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Self-catering, purpose built brand new (2010) and spotless studio flat with large balcony enjoying spectacular views over the Bosphorus and the historical peninsula (one can see the Topkapi palace, the Haghia Sophia church, the Blue Mosque, the Princes Islands, etc). Situated in the hip area of Cihangir, a stone's throw away from bustling Taksim square and Istiklal avenue.
Cihangir, part of the greater Beyoglu area, is to Istanbul what Notting Hill is to London or Marais to Paris or SoHo to New York. It is lively, artistic, utterly charming with its turn of the century and Art Deco architecture. It is still home of Turkey’s only Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk who described this neighbourhood in his famous book on Istanbul.
Our street is a typical quiet street of Istanbul. Admittedly, the hills are steep and at times exhausting, but you can always call a taxi from one of the three nearby stations (they usually arrive within 3 minutes and are affordable).
From Cihangir you can pretty much walk or use public transport to get to all major attractions. The historical Sultanahmet (which forms the skyline seen from the flat) is 20 minutes on foot or a 10 minute tram ride with our local stop just 5 minutes of downhill walk. The famous Dolmabahçe (the New Ottoman Palace on the water) is just a 15 minutes walk. Meanwhile, Taksim and its popular Istiklal Caddesi (Street) is a 10 minute walk up the hill. The neighnourhood itself is attractive for evening entertainment such as bars, restaurants, cafes. In the summer there are crowds sitting outside until early hours of the morning. In short, this is a buzzing, fashionable and yet quite relaxed historic neighbourhood of Istanbul.
As I live nearby, I would be glad to help and advise you. Nothing beats the tips and hints given by a local!
Strictly non-smoking indoors, but there is a large balcony where smoking is free.
I love travelling and as such I have quite a good idea of what the needs and expectations of a fellow traveller might be. Istanbul has so much to offer and I will be very happy to answer all your questions and provide you with all the tips that only an insider can have and share.