We were 2 couples travelling together within Turkey at the end of July. As world travelers from New York travelling over 40 years, we have a frame of reference in the many hotels and restaurants we've experienced. We all agreed that the friendly and helpful service we received at the Sirkeci Konak was the best we have ever had! When we return to Istanbul someday, we will again stay here.
The hotel van was waiting for us at the airport to transport us to the hotel. As soon as we arrived there we were invited into the "living room" lobby for drinks while the concierge spent time with us, answering questions, making suggestions and reservations. This reletively new small hotel is immaculate (as we found all of Turkey to be) and has "Old World" decor and charm. The rooms are small but the beds very, very comfortable. Bathrooms have great shower pressure and nice soap/ plus ammenities. The door between our room and our friends' room did not provide great soundproofing, but I wonder if this is standard for Istanbul boutique hotels? The hotel is within walking distance to the main attractions, yet on a quiet street. We didn't have time to use the pool or spa, but we did enjoy the lounges on the rooftop terrace under the stars late in the evening.
I must RAVE about the dinner that is included in the hotel's restaurant if you book directly. It was definitely the one of the best dinners we had in Turkey. The 3 course dinner- anything on the menu- including appetizer, main course and dessert was served elegantly. We all had different foods and we couldn't get over how delicious everything was.
What we loved so much about Turkey is the friendliness of its people. The Sirecki Konak staff is the perfect example of "Turkish Hospitality", even giving us lovely gifts at the end of our stay. A hotel like the Hilton or Marriott can be found anywhere in the world. However, if you want to feel the charm of Istanbul, book the The Sirecki Konak.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located next to the Topkapi palace in the heart of Istanbul and from where we are we invite you to explore the mysteries of two thousand years. In hopes of capturing the spirit of the area, our Konak's atmosphere, decor and design take a revolutionary approach in combining 19th century style with 21st century comfort. Combined with this atmosphere, what if we offer the promise of distinctive hospitality? Just imagine! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirkeci Konak Istanbul
- Hotel Sirkeci Konak