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Topkapi Inter Istanbul Hotel
Ranked #774 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

This and many other hotels in Istanbul advertise their location airport hotels. This is not accurate. This hotel is 30mins taxi ride from the airport. It will cost 80 lira for a return trip to the airport. The hotel it is average and does not offer much. I only spent one night as I was transiting to london. Not vfm give its location and the cost of getting there.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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4  Thank Kato M
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Pro- good AC, clean room, fast Internet. Good size room
Con- not very helpful front desk. Shower head had huge leakage, but still worked. Hallways are dark and seemed a bit sketchy at first.

Overall basic 3 star hotel with basic amenities. For the price we paid, it's a good deal.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank USCThersa
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Location is ok, tramline 1 brings you right to the touristic center in 15 minutes.
Swimming Pool is a plus, however, with the breakfast served around the pool, I felt a barrier to go for a morning swim.

When we indicated a series of complaints at the reception (hole in mattress, leakage in bathroom, leakage in hallway) and asked for another room, we were told that "all rooms were booked".
Staff came to take a look in our room, but walked away without communicating what the solution would be. After an hour waiting, the receptionist had changed, and all of a sudden we could get another room.

Room Tip: Don't take a room near the stairs, because of the noise people make in the staircase.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BFleuren
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

I highly recommend this hotel. A much better option, and far cheaper than Sultanahmet. Clean. Very clean. Staff very helpful and room service was cheaper than going to Sultanahmet. Location to tram 1 was literally a 5 min walk, outstanding location.

On the negative side, Wi-Fi was extremely spotty. I don't know if the router was setting to flush IPs but losing connection was a constant issue. Also they wanted 40 lira to go to airport. It should be 30 lira for a cab to taksim square from the airport. InterIstanbul is 1/3 of that distance. That's very bad, take the tram/metro or hail a cab yourself.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Anthony M
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

I made a long stay at the hotel breakfast every day and the rooms were cleaned çeşidlerinin mükemeldi well as a wealth of interest and nothing to do with the hotel staff take care of the guests, and the hotel management constantly solving problems and quickly became very happy

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank nicu_11
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

This is a decent hotel with helpful staff in an okay location. We arrived early in the morning and they checked in and provided us with breakfast at no extra cost. When asked for a room change later in the day (the streetfacing room was quite noisy), they did accomodate that request as well. The room is decent sized and was clean & comfortable. They do provide toiletries (if possible get your own toothbrush & paste, the one they give is too small to use) and bathroom slippers. Few things to note about the room are - Small TV with only Turkish Channels (I am sure you wudnt travel all the way to Istanbul to watch tv, so you needn't
bother), No Mini Bar, No AC (In Summer it could get real painful), there was a safe (but how safe the safe was, was a concern). If you can overlook these concerns, the room is absolutely fine.

The breakfast is almost the same everyday. Not a great choice but it is manageable. The hotel has a small health club (few equipments), free access to their Sauna and Hamam (additional charges for personlized services like massage - 115 Turkish Liras, scrub etc.)

The downside to this hotel is the location. Though it is near to the Pazartekke tram stop, it is a good 6 to 7 tram stops away from Sultanahmet. Please be aware that most of the monuments are in and around the Sultanahmet area. Though the frequency of the trams are quite good (one in every few minutes), the trams are normally crowded and could be painfully slow. It could take 20 minutes to reach Sultanahmet area. But due to the crowd in the tram, those 20 minutes could take forever. Taksim square is quite a distance from the hotel and if you get late you will have to take a taxi (last tram is around 00:00 hours) from the square and it could get expensive. So the location could be a concern.

If you book from their hotel website, they do provide free pick up and drop to the airport. But it is good that you confirm this personally with the manager. They did try to charge me for the airport drop though i booked from their website. I had to speak to their manager to get this issue resolved (but this delayed me by 15-20 minutes for the flight!). You should try to reach their manager directly over the phone (some follow up required), email responses do take considerable time.

Overall if you get his hotel in a decent price, go ahead and book it. Else you should look around for some decent hotel in the Sultanahmet area (Will save you precious time and liras on travel).

Few Tips on Istanbul (Not related to the hotel review)
1. Do not exchange money in the airport. They charge 4% commission. Do it in the numerous exchange offices in the city at no commission.
2. Trams do not use Akbil any more. You will have to buy a Istanbul Kart. The deposit charges vary from kiosk to kiosk (7 Liras to 10 Liras). The savings are marginal if you are there only for 3-4 days if you take a Istanbul Kart. Also there is a risk that all kiosk owners do not refund the deposit and there is no guarantee that you will get your full deposit.
3. Trams/Ferries operate only until 00:00 Midnight. Decide and agree on the fare before taking a taxi.
4. Best place to stay is in and around Sultanahmet area.

Room Tip: Street facing rooms are quite noisier. Corner rooms could be quite small.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank KumarMallish
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

4 stars're on a really good price as a central breakfast such a variety of appropriate staff and very good quality cleaning

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank nicu_11
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Additional Information about Topkapi Inter Istanbul Hotel

Address: Topkapi Caddesi No: 8 | Topkapi, Kaleici, Istanbul 34270, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#227 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#423 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £35 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Topkapi Inter Istanbul Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Connecting the two continents Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a fanscinanting city with its history of thousands of years and its irresistible natural beauty... Our hotel welcomes you to comfort and traditional Turkish hospitality in a location in the heart of the ancient city. Indoors; rooms furnished with care to meet your comfort requirements and louges where you can relax... Outdoors; ancient Istanbul of your dreams.. Hotel is located in the center of bussiness, shopping and entertainment of Istanbul. You will be next to historical byzans walls of Istanbul and will 5 minutes away by walk to 1453 Panorama Museum where ancient Istanbul re-animated. • Air Port 13 km. • Sea Port 1 km. • Tramvay 20 m. • Metro 50 m. • Grand Bazaar 1 km. • Egyptian Bazaar 3 km. • Underground Cistern 2 km. • Post Office 200 m. • St. Sophia Museum 2 km. • Blue Mosque 2 km. • Topkapi Museum 2 km. • Archeological Museum 2,5 km. ... more   less 
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