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Last min special April/May for open dates. Large 2-story flat, central!

Robin Sparks

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Robin Sparks

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Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch
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Last min special April/May for open dates. Large 2-story flat, central!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Beyoglu Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 3 + Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8)

25% off remaining available dates in April only.

This spacious, sunny 2 story flat on the 5th & 6th floors has city views and an elevator. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large kitchen. Charming and comfortable, and best of all is its location in central Cihangir, surrounded by cafes and next to Cihangir's central tea garden and antique alley also known as Cucurcuma. There is a cafe on the ground floor in addition to dozens just a few steps away from the flat.

As a travel writer, I live in apartments around the world. This is my Istanbul apartment. I love its central location and the safety of the neighbourhood. I also love that I can step out the door and choose from many cafes and easily walk everywhere. This neighbourhood is the favourite for Istanbul's creatives and for foreigners living in Istanbul.

Sleeps 5 in beds (3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths) and can sleep up to 8 with use of 2 sleeper sofas in the salon. Ask about our other flat (identical layout) just below this one for large groups.

Much of Cihangir is hilly, but this flat is located in a flat location. On the first floor of the building is a delightful restaurant, and there are literally dozens of cafes within a few steps away. This flat is just a short walk or tram ride to all the major sites.

Lots of tile and wood and Turkish textiles throughout this 2-story, 3 bedroom flat. It has an inside staircase as well as separate entrances to each floor accessible by elevator. City views. Decorated with a mixture of antiques and modern furniture and art from Turkey and Indonesia.

Has a large fully supplied kitchen. 1 toilet + sink in bathroom downstairs, bathroom upstairs includes 1 toilet, sink, + shower/bath. All rooms in this house including the living-dining room can be closed off with solid wood doors to allow for greater privacy. Beautiful wood and tile floors throughout.

There are 2 standing balconies. The balcony upstairs is enclosed.

Large sunny eat in kitchen with antique table and chairs. The living room is spacious and cozy and can be closed off with a door to create a 4th bedroom with 1 large + 1 single sleeper sofa.

This spacious flat has a very homey feeling to it and is in an excellent location (for this hilly city!), with cafes just downstairs and all around (and they deliver!). For a taste of Istanbullan life, this is the flat! Cihangir's main tea garden is just next door.

Just a few minutes walk from this flat puts you just about anywhere you want to go. There is a taxi stand across the street. The tram is down the hill. Antique Alley (Cucurcuma) is one block away. Walk to Taksim or Istiklal Avenue in 5-10 min.

Feel like you live in a charming village in this flat as it is surrounded by traditional and modern cafes, and is just one block from Cucurcuma - also known as Antique Alley.

Ceiling fans in each room. A.C. Lots of windows and light and breezes in this flat. Lots of counter space and a real oven in the kitchen.

Located in the charming Cihangir neighborhood populated by artists, foreigners, and locals in the film business. Neighborhood has a bohemian, turn of the century feel to it.

Rates are for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest is $20 more per night.

50% off regular rates Nov 1-Mar 13 (holidays not included)

Rate includes wifi, phone, satellite tv, air conditioning and radiant heat. We can arrange a driver to meet you at the airport holding up your name for a small fee. There is a one-time cleaning fee of $70.

You will LOVE this flat.

50% off regular rates Nov 15-March 15!

Rates are for up to 4 guests. $20 per each extra guest per night in regular season, $10 per night for extra guests in winter and fall shoulder season.

We have a driver for $45 who will meet you at the airport and bring you to the flat.

