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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Istanbul

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Kasivia
Nanjing, China
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“More Pro's than Con's...”
Reviewed 8 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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We stayed here with our two-year-old son and friend for a week in April. Here's the deal...

Pro's:
-Great neighborhood, full of cool shops, great food, and fun cafes/bars. Perfect atmosphere!
-Kind and efficient booking process/staff. Everything went smoothly inc. airport transfer.
-Cool apartment as advertised, neat period features and all mod cons. Spacious.
-Pricey, but worth it, especially if you have kids or are traveling with a few people

Con's
-Street noise was a little extreme, especially on the weekend nights. Tough for our little guy. Call to prayer is pretty darn loud too, even by Muslim standards.
-A few minor upgrades needed, leaky shower head and dripping boiler bucket. Minor, but needed.
-The flat is great, but the building entry is pretty shabby. Fine line between atmospheric and slummy. Not a big deal for us, but just an FYI.
-Galata is a great place to stay, but it is a bit of an effort to get around. Not a biggie for us, taxis are ever present and the metro is about a 10 minute walk (although it does not connect to the old town area) but just an FYI.

All and all it's a great place to stay. Most of the con's are out of the owners/managers control. Istanbul is great, go for it!

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Liked best: Neighborhood, People, Period features
Liked least: Street noise, minor issues
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Paris
Reviewed 12 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Older travelers Luxury-minded travelers
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John_and...
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Pure luxury”
Reviewed 30 January 2013 for a stay in June 2011

Should have written this sooner, I know. We wanted to visit while our eldest son was still available after his semester in Istanbul so he could be our guide. We also brought along our teenage son for some family bonding. The apartment was perfect for the four of us. The master was gorgeous with a very small bedroom adjoining which could be perfect for a small child. (We used it as a dressing room since it had some very handy shelving). The bathrooms were lovely and spotlessly clean as was the enire apartment. The elder son camped out on the couch and the other took the other bedroom with a double bed. Having two bathrooms was really important for family harmony. The kitchen was also excellent and we did a lot of great cooking. The rooftop was outstanding and really made the place memorable. We shared hours of toasting, snacking and gorgeous views of the adjacent Galata Tower and the Bosporous. (The climb up the stairs would be very difficult if not impossible for the elderly, very young or handicapped). There was no furniture up there so we had our healthy sons carry up chairs. I think that there was a small table. The photos provided really didn't do justice to the beautifully appointed apartment. Loved it!

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Liked best: The rooftop
Liked least: It would have been better for us if the second bedroom had two single beds instead of a double.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Bumpybear
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“Beautiful decorated, high end apartment at a fantastic location”
Reviewed 28 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012

The location and proximity of this apartment to the Galata tower, Taksim shopping street and all the cafe's is unsurpassed. We had a party of five and everyone was very comfortable at this beautifully furnished apartment. The building is old and antique looking from outside but once you step inside it is very nice.

It is literally only a few steps away from Galata tower. Tarkan was wonderful to deal with and Monika made sure all of our needs were met. There were a couple of things that were missing from the apartment but they almost immediately replaced.

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Liked best: Liked the apartment and its location
Liked least: lack of good satellite channels, and no small dishes/bowls for breakfast
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Santa Barbara
Reviewed 28 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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