Frequently Asked Questions
Summer can be very hot and sticky because of the humidity. Don' t forget to bring a hat and your sunscreen lotion. A light sweater for cool evenings is advisable. The tourist rush usually begins in June.
Autumn, from mid-September to mid-November, is also a good season to visit Istanbul. The weather is mild but the days are shorter. There are less tourists around. After mid-October, the weather gets rainy.
Winter is cold. In January and February there is often snow. Even though the snow does not stay on the ground for weeks, it can be challenging for a traveler, but could also be fun.You will need warm woolen clothing and rain gear.
We would suggest you to check the weather forecast before you come to Istanbul.
There are many restaurants in Istanbul that are within walking distance in Sultanahmet area near our hotel. We would be more than happy to recommend good restaurants allowing you to explore rich Turkish cuisine.
You can change money at front desk of the Hotel Sari Konak 24 hours a day; at the banks within walking distance and at the exchange offices around Sultanahmet. Banks are open from Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. as well as 1:30 p.m. and 5 o'clock in the evening. Usually they are quite busy and you may wait in the line long time to get to the cashier's window.
You can get the highest exchange rate at the exchange offices. Another option would be to change money at the airport.The exchange offices and banks at the airport are open twenty four hours a day and they are located in the terminal, close to the airport exit.
Are there ATM machines nearby?
There are several ATM machines within walking distance.
Most guides are quite busy during high season and you are better off making your arrangement in advance. There are also daily sightseeing tours organized by well-known travel agencies that offer a variety of pre-organized package tours in different languages. For more information and prices, you can send us an e-mail.
Turkish national public holidays are April 23 (National Independence & Children's Day); May19 (Youth & Sports Day); August 30 (Victory Day); and October 29 (Republic Day) Banks. On these national public holidays offices and businesses are closed. Museums are not closed during national and Islamic holidays. If by chance, one of these days is Friday or Monday, people obviously would benefit from this occasion and go on a short vacation for three days. Transport services may be particularly busy as people travel, so we recommend you reserve your seats in advance.
When it comes to the Islamic holidays, the dates differ each year, as they are based according to the lunar calendar, which is 11 days shorter than the solar (Gregorian) calendar. The two most important Islamic holidays are Kurban Bayrami (the Festival of Sacrifice) and Seker Bayrami (The Festival of Ramazan). Banks, government offices and businesses are closed for four days or longer during these holdiays. Transport services and hotels will be very busy. We highly recommended you book your stay in advance. Even though there are many ATM machines all around Istanbul, you may want stock up prior to the start of the holiday on Turkish lira cash.
Big shopping malls and museums are open during holidays but may be particularly busy. If you visit Turkey during Ramadan, you should be aware of how it may affect your holiday. Some businesses and offices may have shorter working hours. For this reason, you are better off checking times in advance. Restaurants may require reservations for the iftar meal—the time to break the fast— and may serve only elaborate fixed-menu without alcoholic beverages.