There are three reasons to take this place over anywhere else. First of all, the view from the private terrace is absolutely STUNNING.. the old city and glistening Bosporus right in front of you day and night, I haven't seen a view like this even from the rooms of luxury hotels. Secondly, the location. It's close to everything: on a charming cobblestone happening street right in the middle of galata with coffeeshops and vintage boutiques at your doorstep, 5 minute walk to Taksim, 10 min walk to hip Bohemian Karakoy, 15 minute walk to bridge that takes you to Eminonu, Bazaar, and Old city. Thirdly, Can himself is amazing, the kindest most helpful host you can imagine. He carried my bags up and down the 4 flights of stairs, recommended beautiful places to visit, and went out of his way to make sure I was happy. True Turkish hospitality. THANK YOU SO MUCH CAN. 10 stars for Can alone :)
As for the 'negatives': if you're looking for a super nice luxury apartment as opposed to a gorgeous terrace view, this is not what you're looking for. I would definitely choose Can's other apartment in the same building over this one in terms of luxury, the one with hardwood floors, exposed brick and a nice desk and living area. It has no view but it's newer and nicer, higher comfort level for sure. It also has windows in the bedroom which this one does not. But if you're more chill about the quality of the place you're living in and want more of the breathing in magical Istanbul experience from your private terrace, this is your top choice. That's about it. Definitely recommend this place and if you're looking for a different kind of apartment, I recommend getting in touch with Can as he has a true talent for finding you what you're looking for at a very good price.