Hotel HHK is a heck of a deal - no matter how you get there!
They're cute ads and I can relate to that 'booking yeah' feeling. I had my own "booking" moment in Istanbul. Nope, it had nothing to do with Booking.com! (In fact, we actually booked through Expedia -here's a direct link to the hotel) but all the other components were in place, from the crazy journey to the gorgeous hotel.
HHK Hotel (aka Hayriye Hanim Konagi Hotel) in Istanbul is one property we absolutely got 'booking' right and, best of all, we got it for an absolute steal! Here's why we loved it, how we got such a sweet deal, and why we were so darn happy to finally arrive at their doorstep.
While I definitely had moments of "what on earth am I doing", and it was a rather dusty and sweaty experience, it was a walk not without its compensations. Istanbul is a beautiful, colorful city and we got to see so many pockets of it.
Still, it was with no small measure of relief that we saw the first sign for the hotel and found the front door! Happily, we were about to have our "booking" yeah moment!
We cancelled the first reservation on site #1 and rebooked at the cheaper price on site #2. Our total cost? $50 US. Yep, you read that right. It was worth it for the view alone. But what was the room like?
As is usually the case with killer online bargains, the rooms available at our price point were "economy standards". These are the leftover rooms, the smallest and least desirable rooms reserved for those who book online, as the nicest regular standard rooms are assigned to guests who book directly with the hotel and pay a non-discounted price.
And there's nothing wrong with that. We knew exactly why our room was so cheap and had no illusions about what would be offered.
The room was clean, comfortable, and elegantly decorated. It was a bit shabby around the edges and the clashing red carpet had seen better days but, overall, it was a superb value for $50. The bathroom was tiny but it included luxurious little touches, like a loofah mitt and a towel warmer.
So there was a bit of confusion and muddled communication for a moment but they did send us fresh meals, which were greatly improved and very tasty. And later, when we were sitting on the roof top patio, they brought us complimentary Turkish coffee and cookies by way of apology and we were very grateful for this kind gesture.
I spent over an hour on the patio, catching up on work (note: the Wi-Fi was great!) and I had to keep pinching myself that I was so lucky to call this spot my office, if only for a night.
In all seriousness, there was a huge selection of breakfast foods and I was a huge fan of the pan fried potatoes cooked in chili oil. We each had several plates of food before saying a sad farewell and heading on to our next destination - this time, via the very close Halic Metro!
My advice for those looking to replicate our $50 steal is to search early, search often, and, if you're hoping for a last minute sell-off price, consider stealing our strategy of making a temporary reservation that can always be cancelled as a back up plan while you continue your search.
appily, Istanbul and I are once again on the best of terms. Spending a wonderful night at HHK Hotel was a big part of that, but so was our wild walk to get there in the first place. Sometimes, it really is about both the journey AND the destination!
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PS: You can read more reviews on HHK here!