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Guest Reviews for our Apartments in Istanbul

Istanbul Sweet Home / Guestbook

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Penny Arcade July 27, 2014
I spent a wonderful visit to Istanbul in the Galata Arms. I cannot imagine a more wonderful apartment imbued with all of the comfort and coziness one can imagine. Beautifully restored with exquisite taste , very clean but not sterile, beautifully painted ceilings, divine lighting, filled with antiques and loaded with charm, as if you are staying at a very tasteful friend's flat. everything is arranged so you feel really at home- Istanbul Sweet Home could not be a more apt description. Perfectly situated minutes from the Galata Tower and Taksim's Isticlal Street across from the leafy comforting view of the Crimea Church Garden this is an oasis of peace. Your host Metehan does everything to insure a perfect trip from airport pick up to very knowledgeable advice on history, sights and all things Istanbul! The neighborhood is chic without being pretentious. Sweet terraced coffee place 5 minutes away, unique Turkish designer's ateliers, three or four good restaurants with lots of élan and vibe and you get a good look at how fashionable Istanbuli's live in this artistic neighborhood. This is a tremendous opportunity to feel like a traveler not a tourist.Istanbul has another larger, very glamorous 2 bedroom flat around the corner from here with an AMAZING roof Terrace that looks over the Bosphorus! This is the kind of lived holiday experience that lodges in your heart long after you have returned home, one you can revisit in your minds eye whenever you want! Don't hesitate to book!
Cuneyt (JoJo)

December 25, 2012

This is my 2nd time I'm using IstanbulSweetHome. I am very happy with everything provided. Everything is reachable for me and even if I am hungry at 2am in the morning, just a phone call away and the nearby restaurant open till late. I like my privacy and the accomodation is superb. Since using this kind of facility, I don't use hotel anymore. The owner are lovely and now my friend. We get along together pretty good. I don't have to think twice if I get back to Istanbul to use this apartment again. I missing Istanbul so much mentioning all this.
Mary Dowson Sep 30, 2012
We have just spent a fantastic week staying in the Silent Balcony appartment. It was perfect for our needs, me and my 21 yr old son. The position of the flat is great, so quiet and peaceful but close enough to the action of the bars,cafes,shops etc as well as the amazing historical sights. We were able to walk just about everywhere from here, with the occasional tram and funicular ride. The immediate neighbourhood is lovely too - conveient for everything. And yes the litte balcony really is silent....with the fig and pomegranite trees providing just enough privacy to enjoy the early morning sun. Would love to come back.
Eray Sep 20 , 2012

It was a great alternative accommodation experience! Full equipped kitchen. So close to any public transportation. Easy reachable to old city and taxim. Just bathroom needs a little touch. Mr. Metehan was so kind and gentile. We felt like staying at home. Thank you once more.

Varpu and Kari May 1 , 2012
This flat is just perfect! It is actually much better in real than in the pictures. The quiet balcony was great to drink morning coffee and enjoy the sun. The location was great, Taksim is less than 10 minutes away on flat street :)

We have been guests of Sweet Istanbul Home now twice and both times everything has worked perfectly. The transportation to/from the airport is also very well arranged, the driver takes you to the right place, carries your suitcase and opens the door for you.

Thank you again and see you again in the fall!
John Lenihan April 17, 2012

This is an excellent apartment for a couple or for 3 people. We stayed here with a small child for one week and had a lovely time. There was plenty of room to spread out (much better than a hotel!), cook if we wanted to and the location is also very nice (close to Tacsim Square). There are nice bakeries, supermarkets and patisseries nearby for delicious freshly-baked breakfast rolls. The apartment is very quiet at night also.

I would not hesitate to recommend this apartment to anyone who would like to stay within walking distance of Sultanahmet but who wishes to avoid the more touristic stuff where they are staying.

