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
Firuzaga Flat
This is a two story flat. When you enter, the kitchen is on your right, living room on your left, bathroom is straight ahead next to the stairs. Upstairs, there is the master bedroom on top of the kitchen, bathroom over bathroom, and the bedrooms are on top of the living room. 

Somewhere between modern and traditional, this 2 story apartment is located in the hip neighborhood of Cihangir, in a family building. The elevator takes you right up to the door so you do not nee to worry about the 5 flight of stairs. It is decorated with Turkish textiles, paintings and old Istanbul photos. Guidebooks and maps available as well. There is a nice selection of novels and photo books on Turkey in the living room. The living room oversees the Firuzaga Mosque that the neighborhood and the flat takes its name from. From the kitchen you can see half of central Istanbul. 

A traditional kitchen with all the modern equipment gets a lot of sunlight. The antique dining table and chairs are perfect for any meal. The master bedroom upstairs has even a better view and a comfortable double bed with a headboard that is converted from and antique door. Two more bedrooms are located upstairs as well.

The house is comfortable, has a nostalgic character and is in the perfect area where you can be in downtown and in a local neighborhood at the same time. Cihangir is a gentrified neighborhood, 5 minute walk from famous Istiklal street where many cafes, restaurants and museums are located. Firuzaga Cafe, the traditinal coffee house right in front of the building is the place where writers and actors hang out and network. Walking a few meters ahead, you will find boutiques, local butchers, fruit stores, and even Careefour if that's what you need. 

Orhan Pamuk's novel Museum of Innocence takes place in this neighborhood. The recently created museum cited in the book is about 300 meters away.

Firuzaga Flat is ideal for families and group of friends as there is plenty of space, and good for disabled and elderly as there is an elevator. 

Location is the best for transportation: You can walk to many places of interest and  old city where Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are located is a 5 minute taxi ride or a nice 7 minute walk to the tram and then 5 stops away.
  • 5th floor
  • with elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • fan
  • eat-in kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • tea kettle
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • cable/satellite TV
  • DVD player with selection of movies
  • phone for incoming calls
  • WiFi
  • private balcony
  • crib
  • stroller & highchair free upon request
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • mini-safe
  • washing machine/dryer
Linda Dottolo on Sep 2013:

We stayed in Cihangir 3, Super view of the Bosporous from the balcony. Really quiet local neighbourhood with fruitshop and small local supermarket nearby. Fresh flowers on the dining table on arrival was a lovely personal touch. The linen, pillows and duna were of good quality.
A shelf in the bathroom for toiletries would be handy. Perhaps an extra handtowel as well.
My experience with Cross Polinate was very good. I like their policy of offering the experience of local living.I felt as a client that I was treated honestly, not just as a profit entity.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms), sleeps max. 8 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by Paypal (guest pays the fees)
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 180 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 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), luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out
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 Firuzaga Flat
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Galata Tower
Taksim Square
Süleymaniye Mosque
Miniaturk Museum
Istanbul Modern Museum
Grand Bazaar
Bagdat Street