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“Perfect location, peaceful oasis in Sultanahmet”
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Topkapi Apartments
Ranked #55 of 1,219 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Austin, Texas
1 review
“Perfect location, peaceful oasis in Sultanahmet”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Topkapi apartments was a wonderful place to stay while visiting Istanbul. The apartment was super clean in a quite neighborhood just blocks away from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. The rooftop terrace was a real treat with excellent views of the city and the sea. Close to lots of restaurants and shops with a beautiful farmers market in the area on Wednesdays. This place really made my stay in Istanbul fun and comfortable, I highly recommend these apartments and the extremely friendly and helpful hosts. The owner has a rug store called Noah's Ark Rugs with beautiful kilims, after shopping around at other places we felt great about buying 2 beautiful pieces from the store for very reasonable prices and having them shipped back to Texas. No pushy salesman here, a great place to just stop by and learn about the beautiful handmade rugs and carpets from Turkey.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

For 6 nights I stayed at the Topkapi Apartment in the Basement room which is lovely decorated and met my all expectations and offers everything you Need for a Relaxing time after visiting Istanbul's attractions which are all within Walking distance (Blue Mosque 5 Minutes, Hagia Sofia, Cysterns, Gran Bazaar). It is situated in a quiet and peaceful area offering a wonderful terrace to relax, to have your own breakfast and enjoying the view over Marmara sea. I was in the happy Position to see one of the other Apartments too and this place convinced me very much that I will definitely book it again for a next stay. On Wednesday you will find a beautiful market with fresh fruits and vegetables and other Little bits and pieces just one Minute from your door. For us the place was wonderful, I loved the Apartment with enough space for two of us. Although there would easily fit in 3 People (4 would be possible but comfort might suffer for 4 adults in this Apartment as it is the smallest of all) the space in the bathroom is okay for only 1 Person at a time. Might be a useful Information for getting ready in the morning. I can highly recommend Topkapi Apartments for a great stay in wonderful Istanbul.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We stayed here with several friends and had a great time. The location is excellent, very close to Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Basilica Cisterns, restaurants and tram station. The view of the water is beautiful too. Everything worked as advertised and the washing machine in the basement was excellent for people long-term travelers. I found the rooms to be a bit cold so it would be nice to have individual heating. They also provide a phone in the foyer so you can easily contact Hamza without having to rack up a huge roaming bill on your personal mobile phone. I wouldn't recommend the basement apartment since there's only a view of the sidewalk and people's feet. Also, the airport transfer is a major a ripoff, but that's the case with all of the accommodations in that area. They charge 25 Euros one way when it should be less than 10 Euros. If you do have to book the arrival with them, save your money on the airport return by using any of the nearby shuttle services which are reliable and cheaper.

Room Tip: I don't recommend the basement room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

Very nice, clean, close to the tourist points in Sultanahmet
Really great hosts - very friendly, helpful, speaks very good english - always with a smile on their face - be sure to check their small carpet business and restaurant near the hipodrome - they made our stay there even better

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We were 4 friends staying in the apartment located at the 2nd floor. Our experience at Topkapi apartments was great: the location is perfect, only 5 minutes away from the Blue Mosques, however the building is in a quiet area so you can get good night sleep. The apartment is clean and the kitchen has all necessary, including tea and coffee. The building has a nice terrace with great view where you can relax.
We were pleasantly impressed by our hosts, always willing to help us, give us good recommendations and making everything in their power so that our stay there was great. Great company to talk to and find out interesting things about Istanbul.
I truly recommend this place and we will definitely come back here whenever we will be in Istanbul.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Travelling with a small child, we stayed in the top apartment. It was very clean and well-kept, with excellent cleaning services. The apartment is also in a great location, close to everything. The rooftop terrace was a nice place to relax. The best part of the accommodation was talking with our very friendly and helpful host, Yusuf. We enjoyed going to the affiltated carpet store, Noah's Ark, and highly recommend them if you want to purchase a Turkish carpet. They are the complete opposite of the pushy hawkers in Sultanahmet Square that try to steer you into their stores. It was very relaxing and enjoyable, with no pressure, to look at carpets (and we purchased one, even though we had not planned on it). Yusuf also had several very good recommendations for restaurants and things to see. Thank you to Yusuf and his staff for a great stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We stayed at this hotel (second floor apartment) for about a week earlier this year. It's in a very accessible location and is well kept and clean. Plus there is a lovely space up on the roof with some tables and lounge chairs where you can have a nice breakfast or read in the evening. The best part is probably the service; the owner Hamza is the perfect host! Very friendly and approachable. He and his brother Yusef are responsive and eager to make sure you have a great experience in their space, so much so that it felt like coming home to visit family more than anything else. Definitely ask them for recommendations, they're chock full of them. And of course you can't beat the price for the location! Its perfect for families, couples, or friends.

I might have wanted a little bit of a thicker top sheet or comforter, but that might be a personal thing.

Pro-tip: Ask Hamza to show you how to get the stove working so you don't go crazy trying to figure out how to turn on the gas.

Room Tip: Which room you want depends on how much space you need. They're all great and have access to the...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 #55 of 1,219 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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