There is a one-time cleaning/prep fee of $70.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Robin Sparks (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015

About Robin Sparks

I am a travel writer who rents flats in my favorite places on the planet to global travelers. I believe that when we 'live' in the places we visit, even briefly, we connect on a deeper level. After all, it is mostly the residents who make up the character of the places we visit. I began renting flats to stay in myself when I traveled many years ago, and learned that my experiences were far richer when I traveled in this manner. And so, I look for my favorite neighborhoods and apartments in my favorite cities, and provide them to other global travelers. Connection is what excites me. Ask me for my blog address for more information. By the way, I was in Istanbul during the demonstrations and I am still here, in fact extending my stay because it is a heartwarming time to be here. I realize that most of what you see is the news lately are protests, but that was contained in specific areas, easy to avoid. All is peaceful now and the current movement is a grass roots one - a reaching out to the people of Anatolia to inspire them to also stand up for freedom of speech. Turkey is evolving and it is an exciting time to be here. (written Aug 2013). You will be entirely safe. 99.9% of Istanbul was entirely unaffected by the demonstrations.

Robin Sparks purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Robin Sparks chose Beyoglu

Perfect location in a charming neighborhood surrounded by cafes and tea gardens. The layout of this flat will give you lots of room and privacy. And you can get to all the sites easily from here. Right next door to Antique Alley in Cucurcuma.

What makes this apartment unique

If you have a large group, ask about the flat below this one. If available, they can be rented together. I love this location as I can get anywhere I want to go in minutes and the area is very safe. Out of all our flats, this one has the most neighborly feeling. City views. And this apartment happens to be in a flat area in a city that is full of steep hills.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We are loving Istanbul and your apartment. What a wonderful (and chaotic) city and a great location for an apartment. Despite the 4:30 call to prayers, the place is very quiet due to the proximity to the mosque. The weather here is very much like San Francisco where we are from.

Thanks again.

Steven and Patricia
May 2014
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Last min special April/May for open dates. Large 2-story flat, central!
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews
Doha, Qatar

Exploring Istanbul

  • 3 of 5

The apartment had lots of space, but there is a spiral staircase to go to the bedrooms which was very tricky for my mom to handle. It was pretty clean with the minimal basics. We liked the location with restaurants and grocery stores nearby. The smoke from the cafes was annoying.

If you stay here, have them organize your transportation in and out because it is tricky to do with luggage and that was handled smoothly.

The mosque speakers are right there, so it woke us up every night. I live in Doha and this was exceptionally loud.

This is a basic apartment and would would be best for 2 couples of teenagers wanting basic accommodations. It is a good value.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, Thank you for staying in our Firuzaga flat. The upstairs bedrooms have a separate entrance which can be easily accessed by taking the elevator to the top floor avoiding the need to use the inside staircase. And yes, it is next to the Firuzaga mosque with its 5 times per day call to prayer! Most of our guests have found this charming. I'm sorry it woke you up! We look forward to seeing you again in Istanbul.

Fabulous Istanbul find!

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Istanbul coincided with Bayram, so the city was super crowded (and also super hot and humid). Having this wonderful apartment as a quiet, cool respite really made the trip for this family of four (including two teens). There was plenty of room for everyone to have private space, the Internet worked fabulously (as did the air conditioning). The apartment was clean and had every amenity we needed, including a coffeepot and washer/dryer. We loved the neighborhood--lots of cool cafes, plus pharmacies and groceries, and it was close to all the tourist destinations via tram or taxi (and walking). The owner and her associates were quick to respond to any inquiries. I would definitely recommend both the half-day tour and the airport pick up and delivery. These "extras" were well worth paying for. I thought the price of the apartment was very reasonable--less than we would have paid for two or three hotel rooms per night. I will look for Robin's other properties should I ever need a vacation rental in an area where she is an owner.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Not up to Par

  • 2 of 5

We had an incredible vacation and loved Istanbul.

We have been renting apartments all around the world for 15+ years.  This will be the first time we will be posting a negative review.  There were multiple problems with the apartment and the response to the problems we had while staying here was inadequate at best.

I will start by telling you the good points.

The location is great and the size of the apartment is perfect.  The apartment is close to everything and it was relatively quiet. The area is hip and vibrant and we loved the proximity to good food and shopping and public transportation. The stove and the clothes washer in the kitchen worked great.

Here are the negatives.

