My husband and I were extremely satisfied with the 5 nights we spent at the Sari Konak hotel in Istanbul (Sultanahmet area). And I'm pretty sure the hotel is consistently awesome--we stayed here twice (3 nights at the beginning of our trip, 2 nights at the end, with a friend's wedding in between).
Location and pictures of the hotel's rooftop terrace on the website sold us on the place--and both turned out to be better than we imagined! The terrace had stunning views of the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and the Asian side across the Marmara Sea.
Another treat was the wonderful bartender on the terrace, Hasan. We spent a couple lovely evenings chatting with him, learning about life in Istanbul and drinking Turkish wine. That really made our trip!
The staff (that accommodated our many requests for help making restaurant reservations, etc), comfortable room, decor and hit-the-spot breakfast spread (again on the terrace) were all icing on the cake!
The only tip I'd give (other than to stay here!) is that airport transport might be cheaper if you book it on your own. We used Backpackers service, which was 50 TL, and the transport the hotel arranges is normally 60 TL (but when we told them, they gave us the lower price for their service.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sari Konak, set in the historic district of Sultanahmet, is a small family owned hotel, taking pride in offering its guests a charming "home away from home" in Istanbul, with many guests returning on a regular basis. The traveller who feels lost in a big hotel can experience the comfort and pleasure of home in such a small scale hotel where guests can establish friendships outside the boundaries of the classic customer relationship. ... more less
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