Subject: Re: Re:Istanbul budget hotels
Hi to all Istanbul travelers,

This is a fantastic list of places to stay. We have seen several of these places and the following are in great locations:

> GOOD LOCATION
> International Youth Hostel, foot of the Sofia
> Mosque. $6 per person. Since
> it is generally full of travelers coming from all
> over Turkey, it is a good
> place to get your bearings.

>WE HAVE SEEN THIS ONE AND HAS GREAT INTERNET CONNECTIONS WHICH WE HAVE USED

> Berk's Guest House, 27 Kutlugun Sokak, Cankurtaran,
> Sultanahmet, Istanbul
> 34400; (90-212)517-6561. Located within a few
> minutes' walk from the major
> sites. 7 standard rooms that are clean and
> comfortable with fans, 2 deluxe
> rooms with air conditioners and hotel-room
> amenities. Breakfast lounge where
> buffet served next to flowr garden; roof lounge with
> spectacular view.
> Across from Four Season's Hotel. From airport or
> bus terminal have driver
> follow Kennedy Caddesi (Sahil Yolu), left at
> Cankurtaran traffic lite (right
> after Kalyon Hotel) go up Ishakpcan Caddesi to
> Kutlugun Sokak. Double $50,
> deluxe double $70. American contact: Berk
> Evrensel, P.O. Box 7873 Atlantic
> City, NJ 08404; 609-266-9084.

WE HAVE WALKED BY THIS ONE AND LOOKS GREAT
> Hotel Empress Zoe, Akbiyik Vaddesi, Adliye Sokak 10,
> 90-212/518-2504; fax
> 518-5699. Next to Hagia Sophia Church. Rooms
> small, but appealinag with
> off-white walls, dark wood trim and creamy marble
> bathrooms. Hotel's cozy
> lounge and roof terrace offer views of Sea of
> Marmara. Ann Nevans, the
> American owner, knows all the best restaurants,
> night spots and interesting
> markets. Double $60-$65 breakfast included.

>WE LOOKED AT THE ROOMS IN THIS ONE THIS WINTER AND THE PRICES HAVE GONE UP TO $75
> Hotel Turkoman; 2 Asmali Cesme Sokak; 516-2956. A
> small, simple hotel near
> the Blue Mosque. There is an enthusiastic young
> staff lending a youth-hostel
> feel to the place. Double: $35-$40.

> YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT THIS ONE: HOTEL SPINA not far from the Four Seasons, great location, rooms looked good last Nov, http://www.istanbulhotels.net/spina

Gretchen Fifer, South Carolina