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Gokhan was quite friendly, very helpful in planning our way from the airport to the meet up location ((website hidden) map links, advice about not changing into lira until we get to the city center far in advance of our arrival). I do recommend googling the super short walk from the Havatas shuttles to the Burger King at Taksim because we didn't realize the shuttles don't drop you off directly on the square itself -- but that was on us. It's important to remember that the studio doesn't have AC (so a little sticky despite the fan provided), the studio itself is quite small and the bathroom is exceptionally small (shower/toilet/sink combo space, not separated) when you're choosing your booking but the price is pretty unbeatable (especially since we split between two people). Wifi is key and we never felt like the area was unsafe. The location is solid -- it's a 40 minute walk straight down Istiklal and over the bridge to the Hagia Sofia/Blue Mosque and you pass the Galata Tower on your way. Istiklal itself is lively and has lots of food / shops / exchange corners and the side streets off of Istiklal lead to a range of cafes and restaurants. There are a ton of little places to get kebabs and such on the side streets to the studio. Gokhan checked in with us by text each day and we felt that if there was any problem, he would be a reliable contact.
Flat was perfect, calm, well located and very clean. Gokhan is responsive and flexible. I will definitely come back.
Gokhan is very helpful and I really had no problems with him; he checked that all is fine and all was fine :)
Said that, there are things that one should be taken into account. This apartment can hardly be defined as luxurious. It's small, the shower is basically a hole in the floor (so be prepared to swipe the floor every time after the shower) and worst of all - the windows face the next building's wall, so there's no flow of fresh air. The apartment was considerably hotter than the outside, which might be a problem in hot days.
If all that doesn't scare you, then in the terms of value for money it's probably a good deal - you wouldn't have found anything so close to Taksim for less than twice as much.
Gokhan apartment is in a prime location, right off Istikal, surrounded by party places, but in a small quiet street. Gokhan is excellent host - he gave us detailed info about the city, picked us up from the meeting point, carried our luggage to the apartment and came with us to buy bus tickets home. We highly recommend staying at his place, which is small and basic, but is all you need when you're in Istanbul.
Great place in a convenient location, 100 meters from the trolley that goes to all the big sites in old istanbul. Clean place with a responsive host, Gokhan, should you have any questions. Area feels very safe, and has great views of the bospherous from the front door. I would stay here again
Gokhan's place is basic, but clean, very centrally located and in a nice area of the city. Gokhan is also very helpful and was within easy reach for our whole stay. Highly recommended for those who want to be in the centre of the action in Istanbul.
Gokhan was very nice, very helpful before and during our stay in Istanbul ! Perfect host :)
Gokhan's place is perfectly located in charming Cihangir neighbourhood with an amazing view of the Bosphorus just outside the door. It is silent and feels safe at night. This small apartment is just as advertised, and Gokhan is a lovely host, really helpful (picked me up at the airport, and made sure we knew where to go before he left). Great value, and very nice host.
Great place and great guy! Gokhan was kind enough to show me around and point out different attractions on the map when I first arrived. The place itself it very clean and cozy, perfect for one or two people.
Everything was good :) it's the better place for two people who wants to visit Istanbul for 1 week!
Gokhan is a very good Guy who can help you when you need it !
I recommend this flat !
we nominate gokhan for the best guest of the year on airbnb.com world awards...
it is always pleasure to have a host in apartment as a guest...
Really nice experience. Clearly 5 stars. We enjoy hosting guests that respect us and our apartment.