After having a bad experience at a nearby hotel (room confirmed was unavailable at 2:30 a.m. upon arrival), we set out to find another place to stay nearby. We loved the large Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi from the outside...it is on a corner just a block from the entrance to Topkapi. There were two rooms available, one in the basement with no view and one an apartment next door to the hotel. While some of the furnishings were a little the worse for wear, we were amazed at how large the apartment was, how airy and comfortable. We only needed one bedroom, so the other one was locked. We had a large living room with a sink/fridge, and a small balcony overlooking the road (lots of tour buses), Topkapi's wall, and the sea. The fact that we were next to such a busy street didn't matter---our bedroom was in the back and had an air conditioner, so we did not hear any noise. Breakfast was lovely--on the top floor of the hotel, with a charming man taking care of our food. Lovely view of the Bosphorus.....
The man at the desk was chatty and friendly, although he pushed the tours a bit too much. But once we let him know that we were not interested, he remained helpful and friendly. All in all, a very pleasant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi is proud to serve those guests who prize the unique ambience and charm of a bygone age - as well as comfort, care and convenience – rather than the impersonal, homogenized facilities promoted by the global tourism industry. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valide Sultan Konagi Istanbul
- Valide Sultan Konagi Hotel Istanbul