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“Home away from home!”
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Stone floors, wooden ceilings, brick walls, the place looks like a picture!
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Stone floors, wooden ceilings, brick walls, the place looks like a picture!
Living room The 'Turquoise house'. Entrance and sitting area, TV/DVD. Place to unwind.
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Stone floors, wooden ceilings, brick walls, the place looks like a picture!
Living room
The 'Turquoise house'. Entrance and sitting area, TV/DVD. Place to unwind.
Elegant style
The kitchen, dish washer, full oven, washer/dryer etc etc
Kitchen
Italian tiles for taste full breakfast
A tasteful place to dine
Single beds can be made if necessary. Two friends sharing or brother and sister?
Beautiful bedroom
Vibrant colour. Tasteful design.
Spacious living.Large bed All beds brand new. Air conditioning.
Orginal wooden ceilings and doors. A place to sit and read. Lot's of light.
Sweetest dreams after a hectic day touring the city. Quality linens.
Orginal design. Each peice individual. One of a kind.
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Second Bathroom
Gorgeous orginal Stairs, modern and antique furnishings
Top floor double bed  Antique wardrobe. ceiling fan. air con.
Slopped ceiling. Terrace giving lot's of light.
Slopped ceiling. Terrace giving lot's of light.
Second Bathroom
Second Bathroom
Hallways
Coffee or breakfast.Views over the rooftops down to the water of the Golden Horn
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Istanbul

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RussThai
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Home away from home! ”
Reviewed 20 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

The residence was an amazing exeprience. The neighborhood is vintage and it gave a very authentic experience. Everything is available in the flat. You'll barely need to buy something except for food. Even food was available! It's one minute walk away from a very lively street with delicious Turkish food made by locals. The area around the flat is good spending wise with many small grocery shops and restaurants. The only thing that was a bit difficult is transportations as not all Uber or Taxis drivers will accept to come as close as the doorstep. However, the place that the driver will stop at is only a short alley away from the door, and it's well lit at night. The area overall is safe and the locals are very friendly and comfortable :)!

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nik673
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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“Perfect retreat”
Reviewed 20 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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The Turquoise House is a perfect retreat from a busy day. Well situated on the outer edge of the tourist zone, with all the amenities at your fingertips.
This home is full of artistic touches that make your stay feel personalised and relaxed. And your hosts are always ready to help with anything from arranging pickup from the airport, to recommending the best local restaurants.
The neighbourhood is full of things to explore - from markets, to artisan workshops. And at the heart of it all is the charming Turquoise House.

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VerSch887...
Fair Oaks, California
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Charming Stay in Old Istanbul”
Reviewed 16 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We loved staying in the Turquoise House in the Balat neighborhood of Old Istanbul! The apartment was beautifully decorated and offered two bathrooms along with comfortable beds and a balcony overlooking The Golden Horn. Ozkan arranged transportation for us from the airport and spent time giving us suggestions about what to see and do in his wonderful city giving us maps and making travel books available. He was incredibly helpful and patient answering our many questions. While the neighborhood is old and "well worn", the Turquoise House's interior is fresh and new. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. The Chora is a 15 minute walk in one direction, and in another is the Bosphorus, bus lines, and more shops and restaurants. In spite of the recent spate of troubles, we always felt very safe day and night. Staying in this authentic neighborhood gave us the opportunity to connect with the traditional culture of Istanbul, and made visiting a very large city with an enormously rich heritage much more manageable for the three of us. In fact, all of us agree that we would return to the Turquoise House in a nano second!

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: loved everything!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ria D
Gran Canaria, Spain
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3 reviews
“Beautiful and comfortable house in old Istanbul!”
Reviewed 27 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Peter and Özkan responded quickly to our request, very convenient to let them arrange a transfer from the airport to the house.
They had maps and information about both the local area and the city that was very useful and were ever so happy to answer our questions.

