Nachdem Kadir, der Manager, einen exzellenten Service geleistet hat und die Wohnung unsere Ansprüche sogar übertroffen hat, schreiben wir gerne ein paar Zeilen zur Bewertung. Zunächst einmal ist die Wohnung wirklich fantastisch gelegen, mitten im Galata Distrikt und nah der Istiklal Strasse (250m). Eigentlich ist alles via Fussweg zu erreichen. Obwohl so zentral, bietet die Wohnung Ruhe und ist außerdem sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Die Küche ist sehr gut ausgestattet und alles was funktionieren muss, funktioniert. Ausserdem gibt es reichlich Restaurants und Cafes in unmittelbarer Nähe. Wir kommen gerne wieder!
We have stayed in quite a few holiday apartments in many cities so far, and this one ranks right at the top in terms of ideal location, decoration, bed comfort and service. It is located on a hip street with great restaurants and breakfast places very near by. (you should try the terrace of the George Hotel right across the street, AMAZING VIEW!!!) It is quite and tidy and the service provided by Kadir and Seral did not leave anything to wish for. Overall highly recommended.
Die Stadt der Gegensätze
Als erstes waren wir etwas verwirrt als wir durch das schmuddelige Treppenhaus stiegen bis wir die Schwelle der Wohnung erreichten. Erst hier wurde uns klar, was uns die Wohnung und Istanbul bieten sollte. Die Wohnung ist mit allem ausgestattet was man sich wünschen kann und ist dazu noch geschmackvoll und modern eingerichtet. Alles ist neu und mit sehr großem Aufwand renoviert worden. Sogar originale Fresken wurden erhalten was nicht minder zu der romantischen Atmosphäre der Wohnung beiträgt. Die Serdar I Ekrem Straße ist ein Phänomen für sich und sehr zentral gelegen, Reich und Arm, Seite an Seite ohne spürbare Spannungen mit vielen tollen Restaurants und Designerläden (Geheimtipp: Old Sandal) bieten eine tolle Atmosphäre. Der Service war auch TOP. Serdal hat sich liebevoll und zeitnah um all unsere Anfragen gekümmert, so das wir uns rundum gut betreut fühlten. An dieser Stelle auch ein großes Lob an Alexandra, unsere Stadtführerin (auf Anfrage buchbar). Ich kann diese Wohnung jedem empfehlen der einen authentischen Urlaub mit hohem Wohnstandard in Istanbul verbringen möchte.
This is a lovely spacious apartment very well located for a holiday in Istanbul. Even with our 2 kids in tow (13 & 10) it was only walking distance to Spice Market, Grand Bazaar, Ayasophia, Blue Mosque, Istiklal Caddesi and Taksim. The apartment is well equipped and extremely clean with Galata Tower almost within arm's reach! There are some negatives to this apartment. Firstly, the apartment is located on the 4th floor of a walk up. This is no small undertaking with 3 large heavy suitcases and hand luggage. It is also a very noisy location as there is a hostel nearby & everyone seems to stay up until the wee hours. Also, we had no tv as was supposed to be the case as someone removed the cable box on the 2nd day of our 5 day stay. Luckily we all had laptops, ipads, etc but had we not had them, this would have been a major problem with kids.
Excellent Galata apartment
We had a wonderful stay in this spacious and comfortable Istanbul apartment. It is beautifully decorated, clean, and well-appointed. Serdal, the owner's representative, welcomed us, helped us with our baggage, and showed us all of the apartment's features. He was very attentive and responsive to later questions and concerns. The photographs very accurately describe the layout and beauty of the rental. The kitchen was well-stocked with utensils and modern appliances. The neighborhood was convenient to many restaurants, shops, and tram stops. The only reason this rating is not five stars is that the apartment is on the fourth floor without an elevator. It was manageable, but at the end of a long day of walking in a hilly city, that last climb was a challenge for the two of us in our late sixties.
Wir, eine vierköpfige Familie mit zwei halbwüchsigen Söhnen und eine Freundin von uns, haben fünf Tag und vier Nächte im Oktober in Istanbul verbracht. Und: Wir hatten ein Super-Glück mit unserem Appartement: Galata Tower: Superschön, großzügig, hell, elegant eingerichtet und dazu noch mit einer Dachterrasse und Blick über den Bosperus. Ich habe noch nie in einer Großstadt so schön gewohnt. Sicher, das Ganze ist kein Schnäppchen, aber es war sein Geld wert. Dazu stimmte der Service und wir können das Angebot von Cast weiterempfehlen, eine Basar-Tour bei Alexandra zu buchen: Die exklusive Besichtigung eines Spielortes des neuen James Bond auf dem Dach einer alten Karawanserei werden wir so schnell nicht vergessen. Klasse!
