homage1For visitors who've been to İstanbul before or those planning a longer stay the Aynalıçeşme apartments that make up Homage İstanbul are particularly well worth knowing about. Just steps off Tarlabaşı Bulvarı yet in an unexpectedly quiet location one whole 19th-century apartment block has been converted into rental apartments, something that is now fairly common in İstanbul although rarely done with the same lovely quasi-oriental style as here. 

Here's where I'm going to stick my hand up and say that if I was designing an apartment for myself the one that I stayed in here looked much as I would have wanted it to, except for the lack of bathtub, something that was always typical in İstanbul homes where bathrooms and kitchens tended to the small side. 

Here the small size of the kitchen has been obviated by knocking through the wall into the lounge, thereby creating a kitchen-diner with a view. Everything you would need for a short stay is supplied here - even if you can't immediately see a washing machine there are a couple available for guest use in the complex. Instead the apartment comes with its own washing-up machine as well as a fridge-freezer. 

The lovely lounge goes for a red and green colour scheme, and has a large-screen TV as well as good wifi.

The master bedroom is beautifully designed to make the most of a relatively small space and has good reading lights as well as an iPod deck. The smaller single bedroom could easily double up as a comfortable reading room.homage2

Two of the apartments share a small outside deck area with a large fish pool. There's also a shared roof terrace for summer evenings. 

The large Euro Plaza Hotel on Tarlabaşı Bulvarı acts as a landmark for finding the street containing Homage. It's a quiet residential part of town, within easy walking distance of Tarlabaşı's lively Sunday market but in a much better state of maintenance. 

Thumbs up: Delightfully decorated and well equipped rental apartments in an interesting part of town within easy walking distance of İstiklal Caddesi

Thumbs down: Aynalıçeşme is not very well known, hence the apartments are probably best for those familiar with the city.

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