The house is an old building that has been beautifully restored and decorated. The bedrooms were nice and comfortable. Easy to rest after busy days exploring the city. The bathrooms had nice showers. Perfect for longer stays since the house is equipped with both a dishwasher and a washingmachine!

The area is an old residential part of Istanbul, we found it safe and quiet. A few minutes walk downhill and you had shops, cafés etc to explore. Going up and down the hills might help compensate for all the lovely food on offer.
We enjoyed the beauty and comfort of the house, Peter and Özkans committment to their guests enjoying the stay. The friendly people, the food and of course the city itself.
Looking forward to come back soon!

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Kerrie A
Wollongong, Australia
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11 reviews
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“Lovely house in fabulous location”
Reviewed 1 December 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Six of us stayed in this gorgeous house for five nights. Two couples with two teenage boys on the couch. It was a little cramped for us all but still comfortable. The house is charming and the owners are friendly and helpful but it was the location that won our hearts. The neighbourhood though poor and run down in parts is incredibly friendly and happy. We felt like we were part of a real community and we loved the smiling faces of our neighbours and the local children. The local corner shops and restaurants are great and inexpensive. Just don't head up the hill to the stricter Muslim area and expect to buy beer. The shopkeeper there had a good laugh with us. Public transport to the centre of the city is good and we walked a lot and used taxis. Obviously being tourists, we found that taxi drivers would not believe that we were staying in that part of town and some had difficulty finding the house. It is a very hilly area but we enjoyed the exercise. Our only complaint would be that a problem with the hot water heater meant we had cold showers for a couple of days but in the hot weather this wasn't too bad. We would recommend the house to our friends and family and would stay there again ourselves if we are lucky enough to return to Istanbul in the future.

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Liked best: Neighbourhood and people
Liked least: No hot water for a time
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
28 Feb 2016
We are so happy that you loved the house and especially it's location. Balat is wonderful area, like a village in the city centre. A mix of old and new. 3rd generation cafes sit next to historical wood fired bakeries. It's being called 'The new Arts district of Istanbul'. We were sorry about the hot water issue and we are glad to report that all now works superbly. We look forward to receive you on your next visit and for now look forward to meet your friends. With kindest regards
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Brian P
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Loved the Turquoise House in Old Istanbul”
Reviewed 9 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Our party of three had a wonderful 11 day stay at the Turquoise House. The house is beautifully decorated & looks exactly as it does in the pictures, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised that what you see in the photos is what you get. The location and neighborhood was the highlight for me, as there are two distinctive neighborhoods Balat and Fatih, Fatih is a very conservative Muslim area and Balat, is a more traditional Turkish neighborhood, with an increasingly modern trend. Both areas provided rich travel experiences. Once you get your bearings, you’ll find the Turquoise House is perfect for exploring Istanbul.
I do want to mention our host, on arrival Ozkan made me feel very welcomed and provided provisions to get us started, bread, milk and eggs. He also arranged for our transportation to and from the airport, which went smoothly. The insider recommendations on things to do and how to get around in Istanbul were very helpful.
Thank you Ozkan and Peter for a terrific stay and if I ever come back to Istanbul I will definitely stay at the Turquoise House as I feel it is my home away from home in Istanbul.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The hot water didn't work, but was repaired quickly
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Bitbadut
Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“STUNNING - abasolutely fabulous”
Reviewed 11 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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The place is as fantastic as the photos show! At one point I was wondering if this place was a scam as I thought: "It looks too good to be true" BUT reality it is even better than the photos!! We loved staying in the house and enjoyed the feeling of having a home away from home. Ozkan & Peter were GREAT hosts!
We liked the neighbourhood and all the many everyday scenes: Laundry dangling high above the street; kids playing; adults meeting on the street corner; the simit-bakery and the friendly owner; the smiles; the steepness of the streets.
We highly recommend the house and we'll definitely be back :)

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Liked best: The house; the hosts; the neighbourhood
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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