Cozy Studio Flat in The Old City (Zeyrek 1)
Stylish contemporary decor highlighted with bright Turkish rugs and throw pillows, a wall-mounted LCD television with cable reception, free wireless internet and a cordless phone makes this flat a joy to stay in.
The double bed (140x190) sleeping area is separated from the kitchen and living room area with a door and separated from a bunk bed with black out curtains. There is a three door wardrobe in this area.
The living room area has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, 2 electrical burners, microwave and full size refrigerator together with all kitchen utensils. There is a small table and a sofa bed pulled out to be a double bed (130x190).
The bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower, washing machine and is stocked with traditional white Turkish towels, toiletries and a hair dryer. There is no elevator in the building.
To the rear, the building faces an inner courtyard with trees, alive with birds -- lots of birds!
Our apartment is situated in Zeyrek, Unesco World Heritage site of Old City Istanbul, consists of architecture from Byzantine medieval ages dated back to 12th century.
Although you'll be in a quiet residential area, "Kadinlar Pazari" full of restaurants, cafes and authentic meat and spice market is only one block away. "At Pazari Meydani" Square is only a few blocks away has small shops and cute coffee shops.
History is just at your footsteps, walk to Zeyrekhane in literally 2 minutes to experience a great historic setting, breath-taking historic views and delicious traditional food for a breakfast or lunch. It is located in a part of what was once the Pantokrator Monastery, established by the Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos and his queen in 1118. After the conquest of Istanbul, Zeyrekhane was converted into a Mosque and Madrasa. Do not miss the previously called Pontokrator Church now Molla Zeyrek Camii constructed as the center of the monastery!
We are just located in this historical area, that is blended with the current housing, street texture and lives of local people. Be ready to see anonymous graves next to the houses, ruins of fountains, and hammams strolling through the neighborhood.
World renowned Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace are all in about 20-25 minutes walking distance away.
Taksim Square and Istiklal Street famous for a long pedestrian walking area full of shops and restaurants and night life is 10 minutes by taxi or bus.
You'll be 17 km away from IST Ataturk Airport. It is fairly easy to come to Kismet Apartments by public transport, details of directions will be provided upon request after confirmation of the booking.
Bus stop is 300 meters away and you can reach to Sishane metro stop after two stops-5 minutes and to Taksim 10 minutes. You can take a taxi to both Taksim and to Eminonu or Sultanahmet it only takes around 10 minutes depending on the traffic. Walking is the best option to go to Sultanahmet. Grand Bazaar Beyazit Gate is 20 minutes on foot.
Rate includes linens, towels, detergent, toiletries, kitchen utensils, electricity, Gas, Water, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Local telephone calls, DSL ethernet or wireless internet access, first day complimentary breakfast materials, weekly cleaning (applicable for satys over 7 or more days), all taxes.
House rulesWe offer the following services (for an extra charge):
- Calls made to mobile phones will be charged at cost to the guest's credit card upon receipt of the monthly telephone bill.
We cannot accept more people than the maximum occupancy.
Daily cleaning can be provided with a surcharge of 40$ (EUR 30).
Daily tidy up can be provided with a surcharge of 20$ (EUR 15).
Private airport transfer can be arranged. The cost will vary depending on the airport and number of passengers.
Luggage storage (for a limited time) and fax/photocopy service available with a surcharge.
Daily Istanbul tours, daily excursions to nearby cities can be arranged upon request.
New amenity for your daily travel needs in Istanbul:
IstanbulKart is now available upon request! We started to offer IstanbulKart (formerly named as Akbil) at cost. It offers a very convenient and cheap way to travel around Istanbul by tram, bus and subway. The card itself costs TRY 6 and we load it with TRY 14 so the total becomes TRY 20. Please let us know if you need these cards and how many so that we will make them ready for you when you arrive.
We do not require deposits but we would like our apartments to be in good shape after our guests leave as to expect them to keep the property in good order and leave the apartment in the same condition as when they arrived. All guests are required to give their credit card details as a security deposit in the event of any damaged or missing items.
We would like our Guests to inform us in advance your arrival details and encourage you to order the airport service as it makes your arrival to the apartment much smoother unless you know Istanbul well or have stayed with us previously and know how to get to the building. If you prefer to come on your own we will provide you with directions in Turkish (for the taxi driver) and a map showing the directions to our address. We will appreciate if you can bring a photocopy of each guest’s passport on your arrival who will be staying in the apartment as we need to keep for security reasons on behalf of local authorities.
Check-in hours are between 02:00pm (14:00) to 11:00pm (23:00) and check-out hours is 09:00am (09:00) to 11:00am (11:00). For a late check in after 23:00 a surcharge of EUR 30 will apply.
We do our utmost to accommodate the individual needs of our guests and we honor early check-in and late check-out unless there is no check-in/check-out after or before your check-in/check-out time.
2 sets of keys will be provided. Lost key set will be charged at USD11 (EUR 8).
We have a moderate Cancellation Policy. If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation full refund will be provided 5 days prior to arrival except for website service fees. Please note that no refunds whatsoever will be given for cancellations made in response to circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters or political events. Guests who depart before the scheduled date are charged the tariff for the entire rental period.
People other than the paid guests may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of guest.
The apartments are placed in a quiet residential neighborhood and we expect our guests to respect our friendly neighbors.
Smoking is allowed on most of the apartments but we highly recommend smoking by the windows. We will be using ozone generator to clean up the apartment to get rid of any unwanted odors and bacteria.
Unfortunately pets are not allowed in properties.
Children are welcomed except for the Kismet Terrace Suite.
