Booked this hotel based on the extraordinary reviews on tripadvisor.com, and we were hoping that it would meet our expectations. Happy to report that staying at this hotel enhanced our stay in Istanbul. We took full advantage of everything that the hotel had to offer. We did the cooking class, which was lots of fun, and we were served the dishes that we cooked in the hotel restaurant following the class. We went on the walking tour of the market and Greek neighbourhood, which was a 4 hour outing with transportation there, and a short ferry ride back. The wine tasting was set up beautifully in the hotel restaurant with platters of cheese to accompany the wine. It is important to sign up for these activities, most of which are complimentary. The afternoon tea and sandwiches were a nice touch, and the self-serve Turkish bath (hamman) was very relaxing after a day of touring. Complimentary dinner at the fish restaurant was excellent. We also enjoyed 3 of the Sirkeci group's roof top restaurants including Neyzade (in our hotel, which is located on the rooftop in the summer months), Imbat, and Pasazade. The view at each one is fabulous, and they are all very romantic settings, with excellent food. (10%off with your stay at the Sirkeci Konak)
We had a standard room, which was a bit small, but very comfortable and well appointed.
Hotel has a European feel. Location is ideal. Around the corner from the busier streets, and walking distance to all attractions.
Staff including Dilhan, Ezgi, and Michael are the most friendly, helpful, and the most accomodating of any hotel personnel that we have ever encountered.
Unless you are someone who generally prefers a more Western style, large, 5 star luxury hotel of a well known hotel company, (most of which seem to be located in the Taskim area, which I do not see as an advantage for touring in Istanbul), I would choose the Sirkeci Konak for my stay in 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