This is was my 5th trip to Istanbul, and my first time staying at this hotel. The hotel is located between the Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Place. Everything is within a short walking distance. The hotel itself was clean and comfortable. The breakfast on the rooftop restaurant was a very good Turkish breakfast and Ramazan "Rambo", goes out of his way to help you understand what some of the "unfamiliar items are on the buffet table. The view from the rooftop was stunning, a great way to start out every morning! The front desk staff was very helpful.
My only complaint would be the airport transfer that we requested from the front desk. We paid too much, and the driver was insane. It was a hot day, and there was no a/c. He got into a fight with a tour bus driver, was yelling at traffic, then pulled off the road and took us into a very run down area, with roads that were falling apart, under a bridge that scraped the top of the vehicle, then just when we thought it couldn't get worse, he stopped to buy his lunch! Had we been in a better neighborhood, we would have jumped out. He did not speak english, so we were unable to communicate with him. It would have been unfortunate if this had been out first time to Istanbul and we were left with this as our parting impression. As it was we did make it to the airport, so we are able to look back and laugh at how bizarre the experience was, but there were moments when we were truly frightened. I think you would be safer booking a taxi from the street!
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- Also Known As:
- Valide Sultan Konagi Istanbul
- Valide Sultan Konagi Hotel Istanbul