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Ekim Apartments
Ranked #87 of 1,242 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed January 10, 2014

I challenge everyone to find such good clean appartments for short term stay at this low rate in this area of the city. Staff is very relax and will try hard to find the best solution to make you happy.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Ekim Apartments in the old city of Istanbul offered value for money and comfort while giving us the freedom to keep our own hours. The area is mixed, with hotels and some ramshackle private apartments jostling one another. The views from the room were not great, with a half demolished building just across the road, but as we only really slept there it did not matter. However, the interior of the apartments is excellent.

We had booked a two room apartment (all that was available in our price range at the time we booked) but on the day we were upgraded to the self-catering studio apartment at no extra cost and had a room with king sized bed, bathroom and a small kitchenette up on the top floor of the building. There was a balcony but as it was cold and wet most of the time we were there we did not sit out there - must be great in summer. The room was clean and comfortable and sheets and towels changed every day. Although we did little cooking the kitchen was adequately fitted out. My only quibble was that the bed was a bit hard for me, although my husband loved it.

The staff were helpful and accommodating - we arrived a day late and were not charged the full rate although it was our fault, not theirs. Suitcases were carried to the top floor and brought down again and a shuttle organised to the airport. We would go back without any hesitation.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Our trip to Istanbul started a little rough. Our luggage didn't make it with us. As promised the shuttle was waiting for us. Saban was very helpful. The location is very good. 5 minute walk from Blue Mosque and Topkapi museum.

A couple of comments. We stayed at the Hagia Sophia apartment. The Wifi was very weak and did not work most of the time. Having a phone at the apartment could have helped us during our stay.

Overall this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed for our anniversary for 5 nights in the Marmara sea view apartment for two on 4th floor. Great views of the sea from the balcony, good for drinks before going out in the evening. Walking distance to all main sights. Clean, well maintained, nice shower, tv, dvd player as advertised and daily room service with fresh towels as and when needed. We had a problem on the first night because the apartment had been double booked and we did not get in until the second night. The owner explained he had mistakenly double booked.However, we were put up in equally nice one nearby and the owner Saban apologised and transferred our bags on the second day and offered complimentary breakfast. Things sometimes go wrong and how it is dealt with tells you a lot - in this case very well. Overall, nice owner, good location, good self catering apartment.

Room Tip: Beware windy staircase up to the 4th floor but your bags will only have to go up and down once. Love...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

My family and I were there for 5 days (late May). Initially, our first sight of the exterior of the apartment reserved for us was disheartening but when we got in - it was like stepping into a different world. Every room in the apartment was clean and maintained as such throughout our stay. The staff was friendly, reliable and very very helpful. They helped out in arranging the airport transfers and even agreed to store some of our luggage whilst we were travelling to Cappadocia. Upon our return from Cappadocia, the Taksim Park protest was at its height, and despite us staying at another hotel in Besiktas, Saban came to our rescue in sourcing for transportation when no taxi/ transport company was willing to help, or if they were, at double the normal charge.

I err in the title.

Ekim Apart was great. Saban was superb.

Tesekkur ederim.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

A family reservation was made at the last minute and we received prompt collection from Management of Ekim Apartments. We were collected by taxi and escorted directly through the historic area to find ourselves in beautifully maintained and well equipped apartments that were peacefully quiet inside. The bustling shopping and commercial areas are within a reasonable walking distance.
You will have a memorable stay in these apartments as Management are just call away, should you have any need. Management is friendly and helpful to assist with tourist interest you may want to query.
The sofa bed and armchairs are compact and clean. Kitchen is well resourced to include fruit juice makers, grinders, cutlery and crockery - all hygienically cleansed by Cleaners.
A compact and modern bathroom, again, well equipped with toiletries and cubicle shower.
Well worth the stay and hospitality for business or leisure.

** Please do not expect a swimming pool or room service because these apartments are self-contained. The management doesn't deserve such demands when all other resources are provided in beautifully maintained contemporary accommodation.

Room Tip: Ground level basement is just as quiet as Floor 2, 3 & 4. Residential neighbourhood with groce...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed for a week in April in the Marmara apartment on the top floor, with the balcony and view of the sea of Marmara. The location is perfect, with just a short walk to the Blue Mosque and all the standard attractions. It's a mixed neighbourhood with restored buldings cheek by jowl with decrepit wrecks of buildings. As others have mentioned, Saban the manager is super helpful and flexible and made it easy to book and make changes. The apartment itself is somewhat spartan and no great expense has been spent on the furnishings. Still the bed was comfortable, and the place was cleaned every day by a cheerful cleaner. The stairs are a challenge for people with disabilities. The breakfast in the other apartment building was very good. Some nice food in local eateries - I'd recommend the Sunrise Hotel around the corner. Just one caveat - the front door is locked at night and you need a key to open from the inside as there is no sliding bolt. This could be fatal in the case of a fire as people without a key would not be able to get out. I mentioned this to Saban on leaving and expect this will be sorted out.

Room Tip: Go for the Marmara apartment with the balcony and the great view - lovely place to have drinks befor...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 #87 of 1,242 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: $18 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ekim Apartments 3.5*
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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