Oh brother, where do I even begin?
- Don't let the pretty pics on their website fool you. The hotel isn't as glamorous as they make it look.
- According to their website, "this is a residence, which smells history abundantly..." Really? It certainly smells of something, alright! It's not a completely unpleasant smell, but it definitely has that old-building-with-old-facilities smell (which it probably is). I wished I had brought some air freshener.
- Wake up call is utterly unreliable. On our first morning, the wake up call never rang. On the second morning, it was five minutes late. On the third morning--when we were leaving for the airport!!!--it was TWENTY FIVE minutes late. Thankfully, we learned not to rely on it, so we set the alarm on our cell phone.
- Power outage at least 2x during our 3-nights stay. I wonder if it's a regular occurrence.
- The air conditioning only worked sometimes.
- Lastly, weird (and kind of shady) business practice. When we called to make last minute reservations, we were told that they were all booked. But a minute later, upon someone's suggestion, we were able to book via booking.com. We were told that this is a common practice among some hotels in Istanbul. They save some rooms open to hike up the price to someone walking in. (I really hope this isn't true.) The hotel certainly didn't look fully booked during our stay.
Okay, it's not all that bad.
- Good location. Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, and all the major sites in Sultanahmet are just a few minutes away by foot. (Caveat: it's located in a small street that's kind of deserted and dark at night, so just be extra cautious.)
- We got a fantastic view of the Blue Mosque from our room, though I'm sure not all rooms have that view.
- The facilities were clean, despite the smell.
- The staff was overall very hospitable.
In summary, this hotel cost us the most throughout our stay in Turkey, and sadly, it was the worst. I'm sad we ended our vacation here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Erten konak is in istanbul historical peninsula, in sultanahmet akbiyik avenue and on the roman and byzantine wall towers. It is a wooden esidence having split aubergine model, composed of 2 houses. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, and registered as 2nd class historical building under protection and composed of main residence building and 1 house with identity of sultanahmet erten konak rooms are decorated with antique articles and objects subject to the cencept, which reflects ottoman and turkish life style in the best manner ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Erten Konak Istanbul
- Erten Konak Hotel Istanbul