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Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
Ranked #37 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
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Beverly Hills, California
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“Awesome flat and fitness center, not the most convenient location”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

(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/.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 11 June 2013
Dear Lori & Michael,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay in Istanbul; I read the blog too :) Thanks for adding the property video in the blog!

We are delighted that we were able to exceed your expectations in all aspects of our product and service offerings.

Our mixed use development property offers fantastic options for our guests to enjoy and we are happy to know that you found these options to be diverse and relevant. Our world class fitness center is highly patronized and you have described it beautifully.

We have looked at the air conditioning issue you were faced with, and it was a localized error only in the apartment you stayed in. We have now gotten it fixed. Thank you for highlighting this to us.

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us as part of your world tour. We look forward to welcoming you both back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We stayed at Fraser Place for 2 nights on week long trip to Istanbul. The major driver was cost as our boutique hotel in Sultanahmet would have costed us twice to book for 7 nights than 5 nights. Fraser Place was much more reasonably priced. On top of that they upgraded us to their penthouse suite on arrival which was obviously amazing value considering we had only booked a 1 bedroom apartment.

Overall, I think it's a great option to stay - clean well appointed apartments, great facilities in the complex including a supermarket / spa / cafes etc. And it's not too far from Istiklal area either. We also thought their own restaurant downstairs was fantastic.

The only few negative /neutral points are: the service is completely impersonal. The concierge has got a very corporate feel to it. They will help you, assist you but not in a personal way. Not a bad thing necessarily. Every minor thing has an additional charge here - e.g., adaptors, shower caps (you can't get into the pool without one), etc. And it also seemed far away from the airport - took us more than an hour to get to the airport when the concierge advised us to expect about 30 min. And cost us way more than we expected. But may be that was just the traffic or taxi driver.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at our property.

We are delighted that you found our property to be great value for money, something that we strive to maintain.

It is satisfying to know that you enjoyed our on-site Antre Restaurant and the other world class facilities we have within the complex.

We are constantly improving the concierge services we provide to our guests. Trust you will return to stay with us to note marked improvements.

For the comfort of our guests, we provide value for money airport transfers and I would highly recommend (especially first time visitors) this service. Please do inquire about this service from our Reservations team via phone or email - reservations.istanbul@frasershospitality.com

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Sales & Marketing Manager
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Reviewed 2 April 2013 via mobile

Great place if you have a longer stay. Exciting view over the city (54 stories). Everything you need is in the compound: restaurants, Carrefour, fitness, spa, pool, indoor skiing, dry cleaner, hair dresser
Stylish apartments with good service

  • Stayed March 2013
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 8 April 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at our property.

We are delighted that we were able to exceed your expectations in all aspects of our product and service offerings.

Our mixed use development offers fantastic options for our guests to enjoy and we are happy to know that you found these options to be diversified and relevant.

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
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Reviewed 24 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights and found it extremely comfortable. Well furnished, quality fittings, large rooms & spotlessly clean with great service and excellent breakfast. Useful shuttle bus service, quiet rooms and stunning views across the city. Would definintely return.

  • Stayed March 2013
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 30 March 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at our property.

We are delighted that we were able to exceed your expectations in all aspects of our product and service offerings.

We endeavour to continuously improve and delight our guests, and your comments will further boost our confidence to do so.

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

I spent 6 night at this venue over Christmas and New Year. I was concerned that it would be a little too suburban and far away from the sites of Istanbul, but the quality of the location more than made up for that.

The houses and streets around the property are mostly run down and in a state of disrepair. The area is being developed with huge apartment towers, so be prepared for construction zones, broken pavements and open ditches. The actual Antill complex though is very modern and clean. The ATMs, pharmacy and supermarket downstairs are really convenient and the cafes offer good coffee and snacks.

My apartment on the 45th floor was modern and really well equipped with new European appliances. The walls were solid and there was almost no noise between units. The beds are new and very comfortable.

The swimming pool area and gym are very modern and clean.

I had breakfast in the hotel each morning - the selection was broad and the quality of the food was good.

The staff at reception could be a bit stand-offish, but they were always helpful and polite. I really appreciated my early check-in after my morning arrival from Singapore.

The free bus service to and from Sultanahmet is great, although if you travel in winter, the 8pm pick up from the city was probably a bit late for most people.

I walked to and from Osmanbay metro station but wouldn't recommend it. It's a steep walk and the pavements can be challenging in the dark or rain. Use the hotel bus and set aside money for taxis - you wont regret it.

Room Tip: *Bring a swimming cap - it seems very old fashioned, but the staff insist you wear one. * Watch the...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 5 February 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at our property.

We are delighted that you enjoyed our product, and services we offer within the Anthill complex.

Carrefour Express, Robert's Coffee, Dilek Patisserie, the pharmacy and the hairdresser services (all on the lobby level) are fantastic options for our guests to enjoy. Additionally, our property fitness centre and spa has gained the repute of being one of the best in Istanbul and we are glad you experienced using this facility.

We are happy to announce that the property surroundings (within Sisli district) are slated for an upgrade and we are certain this will be completed soon.

The main business and shopping districts are only moments away from Fraser Place, using the new Dolmabahce and Kagithane tunnel access. Our property residents are welcome to use our complimentary scheduled shuttle services that ply to some of these districts.

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Sales & Marketing Manager
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
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Accra, Ghana
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

I went to Istanbul on new year vacations and selected this property without any first hand information only on the basis of reviews at Trip advisor. The main reason for choosing this property was its amazing view. I was not disappointed when I reached the hotel. The view was much better than what I had anticipated and specially night view of Istanbul of dream like experience.

