After reading the other reviews on trip advisor, my partner and I were very excited to stay at HHK. Though we enjoyed our stay, we wouldn't rate it nearly as high as others on this site. The good bits:
**The staff were absolutely lovely and obliging. They even gave us a box of turkish delights upon departure. They also made reservations at local restaurants for us, arranged pick ups for tours and gave directions always smiling.
**The room was always very clean and came with bathrobes and slippers. Always a plus!
**We had free one-hour use of the hamam downstairs in the hotel.
**The views of the Golden Horn and other side of the city were stunning.
The not so good bits:
**We booked our holiday on lastminute.com and paid extra for something dubbed a 'garden view'. Not really sure what this was and we definitely didn't get it. Instead we were given the choice of two downstairs rooms, both next to the reception desk. We ended up in room 101, which was located directly across from the reception desk segregated from the rest of the hotel. We heard staff/receptionists talking loudly through the night, and on our last evening, we couldn't tell if the receptionist had gotten drunk and fallen over or was being robbed due to the kerfuffle outside.
**The hotel restaurant was mediocre at best. Breakfast was okay but dinner was overpriced and poorly made. Between two bowls of pasta, there wasn't one tomato used for the sauce--with no other vegetarian options on the menu, I found this rather disappointing. This was made more difficult by the fact that the next closest place to eat was about a fifteen minute walk away.
**The location was a mixed bag. Our taxi driver got lost on the way from the airport and couldn't find the hotel. He called staff at the hotel who couldn't really give him specific directions. Every time we got in a taxi during the week the same thing happened, despite the map the hotel gave us to guide drivers.
**On the upside, the location was about a 10 minute walk to the Spice Market and Galata Bridge. The Sulimanye Mosque was five minutes in the other direction, which was fantastic. However, the buildings in the vicinity were extremely run down, the streets were dark and a burned out car occupied a derelict car park just up the road. The roads were mostly empty, which made me feel a bit unsafe walking home late at night. If i were traveling with a group of girlfriends or on my own, I definitely would not have felt safe coming back in the evening.
Overall, a mixed stay. Beautiful views and great staff but avoid rooms near the reception.
- 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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