We have just had a couple of nights in this hotel on a short stay in Istanbul. As other reviewers have mentioned the location is wonderful with the roof terrace looking towards the Blue Mosque or the sea so we could visit the Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome area and the Cistern very easily with only a short walk to the Palace.
We used the tram system which stops near the hotel to visit the Spice Market, Galatea Bridge and Grand Bazaar - each trip costs 3 Turkish Lire and the ticket machines are easy to use.
The hotel arranged transport to and from the airports, a good guide and were very helpful. The breakfast was okay and perfectly acceptable for a small hotel and we loved the coffee. We had drinks on the roof terrace and they shut the glass doors to keep us cosy as it was a little windy. We were given good advice from the bar man who is very knowledgeable about Turkish wines.
The only negatives are about the room. We had requested a double room and were given 2 beds pushed together, however sadly the top sheet was for a double bed and far too small. The wall mounted lamp was correctly positioned for a twin room but not for our arrangement. We mentioned the sheet and said we didn't mind separating the beds if they didn't have one, but were given 2 overlapping sheets with the same bed arrangement. The bathroom was a bit spartan in terms of toiletries and the whole room just felt a bit bare. We had a kettle but not much in the way of supplies eg. the only way of having white coffee was having a sweetened 3 in 1 instant mix. Having said all that, our friends had a much more charming room with a proper double bed so I think we were just a bit unlucky.
My rating is a 4 because of the nice staff and helpful attitude but would have been a 3 if it was just about the accommodation.
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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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