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Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi
Ranked #195 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
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“DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE!!!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

-The photos are deceiving...the rooms are TINY and incredibly outdated!!!
IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITH 3 people - the 3 person room is a JOKE. They are small for even 2 people.

-The location while it's "close" to things...is VERY VERY busy. It's right next to where the tour busses drop off millions of people to see the Topkapi palace, and there's a taxi station right there. VERY noisy.

-WATCH OUT for expensive "suggestions". They GET COMMISSION on everything they suggest to you. They mark the prices up and keep the difference. We did a cruise they suggested and sat next to someone that paid $40 less PER PERSON.

-LAUNDRY - do not do it there. They fail to tell you there's a minimum and drastically overcharge you.

-Breakfast - is great and the view is good. The older guy running the bar is very very sweet.

-The day clerk (benjamin I think) is very very nice and accomidating. The night clerk will over charge and try to sell you on EVERYthing.

Room Tip: If you're travelling with 3 people do NOT stay here.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Right around the corner from the Four Seasons Hotel and spitting distance from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, this is a very good small hotel. The staff are friendly and helpful, my room was clean (and I liked the comforter). Breakfast was plentiful and good with a nice view of the Bosporus. The bathroom was a little small and you can hear when the room above flushes, and the safe in the room conked out with stuff inside so the manager had to unlock it, but overall, quite good for the price. A spacious lobby area and lots of tea, and the wi-fi was easy and worked consistently. I would recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: I booked a room for 2 and it's pretty small, with a full-sized bed. For two people, especially i...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2012

I hawe stay there for 3 days really ıt was perfect,kind staff good rooms nice service really like it.
hotel location is umbeliveble just front off topkapı palace.I was planing to spend 2 week in istanbul but the resepsion guy who names banjamin he is to kind and friendly he recomend me to hawe turkey tours and he arrange to for me.thank you soo much again.now ım in konia ım writeing to my hotel rooms ıts really great mystic and historical this city its first plce of the ottoman empire and its place of the birt dervishes .
ıf you hawe any plan to come istanbul you should stay in valide sultan konagı and meet the banjamin he will all time to help you and give the best advice for safety trip.
hotel price ıs 165 $ for duble room
rooms are comfortable and large and ıts clean
thank you again jennie and george with best regards

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

In short, we were totally pleased with the room, the location, the breakfast, the staff, and will recommend Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi to any of our friends, relatives, or random strangers needing a reasonably priced, unique and comfortable place to stay while in Istanbul. As an added bonus, one of the main guys there, Bunyamin, is maybe the world’s best hotelier.

In long, we arrived in Istanbul at 9 am after taking an overnight bus from a small seaside town in Bulgaria named Burgas. This bus ride was the final leg of a journey that started two weeks previously in Florence, Italy. When we arrived in Istanbul, all we wanted to do was take showers, eat a little something, and rest. However, we stopped in three hotels located in Sultanahmet, the main historic district in Istanbul, and they were all full. After literally having a short cry (my companion needed to let out some emotion after we were turned away the third time), we started walking towards Hagia Sophia and let its massive beauty ease our spirits. As we continued to explore the area, we found Topkapi Palace and the relatively steep hill and street along its southwestern side. At the end of this short street, is a hotel you can't miss due to its brilliant burnt orange wood exterior and welcoming front door. With hopes in our hearts that this was where we were going to rest out heads, we walked in and were greeted by the extremely helpful, polite, and English speaking, Bunyamin (like Benjamin).

Bunyamin immediately sensed our road weariness but, since it was still early and the hotel was full the night before, he needed at least an hour to check out a previous guest and prepare a room for us. Luckily, breakfast was being served up on the roof and he insisted that we go up stairs and enjoy a meal and the view of the Bosphorus and Asia. We accepted.

The rooftop restaurant was great, the staff was perfect, and the view hit the spot. We were happy. When our room was ready, Bunyamin came and found us, took us to the room, made sure it was to our liking, and left us to enjoy the quiet breeze of air-conditioning, a shower full of endless hot water, and beds more than comfortable enough for a solid midday nap.

We spent three nights at Hotel Valide and enjoyed every one of them. Our last night there we needed to be up and at the airport at 5:30 am and Bunyamin made sure there were breakfast and an airport shuttle waiting to greet us when we awoke. He even helped us with our pronunciation of “teşekkür ederim” (pronounced “tea sugar dream”), which is what we had to say repeatedly for all the unexpected but greatly welcomed help we received. For those who don’t speak Turkish, “tea sugar dream” means “thank you.”

As for the city of Istanbul, if you haven’t been or are questioning why anyone would go, you’re missing out on a major life experience. The city has an incredibly deep and vibrant culture full of great cuisine, sights, shopping and perhaps the most colorful people on either side of the Bosphorus. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, unique and comfortable place to stay while in Istanbul, stay at Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi. It’s practically perfect.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California, United States
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

My son and I visited Istanbul for the first time and we had a wonderful experience!
The staff at Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi made our experience at Turkey very memorable. The owner of the hotel was wonderful and the location is the best. I highly recommend staying at this place.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2012

This hotel is across the street from the Topkapi Palace and just behind Hagia Sophia. It is also a very short distance from the Blue Mosque. The hotel has wonderful staff and the staff at the front desk spoke excellent English. The rooms are comfortable and vary a little in quality (we have stayed there 4 times). The rooms are clean and the air conditioning works well. Breakfast is included and is located on the top floor. The views are wonderful. It is a terrific place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi
Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Ishak Pasa Cad. Kutlugun Sok. No: 1, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#44 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#128 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#149 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#193 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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