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Berk Guest House Grandma's House
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We stayed 5 nights in October and were pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked in ...a carafe of red wine after 24hrs traveling, which we promptly enjoyed on the roof top terrace looking over the Sea of Marmara and Istanbul.

Located within a few hundred metres of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern etc, with many inexpensive cafes and restaurants nearby, we walked to most places we wanted to see and eat at.

The few times we wanted to go further, Yesim gave us clear directions and a Travelcard for the trams, we just topped it up at a nearby kiosk.

Their advice was invaluable, their hospitality is second-to-none. They arranged a very early morning taxi to the airport on our departure, then set us up with deckchairs, coffee and bread on the street while we were waiting! Where else have you had that type of service?

We would recommend using their taxi booking service from/to the airport to ensure honest drivers and reasonable prices.

Nothing was too much for Yesim and Ahmet, we really did feel at home. They made us feel like part of the family.

Compared to our first time in Istanbul 6 years ago, this location, price, hospitality and service was unbeatable.

Would we return to Berk? - most definitely.

Room Tip: With the roof top terrace and its views, room location is not as important
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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YesimEvrenselTuran, Sahibi at Berk Guest House Grandma's House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Dear Ron & Joanne van der Schoor
Was a great pleasure to meet you :)
You always have a HOME in Istanbul.. Berk Guest House...
Kind Regards,
Berk Guest House,
Yesim Ahmet & Derin..

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

... we spent in October. Berk Guest House offered us a room with its own terrace and view to Blue Mosk and to Aya Sofya. Due to circumstances we were invited to have dinner with host family and that was unexpected surprise for us. Everything was very fine and we felt a real family touch, what we will never forget! Thank you very much! A very kind lady Larisa is working in Berk Guest House and we send her our best wishes))
However, two days in Istanbul are too few to reveal all beauties within single time. That is why please expect us back soon again. Thank you very much!!! We are happy!!!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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YesimEvrenselTuran, Sahibi at Berk Guest House Grandma's House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Dear Guests,
Thank you very much.. SPASİBA xxx
We look forward to meet you again.
We are sending our Warm Regards from Berk Guest House..
Yesim Ahmet & Derin.
& From Larisa for Sure :)

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

During our Istanbul visit, we stayed here for two nights. Indeed, our original plan was to stay for one night, but it was such a lovely place that we changed our travel plan, and stayed for one more night to really enjoy this cosy place. The owners are very friendly, and make every effort to make you feel at home. The breakfast was very good, and the view from the terrace is magnificient. I have stayed in many places in city center of Istanbul, and I can easily say that this place was one of the best.

Room Tip: superb view, good breakfast, very close to historical areas, beautiful street,
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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YesimEvrenselTuran, Sahibi at Berk Guest House Grandma's House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Dear Guests,
Thank You Very Much :) .. Was a Great Pleasure To Now You & Have You At Bek Guest House..
You always have a place in Istanbul.. Berk Guest House...
Kind Regards,
Berk Guest House,
Yesim Ahmet & Derin...

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I've been to so many Hotels (3-5 star), and rented private property, but never I've had a wonderful and amazing lasting thoughts till Grandmas house. From the moment you checked-in, you will FEEL at HOME. Every little thing was magic as HOSPITALITY in this property is unmatched. Mr. Ahmet and Ms. Yesim together with their adorable daughter Derin is so warm and welcoming that you felt you knew them all your life. They are ready anytime to offer help and assist you with your every needs. I can't say more but excellent and personalised service at its finest.

Location are great, just few steps for plenty of restaurant and cafes, convenient store, souvenir shops and just a foot away from Blue Mosque & Hagia Sofia and all the major attractions on your bucket list. This place is a GEM with comfort, location and service you will get is more that what a high end hotels can offer.

We are offered a welcome drinks.. red wine specially delivered by Sir Ahmet that we took at the roof top with amazing and unforgettable views. Everyday breakfast was simple but healthy and tasty. Thank you for the Turkish coffee that kept us awake the whole day. We will miss the morning chat with both and my goat cheese very morning.

I strongly recommend this place to anyone who are planning to stay in Istanbul.. their tag line says its all "Your HOME away from home".

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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YesimEvrenselTuran, Sahibi at Berk Guest House Grandma's House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Dear Joseph & Danny,
Was a great pleasure to meet you :)
You always have a HOME in Istanbul.. Berk Guest House...
Kind Regards,
Berk Guest House,
Yesim Ahmet & Derin..

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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

It was a really nice experience... my engaged and I traveled to Istanbul looking for visiting good places near the area and we not only found nice recommendations from the hotel; their hospitaly was the best we had during all our trip to Asia and Europe, it feels like you are in your house and every of your needs matters to Berk House. They treated us as family and invited to celebrate one of their relatives birthday, it was the cherry on the cake, we felt blessed.
Thanks to Yesim and all her family to make our experience more enjoyful.

Regards

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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YesimEvrenselTuran, Sahibi at Berk Guest House Grandma's House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Dear Alexandra,
Was a pleasure to meet you :)
You always have a HOME in Istanbul.. Berk Guest House...
Kind Regards,
Berk Guest House,
Yesim Ahmet & Derin..

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