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Violet Suite
Ranked #183 of 1,194 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“best place to stay in istanbul!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

my sister and i just love this place. the rooms are beautiful and clean, and the location is perfect, it's close to everything. also, sue and her husband are so accommodating and helpful. it's no wonder this is the top choice to stay in istanbul, and for a good price too! would love to come back soon!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words and nice review! We would love to host you again one day!
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India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Fantastic apartment!
Walking distance from the party scene at Istiklal and close to the tram.
Sue & her husband were very sweet & helpful.
I would love to come back here next time i am in Istanbul. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you for your comments and the review. We appreciate it!
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in room #7 (penthouse) with the sizeable roof terrace, which is a lovely space to have access to in such a built-up area. The protest was on-going prior to our arrival and we were concerned about travelling as the apartment is very close to the square (usually a very good thing given the food/nightlife/transport options) and much better than staying in the old town. However, Sue the owner emailed us regular updates on the situation, which was extremely reassuring as if we had just gone by the (overblown) media coverage we may not have travelled.

Sue and her husband are extremely warm and welcoming. As soon as they heard the main entrance door to the apartments open they would come to their office door (adjacent) just to greet you every morning. Sue gave us lots of useful information in getting around and all her recommendations for eating out were good (all listed on a handy map she provides you with on arrival). She booked a tour for us using their regular tour company (we did the classic walking tour) and this was a good trip, value for money with an excellent guide (Aman). We also did the Bosphorus cruise (short circle tour), but don't bother purchasing the audio guide as it is rubbish and from Taksim square you can also get a bus up to visit the amazing Chora Church and Pierre Loti. There is an organised tour you can do, but it is actually quite easy and much cheaper to do it yourself. We were also thinking about having a Turkish bath, but read the (often hilarious) reviews before you go, which were totally off-putting unless you are into naked massage with attitude.

Just around the corner there is a little shop open 24 hours that should have everything you need (although we ate out all the time) and the apartment is very well situated close to the square and access to the main transport connections, shopping area (Istiklal), and a fantastic tavern lined avenue (Nevizade). In the immediate locale you will find plenty of good places to eat and particularly a cake/coffee shop which was one of the few places that sold chocolate baklava, which is just heavenly.

The apartment itself was of a very high standard, comfy beds, good quality towels and bedding and it was very clean and secure, all in all extremely good value for money. It was also very quiet; the only residents we ever heard were the gulls on the rooftops.

The square itself is without doubt the people watching capital of the world - on our last night we ate in the rooftop restaurant at the Marmara hotel (beautiful Bosphorus views) followed by cocktails on the terrace (the best margaritas) and just sat back and enjoyed the normal comings and goings on the square for hours. We will definitely go back one day as Istanbul is just a fantastic place to visit and we wouldn't hesitate to rebook at Marti Apartments.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you so much for all your comments and kind words! We definitely hope to see you again in the future.
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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

About 10 mins walking distance to the taksim
square. Clean and comfortable place to stay
with groceries shop and mini market surrounding
the area. Good if u want to cook your own food as
it comes with mini kitchen.
You can reach the place by taking
Havatas bus from airport at 5 TL. Also it is
near metro, beside the Havatas station as well.
However, it will takes longer transportation route
to the sultanahmet area.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your comments!

One quick note is that the Havatas airport shuttle is 10 TL from Ataturk airport and 13 TL from Sabiha Gokcen airport, not 5 TL.
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Marti Apartments is a fantastic place to stay in the Taxim Square area of Istanbul. My friends and I were there for 5 nights the and found it to be an oasis in the center of a busy city. Sue and her husband were accommodating and extremely helpful to us. The room we stayed in, #1, was perfect for my husband and I and was very comfortable. The kitchenette was a plus so we could make tea and coffee in the morning without having to go out and we could store cold drinks and other items in the refrigerator. We had a small patio so our friends we were traveling with could come by for drinks prior to going out for the evening.

Room Tip: patio off room #1
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank suzwk
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your nice comments. We really enjoyed hosting your adventurous group!
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We were greeted as friends when we arrived and we given the best information during our 3 day stay.Unfortunately the political protest had started a couple of days before we arrived and Sue went to the trouble of contacting us to keep us informed of the situation.
The apartment was just what we needed after our travels around the country, having the facilities to be able to prepare something for yourself made a nice change,
The laundry was an absolute bonus and the bed was the most comfortable we had in our travels in Turkey.
We came as guests and left as friends, particularly on our departure with Sue and Yahya treating us to tea and pastries while we waited for our transport to the airport.
Jan and Lester and friends Gerry and Ray.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Cynthiaew
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
It was a real pleasure to host your fun group! Thank you very much for your kind words - we really appreciate it.
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Tokyo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Marti Apartments. Sue has been very helpful to response my thousand questions even before we have not arrived Istanbul yet.
Apartment was perfect! very clean, good location. I liked a small shop near by, you can buy fresh vegetables and make a simple breakfast with your kitchen. You can feel like you are living at Istanbul. I will absolutely stay Marti Apartment for my next trip to Istanbul!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Sue A, Owner at Violet Suite, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments! We enjoyed hosting you and would love to see you again one day.
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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 #183 of 1,194 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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