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Tashkonak Hotel
Ranked #70 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Overall it was a good experience...our first trip to Istanbul...found this on TA and booked on the hotels website. Before booking we thought we want to experience the history & culture & felt staying in the old city would be ideal...this was a great location...Its kind of tucked away but centrally located. A short walk from the hotel thru' the Arasta Bazaar was the Blue mosque and Hagia(Aya) Sophia & the Obelix and other structures, which are part of the Hippodrome. The other side was the Sea and boardwalk & restaurants(some have a pick-up service).
They provided us with airport pick-up which was great as when we arrived, there was utter chaos {which another traveler pointed out that it was never that way on his previous visits---maybe becoz there were 3 tour companies there to pick up too}...we had e-mailed the hotel earlier to verify and confirm the pick-up...there was a person standing outside the exit door with several names on the hotels list & easy to find even in the crowd.
Once we arrived after going thru' a major traffic block on the Kennedy Caddessi, check-in was pretty smooth & there was a person to carry our heavy luggage to the 2nd floor. Our room was fairly small (compared to some boutique hotels in Paris) with a decent size bed, a cupboard(with a locker) & a make-up table near a fairly small bathroom. Nice wallpaper & 2 big windows facing the small garden area, where tea is served. It is across from a Mosque which has a speaker for the prayer call. First day we were woken up by the prayer call & then by the seagulls. But the next day when we were sipping tea in the garden we noticed that the windows were open. Everyday the cleaning staff opened the windows to let fresh air in & so we remembered to close them everyday on our return. Ofcourse, someone's note about using ear-plugs was a great idea to block the morning prayer call & then sleeping in wasn't a problem at all. The shower stall was very small & meant for a quick wash & not a proper bath.
Morning breakfast (served on the terrace with a beautiful view) was a good layout (not suitable for us) but the same everyday. So on the 7th day we were pretty tired of eating the same type of meal. Although the breakfast is ready pretty early in case you have to take a tour & the pick-up is very early. The staff were really friendly & helpful(worth tipping). I did walk up to get the Apple Tea(Elma Chai) & the boy was nice to get us hot water in the middle of the day. There is always someone at the front desk & they guide you & help you with tours & finding a restaurant or an ATM...& they give you a pocket map of the hotel location.
Wi-fi was available in the room & was pretty good almost all times of day except maybe in the late evenings or early mornings (maybe due to the load). The doors are the antique looking type with a key and not sound proof (you can hear everyone on the stairs) & you hand over the key to get the room cleaned. There is a little store just past their entrance & also a cleaners across the street. There is a restaurant at the corner, which serves dinner late into the night, which was really nice to have when we returned at 11pm. A short walk away there are many restaurants & also small grocery stores to buy extra water or snacks. The hotel provided 2 bottles everyday in the little 'fridge in the cupboard.
Similar to many hotels in the area, but this one had an antique look about it. There was one more Tashkonak up the street but the sign said Tashkonak suites. The street down from Arasta bazaar was lined with many stores & restaurants, plus easy to hail a taxi (taksi). Lot of vendors selling corn, bread or a local snack. Close to the tram & Big bus stops which are right in the park between Hagia Sophia & the Blue Mosque(also Basilica cistern). A short walk away is the Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace & the night life area with some expensive restaurants.
Check-out was smooth with a cash discount & also they allowed us to stay couple of hours extra to let us grab some lunch before our airport drop-off.

Room Tip: Liked the garden facing room. Second floor was ideal.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Hotel Tashkonak is a real gem, demonstrating real Turkish courtesy, hospitality and helpfulness at its best. We had a fairly simple but clean, quiet and comfortable room on the first floor, overlooking their secluded garden. (The hotel has larger and more luxurious rooms if wanted). Without exception the staff were courteous and friendly and went out of their way to assist us, and we had a lot of laughs with the two delightful breakfast ladies. Wonderful views of the Sea of Marmara from the roof terrace, which, along with the peaceful ground floor garden provides a welcome place to relax after busy sight seeing.
All this within a stone's throw of the Blue Mosque, Haya Sofia, the Hippodrome, the Mosaic Museum and the Sultan Ahmet tram stop. What more could you want? We'll be back!

NB We travelled by Turkish Airlines - they're superb.

