What is(are) your name(s)?
Perla Battiato and Nilgun Sabuncuoglu
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
This antique 1800's building was bought by Aydin Harazi, businessman and former President of Classic Automobile Club. In addition to our B&B we also provide a trip with the classic cars to our guests for a reasonable amount of money. We also have a cute restaurant for world's delicious tastes and selective wines.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
First of all we are glad to be in Arvavutkoy which is right by the Bosphorus. All the buildings in the are are from the 1800's, restored but they still have that same old look. Our B&B is styled up with some Ottoman/French touches. 3 rooms face the sea, 2 rooms face the street where you see all those nostalgic buildings. And we are in the middle of the European side Bosphorus facing the Asian side Bosphorus. Of course our B&B but also everything we have around here is so precious to us so we know how to take care of our B&B and the hood in order for our guests to feel home.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
We think it is all about Villa Denise itself and it's location. The staff is awesome, the area is marvelous, the view is the Bosphorus, which is the priceless pearl of the whole city.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
We have private baths in all the rooms, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, refrigerators are also in the rooms. The rooms and the whole inside decor is very cute and stylish. The building from outside is an antique building. We have a very neat restaurant, menu is mostly Mediterranean, wines are local and international. The owner of the hotel has a collection of old cars and upon request we can provide a trip to our guests.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We have 5 rooms, all the rooms have a king size bed, a single bed may be added for an additional fee.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The rooms are named after the different Bosphorus regions. On the 2nd floor: Ortakoy (sea view) and
Yenikoy (street view). On the 3rd floor are Cengelkoy (sea view) and Vanikoy (street view). On the 4th floor are
Arnavutkoy (sea view) - a special room with balcony and fire place. On the first floor are the restaurant and the reception desk with office.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
The in-room facilities include: LCD TV, DVD player, Satellite TV, Air Conditioning, Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), Mini Bar, Microwave Oven, Kettle, Hair Dryer, Safe Deposit Box.
Which room is your personal favorite?
It is hard to choose the best room. Arnavutkoy is bigger and different than the others with the balcony and fire place. But all have the same amazing decor only with different colors.
What do the room rates include?
Room rates include breakfast. We have 8% of tax.
Do you offer any special packages?
We take into consideration anything that our clients ask from us.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Breakfast is not charged and we don't even have a time limit.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served in the restaurant, in the room and also if the weather is nice we have two tables outside at the entrance door of the building.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Our menu is flexible, we can eliminate the meat for vegetarians, not use oil and salt for the ones who are on diet.
Do you serve other meals?
We serve lunch and dinner which are not included in the room price. Anytime until 23 pm our guests can ask for food.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
We have some useful facilities in the rooms such as Mini Bar, Microwave Oven and Kettle.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Yes, children of all ages are very welcome.
Do you accept pets?
Pets are also welcome, we love pets. We'll also be glad to walk your dog or take care of your cat.
What is your smoking policy?
Smoking is not allowed inside the building due to the law.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
The valet will take care of the parking for a reasonable price.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
We never refuse anyone, but we can't either say if they would feel fully comfortable here. We have a normal elevator for 2 or 3 persons, but we don't have an adapted bathroom.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
All the safety alarms are provided.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
We are also flexible about that. Depending on the rooms' occupancy we usually proceed check-in 14pm, check out 12pm.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
No, our guests can stay as short as or as long as they wish.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
We take reservations by phone, email and online.
What is you cancellation policy?
We have a 7 day limit for cancellation. If they call us 7 days before the cancellation we give back the whole money. 7 to 4 days 30% we take, 4 to none days we take the whole payment.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and all types of credit cards.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
Since we give our guests neatness and kindness we wait to see the same attitude from them.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Arnavutkoy is a beautiful area. It has an easy transportation also. Right where we are there are many famous fish restaurants. Museums, churches, mosques, bars, restaurants, fancy night clubs are close. Once we have our clients here we give them the useful details of the city.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
Villa Denise is an amazing escape. Istanbul is huge. But Villa Denise is small. So it is really an amazing feeling this cosiness in a huge city like Istanbul. We don't really follow the limitations that other places do. This will be your home in Istanbul whenever you come.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
For the ones you still have doubts about which B&B to choose in Istanbul we want to tell them to bring themselves here because Villa Denise will always be their home whenever they come to Istanbul.