Just got back from this hotel and we do agree with many of the comments already posted.
It is in an excellent position in a very quiet street a few minutes walk from Sultanahmet Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the cistern and only about 10 minutes to the waterfront area.
When we arrived we were welcomed like old friends and offered a drink and a member of staff then came and told us all about the hotel and its surrounds. We were then shown to our room, 1201 on the second floor. It was ok but really small and a good view of the air conditioning units.
In all honesty it wasnt the sort of room you wanted to spend to much time in,
The room was so small there was no drawers for clothes, only 1 bedside table and only 1 chair. If you had a large case you would have difficulty in finding somewhere to put it ! The TV was on the wall, just as well as there was no room for it anywhere else, in fact there was just room to get round the end of the bed, so I suppose the room was about 7’ 6” wide and about 11’ long. Thinking about it we should have said something early as it really was optimistic calling it a double !!!!! Our conservatory is bigger, and we got the impression this room was really a single
The ensuite was equally small, in fact tiny is probably a better description. On the TV very few English channels.
It was well decorated and the best thing we can say is stayed in better, stayed in worse. The real problem though was the air conditioning which had a mind of its own. Even when turned off it came on at odd hours, usually in the middle of the night, and no matter what it was set to the temperature was cold or cold. We did mention this and was told it was centrally controlled.
The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows, proper pillows too and plenty of them,. This is the first hotel in years where there was a real clock in the room.
We had breakfast in the restaurant every morning, average continental breakfast, but well cooked and a good selection of fruits. We had one dinner in the restaurant too and that was really lovely, and we really enjoyed it.
The real stars at this hotel though are the staff, I don’t think we have ever come across better. When we left though the maid obviously wanted us out as quickly as possible and as we were leaving she was going in.
Istanbul is a great place to go to and we really enjoyed our stay, We went to Topkapi, St Sofia, the Blue Mosque the underground system ( very impressive ) and over to the Asian side. We also did a Bosphorus cruise which I can really recommend.
One place not to miss is the Spice Bazaar, when we went on our last morning it was almost all locals and very few tourists, we loved it, It is not so huge as the Grand Bazaar and you can get ANYTHING and the spices are a fraction of what they are here. If we go back to Istanbul we would probably stay at the Sirkeci Konak again but we would ask for a bigger room.
- 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
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