All in all a brilliant place to stay! Thanks!

annie Mar 20 , 2012
I spent two delightful months at Galata Arms which is a perfect home in Istanbul. I could see a little slice of the Bosphorus, I was close to Istiqlal street and I had friendly groceries nearby. The geese stand guard in the church's garden, followed by the cats. The children walk to school in the street below. The sun pours in the apt in the morning.
There is only the Adan whose style in calling to prayer is a little too flourished for my taste.
LUIS FERRES 6 March, 2012

Cosy, really warm in winter, peacefull street, excelent situation,...If you do not care about not having a nice view from home, is a wonderfull option.

Metehan gives exactly what he promisses...and with a nice smile.

Sean Dowling January 8 , 2012

Great apartment in a great location with nice views from the front windows. Apartment facilities were great and the wifi very quick. Very close to the convenient T1 tram line and within walking distance of the boat piers. In fact, in cooler weather, you can reach most of the tourist destinations on foot. Ideal for a family of four. Was the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing.

Joel Jul 30 , 2011
Today's the last day of my month-long stay at Tea and Gossip, and I've got it all mapped out. I'm going to do a little work on the internet in this bright and comfortable living room. I'm going to make one last round of this lively and picturesque neighborhood -- the best in Istanbul, to my mind. And I'm going to wrap it up with cherries, almonds, and an Efes on the front balcony at dusk. I love it here. Don't tell anyone.

July 25, 2011

I stayed 2 weeks (well, last days in Silent Balcony) in Cihangir Terrace. This was my first visit to Istanbul. To rent a flat was the right desicion.
Everything was as told. The flat(s) and the area around much better than I expected. Nice shops and restaurants/cafe just next to building. Cihangir is an interesting area - and very close to Taksim square and main street (Istiklal Caddesi). If ever again to Istanbul (and I bet I will be there again) will look forward to this flat again!
Helga Nagy June 23 , 2011
Hello! It was not our first time in Istanbul, but the first time not in a hotel. it made a big difference. We were in Silent Balcony and were very pleased with it. We also discovered the neighbourhood and liked it very much. We would definitely come back to this apartment.It's nice that we could feel just a bit like 'locals' in Istanbul! We had also correct information about the flat, so I really recommend choosing istanbulsweethome.

May 2, 2011

Dear Metehan

We had a wonderful holiday in Istanbul. A truly magical city. The Istanbul Eye was the perfect place to stay. The terrace offers such a breathtaking view! We'll come again!
Best regards
The Rouanets ( Montpellier, France)
Karen & David April 13, 2011

Hello!! We can only say thank you for a fantastic stay in Istanbul. We didn't know what to expect of the city or the flat but our expectations were exceeded! We stayed in the Murals at the Entrance property. It was an adorable and perfectly located flat. Clean and cute. We were impressed with how comfortable the bed was. We did have to buy our own toilet paper and the showers could have been a bit warmer but neither issue in no way ruined the visit. It was nice to come home everyday to a warm and inviting flat as opposed to a boring hotel room. Thanks for helping to make our adventure in Istanbul a fantastic success!!!

Amy Ghiz April 8, 2011
Dear Metehan,

Thank you so very much for accepting me and Rami as guests in your beautiful apartment in March.

We had a wonderful time in Istanbul, and our visit there was made more enjoyable because we had such a lovely place to stay. Everything about the apartment and the neighborhood was perfect, and we hope to be able to do business with you again when we return to Istanbul for another visit.

I hope you are well and happy, and hope to talk to you again in a few months.

Best Regards,
Ivica Vasev

March 30, 2011

First of all, I apologize to both Metehan and Tarkan for being almost unacceptably late with the comments on the Cihangir Terrace and my stay during 2010/2011 New Year period.
Thank you guys for making my stay a real pleasure. I have already been in love with Istanbul for 12 years now so there was not much you could do in that regard :) but your professionalism and hospitality made me feel like at home. I may try a different apartment but you should definitely count on my arrival for New Year 2011/12 for sure. I would never stay in a hotel now that I know you unless you are totally booked and I am forced.
Best regards, Ivica from Uskup :)
Paolo 17 March, 2011

I have lived in Streetwise for almost two months and I can say I had a very pleasant stay.

