, and even brought our very tired and hungry selves to his personal recommendation of a fresh, affordable seafood restaurant, and set us up with an order of traditional food with the waiters, who spoke no English (we spoke no Turkish). Close to buses, taxis, right on the water. Full kitchen facilities, near groceries, easily accommodates 3-5 people, but most importantly, fantastic, amazing landlords who will be right there for any help or need you have. Highly, highly recommended. You can't do better than Firat Basar.
My daughter and her friend and I all stayed at the apt owned by Gulder and her husband. They met us when we arrived and helped us find places to eat and told us good places to visit. The apt had a great view of the bridge and the river Bosphorous and although the area looked somewhat shabby it is a good neighborhood with tough rules on rebuilding. The apt is a great spot to make a base to go out from. They said they would be adding internet then it would be almost perfect. Gulder and her family have another apt just about 100 meters away and what we needed they got for us. We stayed a couple of days in center of teh old city and did the sites then worked from the apt for the remainder of our 6 days- that was a good balance we felt. Esp. if you are a larger group like 3-6 I think this is a great option as you have the whole apt and can take taxis for quite cheap to most anywhere you'd want to go- avoid the rush hour traffic though- they can tell you when is best to go which direction. Their English was great and they are actually business owners and have a son in the US at college so we felt quite comfortable and understood. We had a very nice time there.
Hello Arda, I'm happy that your ather had a good time in our guesthouses. It was very easily to communicate with both of you in the short time we had. I hope to host you too one day.