Good location in the old part of town from where you can easily walk to all the main sights - Topkapi palace, Blue Mosque, old Turkish baths etc. However, the immediate area lacked charm, in fact most of the surrounding area did despite being overloaded with hotels. Our room had a pretty sad view, looking on to the back of a run-down business where empty boxes adorned most of the windows. Some of the rooms would face the gardens of the Topkapi palace but these views would mainly be of the fortress wall. (The palace itself has wonderful views of the water and is well worth a visit.) Our room was clean, well appointed, good size and the bed and all furnishings were very comfortable. The style of decor seemed to be traditional, local style and quite luxurious but overall the hotel was a bit too dark and heavy in feel. The bathroom was on the small size but still very nice. Despite being next to the lift, we did not hear any noise at all and similarly, the double glazed windows protect you well from the surrounding noise (including the early morning call to prayers). Many other reviews rave about the service; we found it a bit hit and miss as two of the reception staff although meaning to help, had only limited English and could not understand our questions properly. A couple of other staff were really helpful. There were lots of nice touches - free collection from the airport, welcome dish of Turkish delights, welcome dinner, free internet computers in the lobby lounge and free wifi throughout, free afternoon snack and tea, complimentary activities, and a farewell gift. The pool and gym are both quite small and basic. The breakfast buffet options were very extensive although the coffee was adequate only. We enjoyed our stay there but must say that we are surprised that it is rated No. 2 overall; it is certainly above average, good value for money but not great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located next to the Topkapi palace in the heart of Istanbul and from where we are we invite you to explore the mysteries of two thousand years. In hopes of capturing the spirit of the area, our Konak's atmosphere, decor and design take a revolutionary approach in combining 19th century style with 21st century comfort. Combined with this atmosphere, what if we offer the promise of distinctive hospitality? Just imagine! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirkeci Konak Istanbul
- Hotel Sirkeci Konak