Cheers Lighthouse is a great place to stay for your first visit to Istanbul. Everything you need to see is within an easy walk and it does not take far too reach points of access to the other sides of Istanbul. The hostel is super friendly and welcoming with staff available to help you at all times. Great atmosphere downstairs for a beer/tea and a chat. Restaurant served excellent food as well. Well recommended.
Apartment Kristic Plitvice was a great home stay. The couple who own the house are very kind and caring offering help in anyway. The 2 bedroom private we stayed in was perfect - clean, spacious and with private kitchen and bathroom. The hosts also offered us brandy as well as Turkish coffee to enjoy with them. If you want a night either side of the lakes this place is highly recommended - peaceful and cheap to pay 5 euro for drop off and pick up from the lakes. Great place.
Great apartment, 5 min stroll from Old Town. Well equipped and clean. Slavko was very helpful. Only problem was there was no wifi!