(This was our second stay at a Fraser property - the first was in Seoul in February.) We stayed in a one bedroom city view for four weeks. The flat is spacious, modern, and comfortable and the view is spectacular. We really liked having a TV in the living room and bedroom. There is a little laundry closet with enough room to store suitcases and supplies. The bathroom is not very big, but the shower is large and there is a lot of storage space. For a long stay, the flat could have used a few more amenities like extra hangers and dishes (there were only 3 glasses). The bedroom got a bit hot at night and the air con does not go cooler than a set temperature. One of the reasons we picked Fraser Place was the gym. It is huge and has the latest Life Fitness cardio and weight machines (cardio machines have individual TVs), along with free weights, a stretching area, and much more. The building also has great amenities downstairs: market, bakery/ coffee shop, pharmacy, flower shop, convenience store, hair salon, spa, ATM, and two restaurants. We went to the market a lot and the bakery a few times (they have yummy cookies). There is also a bar on the top floor (54th floor) and 24 hour room service (we didn’t try room service). Now, here's the trade-off... The location is not very convenient for sightseeing. The closest metro is a 15 minute walk, which starts on a steep hill with lots of fast moving traffic and narrow/broken sidewalks. With the walk and metro, it takes 30 minutes to get to Taksim Square and one hour to get to the Sultanahmet area. There is a taxi stand outside the building, but the traffic in the city is so bad, that it would probably not save any time and cost more. The hotel also has a shuttle to a few locations in the city, but there are limited departure times. We decided to get in some extra exercise and take the metro to get around. The nearby residential neighborhood is safe (but busy) and has lots of bakeries, meat markets, and grocery stores. The Nisantasi neighborhood with City’s Shopping Mall, high end shops, and cafes is a 25 minute walk away (which starts with the steep hill). Fraser Place is a great option for a long-term stay if you want a comfortable serviced flat with great amenities and don’t mind the time it takes to get around.
If you would like to read about what we did in Istanbul, please visit our travel blog, www.latitudeb.com/istanbul/.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the upper floors of Anthill Residence complex in the Bomonti district of Istanbul, Fraser Place offers luxurious apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and stunning views of the Bosphorus. Taksim Square is just a 5-minute drive away. The apartments of Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul are decorated with modern furniture, oak wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows. All apartments feature a state-of-the-art entertainment system with a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and an iPod docking station. Guests of Fraser Place have access to all the facilities within the Anthill Residence Complex. These facilities include an indoor pool, an indoor ski slope, a tennis court, and a wellness centre. Antre Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can enjoy fresh Mediterranean and international cuisines served in extensive varieties either indoors or alfresco on a daily basis. There is a selection of international restaurants available within the Anthill Residence Complex. Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul is a 15-minute drive from Istanbul's historic centre, where guests can visit Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia Museum. Free private parking is available on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul Hotel Istanbul