You can't wrong with the location or the service in this cozy, family-run hotel in walking distance of all the major sites. Located in Sultanahmet district, this quaint hotel is a very short walk from the Marmara sea as well as Ayasofia mosque, Blue mosque, Grand Bazaar, good restaurants, bars, little shops, and stores to get essentials, etc.
We stayed for 3 nights, and from the first moment to the last, we were welcomed with open arms. We traveled with my sister and brother-in-law and their 11month old baby, and we felt right at home. We arrived at 10:30am after a long flight, and they were able to give us our rooms immediately so that we could freshen up and take care of the baby.
They always had good advice on where to go, as well as some decent Turkish coffee when we started to run down. The breakfast buffet is great - mix of European and Middle-Eastern foods. And you eat overlooking the Marmara Sea and can even eat out in the courtyard or on the rooftop veranda where you can see the Blue Mosque. If you're looking for sugary doughnuts and waffles of a typical American breakfast, go to an American chain hotel. However, if you typically like to stay in a traditional location and try to use the language and learn about the culture, stay at Tashkonak!
After breakfast on the second day, they even offered to wash our baby bottles in their dishwasher because we didn't have a good place to clean them well - this example typifies their service and family atmosphere.
The only minor things, which are not complaints, but just to give travelers a heads up are that the beds are a little hard. I recommend that they add some small pillow tops to the beds. And for those of you who have a room that faces the street, there is a local Mosque that has the sunrise call to prayer which is pretty loud because it's right across the street. I personally love the call to prayer sound, and I woke up and took a walk on the deserted cobblestone streets at 6am every morning, but if you like to sleep in a little and you think the call to prayer will wake you, then ask for a room on the backside of the hotel. You'll still hear call to prayer (it's a Muslim-majority country after all), but on the backside, the sound is more muffled.
Enjoy and tell Savash (Owner's son) hello!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tashkonak Hotel is located in Sultanahmet - Old City. Our hotel 5/10 minutes walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace. Tashkonak has tastefully restored 33 guestrooms with contemporary decor in rich colours, hardwood floors and wooden Ottoman-style furniture. There are 2 Sea view Suite room on top floor with panoramic view and accessible terrace balcony. All rooms equipped with satellite LCD television, Air Conditioner with self controller, High speed free wireless Internet access (Free WI-FI), Safe Box, central heating, direct-dial telephones and minibar, Wardrobe, Towels, Bed Linen, Slippers. Bathrooms include showers, 24 hour hot water, hair dryers and local toiletries such as shampoo & soap. The hotel serve free buffet breakfast in the covered hotel garden on lobby floor from 07:30 to 10:30. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tashkonak Hotel Istanbul