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Kadioglu Sehzade Konagi
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Safranbolu
Bologna, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Ottoman sleep”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

The hotel building is an ancient ottoman house. It preserves the old style fashion without forgetting modern needs such as parking and wi-fi connection. It's easisly reachable along the main road to old Safranbolu and perfect for visiting the place. The staff speaks english and they are very kind.

Room Tip: The triple room on the second floor was very nice and big enough.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

The town is simply gorgeous (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with narrow cobbled stone streets, half-timbered houses, old market, caravanserais, etc.

Located in the Old Town the hotel is a well preserved Ottoman era house and the architecture is beautiful.

Inside you sure step back in time as it shows historical marks like ancien decor, wooden ceilings and doors, original cupboard doors.

The room we had in the main building was too small to be called a room.....It must have been the smallest one in the hotel as we were able to compare with other rooms assigned to our friends. The mattress looked really saggy but in fact it was not. Must be the floor and silky bedspread. The modern part is the bathroom, small, clean and functional. The shower was on the same scale as the room: tiny tiny.

Breakfast, buffet style, was in a small room midway up between the reception and the first floor and offered the usual and good Turkish fare.

Staff was professional but cool and distant. The plus aspect is the old character of the hotel, the proximity to the main square and the pleasure to walk everywhere in the Old Town

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

This hotel is a collection of at least eight of the old Ottoman houses for which the town is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site. The structure of the houses has been faithfully restored, and they look very attractive. However, the renovations did not include bringing the bedrooms up to basic modern hotel standards. Occasional hot water, dodgy wiring, no bedside lights, thin curtains and uncomfortable sheets with cotton ridges embroidered into them were the norm. Worse still are the shower rooms: many have been created from the cupboards in which the Ottomans used to install a bath - but these now have WC, basin and a shower which sprays both. Climbing over a 50cm threshold onto a wet floor in the middle of the night is just not acceptable. Otherwise, the breakfast was adequate, the wi-fi was free - but so slow as to be unusable most of the time and the (separate) hotel restaurant was attractive but seemed to be aimed at groups rather than individuals.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

We were here last summer 2012 its was a bit late when we get there. The environment its very old but clean. We stay in the room beside the small road on that time, the big sound from drums wakes up us 4.a.m early in the morning.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2012

On the main road at the very edge of the old city, Kadıoğlu enjoys a convenient location with abundant free parking and an easy walk into the old town area.

Our room in the main building was large and clean with a decent bath. Mattresses that looked old and sagging were in fact very comfortable--perhaps it was the sloping and bouncy old floor that gave the "sagging" appearance...

The unusual, highly textured bed linens were somewhat scratchy to the bare skin and could use a good dose of fabric softener. Tightly scheduled tour groups are frequent guests at the hotel and hot water is lacking at times. Light sleepers may be annoyed by the road roar as vehicles going down the hill encounter the cobbled street that begins just below the hotel. I suspect that the rear building will have less noise.

Our cold Turkish breakfasts were pre-prepared and of good quality. The restaurant has a small menu and every item we had was nicely prepared and very tasty. I highly recommend the künefe for desert as it is the best I have had outside of Hatay. Service in the restaurant was a bit slow at times, but otherwise service was excellent.

A significant discount was offered for staying more than one night thus earning my "excellent" rating for value.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Phoenix, AZ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

Safranbolu is a World Heritage City, and property owners are being encouraged to restore older historical properties. This hotel qualifies. It is a VERY old property - all wood - and the exterior and most of the interior is original. But, they have installed very new cores for in-room bathrooms. The bathroom is all tile, western style plumbing, and very good shower. Surprisingly, the room is very large with 2 beds. There is a radiator - but by this season, it wasn't needed. My only problem was that I don't do stairs well - and there is no elevator. We were on the 3rd floor counting the lobby as the first floor. This property is favored by tour groups so we can get a real feel of Ancient Turkey. The breakfast was good - and the few ants didn't bother us. If you have good knees, and want a comfortable taste of old Turkey - give it a try.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

As more and more travel agencies in Taiwan dropping Safranbolu from their itineraries because of complaints of quality of the stay in Safranbolu, I started to believe this would just be a 3-star or even 2-star motel but with history. I was literally expecting a room of squeaky bed with springs half poking out, dirty carpet, moldy shower, stained toilet (well, just like some horrible Motel 6 I had stayed before) and cracked sink.

Yet, to my surprise, this place is truly a cute B&B place! Yes, the building itself is old and the floors do squeak when you walk on it, but it is far from what I described earlier. Our room was rather spacious for 2 people. I just loved the historical accent of room; it's as if time had stopped (until you see the TV, the lights and seeking wall outlets to charge up your camera batteries). The wooden ceiling and window trims along with some cute decors make this room timeless.

The bed was rather comfortable; it's firm and I didn't feel springs poking my back. The comforter was warm and fluffy (I think it's down comforter) and the pillow comfortably soft as well. The room does have heater so you really don't have to worry about the coldness at night, if you are visiting in the winter or early spring.

The bathroom is newly remodeled with up-to-date shower, heater, and nice tiles.The shower is comfortable in size. There is a huge & deep wall closet in our room, but without lights in the deep closet, it felt kind of spooky. I only put my luggage close to the closet door. Turkish weren't kidding when they talking about preserving the originality of the building, because even the wood latch on the closet is preserved.

There are, however, limited wall outlets in the room, which is expected and understandable. If you like, feel free to bring a converter with multiple outlet adapter, just make sure you have the right voltage (220V). I think one of my multiple outlet adapter caused half of the building's power surged, which led to a short blackout. Glad I didn't burn the room down.

The TV is rather small compare to the room. Yet, again, why spend time watching TV when there's so much to walk around and see!

It has a cute cafeteria/cafe in the hotel for breakfast. I don't know if they serve lunch there. It's small but cozy, just like the storage area in a traditional Ottoman-period home. And the breakfast is decent with enough varieties: lots of Meze (ham, fruits, veggies, cheese, etc.) This is where I fell in love with Simit (pronounced "Shimit") - a type of sesame bread that looks kind of like sesame bagel but more firm and chewy. It tastes great when dipping in honey.....mmmmm....I miss it so much!

Those of you who choose other destinations over Safranbolu, you would really be sorry for never been there. Safranbolu, with its entire city retained its buildings with Ottoman period archtecture, played such an important role in history that UNESCO made it a heritage site. (This also means, whatever is there, exterior wise, has to stay exactly the same, FOREVER.) Any restoration will require an approval from UNESCO and it usually takes years to restore because they have to find the best matching materials and reconstruct the building as closely as possible to its original state.

I can't give much input about the service, but considering the power came back really quickly after I accidentally caused a short blackout in half of the building, I think it's pretty good.

All in all, I definitely would recommend this accommodation!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Kadioglu Sehzade Konagi
Address: Hacihalil Mah. Mecit Sok. No:24 Safranbolu Merkez, Safranbolu 78600, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Karabuk Province > Safranbolu
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Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Safranbolu
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Hotel Class:1 star — Kadioglu Sehzade Konagi 1*
Number of rooms: 54
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