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“Decent Hotel. Perfect Location.”
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Apex Hotel
Ranked #494 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Decent Hotel. Perfect Location.”
Reviewed 8 June 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Apex Hotel for 3 nights from June 1-4. When we arrived, we were shown a couple different rooms and were given our choice. We were shown a decent size room with 3 single beds or a smaller room with 1 double bed. We choose the one double bed.

The room we had was pretty small. There was barely enough room to walk around the bed and no space to really put down our suitcases. I think it all depends on which double room you happen to get though. My wife said she saw another double room which was being cleaned and she said it was quite a bit bigger than ours. Also, the shower itself was pretty small and cramped.

The cleanliness of the hotel and the rooms were alright. The hotel may have recently opened as advertised on their website, but the building and furnishings were definitely outdated. There were stains on the carpet and in the shower. However, the beds were comfortable and the sheets were clean. The housekeeper did a good job of making up the room, but wasn't on top of refreshing the towels and the soap in the bathroom.

The room did have a minibar in it stocked with juice and water. The AC in the room worked well. There was a small TV in the room as well.

The guys at the front desk were all very friendly and helpful.

There is breakfast in the morning up on the terrace. It was very basic. Breads and pastries with various flavors of jams. I enjoyed the rolls with the Lokella Hazelnut spread. There was also a plate with cheese and coldcuts. However, nothing was kept cold or on ice. Also, everything was open and once in a while a bird would fly onto the table and start nibbling at the crumbs.

The strongpoint of the Apex hotel is definitely the location. It is a very short walk to the Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia. The tram stop is also pretty close.

If you are looking for a no frills, yet relatively clean hotel to sleep in at night with a perfect location then I suggest a stay at the Apex Hotel. However, if you are looking for something new and modern, this may not be the place for you.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a great 6 day stay. The hotel is in a perfect location in a relatively quiet road just around the corner from a street of cafes, restaurants and rug shops and less than five minutes from the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. The inclusive breakfast is adequate. The rooms are adequate, as you will be out and about the sites or local cafes.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2009

We just returned from 4 nights in Istanbul; the last three spent at the Apex Hotel. This hotel is in a great location , so close to everything important to visit in Istanbul. My husband and I were really overwhelmed by the helpful and friendly staff. They even filled our request for a bucket of ice late at night so we could try some Raki! Where does THAT happen in Europe? a BUCKET of ICE ! This place is a good value too; the rooms are comfortable with T.V. ( if you really must watch the news) and the rate includes an adequate breakfast on their rooftop terrace. We would absolutely recommend APEX to anyone traveling to Istanbul.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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birmingham uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2009

I think I will just be reinforcing what everyone else has said!
This is a quirky lovely little hotel slap bang in the middle of all the tourist sites, but down a little (safe) side road, so it is quiet.
It is clean, super comfy beds. The breakfasts are fine, but was the one thing that could be improved on.
The best bit about Apex is the owner Ibrahim. We had to return to the UK urgently whilst in Istanbul and he could not have been more helpful or kind in what was a difficult time for us.
I doubt very much that the four seasons up the road would have helped us in the way that the staff at the Apex did.
Do yourself a favour and stay at the Apex- we certainly will be should we go to Istanbul again.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2009

After we have searched for a lot of hotel in Sultanahmet area, we have read almost all comments in each hotel and finally we selected this hotel only from their high rating and reasonable price for us. We were impressed by their hospitality and helpfulness from Ibrahim (the owner) and his staff which you can asked for their help 24 hours a day. The location was within 5 minutes from Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia but in the quiet part of the area. The room we have was clean and airy. The roof top breakfast was breezy with Mamara sea view. We will be there again.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2009

I stayed at the Apex Hotel from 30 April - 5 May with my brother. The hotel is a quaint small boutique hotel and has real character. If you want 4-5 star this may not be the place for you, but if, like me, you prefer hotels with some "local" character and none of the anonymity of the big chains, this is the place for you. Fantastically friendly and helpful staff who are more than willing to help out with maps, taxis (including free pickup from the airport!) and recommend and book local restaurants/tours, particularly Ibraham who just could not have done more to make our stay a truly wonderful experience. Free wireless Internet is also a nice touch. Rooms and bathroom facilities obviously old and small, but very clean and, once again, full of character and hugely comfortable beds. :o) Rooms included "cablo TV" and mini bar - and bathroom has hairdryer. Breakfast is included up on the roof terrace with fabulous view of the blue mosque -breakfast is basic but has everything you need. Located absolutely in the thick of things it is only minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi. Other sights easy to reach using the tram, which can be caught near Hagia Sofia. Plenty of good restaurants nearby and Ibraham happy to recommend more. We had great meals at Blue Turquoise and FAMILY - both in AKBIYIK caddessi just around the corner. I can't recommend this place enough - GREAT value for money, GREAT location and GREAT staff. Will definitely be my port of call if I find myself in Istanbul again! :o)

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

Quaint 12 room boutique hotel centrally located on a quiet street in the historical Sultanahmet district. My wife and I stayed in a standard room, which though small, was clean and comfortable and a suitable base for exploring Istanbul. There is no restaurant in the hotel but they do have breakfast on the roof top with an incredible view of the Blue Mosque.

The staff at the front desk could not have been more helpful, especially Ibrahim, the general manager. He made great restaurant recommendations and arranged transportation, guides and of course, a Turkish bath. Once he found out we were there to celebrate our anniversary, he made sure that the restaurant (only 5 minutes walk) set aside a special table by the fireplace; and upon our return had a bottle of wine and fruit in our room. Such personal attention added to a wonderful stay in Istanbul.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Apex Hotel
Address: Sultanahmet Mah. Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad. Amiral Tafdil Sok. No: 28 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#77 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Apex Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the old city neighborhood of Sultanahmet, the Apex Hotel Istanbul is within walking distance of all of the famous tourist attractions such as the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Topkapi Palace. Your breakfast served at a perfect place, overlooking the Sea of Marmara and facing to the Blue mosque. Enjoy the rich typical Turkish foods or international selection, just ask the smiling staff who are always willing to give you the individualized attention you deserve. ... more   less 
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