Everything you could ask for!
My family and I have rented several apartments in different European cities over the last few years, and this property was definitely one of the best. The apartment is really spacious, open and clean - exactly as it appears in the photos. It's tastefully furnished, and was actually featured in a Turkish interior decorating magazine while we were there! There were several nice touches, such as an ipod dock in the living room and an espresso machine in the kitchen. The location is excellent and the views from the rooftop terrace truly amazing. We were really happy with the service Kadir provided and would definitely recommend this place to our friends. The only caveat is that the flat doesn't have a lift and there are quite a few stairs, but it's worth it!
Die Wohnung ist so, wie sie im Internet beschrieben wurde. Tolle Lage, super Design, alles renoviert und super sauber. WIr haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und kommen gerne wieder. Der Transfer vom und zum Flughafen hat minutengenau gepasst, alle waren sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Die beiden Vermieter konnten super deutsch, was eine Buchung über das Internet wirklich erleichtert. Wir würden diese Wohnung jeder Zeit wieder in Anspruch nehmen.
We loved the Galata Tower apartment. It was roomy and comfortable with a well-appointed kitchen. We were two couples and had plenty of space and privacy. In addition, there is a tiny area with two bunk beds for kids. One of the bathrooms was a little smaller than the other, but not a problem. The weather was very warm when we were there, but with the windows open there was a lovely breeze that cooled everything. We also had access to the rooftop terrace, which had an amazing view. The manager who met us was extremely friendly and helpful, and responded quickly to any concerns. The neighborhood is lively, there are good markets and restaurants close at hand, and a short walk to public transport. The only negative is that it is up four flights of stairs with no lift. Two of us are older, and at the end of a day of strenuous sightseeing, those last steps were a challenge. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend.
We live in India and we met my parents here for a week-long holiday. The flat was perfect for us--spacious for four and very comfortable. The amenities are fantastic and the place is decorated beautifully--we came in and said "WOW" as soon as we arrived. It is very central, a short walk uphill or downhill to get transport to the major attractions and seconds from a few very nice restaurants. The building has a rooftop terrace as well where we had some lovely evenings drinking wine and looking out at the view.
The team who take care of it are thoughtful and responsive and answered questions throughout the week as well as stopping by to help with things.
The only two drawbacks are the (very) early call to prayer from the mosque about 2 blocks away--bring earplugs--and the fact that it's 4 flights of stairs up.
Otherwise, perfect. If we return to Istanbul we will stay here or in another of this fabulous group's apartments.
We were dreaming for a long time about going to Istanbul. Everything was so welcoming from the visa process at the airport, to the very efficient Cast-organised pick up at the airport as well, to the apartment itself. In the heart of the city, at a walking distance from the best Baklavas, restaurants, sites, Bosphorus tour boats and Bus ferries, the Galata apartment made our stay unique and memorable. Its warmth and light are dangerously inviting to stay in!!! And the Cast company services are terrific. We would not look for another place to stay in for our next visit. It feels like we found "our home in Istanbul.
Tasteful flat in a great location. You can walk to tons of cafes and boutiques and viewing the Galata Tower from your bedroom is pretty special. The place was very well equipped with extra towels. The only mild critique is that the 3rd room is not really a room but a tiny hallway with two bunk beds. Overall, a great place to explore a hip part of a hip city. The tram below takes you to all the key destinations and Serdal has great restaurant recommendations.
We stayed in this brand new apartment beginning of March 2013, and we loved it. The decoration has charm and is original, unlike many other holiday apartments where one feels like a visit to IKEA. Kitchen and Bathroom are both brand new, and the only negative is the small sink in the bathroom. It is located on a quite side street without car traffic and not much foot traffic. It is only a couple minutes to Istiklal Street and the Galata Tower is just next door (can be seen from the bedroom, magic at night!). Public transport is within short reach and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood. Very hip stuff, with a bohemian but cosmopolitan flair. The little breakfast place that is located in the building serves an amazing variety of things! Our host Serdal was very welcoming and provided useful tips. He even translated via the telephone for us when we got lost in this amazing city! We will come back and bring more friends.
