Travel Blogs from Istanbul
When Dad told me he was coming to I was so excited to have
my first visitor, even if it was in Istanbul not Ankara, but Istanbul is much
more interesting. I flew to Istanbul about an hour before Dad’s flight was due,
however I waited for him for ages as the passport control at that airport is
ridiculously slow. When he finally …
... spend the night in as I'm too sick to go out and I have come down with the shakes. Around 4:45am the morning prayer starts. It echoes across the city and is overlapped with other chants, it's so exciting and exotic to hear. I can't help but think how cool it would be to have my very own microphone... Ha ha ! Jet-lag has had me up since 3:00am but the wifi works now so it's perfect timing. Heading out for more adventures..... ...
... the first time, in search of dinner. We grab a bus to Taksim Square, which is less square more chaotic snarl of traffic. We wander down the Istiklal Caddesi, a wide boulevard featuring many branded stores, from Topshop to Zara, with a tram that comes right down the middle. Jasynta's guidebook recommends a great spot, Sofyali 9, so we tuck into aubergine dip, spinach & yogurt (chosen from a massive array of little dishes that they bring to ...
... are places they have dug up that have 6 different eras thousands of years apart all within 5m of each other. You could be standing on something 3000yrs old with you left foot and 2000yrs old with your right. That night we stayed in Ayavalik, which is a laid coastal town dating back to the ottoman-Greek period, some of the old locals still speak Greek. We watched the sunset and stayed in a funky b&b. Wednesday we took off to Selçuk which is the town next ...
... ago. And to be in a position to bring my Mother who never dreamed she would ever see these places in her lifetime is quite special. So, even tho age is just a number, it still warrants a splurge and a cracker of an experience to remember this milestone by. So, I didn’t want to hold back. Cruising up the Bosphorus in a private ’yacht’ (I still hesitate saying yacht cause it is not what I would call a yacht, but that is what their website says) all the way to ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
TravelPod Member ReviewsTashkonak Hotel Istanbul
Very welcoming, rooms were nice and clean, breakfast was great.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tashkonak Hotel Istanbul
Definitely a great Hotel
A great location (it practically backs onto the blue mosque and is close to many of Istanbuls key attractions), helpful and friendly staff, a good breakfast (breakfast on the rooftop terrace overlooking the sea is a great way to start the day), decent sized rooms (the aircon is also good and unlike many other hotel rooms the windows can be opened to air it out too) and free internet access (via both wifi and a PC in the lobby) made Tashkonak hotel a really great place to stay - I'll definitely be back again and have no hesitation reccomending it whatsoever...
Tolles Hotel, Preis/Leistung gut, sehr zu empfehlen
War für 10 Nächte im Hotel Tashkonak. Wenn Sie mehr als drei Nächte bleiben, werden Sie kostenlos vom Flughafen abgeholt und wieder hingebracht. Der Preis war okay, ist aber von der Saison abhängig. Fragen Sie direkt beim Hotel für die Preise. Ein riesiges kontinentales Frühstück ist im Preis drin und wird zwischen 7 und 10.30 Uhr serviert. Im Vergleich mit anderen Hotels in dieser Gegend und in dieser Preisklasse sind die Zimmer recht groß, es gibt auch einen Kühlschrank, TV, Badewanne und Dusche. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und es ist dort sehr sauber. Auch eine tolle Aussicht, wenn Sie Bilder machen wollen. Es gibt eine Dachterrasse und freies Wireless Lan. In der Lobby kann man es sich gemütlich machen und sich mit anderen Gästen unterhalten. Die Sehenswürdigkeiten sind alle zu Fuß zu erreichen. Sehr ruhige Gegend. Aber: im Zimmer gibt es keinen Abfalleimer, im Badezimmer nur einen kleinen. Im Zimmer ist das Internet sehr langsam, in der Lobby besser. Insgesamt ein recht netter Ort zum Übernachten.
