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“Perfect location and great people”
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Topkapi Apartments
Ranked #58 of 1,204 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Edmond, Oklahoma
1 review
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“Perfect location and great people”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

This was our second stay in the Topkapi apartments. We rented three of the four rooms for a family getaway in Istanbul. We loved it! The accommodations worked out great and we loved the terrace for morning coffee and breakfast. You'll never meet nicer, more helpful people than Hamza and Yusuf. The rooms were very clean and welcoming and Hamza and Yusuf are always available to help, if needed. It is just a short walk to the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and the heart of the old town. We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: The top apartment is the roomiest but the others are totally adequate.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This is a small hotel with 4 apartments, two suites (nos.3,4), an ordinary room and a basement room. We booked suite 4 (large open plan, with dividing curtain, very bright, top floor, large sitting area, kitchen) despite its relatively high price as we were comparing to other suites in good hotels in Istanbul. On checking in we were shocked to be brought into the small dark ground floor room. We protested and I said we would move hotel - it was a romantic break and I would never have booked such a room even if it were free.
The hotel representative then explained that it was not an accident but they had deliberately downgraded us so as to give a larger space (our room!) to a family with a child. The room was so horrible that we said we would move elsewhere in Istanbul and to stay just one night but were threatened with being charged with the full four night stay unless we agreed to stay here for one night and then be moved to the room we booked (the hotel gave us a trivial discount but in the circumstances that was irrelevant - we just wanted to check out). So, we stayed, and on the second day tidied up and packed all our cases to move. On returning to the hotel we were told that the people occupying our room would not move out and we had to stay another night. So we had to tidy and pack up again on day 3 when we finally were moved; as I had to leave the next day (my companion stayed a day longer) the holiday was totally ruined for us. The hotel didn't respect our reservation, and when we objected strongly they threatened us with charging the full stay amount unless we agreed to stay. They cannot ever be relied on. If you book here, you should not expect to get the room you booked. Be warned.

Room Tip: The hotel does not honour their own reservations, so really it's pointless to choose a good room...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We stayed at Topkapi Apartments in July 2013 and had a wonderful experience. Hamza and his brother Yusuf are warm and welcoming hosts who create a home away from home and are very helpful in arranging travel plans. The apartments are spacious and the location is perfect for exploring the Sultanahmet (old city) area, conveniently located within minutes of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern. The rooftop terrace, with its incredible views of the Bosphorus, is a peaceful retreat after a long day spent exploring Istanbul. We look forward to our next stay at Topkapi Apartments!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Callantsoog, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We rented the 4 rooms as we travel with 4parents and 8 kids and had the roofterrace as our private livingroom. This worked out nicely. The rooms are located above eachother and get better the higher you go. All of them are nice though. The location is great ( see other reviews). The email conversation before our stay went a little difficult but during our stay we were very well looked after by Youssouf and Hamza.

Room Tip: Apartment 3 has 2 seperated bedrooms . Apartment 3 and 4 have nicer daylight and less streetnoice.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We stayed there in June 2013, visiting from San Francisco, and it was great! Hamza is an amazing host and he makes sure you get all you need including transportation, accommodation and any questions you may have about Istanbul. The location is great, really close to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmed. Walking distance to the mosques, shopping, Turkish baths and more. Definitely a great location and good size apartment for a few nights, just make sure you coordinate your requests with the host and all can be taken care of prior to your arrival. Thanks so much, Hamza! We'll be back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

Topkapi Apartments is in the perfect location for exploring the old city of Istanbul, the Sultanahmet area: 5 mins to the Hippodrome, Blue mosque and Aya Sofya; 10 mins to the Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet tram - go to Cigdem Pastanesi for your morning coffee and borek on Divan Yolu near the tram; 15 mins to the Grand Bazaar and Suleymanyie mosque (must see at Friday lunchtime prayers); 20 mins to the Spice Bazaar, Yeni Camii (New mosque - amazing interior, best of all the mosques in our opinon), Rustem Pasha mosque, and Galata Bridge.

We stayed in Apartment 3 The Aya Sofya. It consisted of a room with a double bed and free-standing closet, a living rooms with a double futon (so room for 3-4 persons if you don't mind sharing a double bed), a kitchenette with tea and coffee restocked every two days, and a bathroom. Everything functioned well. The bed was comfortable and the linens changed every two days. In addition there is a washing machine in the basement that was free to use. Given we generally use apartments and hotels as a comfortable place to base ourselves and explore cities, rather than relaxing there for long periods of time, this suited us perfectly.

The building itself has an old city wooden charm but has been kept very well and is in general keeping with its neighbourhood. Everything was to our satisfaction and Yosef, the owner Hamza Yildez's brother, was a very friendly, gracious, helpful and generous host - even meeting us personally when we arrived well after midnight. Hamza, the owner, is based in the US half the year but the arrangement with his brother to manage it the other half seems to work well in our experience.

Considerations for other travelers:
You will have to walk uphill to get to the Hippodrome and rest of the old city, or anywhere else in fact. It is quote steep so bear his in mind. But it will get you fit and walking really is the best way to explore.
The rooms and amenities are a bit sparse, that suits us perfectly but may not be to everyone's taste.

Overall: A lovely little place to stay with gracious and helpful hosts and within walking distance of the bulk of Istanbul's old city sights, and public transportation for the rest. Excellent value for money and I would not hesitate to book this accommodation again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

I finally get around to writing a second review in order to share with everyone that Topkapi Apartments are an excellent choice for accommodation in the Sultanahmet area. I stayed at the apartments three times during my travels at the end of last year and was extremely satisfied with all my stays. The apartments are clean, modern and spacious. You have four different apartments to choose from, each one with its own kitchenette and bathroom. The owner is very friendly, helpful, and always made my visits comfortable and pleasant. The apartments are a few minutes’ walk from the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque and other major sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern are close by. And on Wednesdays there is a market nearby to experience the local culture. There is also easy access to public transportation that can take you to other popular areas in Istanbul. The apartments are an excellent value for money and I would not hesitate to book this accommodation every time I visit Istanbul. I would highly recommend Topkapi Apartments to anyone looking for a very comfortable stay and excellent customer service.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Topkapi Apartments
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Demirci Resit Sok. No:11 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34440, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 1,204 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Topkapi Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family friendly apartment hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet, old Istanbul. Within 15 minutes to most major touristic sites. In a residential neighborhood. 4 units, all with private kitchen and bathrooms. Ocean view from common terrace. Rooms look out to a 5th-century colosseum wall. Additional discounts available for long-term stays. Breakfasts and airport transportation available. Reservations available in Japanese. ... more   less 
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