Istanbul's tidy 3-star Hotel İlkay, between Sirkeci station and Sultanahmet, is a good choice in terms of location, facilities, service, and price.
It's on Hüdavendigâr Caddesi, the continuation of Alemdar Caddesi that connects Sultanahmet with Sirkeci and Eminönü (map), at the corner of Dervişler Sokak. This means you have easy access to the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram, Sirkeci station, the Eminönü ferry docks, the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar and Galata Bridge, and yet Sultanahmet is only a 10-minute walk away. And if you don't want to walk, you can ride the tram.
The 60 guest rooms at the Hotel İlkay all have individual heating and air-conditioning units, so you can control your room temperature as you like. Good beds, private bathrooms, satellite television sets, hair dryers—the rooms are comfortable and reached by elevator/lift.
There's 24-hour room service, free safe deposit boxes for your valuables, non-smoking rooms, free Wifi Internet connection in the public areas, and helpful, well-trained staff that really make you feel welcome.
BONUSES for TTP Users
Book through TTP and you'll receive an automatic 5% discount off the lowest price. Stay at least three nights, and mention TTP, you are entitled to these valuable additional bonuses:
1. 7% discount on your room bill if you pay in cash upon arrival. (Hotel rates are quoted in euros, but you may pay in euros, US dollars, GB pounds, or Turkish liras.)
2. Family Card: ask for it upon arrival. It entitles you to a 10% discount at restaurants which are within walking distance of the hotel.
3. Stay six nights, and your seventh night is free.
The Hotel İlkay has a good restaurant. The Red River Pub, named after the famous John Wayne movie, has a great atmosphere, a long drinks list, bar snacks, and light meals.
Besides its own good value-for-money restaurant, the İlkay is near the simple restaurants near the Hocapaşa mosque.
Room rates are lower in general for Sirkeci district hotels because they are not (yet) as well known as hotels in Cankurtaran or along Divan Yolu. Of course, you get a full buffet breakfast included in the price of your room. Not only that, because you are coming from TurkeyTravelPlanner.com, you will receive an additional 5% discount, which will automatically lower the price you will see.
The Hotel İlkay is a partner property of the Sirkeci Mansion Hotel, a 5-star boutique hotel nearby. More...
When you contact the Hotel İlkay, please mention TTP. Here's why.
Hüdavendigâr Caddesi No. 44-46 (map)
34210 Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel +90 (212) 511 2270, 511 2271
Fax +90 (212) 527 2017