Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
I LOVE this website and will gladly recommend it to anyone headed this way. Nothing disappointed us! - Mary-Iris Taylor
I have been using Cross-Pollinate for about 10 years now. The service is consistently great and I can always find just the kind of apartment we like, at the right price. - Hirani Himona
A really great idea - with a network of hand picked little rooms/guesthouses. If only we could have this in more city destinations! - Zoe Buck
I love Cross-Pollinate and every time we go to a new city I look to see whether they have some accommodations over there. - Arantza Aldea
The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
Thanks a lot to Cross-Pollinate for the opportunity to experience a city as an insider! We really enjoyed our stay in Rome and Venice and look forward to more. - Tatiana Marchenko
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
This was our only stay with a C-P apartment and we were very pleased with the entire process. Will look to use them again on our next Europe trip! - Anthony Giglio
Great web site and quick response from the team a CP made the whole experience easy and hassle free. I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and I'm sure they will make use of their excellent service. - Shane Pickles
Cross-Pollinate was extremely helpful! They found us a place to stay in our price range when many other places of business couldn't help us. - Sarah Seminutin
Cross-Pollinate was very easy to use, and it is so much better to stay in places like these than big corporate hotels; you get a much better feel for the place. - Kaspar Deane
Very straight forward. Well done. Definitely would use it again. Love these type of alternatives to hotels! - John White
Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and easy to use. We used Cross-Pollinate to book a room in Florence (the second leg of our trip), which was everything I thought it would be. We have recommended Cross-Pollinate to our friends. - Barbara Carlin
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions. - Dominique Bayne
Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more websites. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness, etc. was second to none. - Caroline Collis
Roof Cihangir Apartment
Ideal for a couple or single traveler on a budget who doesn't want to sacrifice on location. There are nice cafés and restaurants nearby like Smyrna café (one street up) Susam café (on the corner). Istanbul modern museum, Taksim and Istiklal street are all reachable in about 10 minutes by foot. Tophane tram station, which will take you to Sultanahmet area, is also a quick walk away.

The main disadvantage is the lack of elevator. Being on the 6th floor, and having to schlep your bags up, certainly makes it not ideal for anyone not in good shape!

But once there, you can enjoy the small balcony, that despite not having an open view, does offer a quiet place among the neighboring rooftops.
  • 6th floor
  • no elevator
  • hair dryer
  • washing machine
  • tea kettle
  • fan
  • linen and towels provided
  • small kitchenette
  • high speed internet access
  • private balcony
  • iron
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
Sarah on Jun 2015:

The owner Billur is a fantastic host and her warm welcome to Istanbul was beyond anything I could expect, thank you so much! The apartment is up a few stairs but worth it, compact and perfectly formed,I couldn't have asked for more. Shops nearby for bits for eating in if you wanted to, plenty of cafes and restaurants too, it's situated in a great part of Cihangir, with a super easy walk down to Tophane tram stop.
This came up trumps! Thanks again.
Caitlin on Jul 2014:

Cihangir is a fun and hip neighborhood with many cool cafes, bars, and restaurants. Billur is a very friendly host with many good suggestions!
No hot water during our stay, which wasn't a huge problem since it was so hot outside.
Admin on 26. Jul 2014:
Thanks for your review. The owner says you made no contact with her about the lack of hot water. I'm sure it's something that could have been fixed - or perhaps it was just switched off!
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 2 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted, luggage can be left after check-out, cleaning fee of €30 is not included in the price
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 Roof Cihangir Apartment
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Galata Tower
Taksim Square
Süleymaniye Mosque
Miniaturk Museum
Istanbul Modern Museum
Grand Bazaar
Bagdat Street