The Aprilis is located a two minute walk away from the Cemberlitas Tram Stop. The heart of the old historic district is at your beck and call! There is a small department store on the corner and plenty of restaurants and shops. All the major historic sites (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, etc) are within a 10 minutes walk, or just a couple minutes by tram to the next stop. Directly outside the hotel, there is a lot of hustle and bustle on the street. There is no noise in the hotel, however.
The lobby doubles as a jewelry store front, so be sure not to walk right by it! The lobby is small, but very nice. The rooms are furnished nicely and are bigger than most rooms you'll find in Europe. As is typical in Europe, most rooms have two double beds that you can push together to make a queen. Also the beds are a bit more firm for my taste, but still not too bad.
The hotel staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They also have a currency exchange, which is very convenient.
The bathroom was nice and modern, but the shower was either missing a sliding glass door, or it was removed. This resulted in extra water splashing out, but was of no real concern for us.
Only a few rooms have an actual view, as the buildings are all attached to each other. Our room had a window that looked into the 4 foot wide opening between the next building. Again, if you're out sightseeing, this should not bother you.
The breakfast was ok. It felt more like a lunch buffet, due to the selection of bread and meats. There was cereal, yoghurt, and fruit available though, among other items. It was included with the room and was a good start to a day of sightseeing.
My wife took advantage of the Hammami (Turkish Bath) that was advertised on the hotel's city map brochure. It is on the other side of the street from the tram stop, again, two minutes walk from the hotel. She highly recommends it!
The entire area is busy at all hours of the day and night. We walked around and never felt insecure or concerned.
If we find ourselves in Istanbul again, I would definitely stay here again. The price was great and the location makes seeing the city easy.
Tram/train ride to/from the airport took us about 45 minutes, with one transfer between the metro and the tram.
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