A great find in Sultanahmet
Submitted: March 28, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Istanbul, not least due to our accommodation. Mete and Ozlem's apartment is perfectly located, on a quiet street but less than five minutes from the Blue Mosque, Agia Sofya and the Bosphorus. There are also dozens of restaurants to choose from within a short stroll. The apartment is small, but quite adequately sized for a couple (two more could be accommodated on the sofa-bed in the living room, but I think that would be a bit of a squash).
The apartment has obviously been renovated and refurnished in the fairly recent past - mostly from Ikea I'd say, and nothing wrong with that! Everything was spotlessly clean on arrival. The living room has a large TV with DVD and satellite, although the only English-language channel is Al-Jazeera news. We didn't come to Istanbul to watch telly, so that wasn't an issue for us. More importantly, there's a reliable and reasonably fast Wifi signal.
The bedroom is small - it has a double bed and wardrobe, and no room for much else. Reading lamps on both sides of the bed, which is always useful. The kitchen is well equipped; no oven, but microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and hob, plus an adequate supply of cutlery and crockery. Lots of cleaning stuff under the sink, although some cleaning cloths for wiping down surfaces etc. would have helped.
The bathroom is a wet room, with an OK shower (not the strongest water pressure, but adequate and temperature controls worked well). Outside is a nice little terrace, with views of the Bosphorus to the right and the minarets of the Blue Mosque to the left, and a plastic table and chairs for al fresco eating and drinking.
We never met the owners, but on the phone and (before our arrival) via email they seemed pleasant and helpful. They arranged our transfers from and to the airport (60TL each way - a bit more than a taxi but a lot more comfortable and convenient) which was in a large people-mover, with very pleasant driver who also let us in and showed us round the apartment on arrival.
If you're looking for luxury then this apartment isn't for you, but it's clean and comfortable, and for location and value for money I doubt there's anything better to be found in Istanbul for a short stay.
Owner's Response: Rod, thanks so much for your precious comments and your time you took to write them down thoroughly.
I am glad that we have made you happy during your stay. And please know that we will take measures to improve our guests' experience in the light of your comments. Our guests' comments are invaluable.
Again, thanks and have a safe flight back home.
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