In summary this is a really excellent hotel in pretty much the perfect location in Istanbul.
It is in a quiet and very safe locality. It is in a little side street right up against the walls of the Topkapi Palace. It is within easy walking distance of the Palace, the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. It is also very close to the main shopping street in the old city (Divan Yolu), and therefore close to a host of restaurants, the Roman Cisterns and the Grand Bazaar. In the other direction it is a short walk to the Galata Bridge and Eminonu, the quay from which ferries and tour boats depart. There are plenty of good restaurants within a two minute walk and the stop for the No8 tram is at the end of the street . This is the tram to take across the Golden Horn to get to Kabatas. Thence one can walk to the Dolmabahce Palace or take the funicular to Taksim Square.
As to the hotel itself, it is very comfortable and extremely well run. The staff could not be more helpful and charming. The rooms are spotless and the beds and pillows outstanding. We paid a little extra for a superior room with a balcony and felt it well worthwhile. The restaurant in the hotel does an excellent breakfast, and the evening meal we had there was the best we had in Istanbul. If you book for three nights or more the hotel will pick you up from the airport, a significant perk as you should not even think of driving in the city.
The company which owns the hotel also owns some of the best restaurants in this part of the city, notably Imbat and Pasazade. These two are good and hotel guests get a 10% reduction.
- 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