We stayed for four nights at the end of May/early June, just as the Gezi park protests began and moved into Taksim Square. As result, we experience a fascinating glimpse of the culture clashes between conservative religious Turks and secular, humanist Attaturk adherents. Our understanding of what was going on was greatly augmented by Sam and the young woman who provided concierge/advice/cultural insight and service to guests. They were terrific interpreters of current events as well as excellent and patient advisors about ancient sites, restaurants and shopping.
When we first arrived, the hotel put us in a room that had a moldy odor. We asked to have our room changed and they complied nearly immediately. We were really comfortable in our room, it was quiet (except for noise that travelled from one bathroom to another, but it wasn't bothersome as long as the door was closed), and we were NOT awakened at all hours by loudspeakers from a mosque--a real relief, considering the complaints from guests at other hotels in the old quarter!!
The location was also terrific for its proximity to a main metro line and the easy walking distance to the key sites
The breakfast offered a huge array of choices (although, sadly, not cappuccino) and the tea each afternoon was a delightful plus after a long day out.
I would absolutely recommend the hotel to friends travelling to Istanbul.
- 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