As a travel writer, I've chosen my favorite nests in my favorite cities around the world. This apartment is one of them! I have found that I prefer apartments in 'real' neighborhoods conveniently located near tourist areas. In this way I can sample the life of the locals & visit the sites. You too can escape tour guides and pushy vendors of Sultanahmet by staying in this central, chic neighborhood of Cihangir, written about in numerous travel stories.
Sit on your balcony and look over the Bosphorus at the mosque studded skyline of Sultanahmet. In this neighborhood, the favorite of Istanbul's writers, artists and actors, you will be surrounded by cafes and tea gardens and you are just moments from the sites. Cihangir is often compared to Montmarte in Paris.
This flat is on the '1st' floor with 1 flight of stairs. There are 2 enclosed bedrooms - the 3rd bedroom is like a Sultan's corner, partitioned off with curtains, and views fit for a Sultan.
A European holiday feel situated as it is above what appears to be the mouth of a bay. Actually that's the magnificent skyline of Sultanahmet to the right, the mouth of the Bosphorus directly off the balcony, and to the left the beginning of the Bosphorus and the Asian shoreline. Sip wine on your balcony in Europe while you gaze at Asia!
I choose rental flats based on what I know seasoned travelers love - a feeling of authenticity, (i.e. a real flat in a real neighborhood, not a tourist mockup), a view that reminds you in every moment where you are, and easy proximity to the sites, food, and entertainment. This flat fits the bill perfectly.
The flat's amenities: This sunny flat has 3 bedrooms - 2 enclosed bedrooms and 1 bedroom that has been created in an alcove off the salon, made private with curtains.1 1/4 baths (1 large washroom and 1 toilet room), a balcony overlooking an unbelievable skyline, and a cheerful eclectic decor throughout which is part ethnic, part French, and part Ottoman. Ceiling fans keep the air moving as well as A.C. which is rarely needed thanks to the large windows in every room. It has all the conveniences you could hope for - TV satellite, wireless internet, local telephone, fully stocked kitchen, linens, stereo.... Tile and wood floors throughout, art on the walls.
Cihangir is The Montmarte,Paris of Istanbul. Its architecture is turn of the century, its streets cobblestone, its residents are artists, writers, film industry types, and foreigners. Sidewalk cafes line its streets, and the neighborhood offers quiet refuge from the chaos that makes Istanbul so much fun, (and sometimes exhausting!)
It is my dream is that by living in a real flat in a real neighborhood, you will return home with a greater understanding of this historically rich country and the gracious people who live in it.
In this neighborhood, you are mere moments from the major sites, 10 min by foot to Istanbul's center of dining and entertainment avenue of Istiklal. And within 15 minutes or less by tram, metro or taxi to the Old City and Istanbul's other sites of interest. You can take the funicular up the steep hill from the tram to avoid the steps, and walk to the flat from Taksim.
However, you may not want to leave! You can see many of the major sites - Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and much more from the privacy of your own balcony!