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Topkapi Palace: If every single girl I knew mashed their engagement rings together into one giant stone it wouldn't even come close to one of the smaller precious stones that were used to decorate the cot of the offspring (boys only of course) of a Sultan. I saw so much gold, and so many diamonds, rubies, emeralds and jade that it took the shock of …
Wow! What an incredible... and BIG... city. It's friendly (especially for a city of its size), very metropolitan (some very high end shopping), low (and by low I mean there are relatively few skyscrapers), already I'm impressed by the food, and it's also a chaotic place (the cab ride to the hotel would be a prime example!). The cab driver drove …
Our first full day in Istanbul was like this. We began with an interesting breakfast buffet of salty cheeses, olives, dried fruits, fresh cherries, boiled eggs, breads, salads and some unknowns. We will be able to meet our goat cheese and olive fixes while staying here.
We decided to explore without using a map and get our bearings. We found a …
Edmund loved his Turkish delight from the White Queen in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It has taken us many years as travelers to come the land of Turkish Delight. We recommend this place and the treat.
The scent of saffron in the spice market and the apple wood smoke are redolent; the goat milk ice cream...yum. Snacking on kababs and …
Topkapi dayGreat breakfast…check out the pictures of the buffet at our hotel and in their courtyard. Feasted and left for Topkapi, the palace of the Sultans and the Ottoman Empire. We had a peaceful walk and found the palace on the day that Anthony Weiner resigned.
We people watched and loved the diversity visiting on this day. The views …
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Hotel SarniÁ - Istanbul
We stayed at the Hotel SarniÁ in March and I have to say what a refreshing change this was from some the unpleasant experiences I have had at some other hotels in Istanbul. There was a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The rooms were more than adequate and the air conditioning is both effective and quiet! Some times it is the small things that make a big difference and make places like this stand out from the rest. I liked the small dish of genuine Turkish delight in the room upon arrival, the copy of Time Out Istanbul in English and the excellent selection of television channels. The location is excellent too. Easily reached by tram from the airport and a very pleasant short stroll to all the major historical sights. All in all, highly recommended!
The Sarnic is located no more than ten minutes' walk from the Blue Mosque in an old quarter of the city characterised by cobbled streets and quite a few timber-clad buildings. It's a relatively quiet area and there's not much traffic on the street outside. The sound you're most aware of is the occasional call to prayer from the mosque. There are a few shops nearby and the bazaar just east of the Blue Mosque, which is more hassle-free than most shopping experiences in Istanbul, is just up the road.
Our room was adequate in size, the bed was particularly comfortable and there was a well-stocked minibar. There is a pleasant small lounge at Reception with a good stock of books. The dining room is on the top floor and is light and airy, with an excellent view of the Blue Mosque, and there is an outdoor terrace.
The dinner we had on our first night was excellent and the breakfast buffet featured a good selection of breads, cheeses, cold meats, preserves, honey and eggs.
The staff were friendly and helpful; but if you use the airport pickup do not hesitate to ask the driver to slow down, as we found our inbound journey (at up to 140 Km/Hr) just a little too exciting. It was fine on the way back.
Very good experience!
We stayed in the SARNIC Hotel for three nights in early-November, 2005. Although our room was rather small, we were in Istanbul for the first time and wanted to explore, explore, explore. We found the hotel staff to be extremely accommodating, including setting up breakfast almost 90 minutes early on our morning of departure, allowing us to get a bite to eat before leaving for the airport.
The SARNIC is very centrally located, with a mere 5 minute walk to the BLUE MOSQUE, the Hippodrome and little more to other fabulous attractions. From the third floor breakfast area (and evening bar area) there is a wonderful view of the BLUE MOSQUE - A particularly stirring sight after sunset.
We would recommend the SARNIC to others without reservation.
Great little hotel
sarnic hotel is wonderful walue. It is located well, priced well and was very comfortable. The breakfast on the third floor was more than acceptable... having everything a Turkish breakfast should have. The staff was more than accommendating and very friendly. Ask for a large room, though as some in the back are very small.
The hotel is practically across the street from a wonderful bazaar , called Arasta, with excellent shops.
The main draw-back from this hotel is that people can smoke and we found that distressing.
All in all we recommend this little hotel very highly. The Chef there is excellent also.
Sarnic - Love at first sight
I reserved the hotel for a whole week, and was afraid that it might not be comfortable, but the moment we entered we fell in love with it. I like the small size, everyone of the staff was very nice. A wonderful library, for which I hadn't much time. The room was a little small, but that can be expected in such a central position in a great city. I liked the quiet, it was very clean and well lit, when something broke down it was fixed immediately. It's definitely a place I'd want to return to. I recommend it for anyone who doesn't like the huge tourist factories, and doesn't need an elevator. Rachel
Terrible Staff, Small Rooms
The staff including the general manager were completely indifferent. Our room was small and dark. There was no electricity for several hours during our first day and no hot water the morning of our second day. The roof-top deck was so-so but the man in charge of breakfast looked upset and angry almost every morning. We had tried to book for three days and was told by the manager that they could book us for two and would defintitely find us a room nearby the last night. It never happened and only after several requests did the front desk clerk try to call a few places. He said there was nothing available except a hotel about fifteen minutes away. We walked right across the street and found a nicer room at a cheaper price. There are many better places to stay in Istanbul!!!
We took a bit of a risk on the Sarnic Hotel, not having read any reviews before we went but it was definitely worth it. The hotel was clean and in a perfect position. The rooms were lovely and just the right size and the bathroom was immaculate. The staff were so friendly, always ready to help out and the terrace looking out over Istanbul was a real treat. I think this hotel is very good vaule for money and we would definitely stay there again.
Great deal, great staff
If you are looking for a great deal in Istanbul, this hotel really is it. The rooms are very clean and pleasant, the staff very friendly and helpful (spot on in terms of recommendations), and the breakfast is very good. The location is great for tourists, but given how cheap taxis are in Istanbul you can base yourself here and just grab a taxi whenever you need to venture outside the more touristy area (which is what I do). I have stayed in this hotel many times and will continue to do so, as it is consistently excellent in the price/class range.
In old city center, quaint and fairly good value
This is a good hotel if you plan on doing lots of sightseeing in the Sultanahment area of Istanbul which is where a lot of the old mosques and the Grand Bazaar are. The hotel is located about a 5 minute walk from the Hagia Sophia and the right near the Sultanahmet Mosque. We stayed here in October 2004 for our honeymoon and spent about $70/nite. The hotel has a very nice rooftop terrace/restaurant where they serve a continental breakfast (included in rate).
The rooms was a good size, clean and had cable tv. The airconditioning was not as effective as I would have liked. The bathrooms were modern but small. Only a shower stall, no tub.
The staff was pretty good in terms of giving information also. All in all a good experience. We were originally booked to stay at the Hilton Istanbul which is closer to the new part of town, however, we opted to stay here since we planned to do more sightseeing on this side of town.
A little gem
My partner and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Sarnic Hotel. The room was small, but very comfortable and kept very clean. The hotel staff was extremely helpful and friendly. A light breakfast buffet was included every morning and served on a lovely rooftop terrace. The location was great for exploring old Istanbul.
The only drawbacks were they can only issue one key per room and there were no dresser drawers, just a closet.
We would stay there again.