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Hayriye Hanim Konagi Hotel
Ranked #100 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Our only regret was our stay was all too short. The friendly staff carried out their duties with aplomb. It is most obvious they have great pride in their hotel and love to share it with their guests. It is in a superb location with glorious views over the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. All aspects of our stay were handled efficiently and precisely. We thoroughly recommend the HHK Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

A beautiful hotel which is renovated in Otomanian style. The rooms are clean and have everything you need. The view from the roof terrace is breathtaking, specially by night. Location is perfect to go sightseeing. The staff and the owners are very friendly and make you feel like home. If you require any tips or recommendations they are more than willing to help you and make any reservations in restaurants or call for a cab. Did not use the pool, but I can imagine that it is very pleasant during the hot summer. The breakfast was prepared with care and offered all kind of food and drinks. I recommend to order a nice glass of wine on the roof terrace during the sunset, it's priceless.

Room Tip: For a nice view ask for a room on the front.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank kleim
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Lovely hotel, with very friendly staff and breath taking views from the terrace.

I would recommend it with no hesitation.

I was not very keen on the decor, and there was always a pool of water in the bathroom from the shower, because the seal was not done properly. Somebody came to look at it, but not much changed.

They have a swimming pool, which is a bonus.

There was no shower gel provided, even though they provided lots of other toiletries and little things, and when we asked for it, thinking that they forgot, they said that usually they don't give it, but gave us a full bottle. Nice.

Don't know what people complain about saying it's hard to get to, as it's on the hill. I did not find it difficult at all (perhaps because I am a fit person and not someone obese and a smoker :) )

One we knew our way, we walked to and from it and did not let taxi drivers fool us (on the first night one taxi driver took us like less than 1 mile and charged 15 lira).

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

From the moment we booked, we knew we were on a winner. We emailed the hotel to find out about airport transfer to receive a quick reply at 10pm Turkish time from Lutfiye (the Front Office Manager) telling us that they'll pick us up for free because we've stayed for more than a few nights. What a pleasant surprise.

Upon arrival, we were given some welcome drinks and warmly greeted by staff who gave us a brief run-down of Istanbul. Although, short it was a wealth of knowledge that placed us well for our five-day stay. It was hard to pay attention though when you're overlooking the skyline of Istanbul from their pool area and terrace. It was far more than we bargained for.

We were then taken to our rooms to discover a very ornate room that was very functional. the hotel itself was an old Turkish building lived in by aristocrats, which had since been restored - very pretty even in the common areas. Although not all rooms are the same, our room had a shower and Turkish bath, a very ornate vanity and one of the most comfortable beds and pillows I've slept on what at a hotel anywhere in the world. The view from our room overlooked the water and Istanbul skyline, as well as some adjacent mosques. It was particularly pretty during sunset. The rooms are relatively large and has everything that you would want for a few days.

There is a restaurant, a pool deck and communal outdoor seating area to enjoy the view during selected hours. We hadn't eaten at the restaurant in the evening, however the breakfast was plentiful and consisted of coffees, juice, teas along with eggs, meats, breads cheese and fruit. It had a Middle Eastern and European influence to it. The pool is relatively small but give its location, it's not too bad and is very functional.

The pool was about ten meters long so it was more like a domestic pool than one you'd get in a hotel, however given the space that the owners have to work with they have done a great job. If you do choose to stay the HHK Hotel then being on the outdoor seating area around sunset is worth it as you watch the city transition into the evening.

A couple of minor things that could do with some improvement is that the fridge in the room is more a wine fridge than a refrigerator, meaning that the drinks are just cool but not cold. Not great if you come back at the end of a hot day in Istanbul to crave cold water. Also, the Wi-Fi worked well more of the time but during times of peak periods, it didn't cope and would often drop out.

On the matter of security, once inside the hotel grounds you are safe as there is one entrance and the door is always locked. There are also security cameras around the perimeter. I could understand how people feel unsafe in the surrounding area as it does look a bit derelict but that is the Old City of Istanbul. My initial thoughts were "where the heck have come?" but we didn't have any problems throughout the course of our stay and even found the local kids practicing their English when we walked past.

After a good stay at HHK, we did have one event that left us with a slightly sour taste. We asked for assistance in a transfer to the airport. We were given one price and later that evening, the cost seemed to have an extra 10 Euros on top. After discussing it with the person on the front desk, we were told that it was the price and if we didn't like it we should book our own. This was not typical of the rest of our stay, so we were left a little disappointed.

All in all though, I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Istanbul and I would certainly stay there again on my next visit.

Room Tip: If you do stay at HHK for more than a couple of days, they will pick you up free of charge (check wi...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

A great small and extremely pleasant hotel. It is managed with a lot of care and a very supportive and friendly attitude. Staff are always available and accessible, from concierge to catering. I strongly recommend to stay out of the usual tourist area and discover this gem and the quiet surrounding environment.

Room Tip: room 301 offers one of the most fantastic view in the city.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Unique hotel close to Galata bridge. Beautifully restored building with a magnificent view over Golden Horn bay. Very friendly staff. A bit difficult to find (taxi stopped at a wrong place first). There is not a lot of choice in good hotels in the area. This one is a gem.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

This old large renovated Ottoman house is a great place to stay. You are close to all the tourist city sites although of a night we got taxis to and from restaurants as there are none real close by.
The rooms are clean and a good size.
The breakfast provided fresh, heaps of variety and plenty of it.
The view fantastic. The swimming pool so refreshing after a day of walking,
The staff and two owners so friendly, kind and helpful. they will do anything at all to make your time in Istanbul wonderful and the places they recommend to visit are spot on..

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hayriye Hanim Konagi Hotel

Address: Demirtas Mah.Hayriye Hanim Sok.No:19. | Suleymaniye, Istanbul 34116, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Grand Bazaar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #100 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £64 - £412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hayriye Hanim Konagi Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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