in Istanbul and throughout Turkey cover
the full range of lodgings, from luxury
palace hotels through charming,
historic inns to
simple but clean and cheap pensions and hostels,
and even rental villas and flats/
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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
Hotels & Inns
Luckily for us visitors, Turkey has
hundreds of special places to stay
that don't fit easily into the star
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...
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.
Mansion Hotel, Istanbul—superb 5-star
boutique-hotel hospitality in the most convenient location.
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+.
Comfortable, with satellite TV, minibars,
perhaps even a swimming pool or nightclub
in smaller cities and resorts for TL95-135.
Good value! May have TVs in rooms,
or just a TV lounge; some pretensions
to decor, decent breakfast for TL70-105.
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.
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
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...
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
Yes, you can spend part of your holiday/vacation
on an organic farm in Turkey. More...
Above, cave suite with all the comforts
at Esbelli Evi, Ürgüp, Cappadocia.
Panoramic view of the Sea of Marmara from the breakfast terrace of the Terrace Guest House in Istanbul, one of the great bargains in the city.