Beware: Filyos Residence seems like an good place to live while visiting Istanbul, but there are a number of drawbacks. First of all, the residence has a rodent problem. My finace and I kept our top-floor apartment extremely clean, but every morning for two weeks we had clean up the mouse turds in our kitchen and living-room. Second, the apartments are misrepresented on the website. The owner claims that the apartments are "self-catering," but this is far from the truth. Both our and our neighbor's apartments were missing key equipment such as kitchen knives, cutting board, drying rack, broom, etc. On top of this, our apartment was advertised as capable of holding four people, but in truth there was only enough bedspace to comfortably fit three -- and no sheet or duvet to serve as bedding for the small pull-out couch. It's a shame that an apartment with such a nice view has so many problems! If you plan on staying at Flyos Residence despite this warning, make sure to be careful when negotiating the contract, because the owner may otherwise try to impose extra fees. And bring earplugs, because the noise from the busy street below can be very loud at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wooden building was built in the 19th century, renovated and re-built a couple of years ago. The historic wooden look of the building has been kept in order to preserve its naturality. It has 4 stories and composed of 6 flats total. One duplex flat (total of 100sqm; 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and open kitchen living room), 2 deluxe golden horn-view flats (total of 44sqm, 1 bedroom and open kitchen living room, 1 bathroom), 2 standard flats (total of 39sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 open kitchen living room, 1 bathroom) and one gorgeous historic peninsula&golden horn view penthouse flat (total of 95sqm including balcony and terrace-45m2 excluding balcony&terrace, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 bathroom). ... more less
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