Subject: Re: Turkey Information #2

Hotels and hotel info

We have only stayed at three hotels in Istanbul, the Eresin--great but in a sad, far away, location, Armada, better location, and the Yesil Ev--our favorite.

The first time we were there we stayed at the Eresin, provided by the tour and we missed the whole scene by being so far away from where it all is. If we had not had those two or three days at the end and stayed at the Yesil Ev we would have hated Istanbul.

The Yesil Ev is an old Touring Hotel, located in a green house which is what Yesil Ev means. It is located between the Haigha Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We would walk out at night and sit in the park near the Mosque and enjoy the ambience, and wish we never had to leave. The current price is $150 a night, USD, (not priced in TL) including breakfast.

The Armada is at the bottom of the hill, very nice, and about the same price, but I would not stay there if I was paying for it. Just because it is not right there in Sultanahmet.

This last trip was on a ship that docked in Karakoy, across the Galeta Bridge, and we used to sit in the upper lounge at night and enjoy the beauty of the Sultanahmet skyline.

We did check out some less pricey hotels and saw rooms in the following ones:

Spina, or email the location was very good there--not far from the Four Seasons.

Also saw rooms in the Turkoman--mentioned below.No lift here. Both were OK, location good, less $$ than the Yesil EV. If we could continue to afford the Yesil Ev we would go back there. However, they have some VERY SMALL rooms and I would certainly request a medium or a large sized room--they are all the same price.

There was a hostel near the Four Seasons where we used the Internet and it looked great. Facilities were clean, but we did not see rooms. I think this was Berk's Guest House--see below. When I can get to my Istanbul map I will compare streets and addresses. My Istanbul book with the goood map has been lent out, sorry.

We have seen the outside of the Empress Zoe, but have not been inside. Nice looking, about 3 blocks below the Yesil Ev.

More reasonably priced places include the list at the end of this post. Here is Sandy's list:


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.

Barut's Guesthouse, Ishakpasa Cad. No. 8, Sultanahmet-Istanbul, Turkey.

Within walking distance to many of the historic sites of old Istanbul.

Double: $30.

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.

Hotel Empress Zoe, Akbiyik Vaddesi, Adliye Sokak 10, 90-212/518-2504; fax 518-5699. Next to Hagia Sophia Church. Rooms small, but appealing 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.

Hotel Nomade, Ticarethane Sokak 15, 212-511-1296; fax 513-2404. Double room with bath is $45.

Hotel Park, Utangac Sokak 26, tel 90-212/517-6590. Modernized double room with bath is $35-$50, or $30-$40 with shared bath.

Hotel Konak, Elmadag, Cumhuriyet Caddesi Nisbet Sok. 9; 484744. Just the block from the Hilton. Nice, comfortable, inexpensive hotel. Double: about $30.(NOT in Sultanahmet)

Hotel Harem, 2 Ambar Sokak; 310-6800. Set in the Asian sector, it leans out over an great view of the Haghia Sophia. It is noisy; try for rooms on the quieter side which also have newly refurbished bathrooms, overlooking pool. Double: $44. NOT in Sultanahmet--it is across the Bosphorous)

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.

Hidiv Kasri, Cubuklu; 331-2651. Once the summer home of Egypt's royal family, on a hill overlooking the Bosporus. Another historically rich Automobile Association hotel. Not all the rooms have bathrooms. Double $147 for the Khedivial Suite in which you will live like royalty! Some rooms have doubles as low as $47.

GF NOTE--THIS IS ACROSS THE BOSPHORUS AND I WOULD NOT CONSIDER IT Hotel Eysan, Rihtim Cad. 26 across the Bosporus, in Kadikoy; 346-2440. A comfortable 52-room hotel. Double: $54.

Hotel Hippodrome, Mimar Mehmetaga Cad. 17; 517-4529. Conveniently near the Blue Mosque is a clean, simply furnished hotel. Double: $65.

Havuzlu Konak, Mescit Sokak, Safranbolu; (90-372)725-2883. In a tiny town about 50 miles from the Black Sea coast. A 25-room hotel that is delightful and at $40 a night double, quite a bargain. Safranbolu was a favorite winter residence of wealthy Ottomans at the turn of the century and this is the largest mansion in town. The rooms are decorated in traditional style, each with a brass bedstead, shelves filled with copper craft work and Turkish kilims on the floor.

Gretchen Fifer, South Carolina