Hotel Aslan Istanbul

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Akbiyik Caddesi 75, Sultanahmet (formerly "Apricot Hotel"), Istanbul, 34400, Turkey

4 Reviews

Hotel Aslan Istanbul
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Satisfaction Excellent
Very Good

Value Score Great Value!

Costs 53% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families100
  • Couples83
  • Solo93
  • Business83
  • daryll's Profile Photo

    Sultanahmet Best Boutique Hotel


    High recommended especially if you're coming for a short weekend stay to explore sights around Sultanahmet area.

    Reason to stay:

    1. Location (walking distance to Hagia Sofia & Topkapi Palace
    2. Very friendly staff (Hakan & Mehmet especially are so attentive)
    3. Great value especially well known area costing GBP50-GBP80 (depending occupancy.
    4. Rooms are fantastic, simple, clean and homely (Though my room is small but plus point has a balcony facing Blue Mosque & Got to play with the owner's dog outside)
    5. If stay more than 3 nights one way transfer is included in the price.
    6. Breakfast room is amazing (plenty of food, looking over the Marmara Sea & facing the Blue Mosque)

  • AussieRose's Profile Photo

    Good / Not So Good


    We visited Istanbul and stayed at The Apricot Hotel. The staff were so nice and friendly. The view of the water at breakfast is beautiful.

    Mehmet the manager suggested touristy things to do. Not what we wanted exactly. He repeated (over and over) that we should visit Galipoli, even for a day and come back that night. He would arrange everything.

    He was clearly attracted to my friend, who is very pretty. He gave her his phone number and his email. We visited with other hotel guests during our stay. One lady apeaks a little Turkish and had alot to say. She talked about this guy sleeping with hotel guests. She said she overheard a co-worker ask him: Which room are you in tonight?

    TMI !! The staff at the Apricot were very friendly. But we were uncomfortable with Mehmet's attention, especially after hearing this. If you go to The Apricot, bring your boyfriend.

    Unique Quality: Beautiful view.
    Nice, clean rooms.
    Friendly staff.

    Directions: Sultanahmet

  • stalks's Profile Photo

    Home away from home


    The Apricot Hotel was our home away from home. The staff at this hotel were just great. Friendly, helpful and always smiling they were always there to answer any questions, recommend a restaurant, book ahead for accommodation or tours or simply to just find some ice for our afternoon drink on the terrace. The rooms were comfortable and clean with a bar fridge and air conditioning and best of all the shower was hot and with a screen.

    Unique Quality: The terrace gave great views out over the Sea of Marmara and the breakfast served here was the best.We could see the Blue Mosque from our bedroom window and the location was really handy to all the tourist sights around Sultanahmet.

    Directions: In the middle of Sultanahmet, very close to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia

  • terrycowan's Profile Photo

    A great little hotel


    The Apricot Hotel is a great little hotel in Sultanahmet. It is conveniently located within easy walking distance of the most popular destinations in Sultanhamet. The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the rates are very reasonable. The hotel serves a most excellent breakfast on the roof-top terrace, with views overlooking the Sea of Marmara. There are a number of good restaurants in the neighborhood. The owner, Hakan, is an excellent guide, as well. The Apricot Hotel is ideal for the independent traveler.

    Directions: Sultanahmet

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Nice hotel with good room rate.

by Chakir

I wonder if any one could help me.I am traveling to Istanbul next month and looking for nice hotel with good room rate.I will be thankful if you could recommend any....Best regards.

RE: Nice hotel with good room rate.

by NYTim

Apricot Hotel in the Sultahamet. Fantastic location great people find them online

Nice hotel with good room rate.

by Chakir

Appreciate it Nytim will find out more about the hotel in the website.

RE: RE: Nice hotel with good room rate.

by NYTim

I believe the website is For 15 dollars they will pick you up from the airport. If you stay more than three days the pick up is free.


I did.

Comments (1)

  • Dec 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Good day,
    Can I anyone tell me if Apricot hotel is near steep hills. I am looking for a place close to the blue mosque without having to claim hills.
    Thanks for your help.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Dec 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Welcome to VT. Ask your question on the VT Istanbul travel forum here:

      Istanbul Travel Forum

      Far, far more people will see it there and I am sure you will get helpful replies.

      Sultanahmet, where the Blue Mosque is sited (and many other major sights, such as Ayia sofia and Topkapi) is not very hilly but there are some slopes down to the waterside....not particularly steep, but still hills. From memory, I don't think the slope from the Apricot to e.g. the Blue Mosque is very great.

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