Irini Seaview House lived up to expectations. It was a pleasure to stay in a well furnished, thoughtfully stocked with daily provisions and superbly presented Istanbul home located in the most wonderful position in Sultanahmet. How terrific it was to step outside the door of 'our home' and be a few minutes walk up the cobblestone street to Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the palace. Take a longer stroll up Divan Yolu past the shops, Constantine's column to the Grand Bazaar (and even better) then walk down the alley ways past shops and stalls to the Egyptian Bazaar. Thank you to Mali for complete explanations and instructions and special thank you to Gizem (apology for incorrect spelling) for her house-keeping and friendliness towards us. For a week we felt like we 'lived and belonged' in the lovely city of Istanbul.
The reviews for this property are universally excellent so it’s going to be hard to say something new but here goes.
Let’s start with the location. If like us you think Sultanahmet is the jewel in the crown in Istanbul, it’s the obvious area to stay. If you like luxury but crave for your own space, this property should fit the bill perfectly for a party of up to 4. It’s literally a stone’s throw from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque so perfect for leisurely strolls after a good dinner marvelling at these wonders lit up is a great way to end the day. The tram stop is also close so striking out across the city is also easy.
The house itself is charming. No expense has been spared on the furnishing and appliances. I had thought Bugatti only made some of the most expensive cars in the world until I went into the kitchen and saw their equipment there. There are several mini markets nearby to stock up. Perfect for self catering or if you prefer to have pre or post dinner drinks before eating out in one of the many local restaurants, the terrace is perfect. It has great views across the Bosphorus and you can also the tops of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. A cleaner visits daily and is an absolute treasure - she cleans up after meals and washes and irons clothes daily. Imagine what that would cost at the 4 Seasons Hotel directly opposite.
Nothing is too much trouble for Mali the manager whether it is local advice or sorting transfers or other travel arrangements.
So all in all a perfect base for savouring the joys of one of the great cities of the world.
Stayed for 6 nights in what is probably the best accommodation we have stayed in during our travels. The owners Ahmet and Tovi met us when we arrived showed us through the apartment(it's really a house), then very kindly took us on a walking tour through Sultanahmet and introduced us to their favourite restaurants. This apartment is right in the middle of the attractions such as the blue Mosque and Sophia and a short walk to the tram. The cream on the pie is that you have a housekeeping lady included who comes in to do the cleaning, makes beds and does your laundry. We felt completely safe in Istanbul so please don't let the media put you off travelling to this amazing city and its very very welcoming people.
This seaview house is a lovely place to visit. Everything was good. We will come back next year. Thank you
WORDS cannot express how lovely this four level home with roof top terrace over looking the Blue Mosque and The bospherous was.. the host who greeted us Mali was amazing with his details about each and every feature of the home as was the housekeeper who not only cleaned but washed ,dried and even folded all our laundry we were a family of four. the vacation home is inside old istanbul Sultanahmet district and a few steps away from the Four Seasons hotel..there are many shops,restaurants and grocers in the area a very lovely peaceful place..don't be put off or scared away by what u see on CNN or BBC the people are pleasant,enjoyable and love tourist my daughters feel in love with the area which is a ten minute walk to the old sights. as for the home first level has two twin beads with bathroom large closet and tv,second level master bedroom with small balcony,amazing bathroom with large roman tub in the center and enclosed shower with three different types of showers. on the third level large industrial kitchen complete with everything even a steam microwave oven! living room with 50 inch tv,large sofa,dining table and chairs and stereo system which hooks up to your iPod or cellphone for music,4th level roof terrace with retractable roof along with lovely patio furniture..when it was time to depart we didn't want leave..folks do yourself a favor visit Istanbul and when u do please arrange to stay at this home...have seen and rented many vacation rentals this tops the cake..clean,great amenities, great service and location location location
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After finding this accommodation after extensive research we were most pleased of our golden find. It started with a warm welcome on time as arranged followed by a full demonstration of all the apartment had to offer. The bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen were modern and new but it was the balcony with views to the blue mosque across to the marmaris sea that we enjoyed the most. The location is great in Sultanahmet within walking distance of Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, basilica cistern markets, restaurants and more. It was a perfect start to our holiday in Turkey.
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