The Sari Konak is located in the Sultanahmet neighborhood - and I feel like when trying to figure out where to the stay - it's always confusing if you've never been before. This location offers easy access to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace - all sites you will want to see if visiting Istanbul and the rest of the city is an easy walk from here. Great central location. From the rooftop, you have great views of the Bosphorus River and the Blue Mosque.
The B&B itself was fairly nice. Clean. Friendly staff. Has a nice Turkish charm about it. We stayed in one of the family sweets - which was nice because I was staying with my aunt - so we each had our own room. Rooms were large and spacious with great sun light. No complaints about the room except we had issues with wifi in the room the whole trip - had to go to the lobby for it to work (or the rooftop).
The breakfast was decent for any place - fruit, cheeses, nuts, eggs, meat, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice - in the warmer months, they serve it on the rooftop. I believe the serve it in the outdoor garden/downstairs in the winter. The staff is the best, friendly and great at remembering if you take coffee or tea in the morning.
My only complaint was the airport pickup and drop off. They forgot to tell whoever was picking me up - so I had to ask 2 gentlemen picking up other people to help me, which they were very kind and friendly, to finally have someone come up about 30 minutes later and when they came to pick me up - they had my name spelled incorrectly Kriston Orris - not my name but close enough I figure it had to be me. Not 100% sure what was going on but it was late at night (almost midnight) so I went with it. Ended up it just fine but not exactly the way I had envisioned my entrance into Istanbul. And on my way back to the airport - I had to leave at 3:30 for a 5am flight - I am pretty sure the guy was falling asleep behind the wheel. I seriously buckled up thinking we were going to hit something (mind you it's super early in the morning - so not too many things to hit on the road but we managed to get close to a few curbs.) Fortunately again, I made it safely to the airport. They might want to look into their car service - not that they aren't nice - just not a solid experience. But wouldn't let this detour you for staying at the hotel.
If I go back to Istanbul - I would definitely consider staying in this hotel. Also, they offer 10% discount if you pay cash. Good deal.
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- 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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