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Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi
Ranked #195 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Istanbul, Turkey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Excellent hotel, staff even better”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I spent 4 nights at this hotel. The room I was in was somewhat small, but cheer and clean. The highlight of the stay there though was the staff. From the front desk and especially to Rambo the waiter in the restaurant/bar. They were helpful and anticipated my needs.

I chose the hotel because of its location. It is literally steps away from Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Sophia as well as an easy walk to the Galata Bridge, the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar.

Room Tip: Rooms on the north are quieter, but mine on the 3rd floor looked out on the Sea of Marmara. Beautif...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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White Rock, Canada
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed here for several days in May 2013. The rooms are small but very clean. The staff are very kind and helpful. The neighborhood is safe. Our room had a view of the Blue Mosque. The Topkapi Palace is only one block away. We were walking distance to all the main attractions near the Palace, and just a short stroll across the square to catch the trolley to the Spice Market. Breakfast is served on the top floor with panoramic views of the ocean.

Room Tip: Request a room on the back side of the hotel with a view of the mosque. This is also the quieter si...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

ME and my two boys aged 12 and 14 stayed here. We decided to splash out because it was our last night. The hotel was Expensive - I think I paid $175 for one night. Room was rather small - a bit cramped. The double bed was very comfortable - did not want to get up and leave the bed next morning! However the single bed was very disappointing because it wasn't a proper bed but one of them fold down contraptions which wasn't very comfortable and frankly I expect a lot better for the money I paid. The bathroom was modern and had shower gel freebies. However there were no hooks in the bathroom to hook your clothes onto and no lock on the door or even a handle on the inside! Very posh lounge downstairs but not cozy. The terrace was very nice with good views. For the price we expected a much better breakfast. All in all it was worth splashing out on our last night BUT I believe there are better hotels for that price available and so would not return again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Westminster, Colorado
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We arrived here yesterday, and were greeted by a courteous hotelier, Serkan, who introduced us to all that the area offered, including the discounts that he could get us if we choose to go either here or there. He was gracious and accommodating to our needs. The room we choose was one on the third floor, above the street noise, and it is a little bit small, but we chose it for it's view of the water beyond the wall of the Topkapi palace. It is squeaky clean, and nicely decorated. We think that it is quite a worthwhile choice to make, and access is by elevator, including up to the 4th floor for breakfast which is included. We are quite convenient to the tram and to transportation, which is easy to use to get around. We recommend this place for travelers who want to be in the historic center of things, and feel like they have a personal staff at their disposal. Very helpful.

Room Tip: largeer room has two twins, smaller room has " matrimonial", that is, a double bed. I didn...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane Qld Australia
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi is an attractive boutique hotel, in an excellent location in the Old City in Istanbul. The area is safe, the hotel is tastefully furnished and the staff are most helpful. Serkan offered to arrange any tour for me. It is situated next to the Topkapi palace. Great breakfasts with wonderful views. Access to a computer and internet, and staff only too willing to assist with any issues. Strongest recommendation for this beautiful hotel.

Room Tip: My room overerlooked Topkapi Palace walls. Not a great deal of traffic noise, and I slept very well...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Returning to Istanbul we choose to stay at this hotel, for its location and size. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable especially Serkan and Murat. We enjoyed our breakfast (included in the room rate). The presentation of food is appealing to the eye and tasty to the palate. The location is on top of many major sights and easily reached by public transportation. The rooms are small but tasteful, as this is an historic building. A drawback is the noisy air-conditioning, but it cools the room well. We would come back here!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Very nice place, very clean, near Topkapi Palace (Sultan's Palace), 5 min away from historic old city. Very nice service and excellent food. They can get you a nice city tour or/and Bosforus night/day tour at realy good price. Strongly recommended! Thank you guys, especially Serkan for and outstanding service.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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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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