The Hotel is situated within easy walking distance of all of the main tourist attractions , Topkapi Palace , Blue Mosque , Haghia Sophia , Basilica Cistern , these are all literally within 15 mins walk. Whilst it is possible to walk to the Grand Bazar ( 30mins) and the Galata Tower ( 40mins) since the Hotel is only 5 mins walk to the Gulhane tram stop it is far easier to use the tram to get to these destinations . The port for trips around the Bosphorus / Golden Horn is again within walking distance but as said the tram can get you there within minutes . The tram is very efficient way of getting around , each time you use the tram you pay 3 Turkish Lira , you buy tokens at the tram stops.
I would also recommend that you visit the Topkapi Palace gardens , these are literally just over the road from the Hotel . It fact if you go to the 5th floor of the Hotel and visit the roof terrace you will get a birds eye view of the Gardens.
To return to the Hotel , the staff are very experienced and the welcome briefing is the best that I have every received . Upon arrival a member of staff will invite you to a personal briefing that will give you insight into the major tourist attractions and how to get there. They will also advise on local restaurants , although I must say that having visited several local restaurants they really do not compare very well with the one in the Hotel which is excellent. All the Hotel staff are attentive, extremely helpful and all the staff went out of their way to ensure that we had a truly memorable stay .
The rooms are comfortable and although ours fronted onto the street it was quiet . The Breakfast was very comprehensive with both hot and cold buffet
Just one word of minor caution. for the next few weeks there are some building works taking place in the building next door . These works are limited to between 1030 and 1730 so they do not really impact upon your enjoyment of the Sirkeci Mansion.
So we had a very enjoyable and comfortable 4 days and I can thoroughly recommend this Hotel , we would return
- 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