From the moment you book, the staff start looking after you, providing a guest website where you can book meals, tours, spa treatments (we didn't use it, hence 3 stars - judging by everything else, I'm sure it will be excellent). Any questions are quickly and fully answered.
Without repeating every other review on this hotel (unbelievable service, clean and comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast buffet (until 11am!), roof terrace and restaurant with lovely views), our stay was summed up by several things:
A member of staff brought us through to the salon upon our arrival, offered a complimentary drink and then went through our trip (in as much detail as we wished) to make sure everything was ready for us - including arranging a guided tour, dinner reservations, etc. We never felt pushed into anything, just presented with options, each of which turned out to be a great idea.
On the desk in the room, we found a note from the hotelier welcoming us and explaining that we should feel like we are guests in his own home and that nothing should be too much trouble - nothing was.
The location is perfect - just 5 minutes from the bustle of the tourist centre around Sultanahmet - peace and quiet in a hectic city.
The hotel offers complimentary cultural experiences. We enjoyed a cooking experience with the head chef and 4 other guests. There was also a tour and wine tasting, among others. It was an added bonus during our stay and really made us feel like valued guests.
We honestly did not want to leave our hosts. The sooner we can arrange another visit, the better. Why anyone would spend more on one of the big hotels, miles from the old city, I don't know.
Make sure you visit Istanbul and make sure you stay at Sirkeci Konak, you will not be disappointed.
Also, if you are visiting Istanbul on the tourist trail make sure you come during Ramadan - the sights, sounds and atmosphere of thousands of people breaking the fast together will stay with us forever.
- 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