Now few High points about the property

1. Large spacious rooms, fully equipped with all modern amenities like serviced apartments.
2. Neat and clean rooms and batchrooms, tastefully decorated sitting room, large windows with amazing view. A single room suite is Big enough to accomodate a small family of three.
3. Food is good both at restaurant and in room service but costly and with limited options.
4. Antre - anthill restaurant has good ambience and good food, a bit costly. Sky Lounge was a great experience on 54th floor. Good collection of drinks.
5. Swimming pool, world class, gymnasium fully equipped, sauna - 5 star.

Some Low points about the property
1. The staff is not fully conversant in english and dont comeout being very helpful in trying to understand. Only Olga, at reception was a big help and she made my stay comfortable.
2. Food is costly but you can get your food from out side and use the oven, grill and refrigerator at your disposal.
3. The hotel is located at Bomonti and is quite far from Airport and also from key tourist destinations.
4. Not many people recognise either the name of hotel or bomonti easily and hence be ready for some explanation when trying to reach the hotel after a hectic tourist day.

Commuting to hotel from airport
Airport to Hotel by hotel is 110 Turkish Lira approx 65 usd. Avoid Any Taxi provider in Airport Compound. Even the budget National costs 150 Lira approx 85 usd and they dont have fixed rate and try to fleece you. Taxi outside has meter reading and is better mode of arriving at hotel if you are a first time traveller to Istanbul. It will cost you around 70 Lira - approx 40 usd.

Room Tip: The hotel apartment starts from 39th floor. Try to take room as high as possible for best views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at our property.

We are delighted that you found our product to be marvellous and to top it all - you enjoyed the fantastic view of Istanbul from your apartment.

As a team, we are concerned about the 'low points' that you have experienced, and, assure you that we have taken your feedback very seriously.

We have been having on-going English language training for our staff which has been very well received by our guests. This is also great personal development for the team too. We will continue to improve and excel. Your kind comments for Olga have been passed on to her for further encouragement.

Our food prices at Antre Restaurant are very competitive and we strive to provide top quality that will keep one coming back. The Carrefour Express and other shopping options within the complex are definitely a fantastic option for those who prefer to make a meal in the apartments.

I am also happy to inform all that the main business and local shopping districts are only moments away using the new Dolmabahce and Kagithane tunnel access. Additionally, our guests are always very welcome to use our complimentary scheduled shuttle services to some selected business and shopping districts of Istanbul.

For the comfort of our guests, we provide value for money airport transfers and I would highly recommend (especially first time visitors) this service. Please do enquire about this service from our Reservations team via phone or email - reservations.istanbul@frasershospitality.com
And, I end with a Personal Tip - when taking a taxi to the property , mention - Bomonti, Sisli and a large percentage of drivers will get it right.

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Sales & Marketing Manager
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

This isn't exactly a Hotel, more like service apartments.

Pros: 2 bedroom Premium apartment has a great view. One room with an attached bathroom, one more bathroom which is outside the 2nd room. Spacious, modern, very clean and chic. Fully equipped kitchen, with microwave, stove, oven, fridge, etc. Lap pool, sauna, steam room, gym, which is shared with the rest of the condo residents in the building. Grocery store downstairs which is convenient for stocking up on things. Taxi stand right outside.
Cons: Kitchen didn't have enough utensils, plates, cutlery. No ice maker in fridge, costs 10 lira every time you call for Ice from room service. This is located in Siscli, and isn't walking distance to any restaurants, bars, or major sights. Have to cab it everywhere. Plus the traffic in istanbul can be a a nightmare, and a lot of the cabbies don't want to come here during peak hours, unless you pay them double the fare.

Important tip! Watch out for the cabbies! I was there for 5 nights, and every day at least one guy would try and switch the notes you pay them with. For example you give them a 50 and they'll switch it with a 5 and claim you only paid them 5! Before handing them the money make sure you hold up the bill, show it to them, and say it's a 50.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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DidemOzupek, Director of Sales at Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul, responded to this review, 14 January 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul!

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your recent stay at our property.

We are delighted that your friends and you enjoyed the product and the services we offer within the complex.

The grocery store "Carrefour Express", on the lobby level is definitely a fantastic option for our guests to enjoy. We are happy that you were able to stock up on essentials. Our property fitness centre and spa has gained the reputation as being one of the best in Istanbul and we are glad you had a delightful experience using this facility.

Our 2 bedroom apartment units come with crockery and cutlery for 4 persons. Should our guests request for additional sets, we will be more than happy to provide for the same.

I am also happy to inform you that the main business and shopping districts are only moments away using the new Dolmabahce and Kagithane tunnel access. Additionally, our guests are always very welcome to use our complimentary scheduled shuttle services to some main business and shopping districts of Istanbul.

We are extremely concerned about your feedback on the taxi drivers in the city. Your feedback has been passed to the Tourism Board personnel in our district. We recommend all our guests to take taxi's from the property taxi stand as we are in a better position to be able to track them in case of disputes.

Once again, thank you very much for staying with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul in the not too distant future.

Sincerely Fraser,

Didem Ozupek
Sales & Marketing Manager
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
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Property: Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
Address: Cumhuriyet Mah. Incirlidede Cad. No 6 | Bomonti, Istanbul 34380, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sisli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#24 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#88 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#89 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#148 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul 4.5*
Number of rooms: 116
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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