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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Istanbul

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davesmall
Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent but ..........”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

The apartment is exactly as advertised and well equipped. Kadir is an excellent host and a nice guy to boot. The view is amazing. The Changhir neighborhood is interesting and pleasant. We very much enjoyed Istanbul and the apartment.

But .... The location is up a very steep and long hill. Even walking down the hill to the tram was difficult and tiresome. It is better to walk up the hill from the apartment than down because things more or less level out after one long very steep uphill block. You can then catch cabs up there. The neighborhood shops, restaurants, etc are mostly up the hill from the apartment.

Do not rent this place unless you have an iPhone, cellular connected iPad, or some other reliable GPS navigational device. The streets are a maze and many are one way. There is little or no chance that a cab driver will be able to find the apartment given only the address. We had to provide navigation services ourselves each and every time we took a cab back to the apartment.

Do not plan to use public transportation unless you're in pretty good shape for climbing hills. The tram system is really great in Istanbul and passes by the bottom of the hill where the apartment is located. You could walk up to the apartment from the tram stop if you are in great hill climbing shape. We took the tram to the nearest stop and then took a cab up the hill using our GPS to guide the cab driver. That cab ride was only about 5 Turkish Lira except when the cab driver took a wrong turn and then took us on a tour.

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Liked best: Once inside the apartment is was a real treat. The view was amazing.
Liked least: The location up a steep hill in a maze of confusing streets was a problem
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Ricky B
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2 reviews
“Beautiful, modern apartment in a great location!”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Although not large, this place is sleek and modern with great features. We had 5 people with no space issues. Bathrooms/showers are great! The location is perfect in a happening neighborhood just far enough away to be quiet. Everything you would need is a short walk away, but the city has lots of hills so those with mobility issues should be warned. The balcony is small but the view is fantastic. Kadir is a professional all the way! He was there to greet us, gave us great city ideas and was always available when needed. Turkey is a beautiful country with beautiful, friendly people and this trip was a blast!

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Liked best: Apartment amenities were excellent
Liked least: Transportation back to the airport was a problem. The prearranged driver did not show up, and we ended up having to grab a taxi.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sheryl M
2 reviews
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“Excellent location with stunning view of the Bosphorus”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We really enjoyed the location and the stunning views. Kadir was friendly and extremely helpful when I was booking the Blue Pearl and it lived up to our expectations once we arrived.

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Liked best: The views out of the Bosphorus.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Agnes E
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed 25 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Just returned from a 5 night stay at The Blue Pearl apartment.. Kadir could not have been more helpful, he spent a long time with us recommending places and areas to visit. Apartment in great location, you can visit lots of places by foot ( be prepared for all the steep hills! ).
Views from apartment marvellous, you could spend hours watching the ferries and cruise ships coming and going- the cruise ships berth right in front of apartment.. Blue Pearl apartment is beautifully furnished and very comfortable.
Istanbul is a fascinating city, great transport and the people so friendly and helpful. Food is good. Would recommend a visit to anyone.

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Liked best: Views and location
Liked least: Stair lighting not great . Never use lift with 4 People !!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Andistrav...
St. Augustine, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Truly a Gem in Istanbul”
Reviewed 14 February 2015 for a stay in June 2014
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The most amazing apartment! We couldn't have been more impressed!
Kadir was a wonderful host and answered all our questions.
The apartment was perfect!
The neighborhood was excellent!
Highly recommend the apartment!

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Liked best: The neighborhood and the location.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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