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Robin Sparks

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

Superb Bosphorus View, 3 Bdrm, Balcony, Best Central Neighborhood, spacious

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Beyoğlu holiday apartment

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This flat has sweeping views of the Bosphorus, the Bosphorus Bridge and Asia. It is located in Istanbul's most charming, bohemian neighborhood and is centrally located, making it easy to get to all the main sites.

The 3 bedroom flat is comfortable and cozy and very sunny and bright with a breathtaking views enjoyed from almost every room in the house, especially the large balcony. The balcony is large enough to entertain on. Watch the fireworks over the Bosphorus bridge every night. Watch ships from around the world glide by on the Bosphorus. Wood floors and tile throughout. Move in, unpack, and enjoy!

Full of Turkish antique furnishings, art, textiles and one of a kind pieces from around the world, but mostly Turkey! (our Western visitors tell us they like this!)


The main bedroom is large and surrounded with windows overlooking the Bosphorus. Bedroom #2 is very comfortable w king size bed and many closets for your clothing and luggage.

Bedroom #3 is a cozy quiet bedroom with double bed.

Bathroom: Has toilet, vanity/sink, washing machine and dryer, and shower. Note that because of Istanbul's old plumbing under this bathroom, toilet paper cannot be put in the toilet. Garbage is removed daily if placed outside the door of the apartment by 6PM each evening.

Kitchen: large and roomy, with free standing oven with stovetop, refrigerator/freezer and all the appliances you might need. (If there is something else you need, please let us know).

Dining room has a lovely round wood table that seats 8 w matching buffet and fabulous views.

Note: This flat is very quiet and I have promised the residents of this building that you will be too. The management is watchful and rules about not disturbing the neighbors is strictly enforced. A maximum of 6 guests are allowed in this flat. My other flats are more suitable for parties.

The neighborhood of Cihangir is one of Istanbul's most popular. It is Bohemian in nature with most of its residents writers, artists or in the film industry. This is the place to come if you prefer to avoid heavily touristed areas where you will be hounded by vendors. The streets are cobblestone and the architecture turn of the century. Oft compared to Montmarte in Paris. Sidewalk cafes and boutiques abound. You are a short walk to public transportation and 10 minutes walking to the center of Istanbul's entertainment area (Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue).And just moments by tram to the old city of Sultanahmet.

A recent Guardian article says:'Istanbul's small district of Cihangir ranked among the best places to live...'This is an Orhan Pamuk kind of neighborhood. You'll still pass woodturning workshops, button warehouses and old ice-cream parlors en route for that dark urbane bookshop. It still feels old and ancient and unretired and a bit shaby,' said the article. 'There are still whiskery grocers who'll deliver figs to the door. The dervishes still whirl up the hill at the Galata Lodge. Only now there's a great rooftop bar or 6 with views over the Bosphorus (I'd consider moving here for the vviews alone) and a good modern art gallery at the bottom of the hill. What with culture and economics so sifed to the east, this feels like where the world begins.' The Guardian January 23, 2012

Our driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to the flat where my assistant will greet you. Driver fee is $45usd per car (holds up to 8)

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Robin Sparks (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, german, spanish, italian, dutch, turkish

About Robin Sparks

I am a travel writer who has lived in and traveled to over 2 dozen countries. I always stay in flats and have chosen some of my favorite places on the planet in which to provide apartments to rent to other global travelers. It's the only way to travel, as it takes you out of the tourist observer mode and puts you squarely into the 'real' spirit of the Place in which you are traveling. All my flats have the following things in common:

1. located just outside the tourist zone so that you might experience the authentic spirit of Place while being close enough to the sites and transportation to get to the 'tourist zone' easily,

2. beautiful views that leave no doubt where you are,

3. At least 2 bedrooms (except for my Terrace 1 flat which has one bedroom and a living/bedroom suite.

Robin Sparks purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Robin Sparks chose Istanbul

Istanbul is my favorite city in the world. It is colorful, vibrant, full of history and the melodious sound of Middle Eastern music and the call to prayer, delicious food, and best of all, the Turks themselves. Turks are the most hospitable people on the planet. If you stay in a hotel in this city, you might not ever learn this fact, which is the biggest reason I rent flats. Once you've 'lived' in Istanbul, however briefly, you will never regard Turks in the same way again. This is a country and a city, in the 'middle', which is where I like to be philosophically and geographically. What happens in Turkey will determine the future of Middle Eastern relations with the Western world. A very exciting place to be! As for the neighborhood...Cihangir is the 'home' of Istanbul's writers (including Irhan Pamuk!) and artists and foreigners from around the world. Sidewalk cafes and boutiques give it a refreshing ambience all its own. I love how removed I feel from the hectic city, while simultaneously near all its amenities and sites.

