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Pink Apart House
Ranked #436 of 1,074 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 26, 2013

As a person extremely bothered by bugs and dirtiness in hotels, I couldn't be happier by the cleanliness of Pembe Apart. We stayed on the 1st floor, and were seriously impressed by how spotless the place was, both inside and outside the room. You're greeted by a nice, clean smell when opening the front door, which together with the great atmosphere and security we felt in the area, helped make us feel right at home.
The owner Ugur was very friendly and always ready to help, and the location is very close to a lot of the must-see places e.g. the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Grand Bazaar etc. Sultanahmet in general is the best place to stay in my opinion.
You have enough utilities in the room to cook yourself a good breakfast, and there are several corner shops nearby to buy essentials. There is also a laundrette next door if you're planning to stay long.

The only downsides I'd say are that although the location is good, you do need to walk up some hilly roads to get up to the main street which can be tiring, and the toilet was quite small. You could always get a taxi to solve the first problem though, but don't pay more than 10 lira (preferably 6 lira) as the distance is very short.

Tips:
1) When trying to get back to the hotel, ask directions for/tell the taxi drivers to take you back to 'Kadirga Park' which is next to the hotel, as it is more known.

2) Always try and utilise the great (and cheap!) tram and boat services, as taxi fares can easily become extortionate.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Convenient location in the centre, close by to most sights. A nice bakery around the corner where we had a cappucino and a cake in the morning. That's the only positive thing I can say about Pink Apart house.
We stayed there in early May. When we arrived the owner informed us that we will stay in one room for two nights and we will need to move to another room in the building next door. We complained about this and he said that we didn't need to move if we didn't want to. We got used to the room (it was recently refursbished and clean, although a bit dark and wet) so on day three we said to the owner that we decided not to move because we didn't want to waste an hour packing and unpacking. He said we had to and since he took cash from us on the first day there was no point arguing with him. So we moved to the room in the next building on the top floor.The furnishing was old and there was a really tiny bathroom with an extremely small washbasin and no cupboard or shelves to put our toothbrush and other stuff. So we had to keep all toiletries in the kitchenette. Since it was in the top floor, there were no proper brick walls, just wooden ones, so the room was a bit noisy in the morning and it got hot in there later in the afternoon (luckily the aircon worked). Towels were not changed.
On our last day we were allowed to leave our luggage in the house and pick it up in the afternoon. When leaving the owner didn't even get out of his office to say good bye.
All in all, I wish we had payed a few more euros extra and stayed in a normal hotel with regular service and a breakfast and didn't have to go through the hussle...

Room Tip: definitely not the top floor with alleged "see view"
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Uğur H, Owner at Pink Apart House, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

dear sir thsi custemer is liar and we didint make any room chance for this custemer and we didint get her to next hotel ? so she is big big liar if you want i can send also booking .com reservation document that we did not make any chance even in may she said there is no custemer who stayed on may 2013 in my hotel i can send you all dcoumnets of booking pls take this reiwew from my page or clear
sincerly owner pembe apart ugur haksoyleyen

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

While there's much in this hotel's favour - friendly owner, good price, a 10-15 minute walk to the main attractions - we had some reservations:

- Location: As two young women on holiday in Istanbul, we received street harassment wherever we went. However, as the hotel is located down side streets away from the main tourist thoroughfares, we felt particularly uncomfortable in its neighbourhood - the attention we received was undiluted by crowds of other tourists. We therefore didn't stay out much later than 9pm. (NB From what we observed, men or women travelling with men wouldn't find the location an issue.)
- Ants in the kitchenette.
- The toilet paper was never replenished - we ended up buying it ourselves.
- Hand towel and bath mat not replaced.
- The rooms could do with 'Do Not Disturb' signs. Frequent knocks from room service meant that on some mornings we felt we were being hurried from the room.
- On our last day, when we were waiting for the taxi to take us to the airport, the cleaner shooed us and our suitcases outside to wait on the street.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Pink Apart House is located close to the old part of Istanbul (Sultanahmet) next to a very well kept park. It is a 10 minute walk (uphill) to the hippodrome and to the next tram station.
To get to the more lively part of Istanbul Beyoglu where most of the nightlive will take place will take you a total time of 1h.
The rooms were nice and clean albeit basic. The owner was very friendly and caring.
I personally liked the place because of its nice neighbourhood off from the typical tourist buzz. In particular, I like the little cafe at one corner of the park and the little kebab stores around.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

+ great location: about 7 minutes to Sultanahmet, quiet street
+ great price
+ clean and comfortable room
+ big bed
+ mini-kitchen
+clean bathroom
+ owner is super =))
Next time we will stay at Pembe Apart!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank IrrrkA
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I was delighted with the departments and location, but especially with the special attention of the owner, Mr. Ugur was very friendly, even he took me to the apartment early morning and I really appreciate all his help. It was comfortable and in a very quiet location but overall with a very romantic view, in a very friendly place!!!!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

excellent location, great price, very friendly stuff. the owner really takes care about you, very helpful and nice - before our visit we changed several letters to inform about our late arrival and had no problem with it. all our requests were satisfied immedualtely. small rooms but very clean and cosy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Pink Apart House

Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi Donus Sokak No:7 | Kadirga / Kumkapi, Istanbul 34000, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
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Ranked #436 of 1,074 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facilities ( No fee )*Full air/conditioning all rooms *Cable-Satellite TV*Hair dryer*Parking ( Only a Car )*Safe Box*Daily housekeeping every day*Wireless Internet Access*Bicycle Area*Park for kids*Exchange Office*Classical turkish style decore*Central heating system*Fire form and alarm*Non-Smoking room available*Smoking room available*24 hour door security *Fridge in each room*Discount on Laundry Service*Tours - Travel Desk*Bed linens, towels and blankets*Are included in the rates.price is beetween 40- 75 eurocar parking ... more   less 

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