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Republika Academic Aparts
Ranked #490 of 1,186 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Modern Day Prison”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Both my parents-in-law and my friends stayed at this place for a week where we joined them for one night. In summary it wasn't a pleasant experience. We defined the concept of the hotel as a prison, with a white/lime colour twist. Both parties had booked their stay via booking.com and had booked a double bedroom. When they arrived they were given two single bed rooms, which they objected as they had booked a double room with confirmation and a print out proof. They were both told that they would have to pay additional if they wanted the double they actually had booked.
The rooms are below ground level, no view, and very dusty when windows were open. The rooms are within sections, which you need a key to both enter each section as well as to leave the hotel - go figure.
Though clean, the hotel and the rooms feel very clinical, has no character in the name of simplicity.
Only positives are: Friendly staff in general and the close proximity to Ortakoy.

Overall: Not worth it if you're expecting the hotel to add on positively to your Istanbul experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Very clean room, new hotel, perfect service, best personal ever seen in Turkey hotels (they were also speak spanish). I was not sure to stay away from taksim zone but when I saw the hotel and after the quality of the service that they gave me I am sure that I will pass my next visit in Republika Academic Aparts Ortakoy, too. First of all there is a good connection with public transportation and with the taxis all around the Istanbul. I was spending a week for an Exhibition after the long hard day I had an oportunity to rest better. There is a pool at the top of the hotel for relax and there is also big gym that impressed me. There are many restaurants and markets near the hotel. But if you like to cook by yourself you have the facilities too. Its very close to best discos and bars that you shouldn't miss the experience. Not the same like taksim I think the taksim zone for the tourist that goes to Istanbul for the first time.
Very good price quality ratio. I recommend this hotel for a nice stay in Istanbul.

Room Tip: My room had a balcony at the second floor. It was very good and silent.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Had a great vacation here, 1 night but i really liked it. Everything was great and the rooms are really nice and comfortable. Food was good too. It has its own gym. Thats one more important thing for me and it would be important for you too. Terrace is really nice to relax, or to chat with your friends, or to drink a cup of coffee, there is one coffee shop already. I strongly advise.

  • Stayed May 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is a new building, dedicated for long term accommodation for students. The general appearance of rooms is similar with the Etap hotels in western Europe, which means very basic. The place is clean, staff is friendly and professional, and we got our rooms for a great price, so not too much to complain.
The location is relatively far from any point of interest in the city, and public transportation is not very accessible from here.
Many rooms are in the basement or facing the hill, so absolutely no view on the window.
Other issue of this place is its double destination - hotel and student accommodation, which means to very different targets and approaches. I would suggest the management to try and separate completely these two businesses and to run them independently, so everybody will be happy with what it gets from Republika.

Room Tip: Ask to see the room before accepting it.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed in Republika Ortaköy from Christmas 2012 to new year 2013.
We chose this hotel because it was particularly cheap and accommodation in Istanbul is very expansive. Republika only was ~60 dollars per night.

Here is our rating:

Positives:
-maid cleans room every day, hotel therefore is very clean
- everything is new
-very nice new gym

Negatives:
-trip to Taksim (city center) takes too long, you loose more than 2 hours a day for driving and walking
-Double rooms are in the basement, there is no daylight
-room furniture arrangements suck
-permament Students are oftenly smoking in the rooms and smoke comes to every room via air condition, if you have bad luck it stinks like hell
- many things are not working in new building (e.g.automatic light in public rooms)
- no TV in rooms
- when a blackout occurs diesel generators are switched on (happens in Istanbul quite regularly). When having a room in the basement, it stinks like hell and is very loud since the generators are directly in front of the windows
-bad privacy: no do not disturb signs for maids - maid just enters the room
-breakfast is advertised with 7 TL(3$) but actually costs 12 TL and is bad (old food, packed bread, no coffee)
-noise: very thin walls, you hear everything of the rooms next to you

Overall: High potential of new and nice clean hotel with is totally screwed by mistakes in building architecture and bad service

Room Tip: Do not accept a room in the basement or an inner courtyard room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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NerimanKayaci, Manager at Republika Academic Aparts, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
First of all thank you for your comment. It is important to the success of our organization, as we rely on you, our guest, to tell us how we are doing and how we can better meet your needs.

Regarding to your comments we would like to explain in details;

- Ortaköy is one of the main destinations in the city center which is normally takes 15 minutes to Taksim. However as you would appreciate Istanbul is a very big city. As all other big cities in the world traffic can be a problem depending on the hours.
- Our property has 3 floors and we have double rooms on each floor. Room change is available through reception upon on availability.
- Our design is made by Autoban which has artchitectural and designing awards. We totally understand it may not meet your expectations.
- We have TV in our cluster format rooms and our three lounge area has televisions for our guest’s use. Also we offer free wireless internet and it is possible to watch TV from your notebook.
- Each room has a 'do not disturb' sign and it is on the door for our guests’ use.
- Smoking is not allowed at Republika. We have smoke detectors in the room and when we have alerts we apply fines.
- The lights in public rooms are set for 2 minutes which is a standard time for sensored lights.
- We have ISO9001 standards generator in our hotel and they have standard sound isolation systems.
- We have standard isolation in our property which is rockwool between gypsum board. As you would appreciate each hotel might have extra noise time to time. We have manager on duty everyday and we interfere in such cases. Also we always pay attention to our guest’s complaints.
- We have different type of clientele such as business traveller or leisure traveller and since they have different expectations and budgets we offer both set menu breakfast and open buffet breakfast. Set menu breakfast is €3, open buffet breakfast is €5.

Republika is a new concept in accommodation in Istanbul. Republika buildings are designed to include a range of room types to provide you choice and value for money. Again we appreciate your comments.

Sincerely.
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Property: Republika Academic Aparts
Address: Balmumcu Mahallesi Mustafa Izzet Efendi Sokak No 1 | Ortakoy, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #490 of 1,186 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Republika Academic Aparts 3*
Number of rooms: 268
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Republika is a new concept designed for both long term and short term accommodation needs. It offers premium specification, purpose built communities in a great location. Republika buildings are designed to include a range of room types to provide you choice and value for money. Republika combines a dedicated on site service team with innovative technology to provide a safe, well-maintained, secure, and happy home.Republika offers fitness center, entertainment center, movie theatre, hobby room, market, coiffeur, laundry room for the use of its guests. ... more   less 
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