Room Tip: A range of rooms available at different prices so make your needs clear.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Wonderful stay in Istanbul. Tashkonak hotel is central, discreet, elegant and not least has a superb terrace from which we could see the Sea of ​​Marmara while we enjoyed breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, I discovered Hotel Tashkonac delicious traditional Turkish and oriental products, light and tasty. We will return...

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

A nice hotel, at walking distance to the main tourist attractions, and very handy also for the metro, if you need to visit Taksim or take a boat to the Asian side or go back to the airport.
Unfortunately, not all the rooms are the same, so I would recommend to ask specifically for a room at the upper floor, with a view on the garden. The first night we were given a room at the top floor, as we requested, but it was just underneath the kitchen, so we couldn't really sleep, as they work till very late (1.30, 2.00 am) and start very early. We were ready to leave the hotel , but the guy at the reception changed our room, and we got a very cute one, always top floor and with a view on the garden, definitely much better, and it had also a little terrace. Rooms are quite small though, and also the double bed is not that big, but they are very clean and at the end of the day you need a room mostly for sleeping, as you will spend most of your time outside, so it was ok.
Breakfast is at the top floor, with a nice view over the sea, and it is self service. There are 2 nice ladies attending at the kitchen. Some food was lovely: yogurt, jams, borek, coffe, breads and cakes, while ham, vegetables, eggs and that kind of stuff didn't appeal me that much.
Taxi for the airport should be free if you book through their website, otherwise is 25 euro one way. It is definitely cheaper if you get a taxi on the street (should be around 12, 15 euro), but in this way you avoid the hassle and you get a comfortable taxi just in front of the hotel. You pay directly the hotel and not the taxi driver, that you can eventually tip. Housekeeper, kitchen keeper and help for your luggage they all expect to be tipped, but as they are all very nice and attentive, they deserve it.

Room Tip: garden side, better if top floor
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Stand on the breakfast terrace and look at the Blue Mosque in one drection and the Bosphorus in the other. Spectacular ! Great location within walking distance of many of the key tourist sites in Istanbul and close to the tramway to get to many of the others. Very helpful staff anxious to make sure you plan your holiday to get the best out of the days you have in the area. Rooms just fine and breakfast OK. And you'll never need an early morning call to get on your tour bus/boat or get to the airport for an early flight - the 5am call to prayer and the screeching seagulls and yowling local cats will ensure that you are awake in lots of time!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We had booked into another hotel for a 4 day break in June, only to be told by the hotel that they were full, after being shown several either full or unsatisfactory hotels, the two kind men ( neither of whom worked for the hotel that had let us down) found us this hotel. We checked in close to midnight, exhausted. They kindly made us all tea. The rooms were clean, the bathrooms although small ( expect this in all ottoman houses that are converted to hotels) were clean, shower fine. The hotel has a little garden. The staff that prepare the breakfasts were very cheerful and helpful. They even provided a birthday cake for a guest at breakfast. The breakfasts themselves were fine. The staff at reception always willing to help, even got a discount for cash, would happily stay there again

Room Tip: A good budget hotel. Rooms next to the road are a bit noisier but there is little traffic anyway.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We only had one night at the Tashkonak before moving to a different hotel. We really had a delightful stay and would have liked to stay longer. The reputation for hospitality is well deserved. Rooms are clean and comforatable but relatively basic. But dont worry - there a plenty of places to hang out.
Very good breakfast.
This is a very good well priced choice.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Tomurcuk Sok. No. 5 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#19 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#55 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#82 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $27 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tashkonak Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tashkonak Hotel is located in Sultanahmet - Old City. Our hotel 5/10 minutes walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace. Tashkonak has tastefully restored 33 guestrooms with contemporary decor in rich colours, hardwood floors and wooden Ottoman-style furniture. There are 2 Sea view Suite room on top floor with panoramic view and accessible terrace balcony. All rooms equipped with satellite LCD television, Air Conditioner with self controller, High speed free wireless Internet access (Free WI-FI), Safe Box, central heating, direct-dial telephones and minibar, Wardrobe, Towels, Bed Linen, Slippers. Bathrooms include showers, 24 hour hot water, hair dryers and local toiletries such as shampoo & soap. The hotel serve free buffet breakfast in the covered hotel garden on lobby floor from 07:30 to 10:30. ... more   less 
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