What makes this apartment unique

You almost feel as if you are on the Bosphorus along with the other boats from the living room, dining room, master bedroom and large balcony. Peaceful, quiet and flooded with northeastern light. Our Cihangir 1 flat is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your views include not only a broad view of the Bosphorus, but a view of the colorful Bosphorus Bridge (check out how the colors constantly change at night), a nightly fireworks show, Dolmace Palace, picture postcard Ortakoy and of course the continent of Asia across the Bosphorus. There is a wonderful mosque about one city block from the house called Cihangir Camii with a beautiful small park containing benches which overlook the Bosphorus and Sultanahmet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful apt. & for providing an intro to the neighborhood & to Istanbul from Jessica - she helped orient us day 1 & enhanced our visit immeasurably - a fab service to offer to your guests! We went to the Fri. market in Uskadar with her & had one of our best days - absolutely everything that one wants when visiting a foreign country - so perfect in all the little ways that travelers love that it's hard to describe! Your manager, was a joy,competent, efficient
Apr 2012
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based on 23 traveller reviews

Superb Bosphorus View, 3 Bdrm, Balcony, Best Central Neighborhood, spacious
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 24 reviews
Sandefjord , Vestfold , Norway

Beautiful & comfortable

  • 5 of 5

I and my family saw pictures of house, we love is so beautiful.If we rent it , we can write more about its positivites!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I guarantee that this flat will far surpass your expectations. Really nice. Warm and cozy in the winter. cool in the summer. Beautiful. Charming. Wonderful neighborhood. Walk everywhere. Feel part of this great bohemian neighborhood. Close to public transportation. A slice of Istanbul you'll never experience from a hotel room.
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Very comfortable place to stay in Istanbul, great view of the Bosphorus

  • 5 of 5

Four of us (parents, 2 20-something children) spent 8 great days in Istanbul over Christmas. Everything about the apartment was as advertised. It was spacious for 4 adults, nicely decorated and very comfortable. Because we were there over Christmas, we cooked one dinner, baked cookies and ate most breakfasts in the apartment. There is grocery shopping just up the street and many good restaurants are a short walk away. We also enjoyed hanging out there when not out exploring the city. Watching the ships go up and down the Bosphorus is enjoyable and one of the great advantages of the apartments.

It's easy to reach all the main tourist sites. We generally took the light rail from the stop just down a steep set of stairs from the street we stayed on. and then walked back from Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque or wherever we were. Taksim only a 10 minute walk.

Elif was always gracious and helpful when asked. She suggested restaurants, booked very early taxis to the airport and provided directions.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views

  • 2 of 5

Amazing views of the Bosphorous - quite stunning.

But the apartment is in need of maintenance and refreshing.

The kitchen marble is cracked in many places and the toilet is really not acceptable - no toilet paper down bowl - a challenge for Westerns!

The entrance to the building is smelly and the outside looks nothing like the photos on the web page.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Very nice apartment.

Well located close to the tram & taksim place.

Would not recommend to come with your own car, Beyoglu / Cihangir is not really appropriate.

And the view on the Bosphorus is simply amazing. We couldn't leave the large balcony.

