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Sirkeci Mansion
Ranked #3 of 1,175 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 July 2013

What a wonderful experience. I want to return to Istanbul just to stay at Sirkeci Konak. We stayed for five days in May and from start to finish everything was perfect. The staff make you feel like an old friend and nothing was too much trouble. A really special experience. We want to thank Okay (Agah Okay Alkan) for the informative and fun few hours we spent with him doing the Taste of Lifestyle on the Golden Horn experience. We also did the Local Wine Tasting with a selection of Turkish Cheese this was a wonderful way to be introduced to Turkish Culture. Make sure to book in for these before you leave home. The hotel is perfectly located to visit all the lovely areas of the old city and the staff are only to happy to answer your questions and advise on what to visit and where to eat. This hotel deserves a six star rating.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Sirkecigroup, Owner at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

My Dear Guest;

I cannot tell how wonderful it is to read your review. Thank you very much for honoring us with your kind comments and becoming a part of our success.

I hope to see you again in Istanbul with us.

Kind Regards
Faruk Boyaci -
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My husband and I visited istanbul for the very first time. We stayed at sirkeci Konak for 3 days. It is situated within the heart of the old town, within walking distance from all the major attractions. The rooms were comfortable and good sized. We asked for a balcony facing the gardens. The breakfast was excellent. The hotel staff were extremely caring and looked after us well. We enjoyed the kind hospitality, the lovely hotel and the beautiful city

Room Tip: High rooms with balcony facing the garden
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sirkecigroup, Owner at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

My Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for your review and appreciate your kind comments.

Do not forget us and please contact us if you need any kind of assistance about Istanbul or Turkey.

Best Wishes from Istanbul Sirkeci Konak Family

Faruk Boyacı
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

For our stay in Istanbul (after sea cruise) our family choose the Sirkeci Konak hotel. We were choosing a good and well-situated hotel for several days (by internet). And we were right for 200% to stay in Sirkeci Konak! Perfect-situated (10 minutes walk to Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque), very clean, stilish, with ideal service, hamam (turkish bath), swiming pool, free Wi-Fi! Thank you, thak you, thank you! We will come back to Istambul! And we wil come back to Sirkeci Konak hotel for sure!

Room Tip: Don't forget to go to Hamam and swiming pool (minus 2 floor)
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Sirkecigroup, Owner at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

My Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for your review and appreciate your kind comments.

Do not forget us and please contact us if you need any kind of assistance about Istanbul or Turkey.

Best Wishes from Istanbul Sirkeci Konak Family

Faruk Boyacı
Owner of the Hotel

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

From the moment you book, the staff start looking after you, providing a guest website where you can book meals, tours, spa treatments (we didn't use it, hence 3 stars - judging by everything else, I'm sure it will be excellent). Any questions are quickly and fully answered.

Without repeating every other review on this hotel (unbelievable service, clean and comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast buffet (until 11am!), roof terrace and restaurant with lovely views), our stay was summed up by several things:

A member of staff brought us through to the salon upon our arrival, offered a complimentary drink and then went through our trip (in as much detail as we wished) to make sure everything was ready for us - including arranging a guided tour, dinner reservations, etc. We never felt pushed into anything, just presented with options, each of which turned out to be a great idea.

On the desk in the room, we found a note from the hotelier welcoming us and explaining that we should feel like we are guests in his own home and that nothing should be too much trouble - nothing was.

The location is perfect - just 5 minutes from the bustle of the tourist centre around Sultanahmet - peace and quiet in a hectic city.

The hotel offers complimentary cultural experiences. We enjoyed a cooking experience with the head chef and 4 other guests. There was also a tour and wine tasting, among others. It was an added bonus during our stay and really made us feel like valued guests.

We honestly did not want to leave our hosts. The sooner we can arrange another visit, the better. Why anyone would spend more on one of the big hotels, miles from the old city, I don't know.

Make sure you visit Istanbul and make sure you stay at Sirkeci Konak, you will not be disappointed.

Also, if you are visiting Istanbul on the tourist trail make sure you come during Ramadan - the sights, sounds and atmosphere of thousands of people breaking the fast together will stay with us forever.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sirkecigroup, Owner at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

My Dear Guest;

I am Faruk Boyacı, the owner of the hotel, I would like to thank you for your review about Sirkeci Konak Hotel. Such beautiful comments show that we are in the right path and make us motivated working with a great desire and passion.

