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Robin Sparks

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

Panoramic Water & Old City Views! Popular bohemian, central Cihangir nbrhood

11 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Beyoğlu Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Gorgeous View Flat In Charming Neighborhood, Short Tram Ride To Sultanahmet

The views from this spacious flat will mesmerize you! Enjoy a glass of wine with some of Istanbul's most magnificent views laid out before you.

Peacefully located in Istanbul's most popular residential neighborhood, close to all the major sites. Sidewalk cafes and charm in this turn of the century neighborhood populated with Istanbul's literary and film industry types, plus the favorite neighborhood for foreigners. Cobblestone streets, cafes, shops, tea gardens, charm! Google "Cihangir" to read about this lovely neighborhood. Close to all the sites.

Sit on your balcony and look at a picture perfect postcard view of the mosque-studded skyline of Istanbul.!

We have just renovated and newly furnished this quiet 3 bdrm, 2 bath apartment with amazing views of the Bosphorus and Sultanahmet. Lovely Turkish tiles, parquet wood floors, Turkish carpets, and comfy beds and furnishings throughout. Lots of Turkish touches. Charming, comfortable and quiet.

Balcony, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, kitchen with a view, comfy salon with sofa sleeper, dining room with a view. 2nd floor (2 flights of stairs).

This flat is most comfortable for 6 guests, but can accommodate up to 8 with use of sleeper sofa. 8 is a bit crowded, but it is possible. We recommend combining this flat with the flat on the floor below for groups of more than 6.

You will love this flat. I am a travel writer and this is my favorite perch in Istanbul.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robin Sparks (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

About Robin Sparks

I am a Californian by birth, who left my tribe 10 years ago in search of a new home in a new country. Four continents, 30 countries, and many hundreds of stories later, I settled in 3 countries: Turkey is where I created my Oneworld Vacation Rentals, Bali is my spiritual home, and California is my home of origin where my family resides.I have a heart connection with friends in Greece, Nepal, India, Brazil, Thailand, Argentina, France, England, Mexico, Bali and beyond. The world is my home.

I write stories about our diverse lives that remind us of our universal humanity wherever we are, regardless of where we live, what we believe, or what we look like. Under my Turkish company, OneWorld ltd, I provide private homes as short term rentals for global travelers, so that they might experience this amazing city in a more authentic manner than possible in a hotel.

It is my dream that by living in each others' worlds - experiencing new sounds, tastes, art, architecture, music, beliefs, and ways of being, that we will grow to view the planet in all its rich diversity as Our World - OneWorld.

Robin Sparks purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Robin Sparks chose Istanbul

I've had my eye on this flat for years and it finally became available in 2013. Our other Cihangir apartment located below this one has been so popular and we have had so many requests to house large groups, that I was thrilled to add Cihangir 3 to Oneworld's collection of short-term vacation rentals in istanbul.

What makes this apartment unique

Views beyond compare. Quiet neighborhood and building. Easy access to all the sites in Istanbul's most popular neighborhood. Lovely balcony with view. Only 2 flights of stairs from street level.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I can't believe its taken me sooooo long to let you know what a fabulous time we had in Istanbul in June 2014! I'm so sorry. Your flat was the best. It accommodated all 5 of us very comfortably and had terrific amenities (Loved the clothes washer!) The transportation to and from the airport went perfectly (we couldn't believe the traffic, especially at the airport ) and your management (I am sorry, I can't remember her name) met us at the apartment promptly and gave us an excellent orientation of the apartment and surrounding neighborhood. The apartment was clean and tidy and the neighborhood felt very safe.



We enjoyed lounging on the balcony after long days of exploring. Then, we would enjoy our evening walks and even took the ferry to Kadikoy for dinner with our wonderful tour guide, Esin. Thank you for providing a unique lodging option so we could explore this huge, cosmopolitan city in a more intimate and local fashion. We know we only touched the surface but I know my kids want to return to Istanbul!



Kind regards and Happy Thanksgiving!



Monica Beisel and family......John Harvey, my husband, Charlie and Sarah (2 of my children) plus my mom, Helen Beisel
Jun 2014
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Reviews

4.3
based on 11 traveler reviews

Panoramic Water & Old City Views! Popular bohemian, central Cihangir nbrhood
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 13 reviews
Huntington Beach, Ca
2

Beautiful view, but......

  • 2 of 5

We utilized the car service provided, as it seemed they were going to charge us, whether we used it or not. Although the subcontracted greeter was at the airport when we arrived, we had to wait 1 hour for the driver. We had provided our flight information, so they were aware of our arrival time. When we arrived at the apartment, we waited in the sun for 15 min for the door to be opened.

