We've had our share of difficulties booking an apartment in Istanbul. Instead of checking for reviews, we were lazy and tried to book with an agency. It was a big mistake. Be careful and make certain to check whatever posted reviews you can find by other travellers.
To our relief, Topkapi apartments was different. Yussef is an honest man and sent drivers as promised. He made sure the drivers didn't overcharge us (apparently by everybody's account there's an issue with Taxis in Istanbul). He checked on us every couple of days to make sure we were happy and the cleaning woman checked in on us every day to make sure we had everything we needed.
The apartment was central. Actually, the apartment was perfect.
We looked forward to breakfast on the terrace where we met other travellers renting apartments at Topkapi to share notes on the best places to eat, the best places to shop, the best places to visit, etc. Just so you know the small family run restaurant around the corner from Topaki Apartments, a short block from the more famed Cesme restaurant, is hands down the best food you'll find in Istanbul. The decor isn't fancy (undoubtedly because every cent is put in the food) but the food is absolutely out of this world. Though cheap (entree and main dish comes to around 10 lira per person instead of the usual 40 lira per person), the food is authentic and the best we've had for two weeks we've been in Turkey.
Like I said, the apartment was perfect. Everybody at Topaki apartments (including fellow travelers) were fantastic. The place couldn't be more central. And we were right around the corner from the best food in all of Istanbul (you have to order something called "Melemen", it's a tomato-paprika Turkish omelette that is just out of this world ... also the Kofta, Turkish meatballs, were better than in the 5 other restaurants we've tried Kofta).
We would definitely go back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Topkapi Apartments Hotel Istanbul