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“To open a hotel of this category in Sultanahmet where there were plenty of hotels was something that needed courage...But the bet was won. There is everything to please you at Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak…"

—Guide du Routard, Istanbul Turkey

"This converted Ottoman mansion is one of the most attractive small hotels in Sultanahmet"

—Eyewitness Travel Guides, Istanbul Turkey

"If Topkapi Palace has gems, among the small Istanbul hotels, Sari Konak Hotel is as precious..."

—The Weekend Australian

"...Next time, I'm convinced that I'll come here first..."

—Frommers Travel Guide Turkey

"The dedicated service afforded by the Okan Family and the hotel staff creates a most welcoming atmosphere, and their attention to even the smallest detail is evident throughout this small Istanbul hotel..."

—Johansens Recommended Hotels 2000


"The Hotel Sari Konak was following in big footsteps after my luxurious night at the Four Seasons. But the Turks have a saying, "A guest is a gift from God", and in no time at all I was wrapped up with a big red bow. Truly, Bahattin and his son Umit roll out the red carpet for everyone. It is easy to see why visitors would choose to stay in a small family-run establishment. Next time I'm convinced that I'll come here first..."

— Frommer's Turkey

"What we like about Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak is a nice balance they strike between professional expertise and the family touch. The Okan's father, mother and the sons are personally in charge: Their love and care is evident in every detail... Whether the excellent breakfast buffet or the spotless grooming of their staff."

The Best Small Hotels of Turkey 99

"...Hagia Sophia is arguably the world's greatest church. Although now a museum, it was for centuries a mosque. The Blue Mosque, with its forest of minarets, is as confronting and the jewels in the Topkapi Palace are an astonishment. So the best option is to stay in the Sultanahmet area, a slightly elevated walk to these great sites. If Topkapi has gems, among the little Istanbul hotels, Sari Konak is as precious ...Forged from an old Ottoman house, it has been converted with delicacy and reverence. The breakfast room is a delight, and the continental breakfast is plentiful , enhanced by a continuous supply of excellent coffee. You can sit in a courtyard outside where a fountain plays and a Byzantine wall encloses you...The clientele of this hotel become loyal returnees—always a good sign—and if Istanbul is where cosmopolitanism originated, the Sari Konak lives up to that reputation...But it is the running of this hotel that enhances its reputation. A father and two sons are its hub.They take pride in its operation and the staff are welcoming and obliging. Finding your way around Istanbul can stretch navigational skills; the front desk is ready to put you on the map..."

—The Weekend Australian , April 8-9, 2000

"This small, family-run boutique hotel, in an Ottoman-style building, provides a very comfortable stay. The decor throughout is modern, but with Turkish tilework accents and an old, intricately paneled door at the reception. From your room's tiny balcony with lattice shutters, lean out to hear the call to prayers echoing in Sultanahmet. If you don't want twin beds, and prefer a bathtub to a shower, say so when making reservations. On the rooftop terrace, you can sit, have a glass of raki and contemplate either the Marmara Sea or the nearby Blue Mosque's spires. A treat in the morning is the delicious mix of yogurt, cereal, dried fruits and homemade jams that's part of the Continental buffet..."

—Fodor's Turkey

"Set in the historic district of Sultanahmet, this family-run boutique hotel is a renovated old town house featuring comfortable and stylish furnishings. The dedicated service afforded by the Okan family and hotel staff creates a most welcoming atmosphere, and their attention to even the smallest detail is evident throughout the establishment...The 17 bedrooms, all of which feature en suite facilities, have been decorated in a modern manner with soft fabrics, beautiful vases and wooden furniture. A wonderful buffet-style breakfast is served in the patio where guests may admire the impressive Byzantine wall..."—

Johansens Recommended Hotels 2000

"This converted Ottoman mansion is one of the most attractive hotels in Sultanahmet. The Hotel Sari Konak has a lovely patio with a small marble fountain, and an equally charming roof terrace."

— Eyewitness Travel Guides, Istanbul

“To open a hotel of this category in a district where there were plenty of hotels, was something that needed courage. But the bet was won. There is everything to please you at the “Hotel Sari Konak..."

