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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Istanbul

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Ezedin B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“If i am in Istanbul, this is where i will stay!”
Reviewed 28 February 2016 for a stay in July 2015

I have visited Istanbul several times, but truly, this is probably the best stay i have ever had. the apartment is very conveniently located, it very clean. In terms of style and space,it is a bit different than what I am accustomed to in the US, but was good. The best thing I've experienced during my stay in this place is the service and the hospitality of the manager "Mr. Fuat". He is extremely and nice and he goes out of his way to help.

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Liked best: The customer service
Liked least: It's uphill location makes it a little hard to walk too far
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bilge O
London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Place!”
Reviewed 25 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

This is my second time staying at Julia and Tarkan's place. This time I met with them in person. They must be the kindest and perfect host of all time. And off course Shamshod is very helpful all the time. The Hendek apartment very cozy, clean and stylish. I felt very much staying at my own home. Also it's very very close to Galata, sishane metro and all other coffee shops and restaurants. Over all - Lovely place!

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Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 25-34
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Slidell_T...
Slidell, Louisiana
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“Great place to stay while in Istanbul”
Reviewed 5 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We just returned from a great vacation in Istanbul, complemented with a pleasant stay at Hendek apartment.

Things started looking positive a couple of weeks before the actual trip, when we received several emails from the manager giving us tips on the area around Galata Tower, Do’s and Don’ts, public transportation, recommended restaurants, etc.

On arrival, Shamshod (the manager) was most diligent in showing us the apartment and how to operate some of the basic appliances, and then taking the time to walk with us around a few blocks for us to get situated while pointing at a place where we could exchange currency, buy groceries, etc. He also stayed in contact throughout our stay: A couple of days later he came to visit and walked us to a somewhat hidden corridor near Istikal street that had great food and a great night scene full of locals.

The apartment was as described. Clean and well-equipped. It is located fairly close (2 blocks, uphill) to the Tunnel station and one more block to the Sishane metro stop. This means you can reach most of Istanbul very easily. They provided us with a re-usable Metro Card that can be recharged at any metro station, saving us the cost of getting a new card.

During the day the area is bustling with activity. There is a small supermarket half-a-block away where you can get all groceries you need. Istikal street and its many stores, restaurants and night scene is only 3 blocks away. At night, the zone looked and felt safe, even late in the evening. Galata Tower and a numbers of cafes are only a block away

Our apartment did not have much of a view but that is common in areas with narrow streets like those in Beyoglu plus it was not critical to us.

Overall, our experience was very positive and we highly recommend this place. It should be noted that those with mobility impediments may find the stairs difficult to negotiate as they are the steep spiraling kind and there is no elevator. Walking to the Tunnel and metro station is also uphill a fairly steeping street with may be hard on some. Parents of pre-teens and teenagers will love the stairs and steep streets as these are a good way to have them get some extra exercise :)

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Liked best: Location and Hospitality by Shamshod
Liked least: Clothes washer with instructions only in Turkish (Google Translate saved the day)
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Christina...
Los Angeles, California
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“Lovely, relaxing, musical, history”
Reviewed 10 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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person found this review helpful

A trip to Istanbul is always a lovely idea. We have an idea that we can discover kind of exotic history around every corner, and where better to start that adventure is Galata, a small, diverse district just up the hill crowned by the Galata Tower just a short walk from Kadakoy and the Galata bridge.
Hendek apartment is located on a small, one way street leading straight to the tower where it overlooks a surrounding open 'square' filled with coffeeshops, restaurants, cats, juice sellers and the occasional musician who fills the air with evocative melodies recalling lost romance and found love. The apartment is ridiculously well located, with short walks to a main metro line, a main tram line, and just up the hill from the Karakoy ferry stop.
We had many lovely days where we enjoyed our first coffee of the day in our spotlessly clean apartment, working on our writing scattered across the spacious dining table, plotting our next move in Istanbul. We would often hear the soft strains of music throughout the day, as there are many many music shops littering the area, and people always like to try before they buy. And at the end of each day it felt as if we were coming back to our own nest, where we could drink one final glass of tea before settling in for rest.
The owners and managers of this apartment have done a lovely job of remodeling a large apartment in an old building. It combines many historical touches with modern amenities, providing us with a relaxing experience to come to after the busy world of Istanbul. They have a transparent and simple checkin process, and their representatives are almost unbelievably ready to explain something, help or simply share information about Galata and Istanbul. Of course, we will always look forward to staying with you again, the next time we visit Istanbul.

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Liked best: Location and cleanliness
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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viajanted...
Berlin, Germany
1 review
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“Repeat visit to this stylish apartment in a trendy area of Istanbul”
Reviewed 16 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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This is the second time I stayed in the Hendek apartment in Istanbul - and was once again extremely happy with my choice. The apartment is at an amazing location, right at the heart of the Galata area with tons of cute shops, breakfast places, restaurants, and bars around the corner. The flat itself is bright, clean, and very stylishly decorated - living there makes you instantly feel like a local. We stayed there with 3 people and therefore had plenty of space. The whole stay was very well organized. Everyone I talked to or met from the management/ owners was very friendly and helpful. We will be back for sure!

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Liked best: The decor of the apartment
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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