Hotels in Istanbul & Turkey

Hotels in Istanbul and throughout Turkey cover the full range of lodgings, from luxury palace hotels through charming, historic inns to simple but clean and cheappensions and hostels, and even rental villas and flats/ apartments. 

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Most Turkish hotels offer rooms with private bathrooms, and include breakfast in the rates. (Here's a Turkish Hotel Room Users' Guide.) Below are descriptions of the ratings by the national Ministry of Tourism, and my (rough) price estimates for double (two-person) rooms:

Special-Class Hotels & Inns

Luckily for us visitors, Turkey has hundreds of special places to stay that don't fit easily into the star categories: Ottoman mansion inns, historic houses, boutique hotels, Cappadocian cave dwellings, etc. These often have lots of character, at least some modern comforts (and sometimes all comforts), and are priced accordingly, anywhere from TL100 to TL400+double.

Members of the Turkish Small Hotels Association are the best boutique hotels throughout Turkey, dedicated to maintaining high standards of quality, hospitality, comfort and value-for-money. More...

5-Star Hotels

Expected luxury and all services at TL300 to 600+. Worldwide chains (Hilton, Kempinski, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton, etc) tend to be smoother but substantially more expensive than the local Turkish chains (Dedeman, Divan, Merit, etc), which offer a bit less class but better value. Breakfast is definitely not included in the normal rates (although it may be in package deals), and costs an amazing TL40+ extra in many cases.

Sirkeci Mansion Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Sirkeci Mansion HotelIstanbul—superb 5-star
boutique-hotel hospitality in the most convenient location.

4-Star Hotels

Very comfortable local hotels, independent or small Turkish chains, with multilingual staff, nice restaurant and bar, air conditioning, and good breakfast, etc., for TL125-275+.

3-Star Hotels

Comfortable, with satellite TV, minibars, perhaps even a swimming pool or nightclub in smaller cities and resorts for TL95-135.

2-Star Hotels

Good value! May have TVs in rooms, or just a TV lounge; some pretensions to decor, decent breakfast for TL70-105.

1-Star Hotels

Great value for the budget-minded; simple, homey, often like a European pension. Not a lot of services, though usually Wifi Internet, TV in the lounge, clean rooms with (tiny) private shower, and usually a simple breakfast for TL50-85.

No-Star Hotels

The smallest, cheapest (TL30-65), simplest local hotels, hostels and pensions may be rated by the municipal authorities. These spartan places in out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten-track small towns and eastern cities often have rooms with only beds and a light bulb; a communal cold-water sink and shower are down the hall; a hot shower (if available) costs extra. No breakfast available. If you're traveling on a starvation budget, they're good. No-star places in a city may be funky or grim; in seaside resorts they're often friendly and convenient.

Hostels

Turkey has numerous excellent travelers' hostels of the new type: not the spartan, puritan youth and hikers' barracks of the past but comfortable, congenial, low-cost, high-enjoyment lodgings targeted at adventurous travelers of all ages, but primarily younger ones. The many services usually include Wifi Internet access, bars and lounges, travel-booking services, and may include private rooms with bath. More...

Villas & Flats/Apartments

Perhaps the fastest-growing lodging possibility, villas are springing up all along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, and flats/apartments are being refurbished in the major cities for families, small groups, and those coming for visits longer than the normal few days. Examples.

Organic Farm Stays

Yes, you can spend part of your holiday/vacation on an organic farm in Turkey. More...

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