Our Istanbul experience was a positive one so the hotel did not impede on our holiday in any way and there were little quirks we enjoyed and appreciated but if I was to give a balanced view I would say the hotel fell just a little short of our expectation which is a shame as I think it could be a little gem.
While the location/hotel exterior may look a little dreary upon arrival, the hotel actually is centrally placed to everything and it is nicely furnished inside especially the higher up the floors you go.
There is no need to catch buses or cabs from the hotel, you can walk to almost all of the major attractions from here and the neighbourhood feels quite safe.
The basic standard rooms appear to be on the bottom floor and they are exceedingly small with a shower cubicle which would definitely not fit all (tiny)!! The bed was quite comfortable and the rooms are spotlessly clean if a bit tired in places.
Again probably because we only had a standard room and we were on the bottom floor, you can hear every movement from the floor above as the floorboards don't just squeak, they screech!! so take some earplugs unless you plan to treat yourself to a more decadent and peaceful room on the higher floors.
This hotel is a family run hotel who don't all speak fluent English (we are in Turkey after all!) so this can be difficult at times but generally depending upon who is on reception they can be courteous and helpful even though things can take a while to be sorted (i.e. a safe that doesn't work). I think because of the language barrier staff responses can appear a little blunt sometimes but we tried to look past it and we did like Ahmed who always had a smile.
The breakfast is a little disappointing, it is served in a charming room but we found it to be quite limited in choice for us, also wifi was non existent in our room but it seemed to be ok everywhere else!!
We booked our hotel transfers through the hotel which was fine, just be mindful to re-confirm the return booking with reception the day before leaving.
Overall not a bad little place, a few little tweaks here and there and a bigger bedroom/breakfast and I would happily return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Erten konak is in istanbul historical peninsula, in sultanahmet akbiyik avenue and on the roman and byzantine wall towers. It is a wooden esidence having split aubergine model, composed of 2 houses. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, and registered as 2nd class historical building under protection and composed of main residence building and 1 house with identity of sultanahmet erten konak rooms are decorated with antique articles and objects subject to the cencept, which reflects ottoman and turkish life style in the best manner ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Erten Konak Istanbul
- Erten Konak Hotel Istanbul