L'appartamento è nuovo e molto accogliente. Perfettamente attrezzato, pulito e con letti comodissimi. Situato in posizione centralissima ma in una strada tranquilla e non rumorosa con vista sulla torre di Galata. La zona è piena di negozi e ristoranti e si raggiungono facilmente a piedi tutte le principali attrazioni turistiche. Lo staff di CAST è estremamente disponibile, efficiente e pronto a risolvere qualunque problema o necessità. Soggiorno perfetto. Consigliamo vivamente. The apartment is new and very welcoming. Fully equipped, clean and with comfortable beds. Located in the center but in a quiet and not noisy street with a wonderful view to the Galata Tower. The area is full of shops and restaurants and is within walking distance of all major tourist attractions. CAST staff is extremely helpful, efficient and ready to solve any problem or need. Perfect stay. Highly recommended.
The flat benefits from a perfect location, at a walking distance from the main sites and places to go out. The flay is very causy, clean and in a very quiet street. Also tere is a nice view on Galata tower. Someone from the renting agency went to pick us up where the taxi left us, so we couldn't get lost and accepted that we do a late check out as the flat was not occupied after us. Friendly and professional.
The pictures do not do this apartment justice. The view is much, much better in real life! The decoration has character (the pink sofa is maybe a bit too pink) and the furniture is of good quality. One of us slept on the sofa bed, and it was absolutely ok. The location is great because quite but central. There is a small grocery shop at the opposite corner, which is open late and very friendly. The street itself has art galleries (one is in the raised ground floor of the apartment building), cafes and restaurants. Everything in Beyoglu is pretty much walking distance. Our host Kadir was very helpful and welcoming. We can recommend this place and CAST without any hesitation.
We had a very pleasant stay, the flat is very well situated in a quiet area closed to many interesting things to do and to see (arts gallery, café, metro..). The flat is spacious , the kitchen is well equipped, tv...and the view is fantastic.
Location: * in a very bohemian and fun location, the apartment is very close to the Galata tower, lovely boutiques and quirky shops, lots of restaurants and cafes, and of course, Istiklal Street. * The streets go uphill and downhill very steeply and throughout, and is mostly cobble-stoned; so the location is not for one who has trouble walking, or for the elderly. Building: * A quiet building easy to lose so I recommend getting an airport pick-up arrangement from the hotel. It costs 30 Euros, which is not a big amount considering taxi drivers tend to charge more sometimes. * Apartment is on 4th floor (steep climb) and there is no lift, so again, if you have any disability, heavy luggage, or aged, reconsider. Apartment: * Clean & beautiful apartment. Trendy, spacious. Plenty of towels, bedsheets, dishes, cutlery at disposal. Clealiness is the most important consideration for me, and the apartment fulfilled it. * 2 bedrooms (large) and 1 bathroom (small). Kitchen with all applicances, large living-room. * Website states there's Wifi but either there is no Wifi, or building has issues with it - not sure. But hosts were very accomodating in trying to fix issue which got restored. Overall, I recommend this apartment for a family or friends but because it is so lovely, I also request future customers to take care of it and keep it clean because I'd like to go back to stay here again!
We had a wonderful time in Istanbul in this beautiful apartment, It was spotlessly clean, and had a realxed and very pleasant atmosphere. Serdal, who was giving us the keys was really helpful with advice about restaurants and bars in the area. The flat is situated in a very handy spot with easy access both to the ancient and modern city, There is lots to do in the area in the evenings. All in all, we had a fantastic stay and would definitely recommend the apartment to anyone visiting Istanbul. Thanks.
Tolle Wohnung, tolle Stadt
Die Wohnung Serdar I Ekrem ist ein hervorragender Ausgangspunkt um die Stadt zu entdecken. Die Lokation ist perfekt zentral gelegen und die Altstadt sowie die Istiklal Straße sind in wenigen Minuten zu Fuß zu erreichen einfach genial.
Die Gestaltung der Wohnung geht in Richtung spirituell und vermittelt eine ganz besondere Stimmung die wunderbar mit der Stadt harmoniert. Die zwei Einzelbetten im zweiten Schlafzimmer kann man übrigens zusammenschieben so dass zwei Paare genug Platz und Privatsphäre haben.