Guest shall allow Homeowner access to the property for purposes of repair and inspection. Homeowner shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner.
|Weekly rate for up to 4 guests||R 3227 ZAR|
|Monthly rate for up to 4 guests||R 11256 ZAR|
|Price for > 4 guests||R 215 ZAR per guest/night extra|
|Check-in after||2 PM|
|Check-in before||11 PM|
|Check-out before||11 AM|
Reviews for this host's other properties
Our time in Istanbul was amazing. It is a huge city brimming with a culture that goes back thousands of years. Our hosts Gulnar and Aslan met us on arrival and explained everything we needed to know about the apartment. They were exceedingly friendly and helpful throughout our stay and deserve a huge accolade for their service. The apartment is very comfortable, clean, well appointed and well located. It takes a day to get your bearings but once done,you'll find that you are within easy reach of all the main attractions. Aslan advised us to use his driver and buy a travel card( you only need one between two people). We took that advice and we're grateful for it. It makes a world of difference when you arrive to have a person to meet you especially when not too much English is spoken and the signage is in Turkish!! Study a map of the area before you go as the streets can seem like a spiderweb and it's not difficult to get lost....but don't worry, it's part of the adventure! People generally speak enough English to help you out.
Our experience was exceptionally good and we would recommend Aslan Apartments as a great place to stay and absorb the culture of Istanbul.
For Australians and New Zealander's a trip to Gallipoli is a 'must'. You can do it in a (long) day. A big thankyou to Gulnar and Aslan for making our stay so enjoyable.
We had a wonderful time in Istanbul. We enjoyed the wonderful seaview from the apartment which is nice, clean and very well equipped. We appreciated the communication with Aslan and Gulnur, they always answered quickly and gave us all support we needed.
We stayed at Seaview Family Suite of Aslan Apartments. The apartment was on the third floor and there was an amazing view at the marmara sea. Our apartment was exactly how it is described. Everything was fine. The hosts were very friendly and there was a good communication before and during our stay. Aslan Apartments is just 3 minutes far from the metro station "cemberlitas" and 5 minutes walking distance from blue mosque (on the front door you only have to go right, at the end of the street turn left). To find a mini market you also have to go 15 meters from the front door in the right direction. The reason why we don´t give 10 points is the surrounding of Aslan Apartments. One of our neighbours made some annoying gestures. We cleared the situation by hanging some carpets over the handrails.
Everything was very well organized. Aslan apartments are very quiet and yet centrally located in the old city of Istanbul. Upon our arrival, we received an extensive introduction to the apartment and the surrounding area. Thanks for the hospitality and good time in Istanbul. We will be back!
Alles war sehr gut organisiert. Aslan Apartments liegen sehr ruhig und trotzdem zentral in der Altstadt von Istanbul. Bei unserer Ankunft haben wir eine umfangreiche Einführung in die Wohnung und die Umgebung erhalten. Vielen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft und die gute Zeit in Istanbul. Wir kommen wieder!
A quality apartment, very good condition, well equipped, the wifi works.
Friendly welcome and advice if necessary. Cleaning done once during the week.
Good location you can do everything in the old town on foot from the apartment.
Un appartement de qualité, très bon état, bien équipé, le wifi fonctionne.
Accueil agréable et conseils si besoin. Ménage fait une fois durant la semaine.
Bien situé on peut tout faire dans la vielle ville à pied en partant de l'appart.
A very good appartment! The view was totaly spectacular!
The appartment is close to everything; grocery stores, restaurants, tram and the big sights. The servive was perfect with instant help if needed. Good beds.
The only "negative" with the appartment was that it was close to a muezzin, but you get used to it.
I can recommend a stay in this appartment!
A beautiful, very clean apartment in which we have felt from the beginning. The contact with the owner was smooth and very friendly even with information and questions about the area or Restaurants. Within walking distance of many interesting sights located .We love to come back.
Eine schöne,sehr saubere Wohnung in der wir uns von Anfang an wohl gefühlt haben . Der Kontakt mit dem Vermieter war problemlos und sehr freundlich auch bei Auskünften und Fragen zur Umgebung oder Restaurantsuche . In Laufnähe von vielen interessanten Sehenswürdigkeiten gelegen .Wir kommen gerne wieder .
Dear Gulnur and Arslan,
thank you so much for a wonderful stay in your appartement! We have enjoyed our time there a lot, especially the view from the balcony ;). Also we would like to express our gratitude to your very kind gesture in buying all the food for the first start for us! That is such a nice gesture! Very helpful had been the Information book, we received many recommendations from there, like where to exchange money and how much tip we have to give to whom. We also followed the advice in going with the ferry on a Bosporus trip and loved it from the very first minute. So, thank you for everything and we hope to come back in the near future! Best regards from Marcel & Nicola
We very much enjoyed our stay in the Cozy studio flat. It is conveniently located to the Old City sites and tram, and at the same time is a wonderful area to explore and enjoy the local sites. The local bazaar was fun to visit and had some very unique restaurants. The hosts provided some very nice additions to the apartment: well written booklet in English which gives information on the area, transportation, restaurants, sites, etc.; a well stocked refrigerator that provided food for the first couple of days, wonderful arrangements for transportation to and from the airport, a working phone in the apartment for local calls, well appointed kitchen and bathroom with soap, shampoo, herbs and spices, and an apartment cleaning midway through our stay because we were there for more than a week. We would stay here again - guests should know that you will need to climb stairs (no elevator) and that you are about a 15 minute walk from a tram stop; although you can call for a taxi to get picked up if walking is an issue.
Accommodation great, spacious, clean, etc.... we all felt like home. Very close to the tram and nearby convenience stores. Also the landlord was most helpful and forthcoming, who assisted us on our every request.
Would definitely recommend the apartment and the location.
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