Thank you again. Everyone sends you their regards Please do not hesitate to contact me directly ( faruk@istanbul.com ) ,if you need any kind of assistance about Istanbul or Turkey. I will be very happy to host you again in Istanbul or in our hotel group when you come back.

Kind regards,

Faruk Boyacı
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Great location, comfortable rooms and superb service ensured our stay here was memorable. The staff at this hotel are the best we have encountered. The breakfast offering was extensive. If possible enjoy an evening meal on the roof top terrace. Overlooking the park, with views of the Golden Horn we had a delicious meal which was very reasonably priced. We also enjoyed a free cooking lesson which we recommend if time permits.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sirkecigroup, Owner at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

My Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for your review and appreciate your kind comments. It is great to hear that you had a enjoyable stay at our hotel. Everyone sends you their regards.

Do not forget us and please contact us if you need any kind of assistance about Istanbul or Turkey.

Best Wishes from Istanbul Sirkeci Konak Family

Faruk Boyacı
Owner of the Hotel
Sirkeci Group Hotels

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We expected a good small boutique hotel when we chose it based on Trip Advisor reviewers. Before we entered the front door, we knew it was the right decision. Our taxi delivered us to the front door on a quiet street but steps from the tram and an easy walk to just about everything. Quiet being the key word, since it's hard to find in this city! When we walked into our beautiful large, top-floor room with a balcony overlooking the park, well, it not only exceeded expectations but made me proud to be the one who had made the decision!

We were welcomed early in the morning off our cruise ship and invited to eat their wonderful breakfast while they finished preparing our room. The most unusual thing then happened. The gentleman at the front desk invited us to sit down in their lounge area, brought us apple tea, and proceeded to brief us on Istanbul - the customs, the people, the neighbourhoods, transportation, restaurants, even what to expect there. He provided maps and off we went.

While at the hotel, we enjoyed the Turkish Bath facilities in the basement, complete with Hamam. A wonderful experience! The rooftop restaurant offered a nice getaway from the restaurant crowds of Ramadan, although the food was disappointing relative to their wonderfully diverse breakfasts. One of the best parts of our stay was a culinary experience they offered to guests, free of charge. We had the chance to prepare Turkish dishes alongside the chef in the hotel's kitchen and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Just one more way this hotel offers not only a bed to sleep in, but an entire Istanbul experience. Had we stayed longer - and next time we will - we would have participated in some of the other activities they offer, included a trip to the spice market.

This hotel will not disappoint. In fact, it will be the best decision you make when visiting Istanbul!

Room Tip: Deluxe was the way to go!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Sirkecigroup, Owner at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

My Dear Guest;

I cannot tell how wonderful it is to read your review. Thank you very much for honoring us with your kind comments and becoming a part of our success.

I hope to see you again in Istanbul with us.

Kind Regards
Faruk Boyaci -
The owner of Sirkeci Group

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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

Neorion Hotel and Serkeci Konak are sister hotels. They share same price range as well. Locations are about the same. Serkeci is on a quiet street with prettier shops.

Neorion has free sunset drinks every evening on its rooftop terrace. It also has free mezza at the restaurant where you have many selections of mezza with bread. Its spa and swimming pool are bigger and newer than Serkeci. Neorion staffs rank about 5 times bettern in terms of speaking English, caring customers, mannerism and all services compared to Serkeci Konak.

Serkeci Konak has a nice restaurant. I enjoyed having a breakfast with big windows with lots of aun light. The wait staffs at the Serkeci is much better than the ones in Neorion. Neorion doesnt really have a restaurant with kitchen. It only serves breakfast. The rooms at the Serkeci is bigger than Neorion but less cleaner.

For the same price, I would stay in Neorion but Serkeci was a nice hotel as well.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Sirkecigroup, Sahibi at Sirkeci Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2014

My Dear Guest,
I would like to thank you for your review about Sirkeci Mansion Hotel. We are open to not only positive comments but also negative comments. Negative comments will show our lacking areas that need improvement.

Moreover, I appreciate your kind comments. I am very pleased that you had good time in our hotel and in Istanbul. But, it would be better, if you could spend better time. So, if you come to Istanbul again, I will be happy to host you in Sirkeci Mansion Hotel but this time should be completely perfect for you.

Kind Regards,

Faruk Boyaci
Owner of Sirkeci Mansion

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Additional Information about Sirkeci Mansion

Address: Taya Hatun Sokak No:5, Istanbul 34120, Turkey (Formerly Sirkeci Konak Hotel)
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#2 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#3 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#5 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#7 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £60 - £148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sirkeci Mansion 4.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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