1) The apartment had been minimally cleaned when we arrived. There were dirty dishes in the sink, dust everywhere; looked like it was not even swept for weeks. The cabinets in the kitchen were grimy and the drawers were a mess.  

2) A number of lights and light bulbs were not functioning when we arrived. The front bedroom was without electricity for three days, lights near the stove not functioning, overhead light in upstairs bathroom not working; we only had a small light working in the bathroom, we had to open the bathroom door and turn on the hall light to see. We even tried to replace some lights but needed a ladder to reach the bathroom light fixture and we cannot find a ladder.

3) We tried to clean up some but the broom and vacuum was stuck in the closet with a stuck door. The person in charge opened it 4 days into our stay but inexplicably shut it (stuck again) a week later. After that, we could not clean the floors and despite pleas, the person in charge never came back so we could not sweep up after that.

4) The person in charge was basically useless. He responded to our emails and told us each time he will be there "today" but took days to come by (if at all) and when he did come, he would fix one thing and tells us he will be back tomorrow with "tools" but tomorrow never came. We eventually gave up. That was actually the most frustrating part of our stay.

5) The phone shower could not be hung up because the holder for the shower was broken so we had to shower sitting, holding on to the shower head. We are fairly agile for sixty year olds but the shower set up could potentially be a safety hazard.

6) Internet connection was sketchy at best. We had to reset it multiple times a day.

As of yet no response from the owner.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Courtenay, Canada

Great location; Comfortable apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We are a 60 something couple and stayed in the Firuzaga apartment for 3weeks. Robin arranged a ride from the airport and Elif arranged our ride back to the airport. All went off perfectly. Highly recommended. Apartment nicely furnished. Elif responded very quickly to requests. Apartment is in a great location only about 10-12 minutes easy slight uphill walk for us. There were some protests in Taksim that reached as far as the apartment but being on the 5th & 6th floors we could not have felt safer.

We generally walked up to Taksim then took the funicular down to Kabatas to catch the tram to the old city. We found the walk down the hill hard on our knees. The Istanbulkart is the way to go. They advertise that up to 5 people can ride on one card (which sounds very convenient), but be forewarned, only the first rider gets a discount on transfers. If you do a lot of rides on the metro & trams it adds up in a hurry.

All in all... Highly recommend this apartment.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Angeles, CA, USA

My Favorite City in The World

  • 5 of 5

I have traveled through 20-30 countries across all of the continents and nothing quite compares to the beautiful and mesmerizing mix that Istanbul offers--culture, night life, history and amazing food. Istanbul has it all and renting from Robin makes it that much better. Her properties offer the best views, best neighborhood niches and best locations.

The place was clean, comfortable and perfect home base to come back to after our adventures on the city. We couldn't have asked for more.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Nice flat in the heart of Modern Istanbul

