I really liked the location of this hotel. Many people said, "Oh, you're staying in the tourist area." Well, yeah, that's what we were.
The Sari Konak is located in the Old City in a building that was once, I imagine, a private town home for a wealthy citizen (though for the life of me, I can't find any history) in a neighborhood full of the same - town homes that have been converted to small hotels. The neighborhood is charming to walk around in, quiet at night, and not heavily trafficked, except by the occasional tourist bus.
We could walk to numerous sights (Hagia Sophia, blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Arasta Bazaar). The tram was also close by and easy to navigate to other parts of the Sultanahmet. There were LOTS of restaurants within a couple of blocks of the hotel and so many more a 10 - 15 minute walk away.
My husband and I spent 5 nights here on our first visit to Istanbul. Our room, no. 604, was on the third floor, was quite large and spacious, with a king size bed that was very comfortable and firm (new?) and three armchairs, so we weren't confined to sitting on the bed. The bathroom was also nicely sized for a hotel bath. Everything was very clean. The bed linens were a very nice quality. Our two enormous windows opened so we could enjoy fresh air. The staff, from the desk to the housekeepers, was very friendly and helpful when we needed help. Breakfast was substantial, with eggs, meats, cheeses, fruit, and cereal as well as lots of local breads.
I would not only recommend this hotel to others but will probably stay here again if we have the opportunity to return to Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sari Konak, set in the historic district of Sultanahmet, is a small family owned hotel, taking pride in offering its guests a charming "home away from home" in Istanbul, with many guests returning on a regular basis. The traveller who feels lost in a big hotel can experience the comfort and pleasure of home in such a small scale hotel where guests can establish friendships outside the boundaries of the classic customer relationship. ... more less
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