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“Not a bad Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi

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Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi
Ranked #233 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Staffordshire
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not a bad Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2009

We stayed for a week in May 2009. There are much more good points than bad. Firstly the location in Sultanhamet (the old city) means that is in walking distance from the main tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Basilica Cistern etc. The hotel was nicely decorated and the bedroom was comfortable. Each room has air conditioning. You get a good buffet breakfast in the rooftop Restaurant, the waiter who called himself Rambo worked hard hence you were looked after. The restaurant has a Panoramic view of the city, the sea, and the Hagia Sophia. They serve nice evening meals in the rooftop restaurant.
Points to watch, the transfer from the airport (16miles) is I think too expensive at £20 each way making £40 return. You get driven at high speed through the Istanbul mad traffic the drivers dont care much about safety as our one was texting while driving! Also they do a hard sell on buying tickets for the tourist attractions. Much cheaper to go and buy your entrance ticket at the attaction. You get woken up at 4:30am when the Mosques call to prayer! But Overall I would reccomend this nice small Hotel.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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California
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550 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2008

The Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi is a terrific hotel. The staff is very friendly. The location is terrific. Great views of the city from the hotel rooftop terrace.

  • Liked — Location & hotel staff
  • Disliked — Nothing. Everything was great.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Christy D
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london
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2008

its a good hotel, location is great, walking distance to most attractions.but there are some scams going on.
They were unclear about the free transfers, actually the transfer is one way and then they charge you 60YTL for return transfer and ask for cash at the last minute so you dont have time to organise anything independently.
secondly watch out for the exchange rate we ended up paying £95 more than we were quoted because the hotel used a exchange rate way above the bank average. We were stung.
Its a pity that they spoiled our stay by these tactics. so as long as you watch out, and are aware that the hotel is not very professional in their dealings with their guests then you will have a good holiday. Eat at the dervish next to the blue mosque very good fresh sis. Have a waffle on princess island and negotiate your own taxi fares without the meter!!

Stayed July 2008
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Atlanta GA
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2008

We stayed in the Hotel Valide Sultan for three nights.
We found a discount rate for this hotel through Orbitz and contacted them directly. They matched the rate (85 Euros). When we arrived the owner sat in the lobby and talked with us for a while. She encouraged people to contact her directly.This hotel looks like a fake Ottoman hotel (maybe it isn't) and is not as atmospheric as Kybele. On the other hand, the rooms are nice (though the décor is a over the top)We had a beautiful view from our room of the Bosphorus. The rooftop restaurant was wonderful. Best views to the Bosphorus (better for instance than the Sari Konak though in the evening there is a restaurant so you can't just sit up here). Breakfast was great on the rooftop. The folks on the frontdesk were warm and friendly. We had a problem with our credit card then the front desk sorted it out for us. We definitely would stay here again. (but beware of problems with overbooking reported on Tripadvisor). The best location because it is quiet and just a short walk up to Topaki.

  • Liked — location, rooftop terrace for breakfast
  • Disliked — decor
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank amyAtlantaGA
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Milan, Italy
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40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2008

Unfortunately our room was overbooked so they took us to another hotel for a night. They were very kind and the substitute room was very nice (even if the other hotel wasn't), but still we were not that comfortable moving around.
for the rest the hotel is very nice, with a great breakfast room with a good view of the bosphorus.
The room was small (as usual in Istanbul) but quiet and at walking distance of the main tourist attractions.
The staff was extremely kind and made an effort to make our stay enjoyable.
Print out a small map of the hotel indications, so you can show taxi drivers when you take a taxi... we found that many were asking directions along the way!
There are quite a few good carpet shops around the corner (south from the hotel) dig in!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — small room
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank goodmiki
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Brooklyn, New York
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50 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2008

I just returned from a 5 night stay at the Valide Sultan Konagi Hotel in the Sultanahmet section of Istanbul. I recommend the hotel for its great location, incredibly nice staff and restaurant with amazing view. It is not as luxurious as its four-star rating might imply, but the rooms are definitely pretty and clean and comfortable. There is an elevator to all the floors; I know people in the forums have been curious about accessibility in Sultanahmet hotels. If walking is an issue for anyone the area is hilly. For instance the entrance to the Topkapi Palace is a one steep uphill block away and maybe three to the Hagia Sophia. The rooms don't have safes but there are individual safes behind the front desk. There is wi-fi in the lobby, but I was able to get the signal in my room... don't know it that was because I was on a lower floor. As far as the room goes, the beds are very comfortable (easy to sleep late!), there's a minibar restocked with drinks daily and the bathroom was good - standup shower, no tub, but other rooms might be different. They have complimentary airport pickup -- the friendly driver was right there on time and the ride in to the hotel was easy. They don't accept American Express.. the people who checked out before me had problems because they had reserved the room on Amex so thought the could charge the room on it. All in all it is a really nice hotel and I recommend it.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lobby decoration
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Brooklynite718
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Northern California
Level Contributor
30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2007

October 10 through October 17
My wife and I were met at the airport by a driver with a car sent by the hotel. We had requested a large room, as we have stayed at the Valide Sultan in 1999 and are aware of the sizes of some of the rooms.

The staff was kind and courteous in their manner, friendly and very helpful.

From the lobby to our room to the roof top restaurant of the hotel the decor and furnishings are beautifully appointed.

The hotel is in walking distance to all major sites (we are senior citizens).

We were there for the last day of Ramadam and Eids (the following 3 day holiday). The Turkish people are just so nice. This was a lovely trip that we will long remember.

  • Liked — The room - breakfast - the staff
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank CBD100
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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
#168 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#194 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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