Zum Service muss ich nicht mehr viel sagen außer weiter so große klasse!!!
We had five persons in our group and were quite comfortable at this lovely apartment with the most beautiful view. We had all the amenities we needed, except for wifi and a microwave, both of which would have made our 11 night stay at this lovely apartment much more comfortable.
We also very much appreciated Serdal's wonderful hospitality. Thank you Serdal for everything.
Also loved the location of this apartment. I was able to go daily to Cihangir yoga classes (less than a 7 minute walk through shortcuts) and a very easy walk to all the shopping places near Taksim square.
This was a fantastic experience and I hope to make it back to Istanbul again soon!
My family and I have occupied this property for a week and we had a wonderful stay. We got everything we bargained for and much more. The view from the property is just breathtaking and you can enjoy your breakfast looking at all those boats in the port of Istanbul. We were greated upon arrival by the owner and he answered all our questions. The place was very clean and had all the amenities needed. We found that it was a very good location to visit Istanbul and all the sites that we had targeted. It is close. to a mosque and you will have to ear the prayer at odd hours but so what ..... Bottom line, a great experience that I would recommend to a friend.
This place was amazing. The apartment was very clean and centrally located near Taksim Sq. and Istiklal Caddesi street. I stayed there with 4 friends, total of 5 people and were very comfortable with the space. The view from the balcony is stunning. Our host Kadir was very nice and helpful. He arranged airport pickup and drop off for us. I would definitely stay here again if I come back to Istanbul. The one thing that would be nice to have in the apartment is WiFi. But we didn't really have any problems accessing WiFi in every Cafe and Club in Istanbul.
We (two couples) stayed at the Blue Pearl for 5 nights in April. It is exactly as it appears in the photographs; modern, sleek, beautiful, well appointed and spotless. Nothing can prepare you for the amazing view!!! Day and night you are overlooking the harbour and the minarets of Sultanhamet, watching the ferries and the luxury cruise liners coming and going. The apartment is located in a great neighborhood full of fantastic restaurants, cafes, bakeries, chocolatiers and interesting shops. In the other direction you are minutes away from the tram line over the Galata Bridge and the tourist sites. Similarly minutes away from the Istanbul Modern Art Museum which has a lovely cafe even if you are not interested in modern art. There is a sumptuous hammam near the Tophane tram stop. Istikal street, the Galata Tower and Pamuk's Museum of Innocence are only a short walk away, with more shops and restaurants to explore. Istanbul is an amazing city and this apartment is fantastic. I would recommend it very highly. Kadir is the perfect host. He arranged our taxi transfers, met us at the apartment, provided tourist information, maps and personal suggestions. This apartment made our vacation!
Nous etions 3 couples dans cet appartement decore avec beaucoup de raffinement. On avait beaucoup d'espace pour nous tous dans l'appartement.
Le quartier est anime de bars et restaurants ainsi que de boutiques tres tendance. Un des avantages majeurs aussi cest que la plupart des attractions touristiques sont accessible a pied.
J'ai adore le confort de l'appartement. La cuisine est tres bien equipee et
et les lits sont superbes.
Kadir et Serdal etaient a nos petits soins. Ils nous ont aide a passer un excellent sejour en nous donnant des conseils tres precieux sur la vie de quartier ainsi que sur istanbul.
Je dois rajoutet que le transfert de laeroport est tres bien organise; je le recommende vivement!
The apartment is well described by the add. It provided plenty of space for 6 of us, and we loved spending time in it. It is well equipped and tastefully decorated, with all new furniture and appliances. Its location is fantastic, with most things in Beyoglu in walking distance. The 4th floor walkup is really the only negative to mention here. Kadir, the host, was very friendly and welcoming and helped with various matters like bookings and recommendations. He also brought us more towels and even toothpaste, which was very kind.
