Hotel Sari Konak
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Both of us have been surprised about a number of things-- How little we knew about Turkey, how safe it is for visitors, how deeply entrenched it is with Roman and Greek history (and how significant is its own), how diverse is its economy, how happy the Turks seem to be and how beautiful the places we visited are. We took a long time deciding on …
... didn't really want (like carpets) they weren't annoying about it and as soon as we said no they left us alone or just had a friendly conversation with us. Everyone here seems to know we are Australian before we even speak. I guess they see a lot of us over here. Fortunately they seem to like Aussies so we get along fine. I really wanted to see the Basilica Cistern, so we headed there first. It was an underground water storage area built by the Romans. A client told me ...
... etc, until we picked out a restaurant that we will go back to for dinner tonight. Halil Lahmacum - According to Darryl we will be having Lahmacum which is a pizza like base topped with spiced meats and parsley, eaten with lemon juice! Maybe a wine to go with it! Just a note - Nobody obeys road rules here. In fact, I'm not sure there are any. Just another note - The call to prayer can be heard everywhere!!! It resonates across the city, 5 times a ...
... Or as we like to call them "MC Hammer pants" Kate bought a pair for 35 Lira, around 22 NZD. Now she looks like a true hippie... We dined in for lunch and I tried the Kofte (grilled meatballs) and some Turkish tea which came in a cool little glass which was the main selling point for me. Just tastes like your normal Dilmah... Even flicked the guy a tip this time as I think we should have done it yesterday. We ...
Today was our last full day in Istanbul so we decided to start it by having a long walk and ending up at the Museum of Archeology. It was a beautiful, sunny, blue skied Autumn day and we walked from our hotel down to the Bosphorous. We came across some people harvesting mussels. A diver was collecting mussels from the ocean floor in a large sack. When the sack was full he dragged it in and two men on the rocks sorted the mussels into crates for ...
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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.