Hotel Sari Konak
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On October 1st, we had to spend pretty much the whole day traveling between Crete and Istanbul. We got to our hotel around 9pm and Walter's friend, Franz, was there! He showed us around a little bit and then brought us to a cute restaurant right on the Bosphorus. We had several mezzes (small dishes - we had a couple different eggplant dishes, fava …
Sorry about the delay in writing, but we have been busy! We arrived Thursday evening, ate at a local restaurant went off to bed. On Friday we wandered through the old section of Istanbul and visited the famous sites: the Blue Mosque, the Aga Sofia and the Topkapi Palace. I took 140 pictures but I will spare you. Each one of these sites …
Driving from the airport to the heart of the old Istanbul, the Little Owl marveled the Byzantine land walls that, with total length of about five miles, lie between the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea. After extremely short night (true owls need more sleep!) in quaint boutique hotel Sari Konak, the Little Owl went on a quest to see as many of the …
... went to the Archaeology Museum as it was right next door, then Topkapi Palace which was right next to that. By the time we had done all of that, everything was closing up so we wandered around the streets around the mosques, then went back to the hotel to rest.
The next day we saw the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar in the mornig. At the Grand Bazaar I bought a magic lamp, but ...
... a while, and the lighting made a good picture impossible with my camera's settings. Took the tram to Beyazit station for the Grand Bazaar, and also to do some of the Bazaar Quarter walks. Ended up getting hopelessly lost, but still saw some of the sights mentioned. I did not enjoy the bazaar at all. People are pushy and aggressive. I could not walk three steps before being approached by a salesperson. Saw a couple of ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sari Konak Istanbul
I echo all of the sentiments left on this board about the Sari Konak.
Just spent 3 nights there and will do so in the future.
Very nice and clean rooms, although very modern and kind of lacking in Turkish character. Loved the shower.
The breakfast was wonderful. Lots of typical Turkish breakfast food. Liked the neighborhood and is very close to several important sights and also close to the tram line. Great vies from the roof top. Be sure to go up there at night for a view of the Blue Mosque illuminated.
The staff was very helpful, even providing a very good free map. Not one of those cheap photo-copied ones. They even let me use their computer to check emails so I didn't have to find an internet cafe.
We just came back from the Sari Konak where we had a great time.
Splendid Sari Konak
Just back from a week at the Sari Konak and wish it had been longer. The location is excellent for tourists and the room was beautifully presented, clean and very comfortable. The staff is the most obliging I have found in years of travelling and the breakfast was delicious. If you rate discreet charm above the the ability to order a steak tartare at 3am then do consider the Sari Konak - I can't wait to go back!
Would recommend. Great location, charming atmosphere and their delicious breakfast was one of the trip's highlights. Room was comfortable (except we were close to the lobby and was a bit loud with people coming in and out) and staff was very friendly. Can find better value places that are just as comfortable and well located, but this place still worth it.
Just got back last week from Istanbul (12/01/04). This hotel was better than I expected. The room was very clean and the bathroom was nice and bright. Large for the hotel I thought. The staff is outstanding. Very kind and personable. You feel right at home. The brekfast area and breakfast were fantastic and nice to have when you are setting out for a busy day. Rooftop deck has breath taking views. The location was great. Right behind the Blue Mosque. Walking distance to the Tram.
Lovely family run hotel
Excellent value, perfectly located family run hotel. The rooms were clean, the breakfast was fresh and delicious. Highly recommended if you wish to stay in Sultanhamet and pay around about €80 a night. They also paid for our taxi from the airport.
Great Lodging in Sultanahmet
This small family run hotel is a delightful place to stay. The roof top terrace has great views of the Sea of Marmara and the Blue Mosque.
A very special hotel
I stayed at the Sari Konak for the 2nd time last week (May 12-17 2004). This time round I had the pleasure of recommending it to 8 of my friends who fell under it's charming spell too. Umit and his staff really can't do enough to make your stay a delight.
This visit coincided with the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest was being held in Istanbul, consequently I invited 40 guests to the roof terrace to celebrate the UK's entry... we had a brilliant time, again the staff did everything they could to make my guests feel right at home. Compliments have flowed from my friends ever since!
So if you'd like a relaxing and friendly stay in the lovely old town (Sultanahmet)... do yourself a favour and check into the Sari Konak!
Very nice small hotel, convenient to all the sites of old Istanbul (Sultanahmet). Room fixtures and bedding etc. are not luxurious but quite pleasant and very clean. About what you would expect of a small pension type hotel. The breakfast is excellent. What makes this hotel such a great place is the staff - very accomodating and hard working. They can't do enough for you. Highly recommended.