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“Comfort in the middle of Istanbul's non stop action”

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Taksim Prelude Hotel
Ranked #423 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 25 October 2011

We just stayed for four nights and highly recommend Stories Apartments Karokol. Rooms are very well appointed room - great bed, great shower and amenities. Along with the quality of the room we found staff very engaging and helpful staff. Our stay included enjoying a few bars and clubs all in easy walking distance of the hotel. A great place to stay!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

As most boutique hotels in Istanbul it is a very small venue which started working around 6 months ago.

Although very near to numerous bars and clubs of Istiklal street we had no problem with our sleep. The staff was very kind and helpful. We were very staisfied to receive immediate answers to our questions regarding some places along with detailed instructions from maps and sites the staff searched for on the spot.

There was no breakfast, which we did not miss, since there were many eating options in the vicinity. However, we feel that the price could be somehow lower to compensate for the lack of breakfast.

It is a clean hotel. The rooms were very small, maybe a little bit smaller of the average size of a boutique hotel, but knowing where we were going this was not a problem. Sleep quality was very good, although we found the matress a little bit hard, but it is just a matter of choice.

The hotel is located 5 minutes away from Taksim square (on foot) from where you may use many transportation options. Another advantage was the possibility to have a shuttle from the airport which left us directly at the square (very time and cost effective).

We believe it is very good choice for people who like boutique hotels and want to stay in the centre of the city.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The hotel has a limited number or rooms, but the whole building has been completely renovated to the highest standards. Most rooms are not very spacious, unless you request a superior room. Even so, they're exceptionally comfortable (huge shower, super comfy beds, air con, etc.) and fully equipped (all sorts of toiletries are available, hair drier, iron, big tv screen, mini bar, tea, coffee, etc.).

The area is a very lively shopping and nightlife area - I would highly recommend it if it's not you're first time in Istanbul, otherwise you'd probably prefer staying closer to the Sultanahmet area. A taxi trip to Eminonu (Galata bridge) with no traffic is about 10 TL - catching public transportation would be too complicated from here, so take this into account when considering this hotel.

Cons: there is no breakfast room, no bar/cafè, no internet access point. However... there's a million local "locantas" just at your doorstep and there is free wifi if you have a laptop/tablet/smartphone.

Tip: ring them up to see if they can give you a discount. I got an extremely good rate by doing so.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Great quality decor,amenities and comfort in rooms,helpful staff,felt like home.
Strongly recomend it.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Stratigig¡cally located in Begolyu, a stone's throw from Istiklal Avenue, the Stories Apart Karakol is an excellent choice when visiting Istanbul. The rooms are nicely furnished, not very large but comfortable, and the staff is friendly.

We would certainly stay there again

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

Perfect location, great rooms decorated with taste and very good services.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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StoriesApartIstanbul, Managing Coordinator at Taksim Prelude Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2011

Thank you so much and look forward to welcoming you again .

Best regards,

Neslihan Ugurlu

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Reviewed 6 July 2011

I live in Ankara (I'm a foreigner) so I make trips to Istanbul very often and I've been to many hostels and hotels but Stories Apart is the place I make reservations every time I make the trip. It's honestly the best location and the rooms are modern and simple. You can find eveyrthing in the rooms and the bathroom is better than most high priced hotels like the Hilton or the Sheraton. The bathroom has a rain shower as all as a normal shower, the floors are clean and the hotel provded "goodies" are well displayed and of high quality. The sheets and pillows are very soft and clean. I'm in LOVE with this hotel and I never write these things but this hotel truly deserves it.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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StoriesApartIstanbul, Managing Coordinator at Taksim Prelude Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2011

Thank you for your nice compliments and hope to see you again .

Kind regards,

Neslihan Ugurlu

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Additional Information about Taksim Prelude Hotel

Address: Kuloglu Mah. Sadri Alisik Street. No 26 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34435, Turkey (Formerly Stories Hotel Karakol)
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#128 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £35 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Taksim Prelude Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taksim Prelude Hotel is an exquisite Istiklal Street hotel within walking distance of tram stations and Taksim Square. Taksim Prelude Hotel is in a building of lovely French architecture that dates back to the early 1900s. It has been recently renovated to improve its infrastructure without losing its historic charm. Among the modern additions are an up-to-date fire alarm system, video surveillance security, and free wireless internet access. ... more   less 
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