I just stayed at the HHK Hotel for three nights with my 12 year old son. It is located in a beautifully restored wooden house which dates back to the 1850s. The neighborhood was obviously once very fancy, but is now in a state of dereliction. However, judging from the amount of construction going on, my sense is that more and more of the area is being restored. We were a bit freaked out by the neighborhood, so we took cabs to and from the hotel. They provide everyone with a map on which the way to get to the hotel is clearly marked. Otherwise Istanbul cab drivers can never find it. The only problem with taking cabs in Istanbul is that the cab drivers try to rip you off. You have to make it clear to them that you are watching the meter and that you know where it is. Having said all that, HHK is a charming oasis of calm in a noisy, bustling city. I was specifically looking for a hotel with an outdoor pool, however I was not interested in staying anywhere that was too big or too expensive. And indeed we did enjoy sitting by and also swimming in the elegant little swimming pool after a morning of sightseeing. We also enjoyed sitting on the roof deck in the evening after dinner and taking in the amazing views. We ate several meals at the hotel restaurant as this is what for us was most convenient. They offered simple, well-prepared dishes and the service was always pleasant and personable. The breakfast buffet was also quite nice. The brothers who own the hotel are attractive, hospitable, and one or the other of them was always there watching over everything. The staff was invariably helpful and nice. The bath products in our room came in nicely wrapped packages and were of very good quality. They sent out our laundry and it came back the next day clean and undamaged. The charge for this service was perfectly reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HHK Hotel Hayriye Hanim Konagi was built in 1850 and it is an original Ottoman mansion house. ... more less
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