Very clean, comfortable, excellent staff, and great location for us. Staff was very helpful in getting a taxi and only a 10 minute walk to Taksim Square and Iskitlal Street. Starting with the great location: across the street from Sultana's (see another review on them). There is a convenience/liquor store if you want to purchase your own Efes beer or Yakut wines (right next door to the right as you exit the hotel); 1 block further to the right are currency exchange stores; 1 block to the left are fruit markets, chestnut and simti vendors, and a 5 minute walk left is Polo Patisserie with to-die-for dark chocolate and pistachio cake. And if you must, there is a Starbucks a block away on the opposite side of the street but take care to use the crosswalks as the traffic is, well, Istanbul traffic!
Meals: Large and varied breakfast buffet and items quickly replaced when they ran out. We only tried the dining room once and that was for light appetizers upon our arrival after the 12 hour flight.....the samosas were hot, delicious, and not greasy. They served Kavaklidere Turkish red and white wines (Yakut winery) which were very good and balanced.
Noise/staff: Despite being on a busy street, our room was very quiet and we did not hear any street noise....being an old building the walls are thin, and our neighbors were very loud but the excellent staff handled the situation quickly and efficiently and no noise after that.
Cleanliness/atmosphere: Very clean; take in the framed artwork of Turkish women and daily life scenes hanging in the hallways leading to the breakfast area. Very interesting ceiling decor in the lobby (not meant sarcastically, it is very interesting) and unique chairs and couches reminding you that you are in the city from which rose the Ottoman Empire.
Overall: Highly recommend for the location, cleanliness, and friendliess/efficiency of the staff will definitely stay here again on our next Istanbul trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Konak Hotel is located in the heart of the Taksim Square, which is close to the Lutfi Kirdar Exhibition Center, ICEC and Military Museum. Shopping, night life, restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and historical places are all walking distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Konak Hotel Istanbul