Metehan and Tarkan are incredibly talented hosts and the flat is so centrally located that you feel in the real heart of the city.

Everything including bars, cafes, restaurants and not to forget Galata Tower and Istiklal Caddesi is just a stone's throw away from the flat and the building.

Highly recommended to all those who want a comfortable and cosy place in Istanbul.

I wouldn't recommend to claustrophobic people being a basement flat, but amongst Istanbul Sweet Home flats portfolio you will definitely find the perfect apartment for you!!

Rita March 16, 2011

I'm from Portugal and I've been in Istanbul last week. I was at Bohemian Raphsody... Istanbul has so many things to do and visit... it's an amazing city, I've love it and intend to come back soon. I felt in Istanbul like I was at home! I was really in a home! In a home with a real piano! :) I think I got very lucky to stay in that home and I higly recomend the Istanbul Sweet Home services to anyone who goes to Istanbul... Rita

Katherine Hughes

November 4, 2010

We stayed at the flat during August 2010 and the flat surpassed all expectations. It was absolute luxury to wake up and have breakfast on the balcony with such a spectacular view over Istanbul, including the Galata Tower - it has to be seen to be appreciated. The flat was light and spacious and staying in it really made our trip to Istanbul something special. Would definitely stay there again if we had the chance and would cannot recommend it strongly enough. Our host made everything as smooth as possible so our stay was problem-free. A real treat!
Claudia Oct 28, 2010
I stayed at galata arms in winter 2008/2010 and I loved it. Perfectly located, even more beautiful than on the pictures. Looking forward to stay here again on my next Istanbul trip!
richard mireille September 27 , 2010
un séjour mémorable dans cette merveilleuse ville ;

l'organisation de l'équipe et d'Ozhan en particulier nous a bien facilité l'arrivée dans cette ville où l'on s'est tout de suite senties étonnament très à l'aise ;
l'appartement est agréable, bien central avec des moyens de transports à proximité bien commodes pour des retours après de longues marches qui nous ménent dans tous les quartiers . l'ambiance du quartier
est vivante, gaie animée et pourtant l'appartement est au calme et permet un repos bien mérité.le coucher du soleil sur Isanbul du haut de la tour est inoubliable

merci à vous
mireille brigitte et anaïs
Keith Sep 14, 2010
What a pleasure to spend a week in Istanbul in your delightful apartment. Everything worked so well and the transfer from the airport to the apartment was a blessing after a very long flight. The location of the apartment is excellent and so handy for restaurants and with Carrefour's just around the corner, the essentials of life were readily available (fresh fruit , Turkish yoghurt , Schweppes tonic water etc etc) . Comfort and convenience sum up this apartment which I would highly recommend.
Kathleen and Trond Sep 6, 2010
We had six wonderful days in this airy and pleasant appartment. What a great neighbourhood to live in! We are very thankful to you, Metehan! Made our Istanbul trip fab! Looking forward to come back :)
Maryellen and Randall Duckett Aug 12 , 2010
We wanted to write and thank you for making our trip to Istanbul so easy and
enjoyable. The Silent Balcony apartment was even more beautiful and
functional than pictured on the Internet, and the neighborhood was amazing.
We thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk to Taksim, the fruit market and
grocery stores, the bank, and all the restaurants and cafes. In addition, it
was easy to catch a cab to anywhere from the top of our street, which was
important since my husband is disabled and uses a cane and wheelchair.
Please send along our special thanks to Arif. He was so helpful and patient
with all of our questions and requests. Also, the transportation from and
to the airport worked perfectly. We will definitely direct our friends and
associates to Istanbul Sweet Home if they are planning a trip to Istanbul.