Eigentlich sind wir angereist um ein Partywochenende in Beyoglu zu zelebrieren doch irgendwie haben wir mehr Zeit in der Wohnung verbracht als irgendwo anders. Die Besitzer Serdal & Kadir sind sehr freundliche und äußerst zuvorkommende Gastgeber und stehen mit Rat und Tat zur Verfügung. Wenn Ihr euch nicht so gut auskennt fragt einfach die Beiden und Ihr werdet sicherlich ein Paar aufregende Istanbuler Abende erleben. Zur Wohnung ist eigentlich nicht viel zu sagen außer dass sie geschmackvoll ausgestattet und sehr sauber und komfortabel ist, besonders zu erwähnen ist die Auswahl der Bilder (Kunst) an den Wänden Well Done Jungs! Wir werden euch auf jeden Fall weiter empfehlen und selbst auch die eine oder andere Wohnung gelegentlich in Anspruch nehmen wollen.
We enjoyed tremendously our 3-day stay at the apartment on the occasion of my husband's 60th birthday. The apartment was very spacious for our family of 5 and exactly as shown on the pictures on the site. We found it aesthetically very pleasing with lots of light and a balanced combination of old and modern. It was clean with high quality linen. The kitchen was fully equipped with good quality cutlery and crockery. The TV and sound system were of high quality. We also liked the area very much and found it very convenient that there were a lot of cafes, restaurants and grocery stores around. The only minuses which I can think of are 1) 4th floor with no lift and 2) there is only one cupboard for hanging clothes, one of the double bedrooms does not have a cupboard at all.
We rented Aga Hamam for a family of 4 & a friend (so five in total) & we can't say enough wonderful things about the apartment, location & service. The apartment is beautifully decorated with furniture from local craftsmen & with very cool Banksy reproductions & the beds & bedding were incredibly comfortable. There are 3 bedrooms (each with a queen bed) & one "dressing room" with a (very comfortable) couch that pulls out to make a queen-size bed. The apartment could easily sleep 8 people. It is 4 floors up, so the first couple of days we were winded climbing the stairs, but by the end of our stay we were quite used to the work-out. The apartment faces towards the Bosphorous, but unfortunately, there is another building in front of the view. You can still get a good view of Galata tower from the kitchen & dining room windows, however. It also faces out onto a sleepy little square which houses a mosque & a minaret with a speaker that points right into two of the bedrooms & the dressing room. So at 5:00 in the morning, be prepared for a little taste of the call to prayer. We solved this problem by wearing ear-plugs. The 3 locks on the front door made us a bit apprehensive about the safety of the area, but we were never nervous about our security. The location of the building is far enough away from Taskim Square to keep the other noise levels down, but really close to amazing restaurants, local artists & designers shops & public transit. If you have difficulties walking, this would not be the property for you though, as it is very hilly in this neighbourhood. There is a very humble restaurant (called Datli Maya) beneath the apartment that serves incredible organic & locally sourced Turkish food. Although we had the best intentions of cooking in the fully outfitted kitchen, we ended up ordering takeout from this restaurant as it was so convienient, tasty & cheap. There were grocery stores around every corner with fresh vegetables & local & imported wine & beer. There is also an excellent restaurant (Changa) up a near-by street that was spectacular. It was a bit hard to locate, costly but memorable. Serdal, the person in charge of the property, was also delightful & well informed about events going on in the city & cool places to check out. When we had an issue with the gas being turned off (someone turned it off outside the apartment) he came in a flash & solved the issue. I can highly recommend this apartment & would certainly book it again.
"A comfortable, roomy apartment for the 3 of us (it will take two couples). A few minor flaws but nothing serious. Malfunctioning light bulbs were sorted out the next day by Kadir, very efficiently. There's a phone you can use for local calls at no charge, so it's handy to book a restaurant.
The location is great. You can walk to Istanbul's major shopping street in 5 - 10 mins. You can even walk to the Blue Mosque in 30 mins, so if the weather's nice you can enjoy the city at first hand.
It's on a quiet side street so you won't be disturbed by too much noise, but it's only minutes to find a place selling fresh bread and pastries in the morning, or the local Carrefour supermarket where you can stock up on excellent Turkish wine and beer.
Good place, try it."
