After reading the previous reviews I think we must have stayed at a different hotel!! My initial impression as we were being driven to the hotel was stop the car and take me to another area. The driver said that the area in which this isolated hotel is situated in is to be renovated and will be ok in 2 years time, but at present this area is a derlict slum. We stopped at a large locked gate where you had to ring a bell for entry. Alarm bells started to ring when I noticed CCTV covering the surrounding streets. We were taken to the roof terrace to admire "the view" which to be fair is stunning at night but during daylight highlighted the deprivation of the neighbourhood. I will post photographs of this soon. I expressed concern for my safety and asked to be relocated but the owners refused saying that the payments had gone through but assured us that the area was entirely safe. We are not inexperienced tourists having travelled all over the world, not always staying in "touristy" areas but were not happy here. On our second night we took all reasonable precautions (my husband is ex police) - checked a direct route to the hotel in daylight, returned to the hotel directly after dinner, walked purposefully without attracting any attention to ourselves. I stupidly carried a small handbag with my phone in it as we had been assured that the area was safe but were followed along the road at the hotel which is full of half demolished buildings and as my husband put his hand out to ring the hotel doorbell I was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground in what I believe was an attempted mugging. The staff were excellent in attending to me that night. The following morning I asked to be transferred to a different hotel and the receptionist was excellent in facilitating this but I was angry that despite walking by reception several times whilst this was being arranged neither owner even caught my eye never mind ask if I was ok. In our opinion this area should not have a hotel in it before it has been renovated and would not advise anyone to stay here
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HHK Hotel Hayriye Hanim Konagi was built in 1850 and it is an original Ottoman mansion house. ... more less
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