The Aprilis Hotel is located about 2 blocks from the Hippodrome, 3 to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, 4 to the Cistern ,one block to the tram line and only a 5 minutes walk to the Grand Bazaar, in my opinion the bazaar is not a place to buy something but definitely to see. There is a market right across the street but it carries very little , just another lock towards the Hippodrome and on other side of the street is a very good little market for simple food stuffs.The Aprilis is in the perfect location. As previously mentioned in other reviews, there is McDonalds and Burger King 50 metres up the street and I admit it is nice to have a change but if you want some good home cooking , a block away on same street is a restaurant called Ortaklar and it serves good sandwiches, cheese bread , lamb also salads. They make all their own bread in their ovens on site. Back to the Aprilis now.... The hotel is very clean , breakfast is good and amount supplied is substantial , the staff are exceptional. They can't do enough for you. Our situation was a little unique. We had stayed earlier in our trip and had left on a little tour of Turkey. Unfortunately we were involved in a very bad car accident. After 4 days in hospital in Konya we arrived back unexpectedly to Istanbul. The Aprilis made every effort to accommodate this last minute reservation by our tour company, we are talking high season here and i am sure they had to scramble to do this for us. they even made extensions to the time we needed to recuperate and took extra special care of us and our needs. Nothing we asked for was too much trouble for the staff. Gurkan is the day manager here and made us feel like family. Would I stay here again? definitely! Would I recommend? Absolutely? This hotel is only about 6 mos old at the time of this writing. I never stay too fancy since I don't believe in spending crazy bucks on a place to lay my head for a few hours but in this case it was all taken care of by our tour company ( city of sultans if you wish to know and they were super duper awesome) we were clean, comfortable, safe and at home here and the rooms were definitely adequate and we should know since we spent days in them .The perfect recipe to get well before our travel home. The Aprilis is a wonderful little gem and I highly recommend the hotel to all!
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