We spent three nights in the Sirkeci Mansion in Istanbul's old quarter at the end of May. Service was exceptional. Upon check in we received a briefing from a staff member about the hotel, the neighborhood, and Istanbul generally. One bag had been lost on our lfight to Turkey, and another staff member called Turkish airlines repeatedly the next day and did secure the return of the bag. The staff cheerfully made our dinner reservations; one of our best meals was in the hotel restaurant. The (free) cooking class was fun and interesting.
One of the real strengths of this hotel is that it is on a quiet street with virtually no traffic. However, the tram is only half a block away. The tram will take you to most places you want to go in Istanbul (including Taksim) for only 3 TL, and you can walk to most of the rest. Even if you find the metro intimidating, the tram is EASY. If you're visiting in the summer don't miss a walk through Gulhane Park across the street with thousands of flowers in beautifully-laid-out beds.
Many thanks to everyone at the hotel, especially Ceyda Sahin and, in the restaurant, Turker.
- 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