— Guide du Routard, Istanbul


"Since I discovered your hotel 4 years ago, we have returned annually to enjoy your warm hospitality and friendship and the unique location of the old, beautiful building. I had first intended the hotel to be our special secret in Istanbul, but now I have to admit that nothing gives us a greater pleasure than to share Sari Konak with our special friends. Few things can compete with the magic atmosphere at sunset watching the Blue Mosque and Bosporus from your roof terrace! I would like to thank you again for making my wife’s birthday so special this year. We are looking forward to stay with you on our next holiday..."

— Kari and Per Oscar Bremer ( Oslo, Norway )

"Quite simply, Sari Konak is my home away from home when I am visiting Istanbul. Managed by brothers Murat and Umit Okan, the friendly and unobtrusive staff exemplify the inherent hospitality of the Turkish people. Tucked away on a small street, the beautifully restored Ottoman mansion is strategically located in the heart of Sultanahmet, just a short walk from dozens of key historic landmarks.

When I return to Sari Konak after a busy day of sightseeing and shopping, the cozy atmosphere offers a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Subtly showcasing the arts and handicrafts of Turkey, the interior decoration transports the guest to another time. And few rooftop views can rival this charming hotel’s panorama of the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara. But for me, the exquisite garden with its archeological artifacts, trickling fountain, and beautiful flowers may be one of the best features of Sari Konak. Nestled within a tall stone wall, this retreat presents a wonderful ambiance for a savory Turkish breakfast or an afternoon cup of tea. Time after time, I return to Sari Konak—and always will—because the hotel provides soothing comfort to reinvigorate the weary traveler."

—Judith A. Bowers ( Houston, Texas)

"I had planned to visit Turkey with 18 friends in late September of 2001. Unfortunately, everyone dropped out of the trip after September 11, but I needed a vacation so I decided to go alone. The staff and the feeling of comfort and "home" at the Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak made my trip an unforgettable experience. From the lovely, comfortable room to the beautiful breakfast each morning, the friendliness of the staff, the owner and his family, to the lovely evenings spent on the rooftop terrace enjoying the view of the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara, I could not have asked for a nicer place to stay. When I ventured out of Istanbul, the staff was very helpful in making arrangements and giving me advice, calling cabs or suggesting places not to miss. I can't wait to return to the Hotel Sari Konak and Istanbul. My trip was the experience of a lifetime..."

—June Shafer ( California - USA )

"As a journalist, I have traveled to many countries and stayed in many hotels. During one of my trips to Istanbul for the International Film Festival, I discovered a beautiful hotel which is run by a family. What struck me about this lovely Istanbul hotel is not the glamour, but exceptionally warm hospitality and homelike environment of the hotel. The rooms are very clean and cozy, the breakfast is served in a dreamlike patio enclosed by an ancient Byzantine wall. The decoration is pleasing, not overwhelming. The father and his two sons who run the hotel make sure that the guests feel at home. The highlight of my stay in the hotel was the time I spent on the magnificent rooftop of the hotel decorated in white canvas with Turkish tiles. The view of the rooftop is a different story, in front of you, you have the incredible, breathtakingly beautiful Blue Mosque and on the other side the Marmara Sea. At sunset, the mosque is artfully lit and the call for the prayer completes the whole picture. Hotel Sari Konak is not the kind of place that you pay your bill and say goodbye, there is something magical about these people and the owners that keep you coming back or stay in touch. Hotel Sari Konak indeed is The Home."

—Katayoun Beglari (Washington DC, USA)

"This is our third visit to this lovely Istanbul hotel. It was recommended to us by our American friends, regular guests, and it exceeded our expectations. Ideal position, stylish and authentic decor, homely and friendly atmosphere, delicious and healthy breakfasts will make one's stay truly a memorable affair. Should you need anything including where to eat or what to buy, just ask. Nothing is too difficult for Mr. Okan and his staff. Going back to Sari Konak Hotel is like going to visit an old friend. Looking forward to seeing you again soon..."