This is a classy and well appointed modern apartment in a quiet street. The five Azure apartments in the Cast portfolio, painted an azure blue on the outside, are one apartment block with Azure 1 on the first floor. And an interior azure decor creates an ambience of calm - an oasis in a teeming city of sensory overload. It contains everything necessary for a comfortable stay. It was clean, inviting and a haven to return to each night. A spacious kitchen, dining area and sitting room were our highlights. A large shower with copious hot water and a fresh smelling bed is not to be ignored as an imperative to this fastidious couple. An even larger fridge for all your turkish pillaging and foraging is an added bonus. One cannot resist hunter gathering on an obscene scale . There are a multitude of food stores around the apartment which appear to be open for business 24/7. And everything is good. You will waddle home sated like a sultan on pastries, halva and turkish delight. A "simit" bakery is a short walk away and the appetising smell of new bread and toasted sesame seeds has you slavering in anticipation even if you've just eaten breakfast! The ten minute walk up a very steep hill from the tram station back to Azure 1 should be embraced as a necessity:)
We have only a few cavils. The photo's don't give a real life view of how compact the bedrooms and bathroom are. Your bed is literally wall to wall and this necessitates clambering onto it and out of it at the foot base. If you are not agile this could be problematic. The bathroom is as wide as the shower. A one person standing space only. Fine for a couple but a larger party would have to have a roster in place. Although there is a downstairs loo. The apartment building next door is presently being renovated (this will be a necessary consideration for the next few months) and this created such a cacophony of noise it was impossible to stay in during the day and equally impossible to utilise the very pretty little patio due to the dust and wet cement that accompanied the noise. The apartment is on two floors - the stairs might not suit toddlers. Finally, although we were promised a linen change during our two week stay, this did not materialise. These are small gripes and should not disway any decision to make Azure 1 your home base while exploring Turkey. An added incentive is the courtesy extended to you by the Cast team. They are charming.
Charming Apartment for Three People in Istanbul (Azure 2)
Very comfortable spacious apartment with a sunny living room located in a quite area just a few minutes walk from the lively Istiklal street. The location allows you to dive to the centre of modern Istanbul. Plenty of nice restaurants and cafes around, as well as numerous bakeries, groceries and department stores. The host is fantastic - very friendly and responsive. We very much enjoyed our 9-day-stay and were very delighted with our choice.
The apartment was beautiful and well equipped. We stayed for a week and it was so comfortable the area is a great location and there are lots of places to eat near by. When we checked in we were given very detailed information about the area and things we needed to know. It was great better than any hotel :-). I would recommend the apartment to family and friends.
"Traumhafte Ferienwohnung in Top Lage! "
Eine super Ferienwohnung in bester Lage, mit allen was man benötigt. Es waren genug Handtücher und sonstige Gegenstände vorhanmden z.B. Seitfe und Wc Papier. Die Wohnung war super Sauber, Direkt in nächster Umgebung ist alles vorhanden was man braucht, Supermarkt, Bars, gute möglichkeiten zum Essen gehen. Die Betreunung vor Ort war super, auch bei Rückfragen war immer jemand erreichbar. Wir würden jeder Zeit wieder kommen. Arndt und Martine
Azure 3 var en absolut perfekt ferielejliged til vores 5 dages weekend tur til Istanbul.
Lejlgheden ligger i Cihangir som- hvis det skal sammenlignes- har noget af indre Nørrebro, Istegade , Væredamsvej i København. I umiddlbar nærhed ligger der en masse fede Cafeer og Barer, et hav af lokale Restauranter og Take Away steder. Det hele er en smule Hipster men nu stædig tyrkisk og midt i byen. Det tager kun 5 min ned til tram, og man går blot 5 min til den store Strøget. Vi føllte os meget sikkert i området, også om natten som kvinder. Serdal har givet os super mange lokale hints til spisesteder og barer. Især morgenmadsstedet var et hit!
Lejligheden er meget grundig renoveret og meget ren. Vi elskede at hænge ud i den kæmpe sofa og nød godt af AC ( om vinteren er der åbenbart gulvarme!). Indretningen lever ikke helt op til et dansk boligblad, men er præcis som på billederne. De tyske fyre fra Cast har total tjek på tingende og har været meget meget hjælpsomme og super venlige!
Jeg vil anbefale lejligheden til mine venner og familie men måske ikke forbeholdsløs til familier med små børn, da trappeopgangen ikke helt lever op til danske sikkerhedsstandarder.. (mangler noget gelænder).
