Obelisk on the
Hippodrome, just a two-
minute walk from the
Hotel Yunus Emre.
Yunus Emre is an
excellent choice for budget-conscious
who want a hotel with a very convenient
comfortable rooms, a friendly family
atmosphere, and reasonable prices.
Mr Bülent İrem and Ms
managers of the hotel, have put a lot
of care into the renovation of their
hotel. I particularly like the cheerful
colors of the guest rooms
(even though I'm not one who usually
about color). They've made the rooms
shine. (Their daughter Yasmine's
favorite is the pink one, of course!)
All the comforts are
here, of course, from modern
private bathrooms to TVs,
and air conditioning in
all 14 rooms (mostly doubles, but with
a few triples for families). Make-your-own
hot drinks (coffee, tea, etc.) are
available 24 hours a day.
Stay at least three nights, and the
hotel will provide free
Airport to the hotel.
For the very thrifty, the hotel has
a hostel section with several tidy
4- and 6-bed dormitory rooms, each
Take the elevator/lift to
the top floor to enjoy the roof
terrace for relaxing and enjoying
views of the neighborhood and Sea
The Hotel Yunus Emre's location is
excellent: on a short, quiet low-traffic
downhill from the southwest end of
Walk a just a bit further downhill
to get a good view of the Sphendoneh, the
marvel of brick, stone and mortar arches
and fill that
holds up the southwestern end of the Hippodrome.
Just another short walk downhill from
is the Little Ayasofya Mosque (Küçük
Ayasofya Camii), a famous Byzantine church
later converted to a mosque.
By the way, the hotel takes its name
from Yunus Emre, a
famous 13th-century Turkish mystic,
poet and troubador
songs are still popular in Turkey today.
When you contact the Hotel Yunus
Emre, for room rates and
availability, please mention
TTP. Here's why.
Sokak No. 30 (map),
Tel +90 (212) 638 4562
Fax +90 (212) 517 4389
—by Tom Brosnahan
İrem family of the Hotel
Yunus Emre in Istanbul:
Maria, Yasmine and Bülent.
Below, a tidy bedroom,
and the hotel's sunny solarium