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Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi
Ranked #200 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
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Rosewood, Australia
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193 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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“OK Hotel in good location”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Firstly the staff were extremely friendly and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable.
Secondly the location is excellent walking distance to most attractions.
We complained firstly about the tiny size of the room, the horrid smell in the bathroom and the fact that the air conditioning was set to heat and could not be changed, even though the weather was in the high 20 degress celcius.
They moved us to a larger room without any bad smells, but could not do anything about the air conditioning. It is managements decision to change it, regardless of the weather.
The breakfast only caters for Turkish people, as there was little choices that would suit westerners eg cereal, toast, fruit. Overall though we did enjoy our stay in Istanbul.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Rick Steves lists the hotel in his recommended list. We were glad we took his advice. The triangular rooftop breakfast/dining room has stunning views. The Sea of Marmara at one side, then the Bosphorus, and then around to the Hagia Sophia.

The rooms are above the lobby on the 1st, 2nd and 3d floors, with the restaurant on the 4th. All are accessed by either stairs or an elevator. We stayed on all three floors! We started on the 3rd floor for three nights, then left the hotel for an overnight trip to Ephesus. We returned sometime after midnight and the clerk apologized that only a twin room on the "first" floor (2nd for us Americans) was available. But, the nice desk clerk promised to move us the next day. When we returned from sightseeing our luggage had been moved to a nice double on the 2nd floor. The 3d floor bathrooms have been remodeled. Those on the 1st and 2nd floors were fine for us.

The staff was remarkably attentive and helpful. When we asked about the symphony, the desk clerk showed us the Turkish "ticketmaster" site. He found what we wanted, and while we were gone to Ephesus, he traveled to Taksim Square to pick up the tickets!

The hotel entrance faces the wall surrounding Topkapi Palace. A VERY SHORT walk in one direction is the Topkapi gate, and next to it the Hagia Sophia. Just past the Hagia Sophia is the Sultanamet tram stop. Walk a different direction and there are lots of restaurants and travel agencies (where you can arrange a 10TL transfer to the airport), and (of course) carpet shops. The Four Seasons Hotel (nice for a quiet glass of wine in the garden) is almost around the corner. The Arasta Bazaar is only a few blocks distant.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I highly recommend this hotel to those who want a small, personal hotel. Turkish style,
perfectly situated with very nice rooms and reception. Also a small garden outside and
a wonderful roof terrace where breakfast and other food i served.
Very good service, lovely breakfast and very clean and reasonable prices.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Moscow
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Just returned from 6x-days trip to Istanbu. Lived in Valide Sultan hotel. The hotel has greate position - just two minutes walk from the Topkapy entrance. In adddition there is a splendid view to Ayasophia from some roomes on the second and apparently also on the third floor (we stayed in 201 and our friends in 203). Rooms are pretty small (not easy to find place for suitcases) but very clean and look lovely. The personel is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is agreable; besides, the view from the restoran-terrase on the top floor is fantastic, especially in evenings when Ayasophia and Blue mosk are illuminated. One can can hve lunch and dinner in hotel restorant. If not, very close is nice street with a number of restorants with local and international food.
Finally, the price for the rooms is reasonable and one can make reservation and arrage transfer from aeroport via internet. It is not a luxorous hotel, but a good choice for those who came for sightseeng

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fort lee, nj
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Topkapi Palace entrance is 200 feet away. Blue Mosque is 7 minute walk. Hagia Sophia is 3 minute walk. Many (touristy) restaurants are around the corner.

Third floor rooms have a gorgeous view of Hagia Sophia and Sea of Marmara. Rooftop restaurant has an additional view of Blue Mosque.

The rooms are pretty, freshly painted, but very, very small (have to be creative with placing 2 suitcases). 3rd floor rooms have nicely redone bathrooms, but the 1st floor bathrooms are old.

The service is with a smile, and the staff english is good.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi

Property: Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi
Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Ishak Pasa Cad. Kutlugun Sok. No: 1, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#44 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#128 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#151 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#194 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,314 - ₹ 7,520
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Valide Sultan Konagi is proud to serve those guests who prize the unique ambience and charm of a bygone age - as well as comfort, care and convenience – rather than the impersonal, homogenized facilities promoted by the global tourism industry. ... more   less 
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