In a lively, but not too noisy, part of Sultanahmet, the Sarı Konak makes a convenient base for sightseeing in the Old City.
The 17 rooms and suites each have their own distinct charm. I was surprised at the generous size of the two rooms, separated by a rich rust-coloured curtain, in the “family room,” and charmed by the deluxe double’s white-cushioned window seat just big enough to curl up and read in. The standard rooms, though small, are equally well appointed, with small wall-mounted lamps and an attractive blue-and-white-patterned bedspread. No rooms have views, though some do have tiny private balconies overlooking the garden.
A large terrace with a panoramic view across the Marmara Sea offers indoor and outdoor seating in rattan chairs, some shaded by arching linen canopies. There’s also a small, attractive garden with wrought iron chairs and white marble fountains, enclosed on one side by an ancient Byzantine wall.
Eating and drinking
A high-quality breakfast buffet is served on the terrace or in the cosy breakfast room, depending on the season. There is no restaurant, but drinks are available on the roof after 3 pm.
This family-run hotel provides friendly and helpful service, and staff have lots of good tips to offer visitors.
Who stays there
Mostly foreign travellers on vacation, particularly from the United States and Europe. Unlike many comparable hotels, the Sarı Konak has an elevator, making it a good choice for those with some trouble getting around.
All rates include breakfast and tax. There’s also free WiFi access in the hotel.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great terrace
- Helpful staff
- Well-appointed rooms
- Some lower-floor rooms dark
- No restaurant
- Standard rooms are small