Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Istanbul is a fascinating city with so much to see and so much coastline. Estimates of population range from 13-17 mill. I believe it is the only city in the world to straddle 2 continents. Approx 1/3 live in the European side. The old city, where we stayed, surprisingly to me, is on the European side. It is the most amazing city …
Stephen and I spent our last day in London with Anne and Des and it was a very nice sunny day. We even sat outside and had lunch. Typical:- the sun comes out when we are leaving :-)
We left in the afternoon and booked into a Hotel right beside one of the main runways at Heathrow where the planes were landing. It was fabulous. There was a …
... of Istanbul. I knew that Turks love kids, and so far Neyoli has been showered with affection by hotel staff, shopkeepers, and even those pesky waiters clamoring for your business. She's been kissed on the hand, hugged, and nose rubbed. Normally, this would freak Neyoli out as she's pretty shy with strangers, but somehow she seems to like this Turkish affection for kids. She ...
... and it was heaven -- even though the place was absolutely empty and we were sleeping on an air mattress. We started shopping for furniture and appliances that weekend, spending about 15 hours and 1,200 lira at IKEA. But the good news was that we would have a couch on Tuesday -- bye bye air mattress! Things were really looking up... until the next day when we were given the bad news at school that everything was changing. Suddenly, we didn't know ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sirkeci Mansion Istanbul
¡Qué hotel tan excelente!
Me alojé en el Sirkeci Konak en junio el 11/06/2007 y es un placer para mi compartir mi experiencia en este hotel. Todo funcionaba muy bien. La habitación era preciosa y muy cómoda. El personal y el servicio eran excelentes. Recibí toda la ayuda que podía desear en todo momento y de todas las categorías del personal y siempre de manera muy agradable. Cuando volvíamos después de un largo día fuera del hotel era como volver a casa. El ambiente en el hotel es cálido y hospitalario. Quiero dar las gracias a todo el personal por hacer que mi estancia fuera tan agradable y dar las felicidades a la directiva por haber conseguido un ambiente de hotel con las cualidades que he mencionado arriba. Saludos, Margarita Westergard, Suecia.
Estupenda ubicación y personal agradable
Este hotel está muy bien ubicado para visitar la ciudad, sólo a 5 ó 10 minutos a pie de Topkapi, la Mezquita Azul y Aya Sofya o de la Estación de Trenes y algunas terminales de ferry.
La parada de tranvía está a dos minutos del hotel y te lleva al Bazaar y más allá pasando el Puente Galati a Kabatsh, que está sólo a 5 minutos del Palacio Dolmache. En Kabatsh puedes coger el Funicular hasta la Plaza Taxsim. El personal era muy agradable y servicial y el hotel estaba súper limpio, a pesar de que estaban realizando algunos últimos retoques en este hotel nuevo. Había mucha variedad en el desayuno, pero no puedo hablar de la cena, ya que no cené en el hotel ninguna noche. Había reservado en un hotel de la misma empresa y me dieron una habitación de mejor categoría aquí así que nos salió muy bien de precio, aunque por los precios normales que cobran está bien de todos modos, ya que tiene piscina y sauna y es muy cómodo.
Meine schönsten Zwei Nächte im Sirkeci Konak Istanbul
Ich war mit meinem Lebensgefähreten für 2 Nächte vom 9.06. bis 11.06.2007 in diesem traumhaft schönen, ganz neuen Boutique Hotel. Von unserer Zimmerterasse blickten wir in den Garten des Topkapi Serails, die Sehenswürdigkeiten Hagia Sofia, Blaue Moschee quasi vor unserer Nase. Jeder Wunsch wurde promt und mit einer Freundlichkeit erfüllt. Abends bevor wir uns in unser Zimmer zurück zogen, noch schnell auf der Roof Bar einen Betthupfer, mit Aussicht auf den Bosporus. unser Zimmer war auch wunderschön im ottomanischen Stil traumhaft und komfortabel ausgestattet. einen wunderschönes türkisches Bad und den Pool konnten wir leider nur am letzten Tag nutzen. Da mein Lebensgefährter auch vom Ambiente Inspiriert war, war ich wirklich eine kleine Prinzessin für zwei Tage. ; )
We are two couples (older in age younger at spirit). We stayed six nights at the Orient Express (truly an outstanding value - highly recommended - very near the Konak). Following one night break they moved us to their upgraded hotel for four nights at the Orient Express rate. The Sircegi Konak is a new hotel still taking care of final arrangements. Its location is central to tourists' places of great interest (location, location, location). Its staff is truly outstanding and most helpful.
Rooms are spacious. The new Hammam - men and women in one spot - is free, pay only for massage - and is tasteful. Rooms are very nice size. Modern decor is attractive. Breakfast is sumptuous. All in all it provided us with an excellent experience. True it's more expensive than the Orient Express but it's luxury is clear.
