Last year, I stayed with a friend at the Sirkeci Konak. I was the 1,000th person to lodge a review of the hotel on Tripadvisor, and received an invitation from the generous owner, Mr Faruk Boyaci, to stay in his newest establishment, the Neorion, for two nights the next time I was in Istanbul. On this occasion, we stayed for 4 nights.
I can only emulate the views of others – a superb hotel with wonderful staff, service and amenities.
The location of the Neorion is excellent for walking to all the main sights in the old city, or catching a tram or ferry to other areas of Istanbul.
As with other nearby Sirkeci Group hotels, the welcome is warm and personable, with a guest relations staff member sitting in the lounge with you, offering a drink of your choice, explaining about the hotel and environs, and answering any questions.
We loved our spacious wheelchair accessible top floor room (606), the exceptionally comfortable beds, quality linen and pillows, the hanging and draw space, the roomy bathroom, and the excellent wifi signal. There was a range of good magazines in the room, a canister of Turkish Delight, a welcome bowl of fruit, and a bottle of wine from Cappadocia.
Our room was at the rear of the hotel, and with double glazed windows, there was no noise.
The room was spotless and housekeeping staff were friendly.
The additional amenities list in the room for forgetful people was a thoughtful touch: tweezers, nail clippers, floss, toothbrush and paste, razor and shaving foam, hair brush, ear plugs, fly spray, iron and ironing board etc.
The pillow list was also terrific: nano tech, plume, ergonomic, orthopaedic and viscoelastic.
The huge rooftop terrace offered expansive 360 degree views.
My travelling companion made use of the swimming pool and Turkish bath, which she loved.
The breakfasts were excellent, with a wide selection of hot and cold Turkish and Western fare. The freshly squeezed orange juice was delicious. You could order any type of coffee e.g. espresso, cappuccino.
The delightful owner, Faruk Boyaci, was often on hand at breakfast to chat with guests.
The generous provision of mezze in the dining and lounge areas in the afternoons was a lovely gesture. The lounge area was well utilised, with a library of cultural and historical books on Turkey. I usually wandered down at about 6 pm for a generous glass of decent wine (7 TL).
We loved the Sirkeci group restaurants last year, and decided to utilise the 10% discount voucher to dine at Imbat and Neyzade this time. The excellent food and service drew us back for dinner to both establishments twice. My reviews of these restaurants have been published separately on Tripadvisor.
In summary, the Neorion is a warm, friendly “home away from home”, as is the Sirkeci Konak Hotel.
The owner, Faruk, is delightful, generous and engaging in discussing his vision for his staff (250 and counting!) and the development of the Sirkeci area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Neorion Hotel is at the very center of Istanbul's history and culture, ancient and modern. Named for Byzantium's grand port (see the map) on the Golden Horn, it welcomes visitors from around the world just as the port did in the great days of Constantinople. Neorion is more than a comfortable travelers' refuge in the heart of the city. It was conceived and designed to honor and reflect all of the cultures who have enriched the city and its empires. To stay here is to learn and enjoy the cultures, cuisines, arts and traditions of all the travelers who have come before you.The hotel's 53 guest rooms and suites bring the past to life, with all modern comforts. The swimming pool, Turkish bath, massage spa, cultural library, and museum-quality decorative arts are supplemented with complimentary fine arts musical performances, cuisine demonstrations and cultural events exclusively for hotel guests. Stay with us! Experience all of Istanbul, ancient and modern, right where you live, and just outside our door. ... more less
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