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
Shellie's Bosphorus Nest
This upscale 2 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bathroom apartment with balcony is located in Gumussuyu area which is next to Taxim. It has a spectacular Bosphorus view that makes the living room and the balcony perfect spot to hang out while you are in Istanbul. Even though it is central, still very quiet, in a neighborhood where mostly writers and diplomats live.

When you get into the apartment, living room is on your right. Bathroom is across the hall facing the kitchen and the bedrooms are located next to ech other on the backside of the flat. The flat belongs to Shellie who is from the U.S. and has been living in Istanbul for 8 years. The flat is personalized as it is actually Shellie's home. Great kitchen with all utensils that a home needs, beautiful large dining table in the living room, cosy and quite bedrooms and a great balcony overlooking Bosphorus makes this flat just perfect vacation rental.

You could walk down to Findikli and Kabatas where you can take the tram to Blue Mosque area and ferries to the Asian side. Cihangir is 10 minute walk and Taxim is 5 minute walk away. Many markets and grocery stores around the neighborhood.

This place is perfect for couples who like to have a good time with Bosphorus view and still be in the center to access sightseeing spots easily. Shellie is available 24 / 7 with all your needs and she is happy to give recommendations on restaurants and areas of interests.

Complimentary Turkish Breakfast on the first day and fresh fruit for all guests.
  • 4th floor
  • no elevator
  • linen and towels provided
  • air-conditioning in living room only
  • fan
  • full kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • tea kettle
  • toaster
  • phone for incoming calls
  • cable/satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • private balcony
  • on-site parking
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • washing machine/dryer
Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment
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 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen and 1 French double (120cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on balcony only, check-out time is 11 am, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, cleaning fee of €40 is not included in the price
Spoken Language(s):
Rates and Availability
 Shellie's Bosphorus Nest
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Blue Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace
Galata Tower
Taksim Square
Süleymaniye Mosque
Miniaturk Museum
Istanbul Modern Museum
Grand Bazaar
Bagdat Street