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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Istanbul

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amsha
Springfield, VA
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Location, ease of rental, Mr. Sahap all awesome”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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I first would like to start by saying it was a great leap of faith to book this place based on the one negative comment. Our family of four were traveling to Iran from the US and had 8 suitcases and 4 carry ons. I was concerned about the transfer that Mr. Sahap had arranged, we had NOT paid him for the apartment and were going on just his word. Let me tell you, he came through with flying colors. There was a gentleman waiting at the airport for us when we arrived, my husband lost his cell phone on the plane, and we were running around the airport to locate it. It took us over an hour and he patiently waited and brought us to the apartment(we paid him extra). The only negative is that the apartment was on the top floor and walking up the stairs with those 8 suitcases was tough. The apartment is exactly as pictured, nothing fancy, but for our purposes of sleeping at night it was perfect. There was a queen bed in the bedroom for my husband and I, and the two couches in the living room were perfect for my two adult children. It was very small, but the view was nice, and since we got up in the morning and left only to return around midnight or later, it was perfect!!! The A/C worked very well in cooling the entire place. It is not a 4 or 5 star place, but for the price could not have asked for a better place.
Location, was awesome. It was a short walk to all the major sights, and it was actually nice to walk different streets, and check out some of the local stores, restaurants, etc. There was a store underneath the apartment, and it was open late, so everynight when we returned we would pick up bread (yummy), cheese etc. to have for breakfast. We often sat out on the balcony and had our breakfast, with the nice view of the water. We were never home for lunch or dinner.
Mr. Sahap was very nice, we did not see him until the third day, we called him and went to pay him at his restaurant. We could have left and never paid him, he was so trusting. When we arrived at the apartment, the couple who lives on the ground floor, opened the apartment for us. Mr. Sahap was a very gracious man, and kept apologizing that he never came as it was very busy at his restaurant. We were counting on meeting him upon arrival to get the bearings of where we were and how to get around, but since he wasn't there, we asked the store owner downstairs and they brought over a gentleman from across the street who generously gave us a map and gave us pointers on where to go, even called a cab for us to go to Taksim, the only time we paid for transportation. We were able to walk everywhere.
We did not have any working cell phones, so the Wi-Fi was great in keeping in touch with folks back home. Again the couple on the ground floor came through for us, very broken English, but with sign language and the help of their daughter, they understood what we needed.
As I said everything was great, but the final day when we were leaving (the transfer again showed up right on schedule at 7:00AM) my husband in his eagerness to get all the suitcases into the van, forgot his briefcase and our camera with all our passports and all our cash on the street!!!! He realized it at the airport, the gentleman who drove us there, took my husband back, and the store owner who saw his briefcase out on the street was so kind to bring it into his store, and returned it to my husband when he frantically arrived. This could have turned into a major disaster, our whole trip would have been cancelled, but because of the honesty of that store owner or employee we were able to complete our vacation in Iran.
We were already sold on this apartment, but our final experience in Turkey, firmed our opinion of this apartment. If you are not looking for luxury, but a place to sleep and shower, with an honest landlord, within walking distance to all the major spots don't look further. On our final night we met a couple from Texas at dinner and they were staying in Taksim, though they liked their apartment, they were complaining about how much time it took for them to come across the bridge daily to see the sights. If you are there for a limited time (3-4 days) you need all the time to be spent visiting the sights, not driving back and forth, location seals this apartment.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: There were no kitchen utensils, pots, pans, dishes etc.
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Robin046
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Location, location location!”
Reviewed 12 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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In a city of 20 million, with an overloaded transport system, It's a huge adantage to stay close to as many of the main sights as possible. Apsis is literally 400 (flat) metres walk from the Hippodrome, so getting in early line for Aya Sofya, Topkapi etc is easy, while also being close to good local restaurants (our favourite being Sokullu, halfway along the quiet road to the Hippodrome).
The apartment itself is clean, perhaps basic for some tastes, but suited four of us very well. I'd hesitate to recommend for six, but it's in such a good location with a friendly shop directly below, that you feel quickly integrated to life in the city. To us, the mosque right next door added to the atmosphere, the 5 a.m. call to prayer was a pleasure rather than a challenge.
Apsis is also well positioned for walking in other directions, e.g. Cemberlitas and the grand Bazaar is about half-kilometre, and our favourite Kucuk (little) Aya Sofya is directly down the hill. Getting there: Sahap arranged a taxi from the airport, and the arrangements went perfectly.

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Liked best: Excellent shower
Liked least: TV only had one channel, but hey, who goes to Istanbul to watch TV?
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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St. Petersburg
Reviewed 11 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Management Response
11 May 2013
Dear Mrs. Maria,

We feel very sorry for this bad experience You had and we beg Your pardon for this case.
But we must mention some details, which You did not have written in Your claim;
As we explained You on phone, the previous guest, who was staying in the rooms, which You had booked, lost his flight 1 day before You and was forced to stay 2 days longer in the appartment.

So we booked 2 double rooms in a very nice hotel nearby, in order to wait the previous guest to leave. Our mistake was just not to have informed You on time about this fact, because of our engagements at this time.

Later as we had the phone call we offered You this opportunity, but You refused, because You had booked already a new hotel.

So in fact, we would like to have the opportunity to correct this bad experience for us both. So if You would like to come again to Istanbul, it would be a pleasure for us to have You as guest in our hotel for 3 days for free (without any payment). By hoping to see You next time, with

kind regards

Sahap Yasan
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St. Petersburg
Reviewed 11 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Management Response
11 May 2013
Dear Mrs. Maria,

We feel very sorry for this bad experience You had and we beg Your pardon for this case.
But we must mention some details, which You did not have written in Your claim;
As we explained You on phone, the previous guest, who was staying in the rooms, which You had booked, lost his flight 1 day before You and was forced to stay 2 days longer in the appartment.

So we booked 2 double rooms in a very nice hotel nearby, in order to wait the previous guest to leave. Our mistake was just not to have informed You on time about this fact, because of our engagements at this time.

Later as we had the phone call we offered You this opportunity, but You refused, because You had booked already a new hotel.

So in fact, we would like to have the opportunity to correct this bad experience for us both. So if You would like to come again to Istanbul, it would be a pleasure for us to have You as guest in our hotel for 3 days for free (without any payment). By hoping to see You next time, with

kind regards

Sahap Yasan
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
bacha2014
Algiers, Algeria
1 review
Reviewed 25 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Travelling group: En famille avec adolescent(s)
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