All the information provided about this apartment was accurate and helpful. It was central to the main shopping and entertainment venues in the area with lots of shops and places to eat nearby. There is a wide range of types of food to suit anyone, food is very a good standard at very reasonable prices. The older part of town with the central bazaar, the famous mosques and Topkapi palace is about 40 minutes walk or a quick ride on a modern tram. The property provided everything we needed, it was comfortable and well equipped, a big window onto the street, and marble flooring. The weather was still quite warm and after being outside walking a lot the powerful shower with plentiful hot water and the efficient touch button air conditioning unit were a real comfort. Everything was spotlessly clean and in good condition. Customer service was excellent. There was a complication over transfers to and from the airport that was sorted out without causing difficulty for us and a maintenance need that arose within the apartment was all done within an hour. There is a phone for local calls and to contact Cast if needed. Our contact, Serdal, was charming and gave us a lot of good information about the best places in the area for eating, museums, jazz etc. He even told us about the best books (and the ones to avoid!) by a local nobel prize winning author, Orhan Pamuk, and about a photographer, Ara Guler. The street we were in was quiet and peaceful yet it was less than a five minute walk to lots of shops and places to eat. The main shopping along a very long pedestrianised precinct, Istiklal, was less than 10 minutes walk. there is lots to do and we will be returning.
Adorable, clean, comfortable, well-located
Istanbul is a confusing place, but it really helps to have a comfortable place to return to every evening. I have absolutely no complaints about this gorgeous apartment. It looks light-filled in the photo, and it is. It has everything you could want and then some: air conditioning that works, washer and dryer, compact but well-appointed kitchen, queen bed AND modular couch that could probably convert into two more beds. A couple of things to be aware of: this apartment is on the 3rd floor (American) with no elevator, so you have two flights of stairs to climb to get to the apartment. The stairs have no railing, so carry small children rather than letting them climb. Also, the bedroom looks tiny in the photo, and it is; the bed literally fills the room (there are small ventilated raised panels on either side of it) and you have to climb in from the foot of the bed. The door doesn't even open all the way. One nice thing I found out by accident, though, is that one of the switches in the bedroom operates a motion-activated night light on the floor at the foot of the bed, so if you get up in the middle of the night, you might disturb your partner trying to shuffle your butt to the end of the bed, but at least you'll have light as soon as you put your foot on the floor! The neighborhood is not touristy at all; it's centered around a small mosque square that functions as a landmark so you can get your bearings. Everything you could need is right in the area: 2 small supermarkets (I recommend the Carrefour), a pastry shop, hardware stores, used and new clothing boutiques, liquor stores, drugstores, etc.--even an Italian gelato place! Taksim Square is about 7-8 blocks away and up a small hill; the Galata Tower is about as far away. The main tourist area (Sultanahmet, with the Hagia Sophia and other attractions) is across the Golden Horn, the waterway that divides the European side of the city, but still walkable if you have some extra time and don't mind crossing the Galata Bridge. This apartment gave me the peace and relaxation I really wanted from my vacation, and really needed after 10 days on a busy tour in other parts of Turkey. I would stay here again!
Schöne Tage in Azure 3
wir waren 5 Tage im Azure 3 und hatten eine wunderbare Zeit. Der Airport Shuttle Service erwartete uns schon am Flughafen. Die Fahrt vermittelte uns einen ersten Eindruck von Istanbul. Serdal begrüßte uns am Apartment. Die Wohnung ist neu und sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Sie ist mit allem ausgestattet, was man für einen schönen Aufenthalt benötigt. Die Küche ist bestens ausgestattet, es gibt sogar deutsches TV. Azure liegt sehr ruhig und doch zentral. In wenigen Minuten erreicht man 3 gut sortierte Supermärkte, viele nette kleine Cafes und Restaurants. Die Fußgängerzone mit allem was das Herz begehrt ist in 10 Minuten zu erreichen. Serdal hat uns viele wertvolle Tipps gegeben, besonders gut war seine Idee ins Micla Restaurant zum Geburtstag meiner Frau zu gehen und er hat auch gleich einen Tisch für uns reserviert. Das Viertel ist sehr dynamisch und aufstebend. Es gibt viele junge Designer und Kreative so das ein Bummel durch die Gassen viel Spaß macht. Es hat uns so gut gefallen, daß wir gerne wieder kommen werden und diese Wohnung nur empfehlen können. Ein besondere Dank geht an Serdal, der uns gut betreut hat.
