We had an absolutely perfect stay in this gorgeously restored Ottoman house in the historic formerly Greek Orthodox/Jewish neighborhood of Balat Fener. I can't say enough about the house which is truly a work of art and full of gorgeous cleverly chosen colors. With a wonderful view of the Golden Horn from the terrace (perfect for watching the sunrise or having cocktails at the end of a long day of site seeing or shopping) the house is located close enough to all the touristic sites yet provides a more authentic experience of a traditional Istanbul neighborhood. The area is totally safe and local residents are a mixture of the arty hip young crowd and the more traditional but both are welcoming. There are also several cafes and good places to eat including the famous Agora restaurant which is a must. Ozkan was a wonderful host and there were some staples like water, milk, coffee, olive oil and eggs provided for us.I truly can't recommend it enough. I plan to stay here every time I return to this magnificent city.
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