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“Amazing hotel, amazing people, amazing location! Couldn't ask for anything more...”
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Hotel Sari Konak
Ranked #129 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Amazing hotel, amazing people, amazing location! Couldn't ask for anything more...”
Reviewed September 2, 2014

The hotel is just a jewel in Istanbul's heart. I stayed in 2 rooms which were totally different but equally unique, elegant and beautiful. The location is fantastic next to all the main attractions but at the same time in a peaceful neighbourhood without hearing any cars or people passing by.

The staff were excellent, always chatty and willing to help. They upgraded me to a suite as they didn't have another room available without asking me to pay the difference.

The whole hotel has a cosy, homely vibe that makes you forget you are in a hotel.

I will definitely go back and I recommend it to everyone looking for a homely, elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Istanbul!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a very nice small hotel in a relatively quiet (but still very convenient) part of Sultanahmet. The staff were all extremely helpful and welcoming. My sister and I chose the least expensive type of room, and it was very small but clean. The twin beds were not overly cushy but they weren't worn or saggy and we both slept very well. The in-suite bathroom was totally functional, no surprises.

The real star of this hotel is the beautiful roof garden. We figured we didn't really need to spend the extra money on the room since we'd be there when the roof garden was open, and that was absolutely a good gamble - it made Sari Konak a truly exceptional value. You have breakfast up there (breakfast is nice - the delicious local summer produce was the star) but it's also staffed all day, so you can go up there in the evening, relax after a long day of sightseeing, look out over the Bosphorus, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, and have a glass of wine and even snacks or dessert. Amazing.

Keep in mind that the roof garden is closed during the winter. (Sari Konak is still a good choice without it, just not quite as much of an incredible value. I might opt for a larger room if I were going to be spending more time in it.)

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Boston
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

We just got back from a vacation in Turkey, three nights of which were spent at the Sari Konak. I cannot say enough about the property -- really great for families. The room, which was modern enough (we even enjoyed the sit-down shower) had many 19th century, genuine flourishes. It really set the stage for the exploration of the great city of Istanbul.

The staff in particular was accommodating and just plain friendly. Upon request, they delivered flowers for my wife's birthday (a great surprise), arranged a private tour with a top-notch guide, and set us up with transportation to and from the airport. The rooftop staff, for breakfast but particularly so for after-dinner drinks, was uniquely wonderful. Everyone treated our six-year-old daughter like a princess -- she just loved it there.

The location is top-flight -- just a handful of blocks from the main attractions, and thus right off the tram that runs up to the new(er) part of the city across the Galata Bridge.

The rooftop photos you see are all truly representative, with the notable exception that it's even better in person. To sip your coffee or a cocktail while looking up at the Blue Mosque steps away is one of the best ways to start or end a day of touring the city. Look the other direction, and the Bosphorus is right there.

I can't say enough positive things about our Sari Konak experience. The best thing I can say is that, the next time we go to Istanbul (because I hope this was not the last), we aren't going to have a second choice of hotel -- Sari Konak for us!

Room Tip: We were in 305 -- west-facing and quiet...except for the 5:00am-ish call to prayer from the Blue Mos...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Santa Barbara
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2014

We stayed 4 nights and enjoyed the amenities of the hotel. The breakfast was delicious, the room and ensuite bathroom were very nice, and the hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. The location is perfect for seeing all of the historical sights in the area. The only improvement would be an inviting common area for guests to relax in when they do not want to be in their room.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights at the beautiful Sari Konak Hotel. The room was very nice and comfortable. A good breakfast is served at the cozy top floor terrace, with an incredible view on the Blue Mosque.
Location is perfectly close to all attractions and tram. Staff of the Hotel very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 24, 2014

I and my husband stayed in Sari Konak for 4 nites and 5 days, our whole stay in Istanbul. Hotel has great location, helpful staff and lovely terrace wher you can really enjoy breakfast, while looking on Haya Sophia, Blue Mosque, sea... everything nice and beautiful just a few steps around... But after you will set this calm sail, you have to cope with crazy and overcrowded Istanbul... better to stay in hotel :D

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were group of 20. The deluxe room which my husband and I had was spacious to European standard. You have to take the steps to get to your room.The staff of the hotel very accommodating and polite. Breakfast on top roof with relaxing view; we would stay overtime at breakfast and the staff were tolerant. You can use the top roof in the afternoon for snacking and relaxing.Have the hotel address with you most taxi's don't know where it is so they can call them. Hotel staff recommend us to get the taxi from the hotel so we wouldn't get cheated which was great and one of the guess forgot his wallet in the taxi we got it back with the money and cards in place. Some of the historical places are within walking distance which was great. I wouldn't recommend main dishes in the restaurants around it. Soup or Salad!!

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are excellent you have a lot of sunlight and it is roomy and renovated.Excellent mattre...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Sari Konak
Address: Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad No 26 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #129 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sari Konak 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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