After an absolute nightmare at 2am with the fraudulent "Seven Dreams Hotel", we trolled the streets looking for a decent hotel with an empty room for the night. We stumbled upon this place, with a nice-looking entryway and a well-lit lobby. Although the place seemed a bit dated and tacky, they did have a room for us, so we went to take a look at it. A man took us down to the basement floor, not the best sign, and led us into the first room on the left. The room was TINY, even on a European scale. Bright pink, decorated like a little girl's room during the Victorian era. Creepy, painful-looking pictures on the walls of the Virgin Mary. Large windows, but of course, no views. The bathroom, however, was this room's saving grace. Top-to-bottom pale green marble, a good sized sink, clean toilet, and large shower with both a rain-type and regular removable shower head. The AC was also on full blast and was nice and cold (no weird smells, either). The man, who seemed annoyed to service us from the get-go, said there was no key for the room and that we should make sure to lock it from the inside. At this point we were so spent, we didn't even care, and just wanted to get some sleep. We slept well, but there was no sunlight to wake us up. At around 10am as we were showering and getting dressed, someone literally barged into the room, without as much as a knock. Luckily I screamed just in time, or they would have literally caught us putting on our underwear. We finished up quickly and got out of there. The front desk offered us free breakfast upstairs on the roofdeck, so we went up before checking out (since we didn't book online, we had no idea which amenities were included). Breakfast had just ended at 10:30, so the very sweet older gentleman offered us as much coffee and tea as we liked. The food they were taking off the buffet seemed varied and tasty. The view upstairs was impressive -- both the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are in full view, as well as a long stretch of the Bosphorus, and a clear view of the Asian side. A few unsightly rooftops are in the way, though, as well as noise coming from the many tour buses parked below. When we checked out, the host brought us apple tea and we sat in the lobby checking our e-mails (wi-fi is offered, and they also have a desktop near reception). Overall, we were pleased with our stay, although the decor of the entire hotel needs some serious updating. Also, they could benefit from digital key cards to improve security, and their wi-fi range needs expanding (we had signal in the lobby, but none in our room just a few meters away). We paid €100 for the one night, a bit steep for what we were offered, but that terrace plus being so close to the historic sites made it even more worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi is proud to serve those guests who prize the unique ambience and charm of a bygone age - as well as comfort, care and convenience – rather than the impersonal, homogenized facilities promoted by the global tourism industry. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valide Sultan Konagi Istanbul
- Valide Sultan Konagi Hotel Istanbul