Good boutique hotel
We stayed in this small hotel and had a great time. The room was clean an comfortable. The staff spoke English, German and Turkish and were very helpful with advice throughout our stay. We had a room with garden view which is OK. But I would go for an outward facing room if I were to stay again. There is no restaurant although a good breakfast is served on the nice roof terrace. However, there are many places to eat within a short stroll from the hotel. Location is ideal for all of the tourist sites: Blue Mosque etc.. We had a great time.
Great Hotel ..High Value .Highly Recomended
Stayed At Hotel Tashkonak for 10 nights.If the stay is more than 3 days then airport transfers is included .Prices are also very reasonable,changes from season .Contact the hotel for exact price.Huge continental breakfast included .0700-1030 .
Big rooms compared to other hotels in the area with the same price range ,in room you have a refrigurator ,TV .Bath and shower .
Very Friendly staff-Very very clean .Great view,espesially if you like to take pictures .Roof terrace,free WiFi .And a lobby where you can relax and chatt with the hotel crew .
Walking distance to all major attractions .Situated in a very quite neighborhood.
But : No garbadge basket in the room only a small one in the bathroom.Slow internett access in the rooms.Good signal in the lobby.
All in all a very nice place to stay.
A well located and friendly hotel
My husband and I stayed for a week at the Hotel Tashkonek and would be happy to recommend it without qualification. It is a small, no-frills, neighborhood tourist hotel that supplies everything a person would need at a very reasonable price. The rooms are comfortable and clean, the staff is extremely helpful, the breakfasts are a delight as is the rooftop terrace room where breakfast is served which offers a panoramic view of the Borphorus, Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn.
The location is such that all the major attractions of the Sultanahmet are within easy walking distance.
There is a computer in the lobby from which we could read and reply to our email daily which was a great help.
The hotel arranged to pick us up and drop us off at the airport for a very reasonable 25YTL, less than a cab ride.
We would not hesitate to stay at the Tashkonek again.
M & E White
St. Louis, MO USA
More pluses then minuses
Nice hotel with a good location. Appropriately sized rooms, clean, though sheets are changed every four days. Breakfast buffet not varied but well provided in a terrace with nice view. Staff rather stiff but reasonably helpful. Internet access for email checking is claimed to be offered but the only computer is always used by a member of the staff.
We just came back from Istanbul and had a very enjoyable stay at the Tashkonak hotel. The hotel is very conveniently situated to all the major sights in Istanbul and is just a 10 minute leisurely walk through the cobblestoned streets of Sultanahmet to the tram station. The Blue Mosque is literally at its back door. Just ask the staff to show you which way you need to walk because we took a longer route the first day there and it is twice the distance.
The rooms are very charming, in my opinion, with nice wallpapers and colors. Comfortable bed with some english channels on TV, mini bar with reasonably priced drinks (1 lira for coke or 0.70 cents) and A/C in the room. Bathrooms are clean and basic.
But the thing that made my stay there so thoroughly enjoyable is the staff. They are very friendly and helpful and you feel very much at home there. If you plan to go to other places and return to the hotel at a later date, you can ask them to look after your bags also. Also they do taxi arrangements and will negotiate the price for you. Breakfast is served on the rooftop but it's quite basic; olives, some croissant and bread, cheese, hard/soft boiled eggs and juice.
I would definitely stay there again if I go back to Istanbul. Also ask them about airport transfer if you need one to their hotel. Depending on whom you book from, you may get a free airport transfer. Otherwise the hotel will charge you around $20 for a transfer to the airport.
Good Little Hotel
A group of 10 of us stayed here in October 2003. Overall the hotel is a good place to stay for the price if you want to be near the Blue Mosque area. Though if you're willing to pay more, there are better hotels in the area...The Four Seasons being one of them!
The sights in that area are within walking distance, i.e. Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Palace. There are also two/three good places to eat within a 10 minute walk.
The rooms were a bit hit and miss. The larger rooms, which accomodated 3 to 4 people were fine. The only problem with this hotel is that if you're a light sleeper, you're going to be disturbed by the early morning prayers at the mosque with is directly opposite the hotel - only a small lane seperates them!
The hotel staff are very helpful. The breakfast (if you can manage the four flights of stairs!) is ok....usual continental fare...made up for by the view from the terrace.