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Apricot Hotel
Amiral Tafdil Sok. No:18 D:2 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #247 of 917 hotels in Istanbul
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“Apricot Hotel - a Good Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Apricot Hotel, Istanbul Sultanahmet
We stayed there Oct.-Nov, 2013 for 6 nights, both before and after a cruise. This is a moderate price small hotel in an old Ottoman building in the historic section. It is a good value. Very close to the Blue Mosque in the historic section, this was very clean, plenty of hot water, a very comfortable mattress, and had a nice breakfast that included either boiled or cooked eggs daily. They also have a very helpful staff that were great with advice on directions, restaurants, etc. There's no elevator, but the helpful staff was quick to carry luggage up and down the stairs for us.
We arranged ahead for our taxi service through the hotel, and emails we sent were always answered quickly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was my second stay here after a 3 year gap. Sadly Lynne the manager is no longer there but her former partner Hasan has maintained the high standard.

The hotel is old and has just 6 rooms, but with heavy bags, walking up the narrow stairs to your room (no lifts/elevators) could pose a problem for a mobility-impaired person.

The breakfasts are delicious and about the best that you will get in Istanbul having much more variety than your standard Turkish fare. BTW, try to get the window seat!

The location is excellent in old Sultanahmet and just 5 minutes from the Blue Mosque. If you spend 3 nights here airport transfers are included so you don't have to find this somewhat "hidden" place!

I suppose that the best recommendation I could offer is that I would probably stay here again if I return to Istanbul.

Room Tip: The rear balcony rooms are pleasant.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The service was wonderful. The daily breakfast was very tasty. The only part was that the inside of the hotel is old and has the old smell to it but the outside is adorable and the location was wnderful. I would recomend it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Th is a great little hotel with a wonderful location a couple blocks from the Blue Mosque. The rate seemed low for that location. The breakfast was very good and staff were helpful, They recommended Tamara, which is a great restaurant withe a terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque and the harbor. I'd definitely stay again next time in Istanbul. It was hot in Istanbul and the air conditioning worked well, as did the wi-fi. There was a small balcony overlooking an inside courtyard that was a nice touch.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Firstly we couldn't locate the hotel. Though not very far from the Blue Mosque but finding it the first time in the by-lanes with luggage in hand was a real pain. Secondly the hotel staff couldn't speak English which made communication very difficult. To add to it they didn't provide any additional service of pick up and drop from the bus station or to airport. On requesting for one they said that such a facility was available only for bookings made directly on their site and not via Booking.com. Though the rooms were spacious and had that 'old world charm' sort of a look, they seemed dilapidated. I found this hotel way to expensive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We arranged to meet our daughter who is working in the middle east in Istanbul for 3 nights. We booked room 1 as it had a separate area with a sofa bed for our daughter. The room overlooked the street which was a bit noisy at times, (but great to people watch in the evenings!). The staff were lovely and friendly, recommending excellent local restaurants, and tips for our stay. The shower in the bathtub was a disaster taking ages to warm up, and we had to kneel in the bath to shower or soak the place (no shower curtain or shield) The water pressure was poor and kept losing the shower as the knob would slip down leaving the bath taps running again. The staff attempted to mend the shower twice, but my husband said you cant do much with poor pressure only put a pump in! However, for the price and location we were happy. The room was clean, the beds comfy and the little fridge a bonus. Would stay again for the location and price but would ask for a room with a shower next time.

Room Tip: Room one has a jacuzzi bath but the shower in it sucks! overlooks the road but not too noisy as quie...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We booked this hotel based on personal recommendations and reviews on TA. We were very disappointed. The room was of adequate size but in a bad state of disrepair. The balcony door did not lock and so the room could easily be accessed via the balcony. The timber floor had a rusty nail sticking out of it close to the bed which was very dangerous. In front of the bed a small carpet runner was conveniently placed to hide a hole in the floor where the floorboard had collapsed. Not only is it unacceptable for there to be a hole in the floor but covering it up with the carpet runner is dangerous and quite shocking. In the bathroom, the bath/shower had poor water pressure and hardly any hot water. The bottom of the bath was not sealed properly so water leaked all over the floor, not just a little bit but huge pools covering the whole bathroom.
When we raised these issues with the staff they weren't at all concerned and did not at any stage apologize or make efforts to fix these problems. We were offered a different room for nights 2-4 which we were told was smaller but were not able to view it. We were not confident therefore that the smaller room was any better. When we decided to check out after 1 night we felt it was reasonable for the manager to waive the cost of the airport transfer that was free for guests who booked for more than 3 nights (we booked for 4). After half an hour of the manager stonewalling us on this we settled on paying a proportion of the transfer just so we could leave and resume our holiday at a different hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Amiral Tafdil Sok. No:18 D:2 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Istanbul
#37 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#62 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#177 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#199 Family Hotel in Istanbul
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