Thank you,
Cath & Tom Echlin

August 8, 2010

We stayed in Cihangir Terrace from 1-8 July 2010. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here as the flat was comfortable and met all our needs particularly the balcony's, wireless internet connection and air conditioning.
We also loved the location which was in a great neighbourhood i.e. lively but quiet too, perfect! Aslo within walking distance to Taksim sq and the supermarket was a very short walk away which was also ideal.
A big thanks to Metahan who, apart from speaking great English, was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Everything was clear and the instructions and information in the flat were also excellent.
If your looking for somewhere that's not flashy but comfortable we would highly recommend this apartment. Istanbul was absolutely fantastic, the people were kind and helpful. A brilliant stay, Many thanks,
Cath & Tom Echlin, Scotland.
Gerry May 17, 2010

I wanted to thank you for your hospitality during our week in Istanbul. We had a wonderful time exploring Istanbul and fell in love with the city. Included in our memories will certainly be the Angels and Demons apartment. It was very comfortable, we loved the neighborhood, and the location was perfect. If I ever get a chance to recommend Istanbul Sweet Home, I certainly will. Alden and I hope to visit Istanbul again and we wouldn't think about staying anywhere else. Thanks again to you and Tarkan. - Gerry, Boston, MA USA

Britt Harlem and friends, Oslo

May 10, 2010

Thank you for a wonderful week in Istanbul, and the apartment Istanbul Eye. The terrasse is particular nice, and the apartment function well. We are very pleased with the pick up service too!! Kind regards
Joao. Feb 20, 2010
First l want to thanks the owner. I couldn't ask for better place to be with my friend from childhood. It was a very nice experience. The local people is just amazing the place itself is marvellous. I do recomend for anyone...
Gente e so fazer o booking e ir e maravilhoso gostei mesmo. Foi uma semana de paz e muita alegria conheci gente que jamais vou easquecer o flat e super...vou sempre pra Turquia mas Istanbull e pecisar de algumas dicas e so me passar um
Cuneyt January 17, 2010

"My Turkish Bath". I chose this place for my birthday present and it is perfect for me. I have to say that I love this place so much. I have made a right choice and I will come again and choose this place with a blink of an eye. It is really nearby to the every where that I want to go. I would recommend this place to all my friends and Yes! I did use the hamam. Thank you so much to the owner Metehan.

Mikhail November 19 , 2009
I'd like to thank Metehan and his team for the wonderful job they're doing. Due to them, this time I was feeling like a real citizen of this wonderful city. The "Lights of Istanbul" apartment where I stayed in was perfect, views from the window - very nice, location - excellent. If you're an open-minded traveller, you'll definitely understand why it's much better to stay in an apartment than in a hotel.
Mikhail Soloviev, Moscow, Russia.
Faith Harris Oct 9, 2009
Galata View exceeded our expectations! It is a large, light, imaginatively furnished, well located apartment with stupendous views. Well worth the climb up the stairs to the fourth floor. The neighborhood has everything one could wish for – a small supermarket, a butcher, vegetable stands. The plaza around the Galata Tower has benches and cafes. Pedestrian zone Istiklal Caddesi and its side streets are filled with restaurants and shops. Transportation is close at hand – the funicular (Tunel) eliminates the need to walk up the hill from the Galata Bridge. Metehan is reliable and efficient. Transportation arrangements from and to the airport were perfect. Our 10 day stay in Istanbul was not nearly long enough to experience all this fascinating city has to offer. We hope to return and if we do, we will surely contact Metehan for our accommodation arrangements.
Faith, San Francisco, California.

