If you’re searching for a hotel in Istanbul, or throughout Turkey, you’ll find a full range of options, from luxury palace hotels to charming, historic inns to simple but clean pensions/hostels and even rental villas and flats/apartments.
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It’s helpful to book in advance, at least for the first night, and reservations are encouraged during the tourist season in the summer. Most Turkish hotels offer rooms with private bathrooms and include breakfast in the rates. Read the hotel guide to learn more about some differences you might encounter. Below are descriptions of the ratings by the national Ministry of Tourism, and some rough price estimates for double (two-person) rooms
The cost of hotels and other accommodations varies greatly depending on the quality, location, and season. Read more about the costs of accommodations and other travel expenses in Turkey.
Special-Class Hotels & Inns
Luckily for 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.
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.
Expected luxury and all services. 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 not always included in the normal rates (although it may be in package deals).
Very comfortable local hotels, independent or small Turkish chains, with multilingual staff, nice restaurant and bar, air conditioning, and good breakfast, etc.
Comfortable, with satellite TV, minibars, perhaps even a swimming pool or nightclub in smaller cities and resorts.
Good value! May have TVs in rooms, decent breakfast.
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.
The smallest, cheapest 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) may cost extra. Breakfast usually not available, or is extra. If you’re traveling on a starvation budget, they’re good. No-star places in a city may be grim; in seaside resorts they’re often friendly and convenient.
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.
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.
For those interested in voluntourism/WWOOF, you can spend part of your holiday/vacation on an organic farm in Turkey.