—Lida & Jacques Boribond (Sarajevo)

"We cannot say enough about the comfort and convenience of the Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak. We first "discovered" this boutique hotel in 1997. Since then we have stayed at the Hotel Sari Konak each time we have visited Istanbul. The location in Sultanahmet is unbeatable. Better still is the fact that the Hotel Sari Konak does not have an institutional feel—it is one of the most "homelike" hotels we have ever stayed in. We feel like part of an extended family in a very comfortable home, a home that just happens to have extraordinary rooftop views of the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara."

—John and Diane Grabowski (USA)

"Dear Umit and all the staff at the Hotel Sari Konak, Your city of Istanbul is beautiful and the people are especially friendly! We have had a wonderful stay in your hotel... Hotel Sari Konak is superb !!! Your service was the best we have ever experienced at a hotel anywhere...!!! We will recommend you to everyone...Please visit us in Australia one day..!"

—Benjamin & Rebecca & Kirsty (Sydney - Australia)

" address providing the fine tastes that the wanderers seek. A perfect, magnificent, real pension; everything was taken into consideration for the customer to feel comfortable… Service is extraordinary… How pleasing it is to have a drink in the perfectly designed rooftop with a view of the Marmara Sea and the Sultanahmet Mosque! Saying farewell to Hotel Sari Konak is wishing to return once again as soon as possible."

—Francine Landry & Mario Bolduc ( Montreal, Canada)

"Recently I visited Istanbul with my family. We thoroughly enjoyed the city but must add it was made extra special by our stay at the Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak. We all appreciated the personal touch of the staff and owner, the charming and tasteful decor, the proximity to historic sites, the beautiful roof top terrace complete with a bar and a fantastic view of the Bosphorus and Blue Mosque. Additionally the hotel itself is a historic site with a remaining ancient wall in its courtyard where delicious buffet breakfasts are served. A return to Istanbul would most definitely take us back to the Sari Konak Hotel..."

—Lisa Sward (Cleveland, USA)

"In the summer of 2004 there was a large billboard near the Galata Bridge which said: 'I came, I saw, I loved Istanbul.' Last year we visited Istanbul for the first time and we were fortunate to stay at the Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak. This small boutique hotel was love at first sight. The friendly people, the clean rooms, the wonderful breakfast and of course the roof terrace with its fantastic view. We stayed for 10 days and some people told us that this was too long for Istanbul. But not for us...! We decided to come back in autumn 2003 for another week and the people at the Hotel Sari Konak made us a very warm welcome. This summer we started and ended our tour in Istanbul at the Hotel Sari Konak. For us it felt like coming home a bit. We had stayed in many hotels and pensions but we found out that the people create the atmosphere. If our friends want to go to Istanbul we highly recommend this hotel to them. It’s a place not to miss! It’s not only your stay but also the people of the hotel will always try to help you and give good advice and are very interested. So, when we read the text on the billboard we changed it a bit. Not because we don’t agree with it, Istanbul is a great place to be, but that’s the same for Hotel Sari Konak: “We saw, we came, we stayed and will ever love Hotel Sari Konak in Istanbul”

—Willy and Rolf Eerens (The Netherlands)

"When I first walked up the steps, I knew my stay at Hotel Sari Konak would be cozy, welcoming and relaxing. I loved the yellow gelatti ice cream walls, the crisp cotton throws across the benches downstairs and the stark marble stairs...I thank you for all the little touches that made my time with you so memorable. I came to Istanbul as a single 31 year old woman circumspect of how I would be treated in a city not known for the weak. I left with a contented and rejuvenated soul..."

—Sarah S. McCue (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Sari Konak Oteli
The Finest of Old Town Istanbul Hotels

Mr. and Mrs. Okan are the hosts of Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak. After many years of hotel management experience, the couple opened Hotel Sari Konak in 1996. Today, with their two sons, they are personally in charge. The staff of Hotel Sari Konak in Istanbul takes great pride in offering its guests a charming "home away from home." We look forward to welcoming you.

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