We're a couple that came to Istanbul for the first time for an extended weekend, as one of us participated in a medical conference in the city. We chose the Konak Hotel because of its proximity to the Istanbul Conference Center, and because of the good reviews here on tripadvisor. I'm very happy to write that we were not disappointed.
We arrived at Ataturk airport near midnight, so it was very helpful that the hotel sent a driver for our pickup. We found the superior double room we reserved to be very clean, which is very important to us, and also surprisingly large. We asked in advance for a quiet room on a high floor, and got one on the top seventh floor. It wasn't facing the street, so it was indeed very quiet (though not much of a view from our window... but we prefer no-view and no-noise!). The staff was nice and helpful throughout our stay. The breakfast was nice and tasty with fresh pastries, though we must write that its general variety wasn't large.
The location was perfect for us - if you come to Istanbul for a conference, this is the closest hotel to the Istanbul main conference center apart from the Hilton. It is also very close to Taksim Square, which is the main public transportation hub for Istanbul (and also the terminal for the airport shuttle buses, which we used for our trip back to the airport). Apart from business, a trip should of course include at least a little pleasure, and as the hotel is a short walk away from Istiklal street, the main shopping and nightlife street of the city, we had plenty of that as well.
We found the Konak Hotel to be be very nice, welcoming, clean, quiet and well situated for our needs. We recommend it whether you intend to visit Istanbul for a conference, for business or for pleasure. Should we come to Istanbul again, we'll be sure to stay there.
- Also Known As:
- Konak Hotel Istanbul
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Konak Hotel is located in the heart of the Taksim Square, which is close to the Lutfi Kirdar Exhibition Center, ICEC and Military Museum. Shopping, night life, restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and historical places are all walking distance. ... more less
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