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Beril's Taxim Apartment
Beril's is a newly renovated flat in a 108 year old Greek building, located in the historical district of Beyoglu, aka Pera. Across the street from the British Consulate, the flat is literally a 2 minute walk from the lively night life district Nevizade which is next to the famous Istiklal Street. Although the street can look a bit rough, it's actually right next to the district's police station, so safety is guaranteed. The neighborhood is very diverse and across the street is the border of Istiklal and about a 1,000 place to eat and drink. There's a supermarket at the bottom of the building as well, open 24/7 and a bus stop in front of the building. With Taxim square a 5 minute walk away, it's easy to get anywhere in the city.

Renovated and decorated by Beril, who cared to preserve its historical character, it feels stylish, clean and cozy and you can feel that a lot of attention has gone into little details - thrift store objects and art make the place feel much more than just a typical rental. When you enter the flat, you are in the dining room with the open kitchen is on your right. Behind the dining room is the living room which opens to the balcony that overlooks the main street. The bedroom is on the right of the living room and the bathroom is located between the living room and the bathroom.

The only downside is that the apartment is on the 5th floor with no elevator. But once you reach the top, you'll find cosiness and peace with everything you need. The kitchen has all the necessary utensils and there is a chic selection of movies to watch and the balcony is always there, serving as an observatory to the bustling and vast city below. Beril also provides city transportation cards, a pay-as-you-go Turkish SIM card for cell phones, and will give you an orientation of the neighborhood and suggestions of where to eat and what to see.
  • 5th floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • fan
  • independent heating
  • full kitchen
  • dishwasher
  • tea kettle
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • DVD player with selection of movies
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • private balcony
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • washing machine
  • double glazed windows
Sandra Marks-Webster on Sep 2013:

The apartment was cutely decorated and comfortable and located minutes walking from major shopping areas, restaurants, metro stops, and night life. The owner, Beril, could not have been nicer--she let us use/reload her Istanbulkarts for easy metro access. She helped us get our iPhones working with Turkish SIM cards that we had purchased at the airport by taking us to a nearby cellular phone store. We had one small issue that needed repair (shower head) which was done immediately.
Nothing. Apartment is as advertised.
Kept in touch with me during the reservation process.
anonymous on Jun 2013:

The location of this recently refurbished apartment was ideal. The neighborhood was full of awesome restaurants, and was fantastic for exploring the real Istanbul while staying clear of the tour-boat hoards. Apartment was clean and very comfortable, at a very good price, and we're missing it already! Have strong legs for the stairs though :)
Nothing. Maybe more plants on the balcony would be nice, but we guess that's just fluff. The apartment was great.
Cross-Pollinate is fantastic. We've been working with them for years through our place in Rome, and when we needed a place in Istanbul we didn't think twice about asking their advice - which is always spot on!
anonymous on Dec 2012:

Our stay in Beril's apartment in Istanbul was just perfect... the apartment is so well-equipped, wonderfully decorated and furnished that we would have stayed longer if we could... Beril was extremely kind and helpful at all times (she even picked us up in Taksim square when we arrived) and she left in the apartment guides, maps, useful references, great movies... those details definitely make up for the lack of elevator! It's a real oasis in the middle of a mad though lovely city.
It's not the first time I stay at one of Cross-Pollinate's apartments and it never disappoints me... the booking steps are very simple, the places are wonderful and Steve's help is always valuable!
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 30 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on balcony only, apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 12 pm (noon)
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 Beril's Taxim Apartment