Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Atlasjet free bus to Izmir airport, then nice easy flight to Istanbul. Metro to town, but before this I left my bank card in an ATM which was stupid, but cancelled before anything bad could happen.
Hotel in good location and nice and clean, easy walk to Hagia Sofya, which was ok, but didn't impress me much inside, and then to Blue Mosque. …
We all arrived safely at our hotel in İstanbul last night.
This morning we have assembled the bikes and all seem to have travelled well.
İf all goes to plan today we are planning to leave tomorrow, a day earlier than planned, as everyone just wants to get on the road.
The hotel seems very nice and …
... few stood out: oven-baked hummus with sucuk (sausage);a dish of sliced eggplants, roasted and marinated in olive oil and tomato with I think figs; puréed fava beans, so light and airy!; and two spicy spreads, one tomato-y the other red pepper-y. Oh, and a cold eggplant purée with cheese. Really amazing food.
On my way back to the hotel I passed several dogs. They are mostly friendly, but really only want food from you. I haven't seen more than two ...
... a smidgen lazy and left one upside-down and the other on its side. Clearly this is the only explanation. We grabbed some not-New-York-bagels for a quick lunch, and then started meandering. We managed to accidentally find the Grand Bazaar and - as if planned by fate - we saw and heard Starbucks calling. We regrouped over Chai Tea Lattes (same words in Turkish) and, through help from the kindly baristas, made our way to the Old Book ...
... the crowd and jumped the fence to exit the tram station and have a shortcut to campus. There are some other tourists here, but not many.
Snapped pics of Istanbul University and the historical building the Crowne Plaza is in. Walked by Laleli Mosque but, as per my custom, didn't ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.