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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Istanbul

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Slidell, Louisiana
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“Great place to stay while in Istanbul”
Reviewed 5 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We just returned from a great vacation in Istanbul, complemented with a pleasant stay at Hendek apartment.

Things started looking positive a couple of weeks before the actual trip, when we received several emails from the manager giving us tips on the area around Galata Tower, Do’s and Don’ts, public transportation, recommended restaurants, etc.

On arrival, Shamshod (the manager) was most diligent in showing us the apartment and how to operate some of the basic appliances, and then taking the time to walk with us around a few blocks for us to get situated while pointing at a place where we could exchange currency, buy groceries, etc. He also stayed in contact throughout our stay: A couple of days later he came to visit and walked us to a somewhat hidden corridor near Istikal street that had great food and a great night scene full of locals.

The apartment was as described. Clean and well-equipped. It is located fairly close (2 blocks, uphill) to the Tunnel station and one more block to the Sishane metro stop. This means you can reach most of Istanbul very easily. They provided us with a re-usable Metro Card that can be recharged at any metro station, saving us the cost of getting a new card.

During the day the area is bustling with activity. There is a small supermarket half-a-block away where you can get all groceries you need. Istikal street and its many stores, restaurants and night scene is only 3 blocks away. At night, the zone looked and felt safe, even late in the evening. Galata Tower and a numbers of cafes are only a block away

Our apartment did not have much of a view but that is common in areas with narrow streets like those in Beyoglu plus it was not critical to us.

Overall, our experience was very positive and we highly recommend this place. It should be noted that those with mobility impediments may find the stairs difficult to negotiate as they are the steep spiraling kind and there is no elevator. Walking to the Tunnel and metro station is also uphill a fairly steeping street with may be hard on some. Parents of pre-teens and teenagers will love the stairs and steep streets as these are a good way to have them get some extra exercise :)

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Liked best: Location and Hospitality by Shamshod
Liked least: Clothes washer with instructions only in Turkish (Google Translate saved the day)
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Christina...
Los Angeles, California
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“Lovely, relaxing, musical, history”
Reviewed 10 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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A trip to Istanbul is always a lovely idea. We have an idea that we can discover kind of exotic history around every corner, and where better to start that adventure is Galata, a small, diverse district just up the hill crowned by the Galata Tower just a short walk from Kadakoy and the Galata bridge.
Hendek apartment is located on a small, one way street leading straight to the tower where it overlooks a surrounding open 'square' filled with coffeeshops, restaurants, cats, juice sellers and the occasional musician who fills the air with evocative melodies recalling lost romance and found love. The apartment is ridiculously well located, with short walks to a main metro line, a main tram line, and just up the hill from the Karakoy ferry stop.
We had many lovely days where we enjoyed our first coffee of the day in our spotlessly clean apartment, working on our writing scattered across the spacious dining table, plotting our next move in Istanbul. We would often hear the soft strains of music throughout the day, as there are many many music shops littering the area, and people always like to try before they buy. And at the end of each day it felt as if we were coming back to our own nest, where we could drink one final glass of tea before settling in for rest.
The owners and managers of this apartment have done a lovely job of remodeling a large apartment in an old building. It combines many historical touches with modern amenities, providing us with a relaxing experience to come to after the busy world of Istanbul. They have a transparent and simple checkin process, and their representatives are almost unbelievably ready to explain something, help or simply share information about Galata and Istanbul. Of course, we will always look forward to staying with you again, the next time we visit Istanbul.

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Liked best: Location and cleanliness
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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viajanted...
Berlin, Germany
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“Repeat visit to this stylish apartment in a trendy area of Istanbul”
Reviewed 16 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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person found this review helpful

This is the second time I stayed in the Hendek apartment in Istanbul - and was once again extremely happy with my choice. The apartment is at an amazing location, right at the heart of the Galata area with tons of cute shops, breakfast places, restaurants, and bars around the corner. The flat itself is bright, clean, and very stylishly decorated - living there makes you instantly feel like a local. We stayed there with 3 people and therefore had plenty of space. The whole stay was very well organized. Everyone I talked to or met from the management/ owners was very friendly and helpful. We will be back for sure!

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Liked best: The decor of the apartment
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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Makalakat
Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Wonderfull apartment with great location”
Reviewed 16 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

It was a very nice apartment. Everything was as promised and the staff was really helpful. It works well for two couples to stay together. So we can really recommend it or to a family. The apartment has a fantastic location and you can get everywhere in Istanbul from there. We will for sure rent it another time.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Friends
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Debby M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Strategic location, clean and well maintained apartment with fully functional appliances.”
Reviewed 28 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We planned our 6D/5N stay at Hendek Apartment after our visit to Goreme. Kids were tired and we had another 45km from Airport to Hendek. We were glad that we arranged airport transfer with Team Istanbul Place as the car was ready in a very short time.

Once we reached the Hendek Apartment, Fuat greeted us and helped with our luggages. When we were inside, we were awed by the amazing brickstone wall and the high ceiling. Fuat walked through all the rooms, explained each of them, the appliances, 3G Wifi/Router, and we settled the invoice without any hassle. Fuat also explained what would be the back-up plan incase something goes wrong (SMS, Mobile Phone and emails are provided; SMS/emails are returned/replied swiftly).

Apartment-wise, both bedrooms are spacious and come with portable air-conditioners. Bathrooms were clean and hot water worked perfectly. A fully functional kitchen was located at the end of the apartment, along with refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine. We loved the small dining table, just nice for the kids to have their breakfast almost every day. Living room was another favourite where we just relaxed on the sofas and update our FB status or look at some Istanbul travel books provided by Team Istanbul Place.

Location-wise, the apartment is located near Galata Tower and Istiklal Caddesi. A lot of happenings (bookstore, Metro&Tram station, bars, restaurants, shopping) can be found around here, but street leading towards Istiklal Cd. can be pretty crowded in the evenings, as well as weekends. Breakfast places, cafes and a small supermarket are within 100 metres.

Checking out from Hendek - we arranged for another airport transfer and the driver was ready 30min early. Fuat greeted us again and helped us again with the luggages. We handed back the apartment keys and gave quick feedback on how smooth our stay was, and left Istanbul with a heavy heart.

To close things out, it was a great stay at Hendek. I'd highly recommend Hendek Apartment to families with young children. The stairs can be a challenge if you bring toddlers or babies with pram but our kids (aged 10 and 7) loved the apartment. Young couples will also appreciate the location and the simplicity of having a small apartment in the city :)

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Liked best: The apartment
Liked least: The stairs
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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