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Serdivan Apart Hotel
Ranked #125 of 1,259 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed November 7, 2011

I am definitely staying here when i am in istanbul next time. Its owner Mr Yusuf makes you feel at home.

The place is at about 5 mins walk from Blue Mosque / Aya Sofia /Topkapi Palace. Also at nearly 5 mins walk you have Metro.

Generally in many reasonably priced hotels, like this near Sultanhamet, there are no Elevators/Lifts which to me is a big inconvinience as most of these hotels serve breakfast at rooftop (as they have great view of Sea of Marmara) - but the great thing about Serdivan is that It has an Elevator. Although we were staying at floor 1, and breakfast was at floor 7, it was very easy. We also used to go to roof at sun set time to seee the beautiful colors of the sky-great experience.

Mr Yusuf, unlike most of Turkish ppl, speak great English. When i last visited Istanbul in 2008 we stayed in a fous star and even their staff at reception didnt know good english. But Mr Yusuf speaks very good english which is a big big releif in a city where you need someone who speaks Turkish even to put more credit in your fone.

Another grt advantage of Serdivan is that it has a next door supermarket and travel/mobile shop. In a tourist city these things are of grt value.

This place is 10 on 10 in all aspects!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

We stayed at Serdivan in two separate occasions and were very pleased. It is located in Sultanhamet, the old city, and it is very close to Grand Bazaar, as well as Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Ayia Sofia, that if you don't mind walking for a few minutes. The hotel is located by the leather district so one can roam on the streets and watch great products being made in small factories. Also, there are quite a few good restaurants with terraces just a couple of streets away from the hotel.
We stayed in both the studio and the two bedroom apartment and they were both great. They both have well equipped kitchens, not that we had in mind cooking any elaborate meals, but it helped having everything we needed for a tea/ coffee, or being able to keep water and a bottle of coke in the fridge. The apartment has only one window in one of the bedrooms, but there is a window close to the ceiling that opens onto the other bedroom, permitting air flow without sacrificing privacy. Rooms also have air conditioning.
The staff at Serdivan was absolutely great: they helped with the luggage, rooms and bathrooms were kept clean, they helped with all kinds of information. The day of our arrival we couldn't find a parking spot, as this tends to be a problem in Istanbul, so we just left the car keys with Yusuf's dad and went to town; it helped a lot not having to stress with this problem.
Breakfast at Serdivan is probably one of the main attractions in Istanbul: more than thirty different items on the table, from cereal to pastry, to different kind of meats, tabouleh, fruit and cake; juices, coffee and the best Turkish tea to drink. Breakfast being served on a roof terrace with wiew to Marmara sea, there's no better way to start your day.
Yusuf is the greatest host, he helped with everything we needed, he even recommended good shop spots where we were able to buy products of good quality at reasonable prices.
Without a doubt in my mind, Serdivan is THE hotel I am staying at, whenever I am in Istanbul, I recommend it 100%

Room Tip: Studios seem to offer a bit more room
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

The hotel management was extremely helpful. We were greeted when we arrived, received information on places to go and how to get there, and made sure we had a way to return to the airport on time. It was nice to have a fairly big apartment with a fridge, kettle and hot elements along with necessary dishes. The location was good as well. Walking distance to the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazzarre. I would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

This is a very small hotel in Sultanahmed. I have stayed here a few times before, but I am a curios person, so I have also stayed in other hotels. Stupid idea. Now I have made up my mind, I will never stay anyplace else when I am in Istanbul. Yusuf is the perfect host. kind warm, friendly and helpful. He serves the best breakfast in istanbul, and his roof terrace has the perfect view overlooking the marmara sea.

The one bedroom apartments are perfect, but the two bedroom apartment is not that good. One of the bedrooms have no window, so if you like fresh air, this is not for you. But the beds are good, and its all very clean.

