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Republika Academic Aparts
Ranked #488 of 1,191 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
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149 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

I think it is very important to understand that this is an accommodation focused on long-term rentals, and particularly students. It is definitely not your average hotel. But I would say for the price and the location, coupled with some excellent facilities, it makes a great alternative choice for Istanbul.

I found that by booking on expedia the rate was much cheaper than the rate the front desk was able to offer me given I decided to extend my stay.

Its definitely a great option for groups and students.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

After many months of searching for a suitable accommodation for our British students and European groups in Istanbul, we were delighted when we came across Republika. As frequent travellers to Istanbul we were struggling to find suitable accommodation for our UK groups, that offered a variety of services all under the one roof and offered a safe quality haven for our groups. Finding Republika for us, was like striking gold, it met all of our requirements and much more!

If only we have such a facility in the UK!

The staff are amazingly friendly, from the receptionists, managers, security staff to cleaners. Everyone can not do enough to make your stay an enjoyable and pleasant experience.
Republika has a very modern fresh feel to it and boasts of fantastic facilities, from a gymnasium, dance studio, multi purpose games room, cinema, top terrace swimming pool, convenient store, hairdressers, coffee shop, study room, launderette facilities, arts room and even every floor has its very own lounge area, where you can meet so many other International Students/guests from across the globe and you definitely will make new friends.

Republika is located superbly by all local amenities, shops, cafes, bars, and a stone way away from the Ortakoy Markets. So much to do all at a walking distance. Also public transport is a few minutes walk down the street, which will take you to the Old City, Eminunou and various other touristy attractions.

This is our 6th visit to Republika to date and we would highly recommend this place to anyone, from individuals to group bookings, great value for money.
Thank You Republika Academic Aparts!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Pro's:
- Friendly staff
- Fairly nice swimming pool
- Quite part of town

Cons:
- Taxis cant find it / dont know where it is which is a hassel as taxi drivers in Istanbul dont speak English
- Hotel has a strong prison feeling to it (all the halls are numbered, and you only have access to your hall)
- Rooms are like student rooms or Dorms (with very short beds tukked away in the wall).

All in all I would not recommend this hotel

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

Both my parents-in-law and my friends stayed at this place for a week where we joined them for one night. In summary it wasn't a pleasant experience. We defined the concept of the hotel as a prison, with a white/lime colour twist. Both parties had booked their stay via booking.com and had booked a double bedroom. When they arrived they were given two single bed rooms, which they objected as they had booked a double room with confirmation and a print out proof. They were both told that they would have to pay additional if they wanted the double they actually had booked.
The rooms are below ground level, no view, and very dusty when windows were open. The rooms are within sections, which you need a key to both enter each section as well as to leave the hotel - go figure.
Though clean, the hotel and the rooms feel very clinical, has no character in the name of simplicity.
Only positives are: Friendly staff in general and the close proximity to Ortakoy.

Overall: Not worth it if you're expecting the hotel to add on positively to your Istanbul experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

Very clean room, new hotel, perfect service, best personal ever seen in Turkey hotels (they were also speak spanish). I was not sure to stay away from taksim zone but when I saw the hotel and after the quality of the service that they gave me I am sure that I will pass my next visit in Republika Academic Aparts Ortakoy, too. First of all there is a good connection with public transportation and with the taxis all around the Istanbul. I was spending a week for an Exhibition after the long hard day I had an oportunity to rest better. There is a pool at the top of the hotel for relax and there is also big gym that impressed me. There are many restaurants and markets near the hotel. But if you like to cook by yourself you have the facilities too. Its very close to best discos and bars that you shouldn't miss the experience. Not the same like taksim I think the taksim zone for the tourist that goes to Istanbul for the first time.
Very good price quality ratio. I recommend this hotel for a nice stay in Istanbul.

Room Tip: My room had a balcony at the second floor. It was very good and silent.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Had a great vacation here, 1 night but i really liked it. Everything was great and the rooms are really nice and comfortable. Food was good too. It has its own gym. Thats one more important thing for me and it would be important for you too. Terrace is really nice to relax, or to chat with your friends, or to drink a cup of coffee, there is one coffee shop already. I strongly advise.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2013

This is a new building, dedicated for long term accommodation for students. The general appearance of rooms is similar with the Etap hotels in western Europe, which means very basic. The place is clean, staff is friendly and professional, and we got our rooms for a great price, so not too much to complain.
The location is relatively far from any point of interest in the city, and public transportation is not very accessible from here.
Many rooms are in the basement or facing the hill, so absolutely no view on the window.
Other issue of this place is its double destination - hotel and student accommodation, which means to very different targets and approaches. I would suggest the management to try and separate completely these two businesses and to run them independently, so everybody will be happy with what it gets from Republika.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Republika Academic Aparts
Address: Balmumcu Mahallesi Mustafa Izzet Efendi Sokak No 1 | Ortakoy, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #488 of 1,191 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Republika Academic Aparts 3*
Number of rooms: 268
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Republika is a new concept designed for both long term and short term accommodation needs. It offers premium specification, purpose built communities in a great location. Republika buildings are designed to include a range of room types to provide you choice and value for money. Republika combines a dedicated on site service team with innovative technology to provide a safe, well-maintained, secure, and happy home.Republika offers fitness center, entertainment center, movie theatre, hobby room, market, coiffeur, laundry room for the use of its guests. ... more   less 
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