We were met by a pleasant Turkish woman who I believe was the cleaning lady. She spoke no English, so although she showed us the apartment and tried to give us instructions, it was awkward. Elif arrived 15 minutes later. She appeared to be in a hurry and promptly asked for the balance of the payment. I had read the reviews which praised her helpfulness, so perhaps my expectations were too high. She told us about the neighborhood, but only in response to my questions. But she told us to contact her if we had any other questions. We emailed her the next day, however received no response.

The apartment's view from the balcony was excellent. We enjoyed the view morning, evening and night.

We were there in August and it was hot and humid. The air conditioning is minimal and the unit is located in the front room. The front room gets somewhat cool, but it doesn't reach the bedrooms. Had to sleep on the sofa.

The wifi works well. But there was no TV/Cable reception.

The apartment was lacking 'finish.' Missing and mismatched baseboards, tiles. Not essential, but had higher expectations. Washer worked well. Plenty of linens provided. Mildew smell in the bathroom.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, be prepared for plenty of stairs. I counted ~220 from the level of the Tramway. Taskim square and Istikal Caddesi are close (but uphill). But that's the price for the great view.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy this guest enjoyed the amazing view from this flat. We apologize for the delay with the driver. We meet and greet up to 10 guests per weeks for our flats, 99% of the time without a hitch, so we regret that this guest was not met at the airport or at the apartment promptly. This is not the top service we aspire to and I apologize. This was one of the hottest Augusts we've ever had in Istanbul so I understand that the AC unit was not sufficient and we are adding another one this week, as our guests' comfort is our top priority. About the steps to the tram, yes, this flat is on a steep hill in this "City of 7 Hills". But one need not walk back up the steps, but rather can take the funicular up to Taksim Square and then it is a short walk on flat terrain to this flat. There are steps up to the Cihangir neighborhood, but those too, can be avoided by turning right at the front door and walking up around the street next to the Cihangir Mosque. Thank you for your review! This helps us to know how we can improve our flats for your comfort.
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Beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location of the apartment. The view was amazing! We wished the hot water in the shower would stay a constant temperature. Also, keep in mind that this place is on a hillside. There's a lot of climbing stairs to get to markets and metro. Davide and his wife were super helpful. We had a really good time.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love reviews as they help us to know what you like most and what we can improve for your comfort - our top priority. About the steps to this flat, yes, this flat is on a steep hill in this "City of 7 Hills". But one need not walk up the steps, but rather can take the funicular up to Taksim Square and then it is a short walk on flat terrain to this flat. There are steps up to the Cihangir neighborhood, but those too, can be avoided by turning right at the front door and walking up around the street next to the Cihangir Mosque. This is a lovely flat with spectacular views and we are happy that so many of our guests have enjoyed their stays here.
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5

Istanbul flat in Cihangir Beyoglu

  • 5 of 5

I can't believe its taken me sooooo long to let you know what a fabulous time we had in Istanbul in June 2014! I'm sorry. Your flat was the best. It accommodated all 5 of us very comfortably and had terrific amenities (Loved the clothes washer!) The transportation to and from the airport went perfectly (we couldn't believe the traffic, especially at the airport ). Elif met us at the apartment promptly and gave us an excellent orientation of the apartment and surrounding neighborhood. The apartment was clean and tidy and the neighborhood felt very safe. We enjoyed lounging on the balcony after long days of exploring. Then, we would enjoy our evening walks and even took the ferry to Kadikoy for dinner with our wonderful tour guide. Thank you for providing a unique lodging option so we could explore this huge, cosmopolitan city in a more intimate and local fashion. We know we only touched the surface but I know my kids want to return to Istanbul!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Will come back for sure! - Alen Zaidan&Family.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful apartment for two weeks and we absolutely loved it. We stayed with 3 seniors, 3 teens& 3 adults and we were curious on the comfort of the flat but thankfully it was wonderful! We loved the neighbourhood ,proximity to the tram system and Taksim square. It was clean , well furnished and as well had an amazing sea view as a bonus. It's worth to mention that the owner representative (Elif) was so friendly and helpful. She helped us at the busiest times and we thank her for that.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manassas, VA
4

Istanbul....so exotic, so rustic, so beautiful, especially from the balcony view.

  • 4 of 5

My family of six (3 adults, 3 teens) stayed here for 2 nights. The flat accommodated us all nicely. In terms of decor and creature comforts, I'd say it is above average. It was cozy, the beds were comfortable and it was clean. What makes the flat really stand out was the balcony and views of the Strait of Bosporus. Simply gorgeous on a sunny day and even on a cloudy day. The view made the 3 flight climb up to the flat at the end of the day worth the effort. An added bonus of the flat is the second toilet. (I do not need to go into detail about that.)

The street the flat is located on is quiet (most of the time) and within walking distance, uphill or downhill, of restaurants. We rented the flat during the school week. I mention this because there is a school in view from the balcony that had all the bells, yells and laughter that every school around the world has. I personally like the sounds, but others might not. Taksim Sqaure and Istiklal Ave. was within walking distance too.