Hope too see you soon again, Yusuf :-)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

My husband and I ended up here unexpectedly with my parents in law - we were originally booked into the Asitane Hotel (see separate review) but were moved into this one on arrival. We were given an apartment between the four of us - it consisted of two bedrooms (one of which looked like it had been converted from a sitting room so I guess it could also be used as a one-bed rather than two-bed apartment), a bathroom and a kitchenette.

First the pluses - the kitchenette looked pretty well equipped and would be really useful if you were staying several days I think; the place was clean; the beds comfortable; and the furniture etc seemed new and modern. Breakfast the next morning was served on a roof terrace which was a pleasant spot and was definitely the best we had during our time in Turkey - as well as cereal, there was lots of fruit (fresh and dried), yoghurt, eggs, salads and cold meats, lots of different breads and pastries (both sweet and savoury), plus a wide selection of teas/coffee/juices.

Now the negatives. We had deliberately booked separate en suite rooms so we wouldn't have to share a bathroom so, apart from anything else, we weren't best pleased with being presented with something so different from what we had booked. They claimed they had no other rooms available - frankly I know this not to be true (see below) so the management were pretty disingenuous I think. The shower in the bathroom itself by the way leaked a lot, and virtually flooded the floor no matter how careful you tried to be.

The main problem with the apartment though was that it was in the basement which made it dark and airless. The main bedroom (the one that didn't also double as a sitting room) didn't have an exterior window - instead it had a small window which opened onto the second bedroom. If you were staying here with kids it would probably be OK I guess, but for four adults the lack of privacy was unacceptable. Even worse the bedroom had hot water pipes running through it so it was very warm, even in May when we were there. It was pretty much impossible to sleep in there. I dread to think what it would have been like actually in the summer.

In fact, it was so hot that my husband couldn't bear it and made the management come down to see just how warm it was (when we went to see them in reception they erroneously tried to claim the room had air conditioning which it didn't). They eventually agreed that it was too warm and agreed to find us another room (my parents in law stayed in the second bedroom which wasn't so warm).

This second room was a studio on a higher floor so a large room including a kitchenette and en suite. It was fine - as clean and modern as our original room but not as dark and hot! It did have air conditioning as I recall. Rather strangely, although they allowed us to sleep in the studio, they told us we shouldn't use the shower etc I suppose so they didn't have to clean it. It wouldn't surprise me if they had two of these studios available all along but just didn't want to give them to us.

If we had been given two studio rooms rather than the basement apartment, I would probably have ended up giving this four stars or so. As it is, our experiences here were pretty negative. As long as you avoid the basement though, there's no real reason not to recommend this place, not least because the breakfast really was very good.

Finally, just to note that the area the hotel was in wasn't the best - it was quite a run down district and the steep hills could make walking difficult for some people, especially if carrying luggage. At the beginning of our trip, we stayed closer to the Ayia Sofia which was much more convenient and pleasant.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2015
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  • Stayed: June 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2015
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  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled as a couple
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Thank Inna B
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Address: Piyerloti caddesi No:59 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #125 of 1,259 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: $47 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Serdivan Apart Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At 300 metres from Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern, Serdivan Apart Hotel offers spacious apartments with air conditioning and a kitchenette. It has a restaurant and an outdoor terrace with sea views.All studios and apartments at Serdivan Apart feature a seating area and a full-size wardrobe. Each has a flat-screen TV with multilingual satellite channels and free Wi-Fi. In-room breakfast is also possible. Guests of Serdivan can also enjoy traditional Turkish dishes at the terrace restaurant facing the Marmara Sea.Car rental and laundry/dry cleaning services are available. The hotel’s staff can also assist with tourist information, and there is 24-hour front desk.Hotel Serdivan Apart is 250 metres away from the Islamic Arts Museum and 500 metres from the Grand Bazaar. Çemberlitaş Tram Stop is only a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Ataturk Airport is 14 km away. Serdivan Apart Hotel has usefull offers for direct reservations from offical web site: serdivanhotel.comApartments/ rooms: 10 ... more   less 
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