If you are looking for a modern, immaculately clean, well-equipped apartment, within a walking distance to Taksim and Istiklal street, only 2 tram stations to Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Ayasofya.... you should stay in one of Azzure apartments. Apartments are situated in a renewed, typically narrow building of Istanbul, and you will start to feel the city right from the start. We stayed in Azzure 3 and it offered us great value for money and a very pleasant stay. Compliments for management and hands-on support of the Cast agency!
A stylish and comfortable apartment ideal for exploring Istanbul
komfortable Appartement hat maßgeblich dazu beigetragen. Über den Dächern konnten wir auf der Terrrasse jeden Morgen bei wunderschönem Wetter frühstücken und auch zum Abschluss des anstrengenden Tages unseren Schlummertrunk genießen.
Das Appartement war perfekt gelegen - Beyoglu ist für mich eine Kleinstadt in der Großstadt - und man konnte das Meiste zu Fuß erreichen. Die Straßenbahn war aber auch nur wenige Minuten entfernt und ein Taxi für weitere Fahrten war auch immer schnell zu finden.
Alles in Allem - einfach perfekt !
Auch die Betreuung vor Ort war einfach super; vielen Dank nochmals und hoffentlich bis bald.
Excellent base for seeing Istanbul
Our family (2 adults and 2 children aged 9 and 10) stayed 4 nights in this lovely appartement in a quiet back street in the Cihangir area of Istanbul. The appartement is well equiped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.The kitchen has enough equipement if you do not want to eat out every night. Good selection of resturants and cafe's 5 mins walk up the hill. Supermarket also close by. The balcony is a lovely place to relax after a days sightseeing. The owner was extreamly helpful, and a good source of information. Provided us with maps and an Istanbul transport card. Tram stop 5 mins walk down the hill giving access to all the tourist places. Useful folder in the appartement with all the necessary tourist info. We used the airport transport offered by CAST which was well organised, and ment we had no problems finding the appartement. We recommend this appartement , however it is situated on the 4th floor with steep steps, no barrier or hand rail, or lift. The appartement is a duplex, and the stairs inside are also steep with no barrier. Not ideal for famlies with small children. The twin bedroom is very spacious, but the double room is just big enough for the bed! We would book with them again.
very nice flat, good location, warm and professional welcome => highly recommended
Azure 5 is the penthouse unit of a series of apartments in Cihangir. Trendy yet relaxed, Cihangir is a great neighbourhood for the visitor to Istanbul. It is richly endowed with cafés and restaurants. Yet the hood has a very authentic if rather European vibe. Another plus, just down the hill from the flat at Tophane, the city's finest bathhouse can be found. My wife and I became regulars there during our stay. The view from the balcony of the flat over the rooftops of the quarter and across the Golden Crescent is a definite highlight. All in white marble, the flat is elegant, well-appointed and most comfortable. The only caveat (which wasn't a problem for my family) is that the flat is on the fifth floor and can only be reached by stairs. In fact, the whole quarter is quite hilly and is best suited to avid walkers. A final positive point is the Cast staff who rent the units are cool, professional and easy to deal with. For those willing to pay a little more for top quality, I give my highest recommendation to the Azure 5 unit.
We spent the most beautiful 10 days in Istanbul at this apartment. Which is really not enough at all for Istanbul? This apartment was fully furnished from the soap, towel to the washing machine and dish washer. The people in Cihangir were very nice and Mr. Kadir with his colleagues was very helpful and too nice also he answered all of my calls when I needed him at any time. You can walk to a lot of cafes, Restaurants and shops, Istiklal, Taksim, Sultanahmet and Bosphorus. Kadir greeted us with smile and hand for luggage and .He gave me Transports Card which I can use for trams, trains and buses. Honestly we spent a lot of time inside this apartment we enjoyed the balcony and the view of Cihangir and Galata tower. Finally Thank you Kadir for this magnificent holiday. Azure 5 is highly recommended.
Azure 5 exactly as seen in photos. Spotless, in a really arty, cafe and vibrant area of Istanbul. Tram at bottom of road and shopping in back streets fantastic. ATM's everywhere, corner markets everywhere and an area away from the tourist crowds but full of lovely locals. 5 flights of stairs up but great as outside balcony so really worth the climb! Beds very comfortable shower great small but fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook but. Honestly so many fantastic cafes and restaurants at fingertips why would you? Only improvement would be to have a freezer for ice for drinks but you can but you can but ice at corner store. Serdal the manager a delight to deal with. Can't fault it.