Travel Blogs from Istanbul
- We had free time till 1600 and were on a mission to get heaps of Turkish Delight
- for friends and fam.
- We had as good long walk down to the Bosphorus and tried to find a shop but no luck so we needed to get to the Koska 1907 shop down from Taxim Square that we had discovered at the last free time we had between the 2 tours 8 days before. It was unbearably hot. We had to regularly ...
After packing our bags and having breakfast, we joined the contiki group on the coach for our Istanbul tour. We first visited the Egyptian spice markets, followed by the Saltanahmet (blue mosque) and the Grand Bazaar. This was the first time I have ever entered a mosque. It was quite a beautiful structure, but funny how they still separate women from the men. A few of us left the tour group and went ...
... the center of town when the midday call to prayer started. It was a pretty amazing experience, because as we were walking the call to prayer followed us, as each mosque started their songs, one after the other, in the direction we were walking, and kept following us until we had almost reached the other end of the park! That was pretty special! When we got out the other end of the park we followed the tram tracks back to our side of town and went back to the restaurant we'd gone ...
Today was a bit of an "off" day which started off quite well with good restful sleep followed by breakfast in Horizon restaurant where we bumped into Roger and Bob, two Americans we had breakfast with yesterday. They very kindly saved a seat on the shuttle bus for us and we cruised around with them in Mykonos because Bobhad been there last night. We stopped and had coffee and also bumped into John and Linda (also from breakfast yesterday) ...
... Turkish people are a fun loving lot by and large and they are always joking and teasing. Now it feels like our travel adventure is drawing to an end, about which we have mixed feelings. We are longing to see our girls and family in Melbourne, who we have missed a lot. But we have loved the places we have visited and the people we have met and all the things we have done and we will miss that. Returning to normal life will be a big ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ilkay Istanbul
I chose the Ilkay due to its very affordable price, the offer of one-way free transportation to or from the airport, free continental breakfast, and most importantly, its close proximity to several of the sites we wanted to visit.
Stayed here for 4 days in august 2006, very nice hotel situated in the centre of Istanbul in the Sultanahmet area, 2 min. walking distance from Topkapi palace entrance, 5 min. from Aya sofia, Blue mosque, Grand bazaar, Eminonu. Tram stops 100 mtr. from the hotel entrance.
A nice place to stay
I spent a fex days there with my sister and both of us were happy with our stay in the hotel. Calm, clean, helpful staff, great breakfast... And the location is perfect according to what we wanted to do: visiting Istanbul's major monuments, going to the most famous bazaars, and so on...
Price is reasonable.
Quite advisable for those who don't know the town yet.
Little tips: the hotel staff is almost simply composed of men, but most of them very nice!
I booked this hotel via [--], which redirected me to [--] as I made a reservation a day before the arrival. Strange thing was that these two sources gave 3-star and 4-star rank to the hotel. According to my experience it's 3-star hotel, not 4-star. It's strategically located in the Sultanahment area, with working distance to Hagia Sopia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazar and etc. The breakfast was OK, but variety and quantity of food is modest. I would say that in general hotel is OK, but staff behaviour made our stay not pleasant experience.
My sister and I stayed at the Ilkay for 5 nights in June 2006, and considering we are 2 girls alone, we wanted to make sure the hotel was safe and that the staff were friendly.
This hotel is great value for what your paying. The rooms are basic but clean and the staff are very welcoming. Only a 10 min walk from all the major tourist spots and in the middle of several shops and eating places, I would definately recommend this one to anyone looking for a no fuss and value for money stay.
Decent hotel for what you're paying. Almost everyone working there was very nice and helpful. Aside from slight disrepair here and there, the rooms were comfortable and clean. Their breakfast is very good; especially the fresh and delicious feta cheese, olives, and tomatoes (try the surloup, i.e., mixture of molasses and tahini).
This is without doubt the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. Dirty, smelly, run-down and with extremely rude staff. About the only good thing I could say about Hotel Ilkay is that it is in a good location close to major tourist sites. However there are plenty of other hotels with good locations so do yourself a big favour and choose one of the other ones.