I have a particular and meticulous selection process for choosing my guests among many applicants. Please do me a favour and try to read all of the description before sending an inquiry. In return, you might be protected against some greedy local commissioners or landlords who may charge you much more than the legitimate local market prices.
About the location:
The flat is centrally located in the non-touristic part of the historical peninsula. By public transport:
~10 minutes to Sultanahmet(for the historical sights)
~15-20 minutes to Taksim(for the nightlife and cultural events)
~15 minutes to the main coach station
~45 minutes to Atatürk Airport(15-20 minutes if you take a cab)
It is very calm neighborhood with loads of students and middle-class families. It is one of the safest neighborhoods in Istanbul: no drunkards, no mass demonstrations, no tear gas, no explosions, no muggings, no violence(except for the domestic ones in the neighbours), very rare burglaries etc. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafes, groceries, supermarkets, bakeries etc in the neighborhood with pretty affordable prices. There are no nearby touristic attractions that you can be ripped off. Indeed you can find some 500-year-old mosques, Turkish baths, churches, drinking fountains, millennium-old ramparts and even older ruins among ugly and relatively new concrete buildings but none of them are furbished and served for tourists. There is literally nothing that makes my place special. I do not sell any breathtaking rooftop vista, oriental decoration or superb hospitality. If you are a luxury-seeker or looking for a special experience, you should be looking for another host.
About the flat:
- It is a large, cozy and sunny(it can be a bit disappointing in the winter) flat. But there won't be any direct sunshine in your room even though there is a large window.
- You will have a private room with a couch. You have to pass through the hallway to reach the shared toilet and bathroom.
- You will have your own keys for the flat and be able to get in or out anytime you want. You will have your own key for your private room as well
- Central heating bolstered with electrical heaters
The facilities you'll be sharing with other inhabitants:
- Refrigerator(there will be a shelf reserved for you)
- 24 hours hot water
- Bathroom with a bathtub and shower
- Typical flush toilet (separate from bathroom)
- Full-fledged kitchen
People you might meet during your stay:
- A drama queen from Southern France
- Some passer-by friends, usually medical doctors
- Some foreign friends from all over the world and some new friends as CSers
Probable complimentary features unless they're depleted or lost:
- IstanbulKart for public transportation(Indeed it can be more economic for you to buy an IstanbulKart upon your arrival at the airport and use it till the end of your trip then keep it as a souvenir)
- A mobile phone with a local GSM card in it(if you stay shorter than 3 weeks)
- Wide variety of tea, coffee and some herbal crap
- Washing machine hair dryer, iron
- Wireless Internet (7-8 Mbps)
- Soap, shampoo, shower gel
- Printer, scanner and copier
- Heaps of umbrellas
- An antique laptop
- Clean bedding, duvet, blanket and towels(if you are a student)
For cleanliness and hygiene you have 2/3 options:
- Only for students: No cleaning fee will be charged.
In this context you are subject to OUR standards in terms of cleanliness and hygiene. Clean towels and bedding are complimentary. In return your silent, obedient and very cheerful consent is expected. (recommended, please mention it in your inquiry)
- You pay €10 and get reasonably swept and cleaned room with clean towels and bedding. Again, for the rest of the flat you are subject to OUR standards. (recommended, default option)
- You pay €50 and I'll call a professional cleaner who is going to make everything in the apartment shiny and dust-free. (not recommended, go ahead and ask for it to ensure your rejection:))
It is possible to park for free in front of the building if you come with a car.
There would be a positive discrimination for PhD guys, healthcare workers, journalists, Vikings, Kiwis, Irish, native Flemish/Dutch speakers and wonderful people of the Midwest.
I provide one of the cheapest(particularly if you ignore new or fake or some freaks' listings) accommodation in Istanbul. It is an exclusive offer for interesting and distinguished people. Therefore, the money you give has a completely negligible importance compared to how you introduce yourself. Despite my hectic and busy life I'd like to host people that I can share something. But, unfortunately, presumably we'll see each other only late in the evenings if I don't have a shift.
To let me know that you've read the description, understood it and accept all the conditions, please find the KEY PHRASE(have a look at the photos) and some punctuation marks(check the "House Rules" section) to put right after the key phrase and use them in the beginning of your message. It is also good idea to check my profile to avoid making a boner. Otherwise the response will be late and negative. You might find this procedure somewhat mean but it is essential to prevent any disappointment in advance. Thanks for your tolerance and patience :)
By the way neither obsession nor compulsion is affiliated with this long and bizarre description. It is just a refined consequence of the experience of hosting more than 400 people from all over the world.