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Topkapi Apartments
Ranked #67 of 1,236 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed April 4, 2012

This is a clean and attractive small apartment hotel with very friendly and helpful management (they have a rug shop called Noah's Ark in the main Sultanahmet area). What we didn't know when we booked it, but consider a real benefit, is that it's slightly out of the main Sultanahmet area (just below the old city walls) in a real neighborhood. So you are not in the most touristy part of Sultanahmet and can avoid the most overpriced, noisy restaurants and bars, instead getting a feel for ordinary life in Istanbul-- yet it's a short walk up the street to the Hippodrome and other attractions. It was a great choice for our family and Yusuf also introduced us to the Tur-ista agency near his shop who did a great job setting up excursions in Cappadocia and elsewhere. It can be a little tough finding apartment-type accommodations for a family (and note that the top floor one doesn't have separate rooms, only separation by a curtain) but this worked out very well for us and our boys enjoyed the rooftop patio and its view.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Our daughter booked all this for us as a thank you for something we wont go into. She knows what we like - somewhere close to everything interesting where we can come and go as we please, cook if we want, relax. These appartments could not have been better. Petty much in the shadow of the Blue Mosque and round the corner from the Little Aya Sofia. Clean, nicely furnished, perfect little kitchen, everything worked just as it should and the roof terrace, even on a cold February night, was perfect.....and supermarket just up the road. The people running the place were lovely.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

hello there,
we stayed in these aprtments last december (2011) and found them excellent. they have been newly reburbished and are quiet and clean. There is a double bedroom and a large sofa bed in the lounge, easily sleeping two people and up to four 9in total). We were warm enough in December and had enough space to unpack all our belongings. the area is quiet, yet within easy walking distance of the Hippodrome etc and there is a Pide shop round the corner. Some of the photos on the net are very out of date, the apartment is much nicer than these would suggest. Jusef is very helpful (he runs the rug and kilim place (Noah's Arc??) and can recommend good restaurants. We went to a fantastic fish restaurant for my birthday. All in all, we had a great trip! Also a fabulous roof terrace in the apartment for breakfast with views of the river!

Room Tip: Both rooms good in our (middle) apartment.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Claire C
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

After touring for over a month by public bus we were relieved to finish part of our trip at the Topkapi Apartments in Istanbul. We had done some considerable research in Australia prior to leaving and all reviews of accommodation we chose based on trip adviser were accurate.

Hamza replied very quickly to emails we sent prior to leaving and the same when we were travelling within Turkey. Communication, as evident in the brochure and contact list adjacent to the free telephone, is a high priority and much appreciated.
All the positive comments and praise for these apartments about the perfect location and comfortable amenities are warranted. It was heavenly returning exhausted after a day's walking or touring to relax in Unit 4 on the top floor.

Having stayed in apartments during the past five years in the U.K., Netherlands, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Denmark, we loved this place and can't speak highly enough of the warmth and kindness shown by Yusuf and Hamza. We will be returning to Turkey with our grandchildren from Bahrain in a few years and will certainly rebook.

A comment about Noah's Ark Carpet shop run by Hamza, Yusuf and Apo. We purchased three carpets along the way and were pleased with the advice, honesty and assistance we received. The three Sumaks and antique Teke Ensi tent door hanging purchased at Noah's Ark take pride of place in our collection and we are grateful for their guidance. We often called in and had tea with them and spent time admiring the extensive collection, especially of old rugs. If you are interested I can highly recommend magnificent carpets at realistic prices.

Room Tip: Apartment 4 on the top third floor is very quiet and comfortable and access to the rooftop easy.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

We were seven girls from Barcelona that stayed at Topkapi for six nights in two rooms. We really liked the place, was confortable and clean, we have everything we need and also the manager it was very friendly, he is always available for any question or problem. It's possible to arrive to Aya Sofia and the Hypodrom in a few minutes, also there are restaurants and supermarkets very near. We hire the transport to hotel and they were punctual, also it is very near (like 20 minutes). If we come back to Istanbul surely we will go to Topkapi Apartments.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

We stayed at Topkapi for 5 nights in late November. Our room was on the top floor. For our needs it was perfect . We completely agree with the positive points in the other reviews, but we have to emphasize how much our visit was enhanced by our hosts. They were available at any time for any of our questions, or just to have a cup of tea and relax in their shop. Thanks to Yusef, we had a marvelous time.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed in the Aya Sofia room for 4 nights over a long weekend. The owners couldn't have been more helpful. They were always quick to respond to emails and sent lots of useful travel information as we were coming from Sabiha Gokcen airport by public transport which is a bit remote. The owners are not usually in the block itself but can be contacted easily on their mobiles or by going up to their carpet shop. The housekeeper is there during the day if you need anything.

The room itself was simply but nicely decorated and spotlessly clean. It was the same price as a smaller room lower down in the block that we had originally booked, but had its own sitting room which the smaller room did not. There was no problem about changing the room. Comfy bed and great shower. We did a little cooking - there was a 4 ring gas hob and fridge but no microwave or oven, but this was fine for our requirements. There was a small supermarket 10-15 minutes walk away and a fruit and veg market outside on Wednesdays, also there is a baker just nearby. The housekeeper came and cleaned the room every other day and changed the sheets, so everything was kept nice and clean. It was very snowy and cold while we were there but there was good heating throughout the flat (unfortunately it meant we didn't check out the roof terrace though!)

The location is very close to the main sights, Sultanahmet Mosque, Grand Bazaar etc, so was perfect for what we wanted. I highly recommend it and would stay there again. A great deal for the price, and the owners are super-helpful.

Room Tip: Pick one of the rooms higher up in the block - we had Aya Sofia and it was great.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Demirci Resit Sok. No:11 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34440, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 1,236 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: $34 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Topkapi Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family friendly apartment hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet, old Istanbul. Within 15 minutes to most major touristic sites. In a residential neighborhood. 4 units, all with private kitchen and bathrooms. Ocean view from common terrace. Rooms look out to a 5th-century colosseum wall. Additional discounts available for long-term stays. Breakfasts and airport transportation available. Reservations available in Japanese. ... more   less 
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