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“fantastic location, excellent apartment, amazing...”
CasaLoBueno#1 Splendid with Galata Tower View
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CasaLoBueno#1 Splendid with Galata Tower View
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Istanbul

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Tai C
New York City, New York
1 review
“fantastic location, excellent apartment, amazing host”
Reviewed 23 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

This apartment is located in the Galata quarter, which is in walking distance of many cool shops, cafes and bars. Also, the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are just a quick tram ride away.

However, getting around Istanbul should not be a major concern. Walking and public transportation (metro & tram) are excellent ways of seeing a ton of the city; so it really doesn’t matter where you stay. The selling point of this apartment really is Izel, the amazing host and owner of the property. The other people who have reviewed this apartment were not embellishing at all. From the beginning to the end of our trip he was nothing but helpful and informative. I’m talking everything from providing us with metro cards (which allow you discounted access to the train), and showing us tried and true restaurants (including a tasty spot he frequented during his university years and another with the best baklava of life!), to accompanying us on a rug buying mission to ensure we weren’t being swindled. All around great dude to hang out with, shoot the sh**, and even grab a beer. The actual apartment is super cozy, with a seriously comfortable pull-out sofa and great morning light. My only beef with the apartment (because I must have at least one) was the TV. It gave me fits on a couple of occasions, but I’m far overdue for a copy of Technology for Dummies.

In summary, I had a wonderful time in Istanbul. I hope to return in the near future (I hear October is beautiful). When I do go back I will definitely be staying at one of Izel’s apartments and I recommend anyone visiting this beautiful, buzzing city to do the same.

Ps, ask for Izel’s walking tour of the Hagia Sophia – good stuff!

Pps, visit Istanbul Modern.

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Your age range 25-34
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Bajun R
New York City, New York
1 review
“Izel our host made the trip! i'm not kidding, and the apartment was modern comfortable and perfectly located.”
Reviewed 21 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

when i arrived in Istanbul i stayed at the W and although that was pleasant i played myself by not staying at Izel's apartment right away. Located in the trendy and relaxed Galata area the apartment was modern extremely comfortable and just a 5-10 minute walk to galata tower and the galata bridge. The area is peppered with cool cafes bars and awesome antique shops. if you cant find them don't worry Izel will be on hand to show you himself or give you excellent directions. Do you want a private tour of aya sophia given by someone who really knows what their talking about? Izel is your man, you want to know where the best baklava in istanbul is Izel is your man. i really can't say enough about the property and the man renting it. Awesome and amazing should sum it up nicely. and on our last day we where treated to a tour around his old stomping grounds, an amazing dinner and a couple of beers at his local haunt. go to Istanbul and stay with Izel. I would recommend this rental to everyone and have to my mother who is planning a trip there later this year. Thank you Izel for making my 1st of many trips to Isatnbul amazing! you're the man!

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Liked best: Izel the host was an incredible, tour guide, historian and friend during the entire duration of our trip. A solid gentleman all around.l
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Friends
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CynthiaBu...
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed 21 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Casa o Bueno #1. The apartment is ideal for travelers to Istanbul. It's a lovely apartment, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything a traveler would need. All of the appliances and the WiFi worked perfectly. Izel our host met us at the apartment promptly. He even went the extra mile to provide basic provisions: milk, coffee, water, bread, cheese - so if you're exhausted from your trip you can get by on what's on offer at the apartment (there is also a very nice cafe next door if you need something more)

Izel not only provides metro passes and a Turkish cell phone but offers to escort you around the neighborhood upon arrival so you know where everything is. The apartment is located in one of the best neighborhoods in Istanbul - and is full of shops, restaurants and transportation (the metro is literally across the street from the flat) - it's a short walk to Galata Tower and even more shops and restaurants - and is only a slight upward walk (no problem at all for people with limited motor skills) to Istiklal Caddessi and Taksim Square - the heartbeat of Istanbul.
Izel makes himself available to his guests to answer questions or assist with tourist information. I called him on a Saturday to ask directions and he not only provided them but took me to lunch!

In sum this is the best apartment I"ve stayed in in the year and a half I've been coming to Istanbul - I cannot wait to go back so I can enjoy this lovely apartment and Izel and Doret's wonderful hospitality again.
Enjoy!!

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Liked best: The location and the wonderful apartment - the atmosphere is very nice.
Liked least: There really wan't anything I didn't like about this apartment or the service we received
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Alexandro...
Athens, Greece
1 review
“Great trip overall to a familiar and beloved destination.”
Reviewed 9 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013

In addition to the evaluation of the property, I would like to mention that Izel (0ne of the two owners) was a great host,extremely helpfull and always available in case of need. He is also extremely good in public relations and does a great job in promoting the city that he lives in, Istanbul/Constantinople. I will definately be back soon. Great many thanks to Izel for everything. Alexandros Kotzamanoglou-licenced lecturer guide/Athens-Greece.

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Liked best: Great overall:amenities,location,views-everything
Liked least: lack of a small safe deposit box
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Nicolas34...
Lannion, France
1 review
“Perfect location to visit Istambul”
Reviewed 29 January 2013 for a stay in November 2012

I spent ten days with my wife and young kids (a baby and a two years old boy) in this apartment. Location is perfect to visit Istanbul as public transportation are very close. Even more important we received a warm welcome from Izel who gave us lots of information and paid attention to details that made our journey easier (we received a mobile phone and public transport card for the duration of our stay) and was always available when support was needed. I strongly recommend this place.

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Liked best: Izel's availability
Liked least: The tiny elevator
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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