Just returned from a short break in Istanbul and once again enjoyed the excellent service provided by Saban who strives very hard to make his guests as comfortable as possible. This year there was the added benefit of an airport transfer on arrival included in the price. We chose to stay for a couple of nights in the roof-top apartment in the Sultanhamet area which is a great location for all the main tourist attractions. We then moved due to a long-standing prior booking (with taxi transfer provided) for two nights to Saban's new block in Komkapi. This is about 15 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque but very close to the fish market/restaurants over the other side of Kennedy Cadessi. The new apartments are tastefully decorated and well equipped. The Tugra suite has a small balcony so that you can step outside or sit and watch the world go by. The studio is open plan but the kitchen is separated from the bedroom/living area and the bathroom has a lovely, large wet room. The area more residential than tourist but just round the corner is a pedestrianised area with lots of restaurants and you are only minutes away from the sea front. The only downside is that the apartment faces on to a very narrow street which can become very busy with traffic. However, I really liked this area and think it will become a popular choice for those who want somewhere that has a little more of a local feel. I would definitely stay in these apartments again and wouldn't book anywhere in Istanbul other than through Saban.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Ekim Apartments in Istanbul, started in a charming 19th century Ottoman house in 2010 which was designed for our guests into apartments with modern facilities, nestled in the heart of the old city, splended around after in several buildings in the area. In a convenient Sultanahmet location, the houses are only a 10 - 15 minute walk to the most popular sites such as the Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Mosaic Museum, Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, Kumkapi fish restaurants and many other attractions. While retaining its period features, our apartments offer uncluttered modern luxury for everyone from the single business/leisure visitor to couples, families and extended families. Maximising light and space, each serviced apartment is furnished in an elegant, international style that exudes quality and comfort. Are you visiting Istanbul for a short trip or an extended stay and looking for a comfortable vacation rental or temporary accommodations? Hotels are great but Ekim serviced apartments are so much better. With our different types of serviced apartments, you will have large space to relax or entertain, to work, and if the mood strikes, you can even prepare a meal. Use one of our apartments in Istanbul for your next vacation, relocation or business trip and really enjoy your stay. Each apartment offers unlimited services to create the stay experience you desire in a space that combines the freedom and privacy of an apartment with the convenience of a hotel, offering total flexibility for short- and long-term stays. Ekim Apart, comprised of different types ranging from studios to three bedrooms apartments offer independence and discreet privacy coupled with the comforts and service you expect from a five-star hotel. Staffed on-site 24/7, our professional multilingual hosts will assist our guests with requests ranging from finding you a table at the area's best restaurant to organising tours all around Turkey. ALL OUR APARTMENTS FEATURE; Work / Entertainment & Electronics High-speed wireless internet, 220V outlets and adapters for non-220V devices, large flatscreen HDTV, DVD player, Bed & Bath Comfortable King size beds, towels and linens, bathrobes, slippers, extra blankets and pillows, wardrobe, private bathrooms, luxury toiletries, make up mirror, hair dryer, baby cribs (if needed, please inform us in advance), Kitchen American kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove, kettle, coffee and tea maker and toaster, complimentary tea basket, juice squeezer, dining table and chairs, full dining utensils such as cutlery, glasses, & dishes, Comfort & Security Safe box, iron & ironing board, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, reading lamps, And some services below; Daily housekeeping service, laundry and dry cleaning service *, 24 hour on-site concierge for your needs, airport transfer * (one way and free for stays 4 nights), on-street parking, tours and travel assistance, city map, restaurant and sightseeing reservations, translation and interpreter service*, * Service may require a nominal fee. LOCATION: Our central locations are within walking distance of Istanbul's most popular historical, cultural and tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, the Golden Horn and many others. Just a few minutes walk from the apartments' doors are the tram and train stations, offering rapid and easy transportation to all parts of Istanbul. ... more less
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