Stayed for an entire month....and still hated to leave!
I travel extensively, and usually for weeks and sometimes months at a time. For the last several years I have been using VRBO to find a place in whatever city I am headed to. With mixed results. I can say without hesitation that this condo in Istanbul was by far my favorite.
The location is ideal for sightseeing. Close to the major sights and yet in an authentic neighborhood that feels like the real Istanbul....not in a tourist-trap area. Great little restaurants, bakeries, mosques, a little park, helpful locals, upscale/sophisticated shopping very close-by as well as friendly little "mom-and-pop" shops all along the street.
The condo is on the top floor of a ten-story building, the views are expansive (floor to ceiling windows). The building is well cared for, and the doorman Ahmet is just as nice as he can be...always a pleasure to come home to a smiling face after a long day of sightseeing. I never once heard any noise from any of the neighbors, so the building is obviously well insulated and quiet.
The condo itself has a great layout. Views from every window, and the bedrooms are a good size with very comfortable beds (Temporpedic mattresses?). The main bathroom is very modern. Great water pressure in the shower...a nice surprise, and not always a given in a higher floor apartment. I really only used the kitchen to make coffee in the morning, but it looked to be very well stocked with pots, pans, dishes, utensiles, etc.
I would encourage any visitor to Istanbul to familiarize themselves with the very comprehensive, ultra clean, very safe, and modern public transport. I bought a "Transit Pass" card on my first day, and it ended up saving me literally hundreds of dollars in taxi fares. It is good for the ferries, subway, funiculars, tramways, and busses.
The nearest subway stop, Levent, is about a ten minute walk from the condo (all downhill). Of course coming home was all uphill, but I just jumped in a taxi and for about $4.00 got dropped off right at the front door of the building. BEWARE taking taxis anywhere in the Old Town tourist area, or from the airport! The only problem I ever encountered during my whole time in Istanbul was unscrupulous cab drivers. Also, the traffic is soo bad in Istanbul that taking the subway usually takes about half the time and costs a fraction of a cab ride.
Oya was just a pleasure to work with, and the most helpful VRBO owner I have ever encountered. Thank you for everything Oya!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities,
Helpful votes: 2/2
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