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Ekim Apartments
Ranked #89 of 1,236 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed 10 April 2014

i stayed at the sarnic suite in february with my brother and my daughter the apartment was in a great location 10 minute walk to sultanahmet square and 2 minute walk to the fish restaurants at kumkapi the apartment was great and clean great place to stay for a great price in a perfect location what more could you ask for ! saban olcer was really friendly and easy to contact if any problems i wish i knew about this place before will definitely be booking there for the next time i go to istanbul :) and free WIFI :)

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

In December, we booked this apartment for eight days in March. When we arrived Saban Olcer apologized but said he had double booked the room. So for three nights we had to stay in a room in the Aura apartment building. That was not a good experience. It was clean but it was extremely noisy. Trains, barking dogs, people in the building making noise at all hours, etc. We didn't get much sleep at all. Once those three nights were over and we were able to go to the Marmara Sea apartment everything was perfect.

The staff at our hotel moved our luggage and all of our kitchen contents to the new apartment.
This top floor apartment had an excellent view, was very clean, and had everything we needed.

The minaret to the nearest mosque was about 50 feet away, and the Imam had the most beautiful voice. We truly enjoyed the evening calls to prayer when we were in the room. People have commented about the minaret speakers being so close to the room, but with the windows closed and with earplugs in, we were able to sleep through in the morning.

The location of this room was ideal. It was close to transit and the Sultanhamet sites. It was really easy to get around. Istanbul is fantastic!

Saban arranged excellent transportation for us from Sabiha airport to the room and from the room to Ataturk Airport. The 2:30 am Ataturk Airport shuttle never arrived, but hotel staff hopped in a van and got us there on time. They could not have tried harder on our behalf.

This room deserves a five star rating, but since we weren't able to stay in it as scheduled, I gave it four stars.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

I stayed in the new old city apartments during January 2014. Although getting disappointed by the look of the buildings but the flat was elegantly furnished, fully equipped, very clean and well maintained. Saban the manager is honest, helpful and friendly and so was the staff.
The location was very good just 300 meters of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia and Top Kapi, very close to the hypodrome and Egyptian Obelisque and walking distance to the Grand Bazar.
Tram station is also close by which you can access anywere in Turkey.
The drawback is that I had a problem with the heaters that took three days to be fixed but the air conditions managed the problem during these days.
You really get a good value for the price.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

I challenge everyone to find such good clean appartments for short term stay at this low rate in this area of the city. Staff is very relax and will try hard to find the best solution to make you happy.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Ekim Apartments in the old city of Istanbul offered value for money and comfort while giving us the freedom to keep our own hours. The area is mixed, with hotels and some ramshackle private apartments jostling one another. The views from the room were not great, with a half demolished building just across the road, but as we only really slept there it did not matter. However, the interior of the apartments is excellent.

We had booked a two room apartment (all that was available in our price range at the time we booked) but on the day we were upgraded to the self-catering studio apartment at no extra cost and had a room with king sized bed, bathroom and a small kitchenette up on the top floor of the building. There was a balcony but as it was cold and wet most of the time we were there we did not sit out there - must be great in summer. The room was clean and comfortable and sheets and towels changed every day. Although we did little cooking the kitchen was adequately fitted out. My only quibble was that the bed was a bit hard for me, although my husband loved it.

The staff were helpful and accommodating - we arrived a day late and were not charged the full rate although it was our fault, not theirs. Suitcases were carried to the top floor and brought down again and a shuttle organised to the airport. We would go back without any hesitation.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Our trip to Istanbul started a little rough. Our luggage didn't make it with us. As promised the shuttle was waiting for us. Saban was very helpful. The location is very good. 5 minute walk from Blue Mosque and Topkapi museum.

A couple of comments. We stayed at the Hagia Sophia apartment. The Wifi was very weak and did not work most of the time. Having a phone at the apartment could have helped us during our stay.

Overall this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

My wife and I stayed for our anniversary for 5 nights in the Marmara sea view apartment for two on 4th floor. Great views of the sea from the balcony, good for drinks before going out in the evening. Walking distance to all main sights. Clean, well maintained, nice shower, tv, dvd player as advertised and daily room service with fresh towels as and when needed. We had a problem on the first night because the apartment had been double booked and we did not get in until the second night. The owner explained he had mistakenly double booked.However, we were put up in equally nice one nearby and the owner Saban apologised and transferred our bags on the second day and offered complimentary breakfast. Things sometimes go wrong and how it is dealt with tells you a lot - in this case very well. Overall, nice owner, good location, good self catering apartment.

Room Tip: Beware windy staircase up to the 4th floor but your bags will only have to go up and down once. Love...
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kucukayasofya Mahallesi, Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu, No:46/A | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #89 of 1,236 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: £12 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ekim Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Ekim Apartments in Istanbul, started in a charming 19th century Ottoman house in 2010 which was designed for our guests into apartments with modern facilities, nestled in the heart of the old city, splended around after in several buildings in the area. In a convenient Sultanahmet location, the houses are only a 10 - 15 minute walk to the most popular sites such as the Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Mosaic Museum, Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, Kumkapi fish restaurants and many other attractions. While retaining its period features, our apartments offer uncluttered modern luxury for everyone from the single business/leisure visitor to couples, families and extended families. Maximising light and space, each serviced apartment is furnished in an elegant, international style that exudes quality and comfort. Are you visiting Istanbul for a short trip or an extended stay and looking for a comfortable vacation rental or temporary accommodations? Hotels are great but Ekim serviced apartments are so much better. With our different types of serviced apartments, you will have large space to relax or entertain, to work, and if the mood strikes, you can even prepare a meal. Use one of our apartments in Istanbul for your next vacation, relocation or business trip and really enjoy your stay. Each apartment offers unlimited services to create the stay experience you desire in a space that combines the freedom and privacy of an apartment with the convenience of a hotel, offering total flexibility for short- and long-term stays. Ekim Apart, comprised of different types ranging from studios to three bedrooms apartments offer independence and discreet privacy coupled with the comforts and service you expect from a five-star hotel. Staffed on-site 24/7, our professional multilingual hosts will assist our guests with requests ranging from finding you a table at the area's best restaurant to organising tours all around Turkey. ALL OUR APARTMENTS FEATURE; Work / Entertainment & Electronics High-speed wireless internet, 220V outlets and adapters for non-220V devices, large flatscreen HDTV, DVD player, Bed & Bath Comfortable King size beds, towels and linens, bathrobes, slippers, extra blankets and pillows, wardrobe, private bathrooms, luxury toiletries, make up mirror, hair dryer, baby cribs (if needed, please inform us in advance), Kitchen American kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove, kettle, coffee and tea maker and toaster, complimentary tea basket, juice squeezer, dining table and chairs, full dining utensils such as cutlery, glasses, & dishes, Comfort & Security Safe box, iron & ironing board, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, reading lamps, And some services below; Daily housekeeping service, laundry and dry cleaning service *, 24 hour on-site concierge for your needs, airport transfer * (one way and free for stays 4 nights), on-street parking, tours and travel assistance, city map, restaurant and sightseeing reservations, translation and interpreter service*, * Service may require a nominal fee. LOCATION: Our central locations are within walking distance of Istanbul's most popular historical, cultural and tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, the Golden Horn and many others. Just a few minutes walk from the apartments' doors are the tram and train stations, offering rapid and easy transportation to all parts of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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