To really enjoy the hotel you need to be good on stairs and hills. The great feature is the lounge/breakfast room on the fith floor. And the setting amongst steep streets in the heart of the antiques district.
This is urban life. Not a tourist artificial world.
BW from Montreal
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The Historia's biggest single asset is its central location - three minutes walk to the square with the Blue Mosque to one side, Hagia Sophia on the other and the tram route 1 on the north side allowing rapid access to other fascinating places. The archaeological museums and Tokapi Palace are only a few minutes walk further beyond this square. The hotel is small, but professionally run. Front desk is manned 24 hours a day. The buffet breakfasts are excellent, with a wide choice of tasty dishes. My room was well maintained and cleaned, with the bottles of fresh water and toiletries being replaced as necessary.
My room had a great view over the Sea of Marmora. It was not quiet; city noises, including the railway, calls to prayer, ships' sirens, seagulls and the yowling cats all contributed to the atmosphere. Also there was nowhere to rest my laptop - no writing desk or table. And the wi-fi was shakey to put it mildly. There was only one electrical socket available - that powering the hairdryer in the bathroom. So I had to unplug the hairdryer whenever I wanted to run my laptop or recharge my phone.
The reception team was very kind and helpful! Excellent customer service! a little bit disappointed with the breakfast buffet. Not a lot of choice. The bed was comfortable but we felt the room was small even for 2 people.
The room was very clean everyday!
This little hotel is very well maintained, spotless clean, with amazingly helpful staff. They advised us about everything and booked us transportation and tours. The room was nice (maybe a little smaller than we might need for three persons, but we didn’t spend too much time in), with own air conditioning unit, with a nice bath (shower). The only downsize was that we couldn’t get the wifi in the room. We could access the internet only in the lobby.
The breakfast buffet was well garnished and served on the roof terrace. The view was amazing there, day or night.
We loved staying at the Tashkonak Hotel. The staff was really wonderful and attended our every request. We were there for 2 weeks and they made us feel like it was our home. We loved the location. It is in an old neighborhood and we got to know a lot of the people who worked at the little market (right around the corner) and many of the small cafes down the street. The hotel is one block from the incredible Arasta Bazaar, lots of folk art stores, and a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya,& the Basilica Cistern. One of our favorite things to do was to sit on a bench in the evening in the area between the Blue Mosque & Aya Sofya and watch all the people. All the buildings are lit-up and it's magical. The friendly staff at the hotel reflected the general feel of all the Turkish people we encountered on our trip. Ask for a room overlooking the garden. We had a wonderful time and the Tashkonak Hotel was part of that experience.
I live in Turkey and needed to stay somewhere central while avoiding the troops of tourists. I chose this hotel for the very fair price and location marginally away from the big sites. The location as well as the room was more than I had hoped for. The room (3) was actually a flat that had both a Marmara and a lovely street view. The bathroom was impressive, as was the bed. I almost felt like I was paying too much. The breakfast included was as good as any I have had here in Turkey. I also used airport pickup service the hotel works with - which provided a successful transfer even though my travel partner arrived four hours late. Try to wait until tunnel construction along the Marmara is complete....but then stay at this hotel. And eat at the restaurant next door, as I did for both nights of my stay. It was a uncharacteristically low-pressure experience for Istanbul. The Jazz Kitchen I think?
This little hotel is near to the main attractions. The staff is wonderful, especially Ersan who is very helpful with recommendations of restaurants. The rooms and bathrooms were lovely and comfortable. Robes and slippers, all the things you would expect from a much more expensive hotel. The woodwork is beautiful, from the Ottoman ceilings to the beautiful doors and furniture.
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