Luxury in Istanbul – Sirkeci Mansion

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I’m now back on the hotel review trail and it feels nice.

Barry and I arrived late in Istanbul after finally packing up the Edinburgh flat, but because of the very precise directions on the hotel website, I was not worried at all about reaching Sirkeci Mansion. The only worrying part was that I wasn’t going to spend as long in my next luxury bed as I would have liked!

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It was especially lovely to be greeted by name by the still smiling reception staff, despite the late hour. I love it when people greet me like an old friend they are expecting. The famed Turkish hospitality is evident and genuine – Barry and I were treated well during our entire stay.

The Sirkeci Mansion is a family run hotel in the heart of Istanbul’s old town. The owner, Mr Faruk, is a passionate hotelier with a particular interest in local, sustainable tourism. He started the Small Hotels Association of Turkey, along with other community groups and continues to work on community projects. He helped establish the Sirkeci area from an industrial 1980s suburb into the charming tourist destination it is today. He believes that Turkey should move in the direction of small, family owned and run hotels, and run with heart.

His own hotel is run with such heart. When I sat down with the concierge staff if became further apparent as to why Sirkeci Mansion wins a TripAdvisor award every year. There are so many daily activities on offer (two on Mondays to keep you busy when the museums are closed), such as cooking classes, walking tours and street food tours. Only the street food tours are an additional cost. The cooking class was all booked while I was there but I did get to observe eight happy people happily chopping away.

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Though we wished we could stay for a week, we didn’t have time to sample the activities but did dedicate a few hours to enjoying the hotel.

To start, as usual, I over indulged at breakfast, eating some of the biggest cherry tomatoes I’ve ever seen, sampling dried apricots, olives, cheese and meats, whilst reading the daily hotel newsletter.

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A morning of sightseeing is more complete when ‘Mezze Time’ is waiting for you at your hotel, in the pleasant surrounds of the domed ceiling library (even Barry beating me at chess twice didn’t damper my enthusiasm).

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It’s chilly in November in Istanbul so it’s just as well there’s a pool, sauna and traditional Turkish bath at the hotel. There’s something quite luxurious about lying in a hot stone room, sweating away the grime of a day’s sightseeing.

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In the summer time, the terrace is transformed to a restaurant, offering some of the best views of the city, making it a perfect way to cap off a day in the capital. DSC_8113 DSC_8115

However, our stay came to an end all to soon and we had to leave Sirkeci Mansion. I think we’d need a week to do Sirkeci Mansion, and Istanbul, justice.DSC_8052

I was a guest of Sirkeci Mansion but all opinions are my own and nobody from the company reviewed or approved the text.

2 thoughts on “Luxury in Istanbul – Sirkeci Mansion

  1. My husband and I have stayed at Sirkeci Konak for the last 2 years and cannot ratae it highly enough. We have experienced all that you enjoyed and hope to return next year for another 2 weeks. 🙂

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