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
Lina's Cihangir Flat
This is a fully renovated and modern one-bedroom flat with an amazing view of the Bosphorus. With its wooden floors, double glazed windows, open plan and fully equipped kitchen and modern bathroom (with a bathtub), the flat offers a cosy space filled with sunlight and a gorgeous sea breeze.

The flat is a 5 minute walk to Taksim Square, where you'll find the metro station and the famous Istiklal Street. The flat is located on a quiet residential street in Cihangir, where Istanbul's artists, designers and musicians meet. The neighbourhood is rich with cafes, restaurants and supermarkets. Even though the flat, which is located on the third floor, does not have an elevator, the spiral stairs leading up to the flat are an easy climb.

The flat is fully equipped with a washing machine, and a built-in dishwasher, oven and fridge. The flat also has a natural gas heater, flat screen TV with a basic satellite receiver and a DVD player, hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, clean sheets and towels, and a full set of brand new kitchenware.
  • 3rd floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • double glazed windows
  • full kitchen
  • dishwasher
  • tea kettle
  • microwave
  • CD player
  • DVD/CD player
  • cable/satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • washing machine
Richard Parness on Sep 2015:

The apartment seems to have recently been furnished. It's beautifully maintained. Great neighborhood with an excellent breakfast cafe and food market very close by. Billur, the manager, made us feel welcome. She picked us up in a taxi, showed us around the apartment, helped us orient to Istanbul, then sent us fruit and bottled water.
Steve at Cross-Pollinate made everything easy. When we changed our plans, he responded immediately. I'll certainly use Cross-Polinate again. If only they would expand to more cities.
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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 4 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 king (180 cm) or 1 king (180cm) and 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check in/out times flexible, cleaning fee of €30 is not included in the price
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 Lina's Cihangir Flat
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