The property manager and owner were pleasant to deal with too. They arranged for an airport transfer service. I would recommend that service for a large group like us.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

A great vacation rental in Istanbul

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week in this great apartment. We were 2 grand-parents, 2 parents, and 2 small girls. There was sufficient room for all of us, young and old. The view from this apartment is stunning. You can see the Bosperus, the old Palace, multiple fameous moskes, the ferries running back and forth, the fishing fleet, the sun-rise, the sun-set. This view can't be beat. Location is also terrific. We often walked to the street car or ferry, and quickly got to the historical sights we came to visit. This vacation rental is a very good value. Only reason for not rating it a 5 star is that the hot / cold water temp in the shower was extremly difficult to regulate. We took tub-baths instead of showers, and that solved the water temperature regulation problem for us.

The local staff we delt with were great. We used their offer to arrange transport from airport to the apartment on arrival, and back to the airport on departure, and that worked also great. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Hagia Sophia
Grand Bazaar
Topkapı Palace
Blue Mosque
Sultanahmet Square
Galata Bridge
Beyoğlu
Galata Tower
Çiçek Pasajı
"Fun and lively at night. Only 15 min walk from flat."
Eminönü
"Great shopping, boats, fresh fish seaside, lots of local color"
Ferries
"A must do - trip up the Bosphorus and back. Cheap, beautiful, another view of Istanbul from ..."
New Mosque
"Lovely view of this gorgeous mosque. Walk over the Galata Bridge, and there you are!"
The Old City
Bebek
"Nice chic getaway from central Istanbul...walk along the Bosphorus to this village. Eat over..."
Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Maiden's Tower
Kadikoy
"One of several new hip hangouts in Istanbul. Only this one is on the Asian side with very fe..."
Dolmabahçe Mosque
"Just down the hill and about 10 minutes walk along the Bosphorus."
REINA
"Huge disco on the Bosphorus."
Babylon
"Good live music."
Tophane
"A short walk from the flat. Continue on from here to the neighborhood of Kadikoy with its ma..."
Istanbul Modern
"Beautiful museum with very nice view cafe, just a short walk from the flat."
Karakoy Gulluoglu
"Famous baklava place...walk from this flat."
Assk Cafe
"Wonderful place for breakfast or lunch."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ataturk
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Susam
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Kabatas
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
tram is short walk down hill
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Anne, 1/2 block
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Black Sea or Princes' Islands
Car: not necessary

Everything you need and more in this favorite neighborhood of foreigners and local artists and film industry types. Turn of the century architecture, boutiques, sidewalk cafes, restaurants, night life, bars, views, antique shopping, waterfront just down the hill, as well as the tram, catch a ferry to go to the Asian side or to tour the Bosphorus, Taksim Square, Istiklal Avenue, Dolmace Palace, Istanbul Modern Museum, walk up Bosphorus to Ortakoy. Tram to Sultanahmet is just down the hill, and to avoid walking up the hill when you return, simply take the tram to the Finkikli stop, take the funicular up the hill to Taksim Square and walk 10 minutes to the flat through flat neighborhood. Rent alone or with our other flat on the floor below this one for a total of 6 bedrooms and 3 baths.

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Rates & Availability

Beyoğlu Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2016
Oct 15 2016 - Nov 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Shoulder Season 2016
Nov 16 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$110
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
$190
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$170
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/prep fee $70
airport meeting/driver $45

This flat will sleep up to 8 with the convertible sofa, but is most comfortable for 3-6. For large groups we recommend adding the flat on the floor below this one for 20% off. We can send a link to the other flat on request.

For stays of 2 weeks or longer, it is required to have a cleaner come in once a week. Rate is $70usd per cleaning.

We have a driver who will meet you at the airport and bring you to the flat for $45 per car (up to 8 passengers). The driver will be in touch with us when you are enroute to the flat so that we can be there to greet you when you arrive.

Please purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel as we can only refund deposits if we are able to fill your reserved dates with another guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Beyoğlu Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , large and includes sink and bath/shower combo.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , toilet, sink and mirror
  • 2 separate bathrooms with 2 toilets. One bathroom is large, the other small. Very few flats in Istanbul have more than 1 toilet, so we feel lucky to be able offer this 2 bathroom flat.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Roomy bedroom down long hall away from communal living area
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Quiet bedroom down long hall away from communal living area.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 'Sultan's Room' off salon with views!
  • Bedrooms #1 and #2 are down long hall from salon and dining and kitchen. Both very quiet. Bedroom #3 is our "Sultan's Room" in an alcove off the dining room with great views.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
Notes:
This is a lovely, comfortable flat with views of the most beautiful city in the world. Comfortable for 6, can sleep up to 8 with use of sofa sleeper. Rent it in combination with our flat on the floor below to house up to 16 guests. 20% discount when both flats are rented together.

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