|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
When you enter the door, there is a wooden staircase taking you upstairs where there are two bedrooms across from each other. Each bedroom has been designed with special attention to both elegance and comfort. Each has an en-suite bathroom inside. The upstairs is reached by a staircase, you can find here the living room also with its own en-suite bathroom and the third bedroom which has a balcony looking out onto the street. You can enjoy looking at the Marmara Sea from the living room. Finally, the last staircase takes you up to the third floor where there is the kitchen and the terrace where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Marmara.There is a big dining table as well as deck chairs on the terrace to enjoy nice warm days.
Our house, Blue, has 2 separate units which can be rented either separately by smaller groups or in combination by our guests with large families.
At the top of the page, there is a tab for each unit. So you can easily switch between the two.
LOCATION:If you are seeking the perfect old town location as a base for exploring the magnificent city of Istanbul, it would be difficult to find a better location. It is located just off the top of Küçük Ayasofya, with the nearest tram station in Cemberlitas just a 5 minute-walk away. All the great attractions including Sultanahmet- the Old City, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are within a 5-minute walking distance. The Grand Bazaar is only 5 minutes away on foot while the Spice Market is two tram stops away from the nearest tram station.
TURQUOISE( sleeps 4, max 5)
The apartment Turquoise is on the first two floors of the building seen in the photos. It has 2 bedrooms and can sleep 4 people in beds and 1 person on the sofa in the living room. It has been tastefully decorated incorporating elegance and comfort to make its guests' stay as memorable as possible. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a double bed.
OASIS (sleeps 6, max 7): The 3-storey apartment OASIS has a separate entrance from the street up. In total, there are 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms including the bathroom in the living room. The kitchen is on the third floor. The whole house is fully air-conditioned. The apartment has a magnificent sea view from both the living room and the terrace upstairs.
Please note that the photos with TURQUOISE in their caption belong to the 2-storey, downstairs apartment while the photos with OASIS in their captions belong to the 3-storey apartment upstairs.
Additionally, we have a SPECIAL OFFER for our guests who are interested to explore the countryside in Iznik, the nearby historical city famous for its pottery, historical monuments and its beautiful lake. We have two houses by the lake in a beautiful garden. For bookings associated with a stay at the Turquoise or Oasis (minimum 3 night stay), 15% discount is applied on either 2 units. For the search engine, type N° 67876 (LAKE OF IZNIK).
Being involved in it from its very first stages to its last has been a very exciting experience for me. This has given me the chance to decide on the designs of everything- from the shape of the balcony rails to the kitchen cabinet designs. We had all the woodwork done by our team of carpenters.
We have paid special care and attention to details that make the decoration unique. For example, we wanted to use a lot of design pieces; both lamps and furniture instead of mass produced ones because we believe they are what gives a house its character. Most of the wooden furniture was designed by my father who had them made by hand.
Also, we have come up with lamp designs and got them made using natural materials such as log slices, ropes and branches.
We have also used the famous Iznik tiles in the decoration because of their beauty and importance in the history of the Ottoman Empire. we wanted all this to be nice little surprises to our guests.
My family (my husband & 2 sons, aged 19 & 16) and I loved our stay in the Oasis apartment. The location was wonderfully convenient , with many major tourist attractions within walking distance but the street is nice and quiet. The highlight of the apartment is definitely the lovely terrace with stunning views over the Marmara Sea, where we sat for many meals and evening drinks as the sun went down. The layout of the apartment worked really well for our family, with our sons having the 2 bedrooms on the 1st floor (they were both really impressed to have their own ensuite shower rooms!) so we had the 2nd floor bedroom. To have a total of 4 shower rooms in the apartment was a real luxury! We very much liked the way the apartment has been furnished and it was all very clean and well looked after. Nazli's mother met us at the apartment and was very helpful. Highly recommended.
Solo traveler stayed 3 weeks. Awesome!! All of the positive reviews match my experience so I will not repeat. Spectacular views from terrace, kitchen, and two windows in the living room. All furniture is comfortable. The kitchen has nice dishes, cooking utensils, dish soap, tea, sugar, powdered milk, salt, and pepper (no coffee). There also was a fine bottle of wine and a 5-liter jug of drinking water. Note there is no microwave or American coffee maker. Spare tap water in jugs in kitchen cupboard with sliding doors if city turns off water. Bathrooms have liquid soap. No bidet or wash cloths. Very friendly and safe neighborhood. Several small shops on Kadirga Cd. sell alcohol (look at the rear of the shop behind the cash register). Go down the hill and turn right. Minor suggestions: (1) please update the instruction booklet to match the appliances and provide English translations for the options on the washer and dryer; (2) provide a way to plug the sink to do hand laundry; (3) provide a laundry drying rack; (4) add hooks to hang towels/clothes for people under 7 feet tall. I am grateful for the privilege of staying in this 5-star apartment and hope to return. Thank you so much!
We had pleasant dealing with Nazli and he mom was most helpful in letting us in. The view of the Bosphorus from the kitchen on the top floor is the highlight of this apartment. It is very conveniently located from all the popular tourist sites. However the two things that can do with improvements are the bedding and the somewhat stagnant smells that the bathrooms had when water was used. I would recommend this apartment to adults and parent with older kids as there are 3 flights of curved stairs to navigate.
We had the pleasure of staying here for 3 days in Dec 2014. The rooms and bathrooms were perfect for us. The location could not have been better. The owner was very helpful in travel arrangements from the airport. We knew exactly what we wanted to do but could not have done everything within 3 days unless we stayed close. The traffic in Istanbul is beyond anything else I have experienced. It can take 2 hours just to get to the Asian side. Yes, its worse than LA. We stayed in the 3 bedroom Oasis and a friend stayed in the 2 bedroom a few weeks later. I would highly recommend this apartment to any of my family and friends. Would love to come back someday.
We had a great stay here in March 2015. The apartment was clean, modern, nicely decorated and had plenty of space for our family of 5. The rooftop terrace/kitchen was particularly nice - although it was too cold to eat on the terrace, we got lots of sunlight. The bathrooms are very compact but comfortable, and it was great to have 4 full bathrooms in the unit. The location was perfect, about a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia, and both restaurants and small groceries within easy walking distance. While there are other hotels close by, it is not a "touristy" area and there are locals living on the same street. Nazli and her mother were excellent hosts, very courteous and responded promptly to any requests. In short, we have no complaints and would definitely recommend this apartment.
We loved this cosy apartment with wonderful stiff beds that give you a good rest.
The location is also perfect, within walking distance of all the sights.
We also had the misfortune (or luck?) of seeing the city under a thick cover of snow.
Definitely a place we would recommend to anyone who wants to get the feel of Istanbul.
Miriam, Giovanna, Guido and Antonello
The location of the property is great for those who want to stay in the Old Town and be close to all the major sightseeing spots such as the blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and the Yerebatan Cistern. The street the house is on is in a safe and quiet neighbourhood away form nightclubs and bars. There are several small hotels on the same street. Within a five-minute walk, you get to the Sultanahmet square and the Cemberlitas tram stop. Also, the property is really close to the sea for those who like going jogging or just walking by the sea. Eminönü is only 3 stops away and that's where you take the boat to take a Bosphorus tour.