We booked this hotel based on the good reviews it got on tripadvisor and believe me it deserves all the 5 star ratings if not more. The hotel surpassed all our expectations!
Upon our arrival at the airport, we were initially disappointed with the hotel airport pickup service as the driver was nowhere to be found and was only located following a call to the hotel but the hotel's impeccable service throughout the rest of our stay made up for it 100 fold. The hotel facade was elegant wood and the lobby was a cozy affair where they served us delicious fresh orange juice while we waited for the reception to do the necessary. And what a pleasant surprise when they upgraded us to the deluxe and superior room!! It was really the perfect present for our parents who were there celebrating their wedding anniversary. Samet of guest relations was very helpful explaining how to get to all the famous spots around Sultanahment and was always willing to answer any questions with a smile. Furqan at the reception desk also deserves kudos for being so pleasant and attending to all our needs. I must also mention Turker here who served us when we ate at the superb restaurant, Neyzade. He was very friendly and funny and even gifted my mother some organic turkish olive oil that she had been trying to source. So kind and generous. Wonderful and friendly staff!
The rooms were a nice size. Beautiful wood flooring and nice view of Gulhane park from the balcony. There was a complimentary fruit basket and Turkish delight in our room. Yum! The bathrooms had a bathtub with a jacuzzi function which was particularly relaxing after a tiring day sightseeing. Comfortable beds and pillows. And the day before our check out there was a box of Turkish delights all wrapped up with a note from the manager...what a lovely touch!
Breakfast was simply fantastic! The variety of cold cuts and cheeses were spectacular. The hot food was also super yummy..specially the potato and cream. The variety of fruit jams were also to die for. We have travelled a lot as a family and stayed at a lot of hotels and we all unanimously agreed that the breakfast at Sirkeci Konak was one of the best we've had. The dinner we had at Neyzade restaurant was also one of the best we had in Istanbul.
Finally the location..this hotel was smack bang in Sultanahmet, walking distance to all the famous sites and also a stone's throw to the Gulhane tram station. The street in front of the hotel was quiet and was closed to traffic during the day which was great because there wasn't much car or human traffic on the street during the day. Another plus point was the laundry service that was just down the street from the hotel. Very convenient. A nice jewelry store with very reasonable prices, Tiamo, is also located just across from the hotel.
In summary, this was possibly the best hotel we have ever had the pleasure of staying at. The service impeccable, the rooms beautiful, clean and comfortable, the food to die for and the location ideal. We wanted to stay here longer but unfortunately they didn't have rooms available. However we will definitely be back! We will recommend this hotel to all those planning a visit to istanbul in the future. We really missed the hotel when we left and still talk about the breakfast :). Thank you Sirkeci Konak for making our stay in Istanbul truly memorable!
The Watanabe family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located next to the Topkapi palace in the heart of Istanbul and from where we are we invite you to explore the mysteries of two thousand years. In hopes of capturing the spirit of the area, our Konak's atmosphere, decor and design take a revolutionary approach in combining 19th century style with 21st century comfort. Combined with this atmosphere, what if we offer the promise of distinctive hospitality? Just imagine! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirkeci Konak Istanbul
- Hotel Sirkeci Konak