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Review of Ekim Apartments

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Ekim Apartments
Ranked #83 of 1,173 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
united kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent hotelier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

I've originally left a poor feedback but I am extremely impressed by the hotelier's conscientious effort to rectify the problem. It is rare to meet a hotelier who owned up to his mistakes and immediately went about to right the wrong. Based on my initial complaints, Saban took upon himself to replace the beds, fixed up an issue in the bathroom and refunded the first night's stay (due to a mix up). It is wonderful to see that there are indeed trustworthy and honest hoteliers out there.

I am very pleased with the outcome as I'd booked the apartment based on the glowing reviews here. The location is excellent as it's minutes walk to all the tourist attraction sites. The apartment was cleaned top to bottom everyday.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cretangal
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

This apartment is in the best location of Sultanahmet, only one minute walk to the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, beautiful apartments, cleaned daily like a hotel. Saban and housekeeping Ladies were very helpful, provided everything we could need. Wish you all the best of success in the future.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KellyGoldfein
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Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

This was our first visit on our own outside and that too a land - we later realized where language can be a problem. The airport pick up was prompt. For our first leg we were accomodated in the non-main apartment - through the room was small and we were disappointed initially, the room turned out to be cozy and quite comfortable. Heater was working fine, and the room was promptly cleaned every day in a very silent and professional fashion. This apartment is very near the shore and at the bottom of the hill and so walk up to the Blue Mosque was an issue - we not so comfortable at walking! The second leg - on our way back, we were accommodated in the main building which was a stone throw from Blue Mosque. This apartment - much smaller than even the previous - was still a great place to stay. The arrangements for drop were made by Saban - who I found to be very professional and non-interfering. I do not know about the pricing around, but this place was more than worth the amount spent.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DeeptiAbdullah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Fantastic apartement and service

We stayed at Marmara Apartement for four nights and it was great! The room was clean and tidy. Cleaning services were provided everyday. The location was just perfect if you want to stay in a central place in Sultanahmet which is at the same time quite. Saban and his friend took great care of us and we really felt at home. I've stayed in Istanbul several times and this was from far the best place I've been to. We strongly recommend it because it will be difficult to find a better place for your trip! We really intend to get back there when in Istanbul next time.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tyanko
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

Me and my wife stayed in the top floor Obelisk apartment for 6 nights and had an excellent stay. The apartment though not huge, was spacious enough for the 2 of us and provided all of the conveniences required for our stay including a kitchenette to make some meals, wi-fi, excellent cleaning service (daily) and of course a super view! The location was sensational, a 1 minute walk to some of the Old City hot spots (Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Haghia Sophia) and not much further to the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and even a nice walk to Galata Tower. To top our stay off, we had the pleasure of meeting Saban, he is an exceptional host and looked after us extremely well. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dan L
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UK
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

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.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Catwoman50
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Riga, Latvia
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

We stayed at Ekim Apart apartment new building. At first, coming from the airport, we didnt wanted be here because was booked Ekim aparet old building, but it was closed for refreshing and manager offered us the new one. Location is a little bit different but as well ok. We stayed at roof room with terrace. Even weather was a little bit cold, view each morning and night to Marmara and Bosphorus was excellent feeling. From other window- the Blue Mosque a little bit. Rooms are really excellent equiped and very clean. Saban- manager is very very patient woth guests and do everything for them. We are really appreciate it. He is a best of all managers which i did meet in Istanbul. Everyone will be happy staying in his appartments in Istanbul even location from first moment doesnt looks best. We felt in this apartment better as in any 5* hotel.

Room Tip: Roof suite with Marmara and Bosphorus view
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank IngaLatvia
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Property: Ekim Apartments
Address: Kucukayasofya Mahallesi, Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu, No:46/A | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 1,173 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ekim Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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