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of eight people and really enjoyed our stay at Firuzaga flat rented by Davide & Elif. The flat is situated in one of the best corner of Cihangir area in Beyoglu: it's a dynamic nearby and safe area where you cross real inhabitants of Istanbul downtown. There are several bars and cafe around the building, as well as grocery store, bakery, local commerce and even carrefour supermarket. it has a good view sight at 5th and 6th floor, and hopefully the lift works well, that's one of the reasons we choose this flat for our senior parents. The photos reflect well the colorful inside paintings and beautiful little carpets as internal decoration. The only weak point is lack of large saucepan in the kitchen if you are a big group and wish to cook once. Don't worry about the noise of the mosque beside, the voice is not very powerful and you'll be used to that typical short song soon. Davide welcomed us at arrival for check-in and Elif came to say us goodbye at check-out, they are both kind and available by tel and email, they may arrange your transfer service to airport if you wish. it is ten minutes from Istiklal avenue, so ideal also for shopping and night life. I recommend this apartment, you'll like it!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Grand Bazaar
Topkapı Palace
Galata Bridge
Sultanahmet Square
Galata Tower
Istiklal Caddesi
360 Istanbul
"A must do - trip up the Bosphorus and back. Cheap, beautiful, another view of Istanbul from ..."
"Great shopping, boats, fresh fish seaside, lots of local color"
Süleymanıye Camıı
Golden Horn
Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Dolmabahçe Mosque
Maiden's Tower
Pierre Loti
Sehir Hatlari Full Bosphorus Cruise
Çemberlitaş Hamamı
Chora Church
"Huge disco on the Bosphorus."
Galata Mevlevihanesi
Eyüp Sultan Camii
Topkapı Palace
Fish Bazaar
Pierre Loti Tepesi
Bebek İskelesi
"Nice chic getaway from central Istanbul...walk along the Bosphorus to this village. Eat over..."
Assk Cafe
"Wonderful place for breakfast or lunch."
The Spice Bazaar
Basilica Cistern
Bosphorus Bridge
Taksim Square
Çiçek Pasajı
New Mosque
The Old City
Nevizade Sokak
"Great food and street dining atmosphere"
Hamdi Restaurant
Taksim Square
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ataturk Airport, 30 min. by car
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
tram just down the hill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Princes' Islands, 30 min by fast ferry
Nearest Point of Interest
Cucurcuma Antique Neighborhood
Nearest Point of Interest
hundreds of cafes
Nearest Point of Interest
Taksim Square/Metro
Nearest Point of Interest
the Bosphorus ferries
Nearest Point of Interest
Istiklal Pedestrian Avenue
Car: not necessary

Amazing neighborhood...central and you'll feel like you live in a village surrounded by sidewalk cafes, check out this guide we have put together for you for things to do in the area. There are many more cafes within a few feet of this flat that we can give you info about after you check on. Our favorite attractions in Istanbul -

10 min or less walk to tram and/or subway. Surrounded by sidewalk cafes and a large tea garden and antique alley (Cucurcuma). Great walking area. Very safe neighborhood. Just minutes walk from Istiklal, Istanbul's pedestrian dining and shopping street. This neighborhood has charm galore and is within easy reach of all the sites. Just 5 min walk to subway, or 10 min walk to tram which will wisk you to Sultanahmet in 10 min. Taxi stand across the street. You will LOVE this neighborhood...a great combination of traditional and modern.


Rates & Availability

From $149 Per night

Beyoglu Apartment Rental Rates

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April/May last minute bookings
Apr 9 2015 - May 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

airport meeting & driver $45
Cleaning/prep fee $70
Notes Rates are for 4 guests, +$20 more per night for extra guests .

$70 cleaning

We offer half day tours & airport pickups for reasonable rates.

You will LOVE this neighborhood. Everything you need within steps of your door. The baker, the candlestick maker :), the key maker, the grocer, and so much more...Feel like you LIVE in a charming nook of Istanbul with easy access to the major tourist sites.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Beyoglu Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Also sink. located in hall between living room & kitchen
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , also has sink. Located in hall between bedrooms.
  • Tile floors and walls. Conveniently located, one on each floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , antiques, lg window w city view, lots of storage
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , lg bedroom w/ enclosed balcony. Sunny.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , bright room w/ antique textiles, private
    Salon - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Salon has 2 sleeper couches and shuts off from rest of house
  • We can bring portable crib. Just ask, 2 Sleep Sofas in living room that can be shut off with door and can double as 4th bedroom. Bedrooms have wood floors, doors, and window frames. Lots of antiques and Turkish textiles throughout. A wall of wood storage cabinets in bedroom #1 and large window with city views. Bedrooms and 1 bathroom are on the 6th floor; salon, kitchen and bathroom #2 on 5th floor. Staircase between floors, also elevator with separate entrances.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
Lots of wood framed windows, wood and tile floors, Turkish textiles and art. Wonderful location in the middle of the Cihangir neighborhood made famous by writer Irhan Permak, in his book 'Istanbul', and recently featured in a Guardian article as 'One of the Best Places to Live'. Next door to Cihangir's main tea garden. Ma & Pa cafes just downstairs w delicious food. They deliver! So much entertainment,shopping and food right out your door.

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