Kyoto is an occasionally lived in apartment that is entrusted to Billur of "Billur's Apartment", also on the site, when the owner is away traveling. The flat is a modern, cosy and comfortable. Designed by a famous architect, it stands out in the neighborhood with a style all its own. Named Kyoto, due to the slight Japanese style, the owner is a long term resident that has just opened up to renting the flat as a vacation home.
As you enter the apartment, the bedroom is located on your left which is the backside of the flat where it is quiet and dark, perfect for a deep sleep. On the right side you find the living room with a lot of sunlight, attached kitchen behind a bar that opens to the living room, and a small balcony.
The flat is fully equipped with a good music system and has very easy going neighbors. It is possible to throw parties during your stay and invite people with no problems! The neighborhood is gay friendly and super open-minded. There is a security alarm system in the apartment as well.
The location is fantastic as you can walk to almost anywhere in the city and when you need public transportation, the tram is a 4 minute walk away, the ferry an 8 minute walk, and buses are about a 10 minute walk away. At the lower end of the bohemian Cihangir neighborhood you'll find all the hip cafes and restaurants. There are 2 large and 2 small grocery stores on the street. You could reach the sea by walking 5 minutes downhill where you can enjoy some tea and see the Bosphorus. When you walk 10 more minutes by the sea, you reach Istanbul's Nargile district where all the shisha cafes are open 24/7.
You can take the ferry from Kabatas station and go to the Asian side or Princess Islands for an excursion. If you are into yoga, Istanbul's most popular yoga classes are held at Cihangir Yoga, 2 minute walk from the flat.
Billur, the host is extremely helpful to her guests. She welcomes them at the flat with flexible check-in and check-out times and gives an orientation tour of the neighborhood for half an hour where she shows the supermarkets, cafes and how to walk to different parts of the city. She gives tips for bars and restaurants and even hangs out with her guests sometimes.