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“Should serve as a blueprint for other apartment rentals!”
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Violet Suite
Ranked #176 of 1,218 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Should serve as a blueprint for other apartment rentals!”
Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Marti Apartments gets my highest recommendation for a base in Istanbul, and as I said in the title, it should serve as a blueprint for other, lesser accommodation options. Everything has been so thoughtfully put together by the owners (a very friendly and helpful Turkish/American couple), leaving very little to be desired.

1. The location is ideal, a hop away from Taksim Square and Istiklil (sp.?) boulevard: a great walking street lined with a very large assortment of restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and an antiquated funicular system that is a lot of fun to use. A great restaurant choice along this street is 'Havore', as recommended to us by Sue, the owner. We returned to Havore no less than three times over three days, definitely try it out! The location of Marti Apartments is also very close to the airport bus terminal, which takes you directly to Ataturk International every twenty minutes or so. The airport bus is only 5 to 10 minutes walking distance away.

2. The design of the apartments - one can immediately see that a lot of thought has gone into the design and layout of Marti Apartments. They are very functional, with a totally usable kitchen (should you want to prepare a breakfast and coffee at home). The bed is comfortable, there is an electronic safe, and good air conditioning. The free wifi is fast and reliable, and the free laundry service (self service) was a much appreciated feature. The apartments are located in a nice side street that has a quiet, relaxed feel to it, and it felt like a totally safe neighborhood. There is a convenience store literally 20 seconds away by foot, with a great selection of fresh fruit and other Turkish assortments.

I cannot recommend Marti highly enough, and should we return to Istanbul (I hope we do, it was a fantastic city), we know where we will be staying. It checks all of the boxes. Thanks for a great time!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
It was a real pleasure hosting you both! We wish you success and happiness in your new endeavors! Thank you for your terrific comments.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I enjoyed staying at Marti Apartments for two nights. The apartments are located close to the Taksim Square. At Taksim Square you will find the Metro and there stops the bus from/to the Atatürk Airport. The apartment was very modern, quiet and CLEAN!!! They even had a welcoming drink for us in the fridge as we arrived in the middle of the night - perfect service, great hosts. WLAN was included and everything that you could need in the kitchenette. We will stay there again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your nice comments! Although your stay was short, we enjoyed having you around. Maybe next time you can stay for a longer visit!
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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

A perfect place to stay for a visit in Istanbul. The studio and also the house looked very nice (newly renovated) and was very clean. The furnishing is very modern & tasteful and the kitchen was also very well equiped. The studios are located only 3 minutes walk from Taksim Square. It is very easy to get everywhere from Taksim Square and it is the center of the city - the beginning of the shopping, bar and restaurant area (Istaklal St.). Sue and her husband are very nice and helpful. Next visit we will stay again in Sue's apartment.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
We enjoyed hosting you both and talking with you about our shared experiences! We hope to see you again, and thank you for your kind comments.
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Marti apartments are located in a quiet side street 3 minutes off Taksim and Beyoglu party and shopping area. It is a newly renovated old house with 7 apartments (huge for NYC standards, average-small for Berlin standards, i assume average for Istanbul standards), modern and tasteful furnishings, functional W-lan, and a small kitchen area - to prepare basic dishes and cool your wine or beer from the neighboring 24/7 grocery and food stores.
The (one) penthouse apartment offers ample space according to any standard and a nice terrace to gather for the sundowner and a nice view over the roofs of Beyoglu (not the Bosporus, though).
Friends of the cash-filled multinational that owns the half eaten fruit logo will find co-aficionados and docking stations in the apartments.
The hosts did offer and quickly realize help in many organizational and tourism related aspects and did literally everything to make our stay a pleasant and easy one - which it turned out to be. We would definitely go there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments! We enjoyed hosting your whole family and hope we will see you again one day!
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Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed at the Marti Apartments for 5 days at the end of July - beginning of August, 2012. Location is perfect - close to public transportation and Taksim Square, yet in a residental neighborhood that allowed for some quiet time. Washer and dryer in the building was a big bonus and one amenity that we definitely took advantage of. The owners were so kind and helpful, suggesting the best places to shop, visit, eat, printing out our boarding passes and even calling our transfer company to explain exactly where the apartment was in Turkish! The building is very secure and has a code that you need to type in to get into the building. One evening there was an issue with the door and the owners took action immediately to make sure the door was fixed within the hour. We will be returning to Turkey and when we do, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
We really enjoyed hosting you both. Your positive, smiling faces really added to the ambience of the place! Thank you!
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

A wonderful building in the very heart of the city, close to all main transport lines and the big streets for shopping or visiting. The personnel is very friendly and helpful, always here to help or guide you, and the apartments are made anew - very comfy bed, all equipped, great shower. Not so noisy in the night, though it's on a busy street. All together, an awesome place to stay and relax during holidays in Istanbul!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your nice comments! If you ever come back to Istanbul, we hope to host you again!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

We stayed in Sues #1 apartment for 3 days in August and found it to be well equiped, clean and Sue to be so helpful with anything. The Funicular was closeby, and then using a travel card it was easy to go anywhere. The cost was excellant and do not be put off by the somewhat dingy area of Taksim. It is vibrant and there are many places to eat decently as well as many handy little superettes if you want to cook in house rather. It also had an excellant a/c unit - it was really a hot time 35 deg +
We have travelled all over the world and have to rate the apartment as among the best value for maoney we have come across. Colin and Shirley from SA

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments. We enjoyed hosting you as our first guests from South Africa!
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Property: Violet Suite
Address: Feridiye Caddesi, No. 87 | Kocatepe Mah., Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34437, Turkey (Formerly Marti Apartments)
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #176 of 1,218 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Violet Suite is a hotel which caters to the independent traveler who wishes to experience what it's like to live in the city they are visiting. If you want to relax at home, watch TV, listen to your music, drink beer or wine, and make a sandwich or light meal instead of eating every meal out, then we are what you are looking for. ... more   less 

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