Stayed here for 5 nights in November during our first trip to Istanbul. Could not have asked for a better location!! Close to everything you would want to see in the city. 2min walk to Topaki Palace, 3min to Haigh Sophia and 5 to Blue Mosque & Hippadrome. Amazing views day and night from the small restaurant upstairs. Had a triple room on the 2nd floor, and was quite comfortable. Room was always clean, and water pressure in the shower was good. Comfortable beds too. Upstairs restaurant has a good complementary breakfast every morning, and is a great way to start the day. Shuttle to/from the airport was very convenient as well. Also a cab stand right out front.
Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. When we arrived, were offered tea and sat to chat with the receptionist. Very friendly guy, and offered to take us on a quick tour of the area, as he was just about to end his shift. Took us around Sultanahmet, explaining some of the history, pointing out good shops and restaurants, and took us to his friends carpet shop, which was actually amazing. Situated in an old 800year hotel, three stories, amazing view of the blue mosque, and some of the best and most creative carpets we saw in Istanbul, hands down! Was quite a treat on our first night.
Throughout our stay, everyone was happy to help, from the pleasant guys at the upstairs restaurant, to reception, to the bell boys. Have a list of tours that you can go on, but we had already pre-arranged ours. Booked the Bosporus night cruise/show our first night, but would probably not recommend that to anyone, although it was pretty funny.
Overall, we had an amazing stay, and feel like we really lucked out with this hotel! Definitely will stay here again when we return to Istanbul.
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- 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