After some extensive searching for a place to stay in Istanbul, which started back in February 2012, we found the Ekim Apartments, correspondence from Saban was excellent. He emailed me October and advised of a location change to Aura Apartment Hotel, but assured of the same quality of lodging, and pictures were email to me. The airport pickup was excellent after 16 hours flying. There in the crowd was a gentleman with our names clearly displayed. The luggage was taken from escorted to the shuttle van. On arrival at Aura Appartment, Saban was there to meet us and the luggage was taken to our apartment.
The apartment building is 10-15 minute walk to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Arasta Bazaar, Hagia Sofia plus many other places of interest, and the Sultanahmet tram stop and an easy 25 minute walk to the Galata Bridge, which we did on numerous occasions. The neighborhood with very friendly Turkish people wanting to stop and ask which country you came from. It's an interesting mix. It's like living on a quiet street in a busy neighborhood: everything is conveniently close by without interrupting the calm, residential life.
The trains and call to prayer happen multiple times daily, but are not constant, but it took us no time at all to get used to the sounds, but it was one way to get an early morning wakeup. The apartment is very clean and new, with a kitchen with all cooking needs there. The apartment also had a balcony that overlooked the railway line and the Marmara Sea. Breakfast is served every morning on the top floor with a lovely view. It is a tasty Turkish breakfast served by a lovely, kind, wonderful woman named Meryman who also the person who clean the rooms and she does a fantastic job.
Wi-Fi was free and reliable throughout our stay. The television had tons of channels.
For our extended stay in Istanbul (40 days) we used the AURA APPART HOTEL as our base, and when we return, we will be coming back here.
Thank you to Saban and all of your staff for making our stay an enjoyable and memorable one.
Greetings from Canada.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Apart Hotel has four storeys with 4 apart rooms, one superior room and two standard rooms. From two apart rooms and the superior room you have the marvelous view of Marmara Sea. The apartments have one sleeping room, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with satellite TV, a bathroom, which has 24 hour hot water, hair-dryer.You can have your breakfast or a drink on the outside terrace. From here, you can see the magnificent view of the Marmara Sea, the old town and the Blue Mosque. ... more less
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