Obelisk on the
Hippodrome, just a five-
minute walk from the Sarı
The Sarı Konak Hotel ('Yellow
Mansion') is a fine, comfortable, moderately-priced
inn on a relatively quiet street less
than five minutes' walk from the Blue
Mosque and Hippodrome (map).
Best of all, it's run by one of the friendliest
families in Istanbul,
making it a good choice for female
travelers, single or traveling
The materfamilias of the Okan
family supervised the decoration
of the guest rooms. Their muted tones
and understated patterns add to the quiet
comfort of the rooms. It's
really tasteful four- or even five-star
decoration, at a reasonable price.
The public rooms are pleasantly uncluttered
and decorated tastefully with Ottoman antiques and Turkish
For a small inn with only 17 rooms
on three floors, it's a welcome surprise
that the Sari Konak has an elevator (lift)
serving most of its rooms.
Manager Mr Ümit Okan has
a good sense of what it's like to travel
as a tourist in Turkey. "I wanted
to make a hotel that was better than
all the ones I stayed in," he
says. "So we included all the
normal comforts and conveniences such
as TV and air conditioning, but we
also installed double-glazed windows
for quiet. The little refrigerators
in the rooms are not filled with overpriced
drinks. You can fill them with whatever
When it was still Constantinople, this
part of the city was covered by the Byzantine Great
Palace. The Okans discovered
part of a wall from the palace behind
the hotel, preserved it, and made it
the backdrop for their small open-air
garden terrace. With its tinkling marble
fountain, it's a great place
for a quiet breakfast (the only meal
served) or contemplative afternoon
cup of tea or a drink.
If you're feeling expansive, ascend
to the roof terrace,
from which there are fine views of
of Marmara and the minarets of
Mosque, not to mention bar service.
The Sarı Konak also has
in the hotel. More...
Walk up the gentle slope of Mimar
Mehmet Ağa Caddesi from the Sarı
Konak for a few minutes
and you're right in Sultanahmet,
the sightseeing center of Old
contact the hotel, please mention
TTP. Here's why.
And here's a special bonus just for people who come to the hotel from TurkeyTravelPlanner.com: when you make your reservation directly via the hotel's website and input the Special Code "TTP5" (in CAPITAL LETTERS) you'll receive an automatic 5% discount off the price of your room because you are a TTP visitor. —————>>
All in all, one of the best
hotel choices in the district—indeed, in
the whole city: friendly, comfortable, convenient, and good value-for-money.
Mehmet Ağa Caddesi No. 42-46 (map)
34400 Sultanahmet, Istanbul,
Tel +90 (212) 638 6258
Fax +90 (212) 517 8635
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Above, the Sarı
Below, a Sarı
Konak guest room.
|Above, the Sari
Konak's Roof Garden,
with panoramic views of the Sea
of Marmara and the minarets
of the Blue
||Click on "Special Code," then input "TTP5" for an automatic 5% discount off the room rate.