Getting back to the airport ask hotel for reasonably priced transport
Want to be treated as royalty?
If you want the best hotel in Istanbul, stay at the Sirkeci Konak hotel in Gulhane, Istanbul. Great location, antique style, brand new, imaculately clean facilities, excellent accommodation and very helpful and courteous staff.
During our stay the friendly staff patiently took the time to help resolve lost property issues, gave us directions to destinations we wished to visit and listened to personal problems not related to the hotel. Concierge and cleaners were also very friendly and helpful.
Within this period we took advantage of our hotel facilities, such as the turkish bath, pool, sauna, spa, gym and massage room. It was very difficult for us to seperate ourselves from these facilities and see what we actually came here to see the wonderful city.
The lounge area is a great place to relax and enjoy refreshments. Service was excellent. For breakfast we were expecting just a few nibbles but breakfast was a lovely gourmet continental spread, with 5 different food presentations each day, such as traditional Turkish cheeses, fruits and nuts, pastries, soup, etc. It was very difficult to even think about food for the rest of the day!
Overall review - excellent value for money. We highly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in Istanbul.
We will miss the staff which we have made our friends...
A Gem of Hotel
My wife and I stayed at this hotel in May 2007. We were originally booked at another hotel in the group, but were upgraded to the Sirkeci Konak on arrival.
We enjoyed our stay in this hotel , which is located in the Old Centre and very close to many of the major tourist attractions.
The Front Office, Porters, Dining Room and all other staff that we had contact with were very friendly and helpful.
The room was very clean and the aircon was efficient and most importantly, quiet.
Meals in the didning room were excellent and reasonably priced.
The hotel liaison officer, Petek Goker was absolutely delightful. She was very friendly, helpful and had an excellent command of the English language.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to any travellers who were not in the five star market.
If you would like to experience a Turkish Bath, Mustaffa's your man. It was an experience I will never forget.
Sirkeci Konak Istanbul
The new Istanbul Sirkeco Konak hotel is a must see ! The situation is perfect: next to the Topkapi Palace, close to Saint Sophia ..
The service is very unique. You feel like you are at home with your family / friends around you. A highly individual treatment makes your stay extremely pleasant .The fine breakfast buffet and nice restaurant (in Summer you can have diner on the roof terrace !) are very appealing. A massage or treatment in the hotel Hammam is a perfect way to end your day in Istanbul !
What an excellent hotel!
I have stayed at Sirkeci Konak June 6-11 2007 and it's a pleasure for me to share my experiences of the hotel.
Everything functioned very well. The room was beautiful and very comfortable. The personnel and the service were excellent. I received all the assistance I could wish for at all hours and by all categories of the personnel and always in a very friendly way. When returning after long days out of the hotel it was like coming home. The atmosphere in the hotel is warm and welcoming.
I want to convey my thanks to all personnel for making my stay so enjoyable and congratulate the management for having created a hotel environment with the qualities mentioned above.
Margareta Westergård, Sweden
Ottima ubicazione, personale accogliente
Quest'albergo ha una splendida ubicazione per raggiungere le attrazioni turistiche, a solo 5-10 minuti da Topkapi, la Moschea Azzurra e la Aya Sofya, o giù fino alla stazione ferroviaria ed ad alcuni dei terminal marittimi. La fermata del tram è a due minuti dall'albergo, e vi porta al Bazaar ed oltre, oppure attraverso il Ponte Galati a Kabatsh che si trova a solo 5 minuti dal Palazzo Dolmache. Al Kabatsh potete prendere la funicolare fino a Taxsim Square. Il personale è estremamente cordiale e disponibile, e l'albergo era immacolato malgrado fossero in corso dei lavori di rinnovo dell'albergo. La prima colazione offriva un vasta scelta, ma non posso pronunziarmi sul pranzo perché la sera non ho mangiato all'albergo. Ho ricevuto un upgrade da un albergo della stessa catena, e ho dunque usufruito d'un eccellente rapporto qualità/prezzo, benché anche la tariffa normale sia molto conveniente, avendo a disposizione piscina ed sauna, e godendo d'un soggiorno molto confortevole.
Great location, friendly staff
This hotel is in a great location for sightseeing, only 5-10 minutes walk to Topkapi, the Blue Mosque & Aya Sofya or down to the railway station and some ferry terminals.
The tram stop is two minutes from the hotel and will take you to the Bazaar and onwards or down over the Galati Bridge to Kabatsh which is only 5 minutes from the Dolmache Palace. At Kabatsh you can take the Funicuular up to Taxsim Sq.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the hotel was spotless despite some finishing work being done to this new hotel.
Plenty of choice for breakfast althought I cannot comment on dinner as I did not eat in the hotel of an evening.
I was upgraded from a sister hotel so received superb value for money although for the going price it is still good value having a pool and sauna and being very comfortable.