October 6, 2009

Dear Metehan!
It was the first time for us in Istanbul. The apartment is just great. We spent every night at the terrace to enjoy this fantastic view of the Galata tower, the Bosporus, the Topkapi Palace, the Mosques.....
Your service was excellent (mail contact, pick up at the airport....),
hope to see you again some time,

August 31, 2009

we spent one week there and the terrace is perfect!!
we feel so comfortable there and we're sure that if we'd come again in Istanbul we'll stay again in "our" apartment.
Elena August 27, 2009
We came to instanbul for the first time to spent our summer vacations the apartment was great and full equipted it was also to a very nice location in the center of everything we are already thinking of coming back again soon.!!!!
Anne Heckmann Jun 13 , 2009
I have spend 9 days in May 2009 in Silent balcony.Delightful and tasteful decoration,functional and good situated flat.
(looked attractive on the advertising pictures on internet ...even better in the reality).

Enjoying every single minute of my stay there.perfect maintenance of the estate.TOP service from the beginning to the end(previous informations, booking process, welcome and practical attention)

Conclusion:this flat is having "ce petit je ne sais quoi"....we would say in France (which means:an indescribable or indefinable charme, good vibrations and on top of this:
a gentleman as its owner!!!!

Thank you ,Metehan!Hope to come back soon.
Anne Heckmann
John & Bobby May 23 , 2009
Dear Metehan

Arrived home safely to a lower temperature and rain
But we really enjoyed our stay in Silent Balcony

To your guests. We have stayed in many of the apartments and they are all well furnished clean and very comfortable
Everything is convenient and in good working order. Some have the advantage of a great view while others have the advantage of not too many steps to climb. Staying in Istanbul Sweet Home apartments you become part of the comunity, shopping in the local shops, buying fresh bread from the local baker, its a great feeling. Metehan is a most friendly and kind person who will help you settle in to the apartment

John & Bobbie
Leif Berg May 20, 2009

We have been to Istanbul many times but this latest was the best beacuse we lived in
the very nice and clean Angels and Demons Apartement, near to Istiklal, near to Tünel, near to the old tram. Never more a hotelroom if we stay longer than a weekend. Metehan and Tarkan was very kind and took good cear of us. We will come back agin next year.
Regards Kerstin and Leif Berg, Vörå, FINLAND

LilMo_KSA April 14, 2009

We have very much enjoyed our stay at this lovely apartment with the convenience of home.. It really did feel like we were living like an Istanbulian during our visit.. the location was amazing just a 5 min walk from Glata Tower, Istaklal Street where the shopping area, and many cafes, restaurants, bars, night life activities awaits ( Taksim area)
safe neighborhood and a nice nearby small supermarket for all your essentials..
I recommend this place for anyone who is looking to taste a bet of how people live in Istanbul with all its sights and sounds right at your foot step when you walk out the door.. if your staying a week then its even cheaper than staying in a hotel for sure. We had a very good amazing rate.. great value for the price we paid.

Tony and Sylvia Partridge

April 14, 2009

We had 8 nghts in his lovely top floor apartment.December,but the sun poured in and we wished we could have spared an afternoon to sit out on the terrace.But Istanbul does not lend itself to sitting around.We had a view of the Galata tower so that was our night time treat.
Again,Metehan and Taran were the greatest hosts-our turn next time.
Thoroughly recomend the apartment and the area-heaps of supermarkets-yes we did cook in some nights despite the lovely cafes and eating houses about us.Heaps of supermarkets and other yummy shops.Not to mention this is the heart of antique shops-a treasure trove-a pain we had to travel on and not home with what we-I could have bought.Easy if sometimes challenging walking but that has to be the nature of Istanbul and so much of its charm lies in walking.
Another time is planned-we are sorry that we live so far away and cannot visit more often.Trust this site and your hosts-you will have no regrets
Masaaki YOSHIDA March 23, 2009

1) Well situated: near to new Metro station, Tunel station, Galata tower and
Tophane trum station.
2) Well furnished: kitchen (pans, dishes, knives ...), fridge, a double-bed and a sofa-bed, wireless facilities, drawers, telephone, TV... I found nothing lacking.
3) Very effectively arranged.
4) Honest relyable punctual cleaning staffs and taxi drivers.
5) This is my third visit to Istanbul. I will stay here next time.


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