Looking forward to coming back soon

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great apartment in a chic neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed being in a "chic" neighborhood outside of the "tourist" areas of Istanbul but still being a tourist. We enjoyed the local (walking distance) delicious restaurants and the markets. The touristy attractions are a short tram ride away but the views of the Bosphorous are remarkable. The kitchen and bath are dated and suffer from the age of the building but that is not what we can to Istanbul for!! Definitely a do-again! We did take advantage of the airport transfers which for 4 adults seemed like a good deal especially not having to navigate after jet lag in a primarily non-English speaking country.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cambridge, UK

Roomy with a view

  • 5 of 5

This is a terrific apartment - ideally situated in lovely Cihangir, with a heart-stopping view across the Bospherous. As the photos suggest, the bedrooms are all clean and spacious (with a/c and/or ceiling fans); the kitchen well-equipped (though no microwave) and the living area full of good places to read and rest. The balcony is pretty hot on a morning in July or August, but the view is always fascinating with ferries, ocean-going tankers and small boats constantly crossing each other's wake. In the evening, the view becomes magical; the Asian side opposite glows in the light of the setting sun, and once the sun is down, the light show really begins. Pull up a chair on the balcony, pour yourself a glass of raki, and enjoy!

Outside the apartment, you'll discover a very laidback, pretty bohemian neighbourhood. There are shops, coffeehouses, a good butchers, great deli, and numerous bars all within a few minutes walk (the Susam bar is our favourite), and the Findikli tram stop is just at the bottom of the steps leading to the waterside. As some other reviewers have noted, these steps do have to be reckoned with (at least on the way back up...) but if you're reasonably fit - or keen to get that way - don't let it put you off; this is a great apartment, well-managed, with helpful staff on hand if needed. Our party of adults and teenagers stayed here for two weeks; it proved a great base for exploring unforgettable Istanbul - no car required - and was always a great place to come back to.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed our Cihangir flat. It truly is a magical base for friends and families in Istanbul. I just wanted to note that a microwave has been added to this flat. We look forward to your next visit to Istanbul! Robin
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
all around house
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
.5 miles at Kabatas
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
tram just downhill
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Downtown Istanbul doesn't really have highways
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
all around house
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Cihangir Mosque
Nearest Point of Interest
tram to Sultanahmet
Nearest Point of Interest
central Cihangir
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Dolmace Palace
Nearest Point of Interest
Bosphorus Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Istanbul Modern Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Taksim Square
Car: not necessary

A very bright and warm flat with panoramic views that sleeps up to 8, and most comfortable for 6. Lots of sidewalk cafes and boutiques in neighborhood. See article about Cihangir neighborhood below. A 10 min walk to Taksim Square - the center of Istanbul's entertainment and dining center. And only 10 min by tram to Sultanahmet. Charming neighborhood with its turn of the century buildings and cobblestone streets. Where Istanbul's film industry folk and foreigners live. Oft compared to Montmarte in Paris or Soho in New York. A quiet sunny flat. The neighborhood from recent travel magazine article: 'Istanbul's small district of Cihangir is ranked among the best places to live...'This is an Orhan Pamuk kind of neighborhood. You'll still pass woodturning workshops, button warehouses and old ice-cream parlors en route for that dark urbane bookshop. It still feels old and ancient and unretired,' said the article. 'There are still whiskery grocers who'll deliver figs to the door. The dervishes still whirl up the hill...'


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Beyoğlu, Turkey

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

airport meeting & driver A$59
cleaning/prep A$91

50% off regular rates Nov 15-Mar 13, holidays excepted.

Rates are for 1-4 guests. Each additional guest is $20 more per night.

There is a $70 cleaning/prep fee.

We recommend using our driver who will pick you up at the airport for $45 per car and bring you to the flat. Taxis in Istanbul are notorious for 'getting lost'.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Beyoğlu, Turkey

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Monument View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Recently renovated. Sorry, but most flats in Istanbul have only 1 bathroom. We offer other flats with 2 toilets, but this flat has the most expansive views and largest balcony.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) nice quiet room, comfortable bed, walls lined with storage closets, Queen size Beds (1) A beautiful bedroom surrounded by wrap-around views of the Bosphorus, includes chaise for reading and a desk., Double Beds (1) Quiet small bedroom in the back next to bathroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) One is in a window alcove with a picture postcard view separated from main bedroom by curtain. The other is in an alcove in the living room, also with a view
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • long term rentals available
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • tennis
Wood & marble floors, art on walls, quality linens. Antiques. One bedroom entirely lined on one end with windows overlooking the water. Living and dining also have fabulous views. And then there's the balcony...A cozy, sunny flat 5 steps down from street level. Located on hillside so views are unobstructed.

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