Inexpensive Hotels in Istanbul

Like any city, Istanbul has its share of cheap hotels. The only problem is that Istanbul is a huge metropolis with 13 million people and is flooded with tourists all year round. While there are many cheap Istanbul hotels, the main difficulty is finding one with vacancies. Thus, for any visitor from outside of Turkey, it is wise to make a booking before hand, much in advance of your vacation. Not speaking the language and differences in cultures can make search for a cheap hotel quite difficult once you have arrived.

However, for the traveler who is well prepared, staying in one of the cheap Istanbul hotels can be worth it. One great cheap Istanbul hotel is the Hotel Agan. Located next to the Orient railway station, it offers twin beds, buffet breakfast and internet access. The cost of double room with queen sized bed is $45. The Star Hotel is another great cheap Istanbul hotel and is only 200 meters from the Turkish Islamic Art Museum.  You will definitely want to visit the Turkish Islamic Art Museam.  However, back to the Star Hotel.   It is similar to hotel Agan and offers a comfortable bed and is very safe. The cost for a night’s stay at the Star Hotel is $52.

The Emirhan Inn apartment is like any motel in North America and is only 100 meters from little Hagia Sophia, a mosque you will not want to miss because of its history and exquisite architecture. The Emirhan Inn costs $59 a night. Other similar cheap Istanbul hotels include the Dara hotel located near the airport, Hotel Santa Sophia and the Olympiyat.  These are just some of the hotels you can search on the internet and try making a reservation on the internet.

Most of the above mentioned hotels are located in the prime central areas of Istanbul where all the monuments and historic sites are. It’s a good idea to be close to the things that you want to see.  Otherwise, you are going to have to be using taxis and walking all the time when you are there.  The traveler should understand that these relatively cheap hotels are not like the Hilton and one has to be practical and realistic. The cheap hotels in Istanbul are more for the single back pack traveler or person on a budget who is there for a short vacation. But rest assured, the majority of these hotels are safe, comfortable and even serve great authentic Turkish cuisine at a relatively low price in their restaurants.

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