$48 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Feb 28, 2015 Check-out: Mar 1, 2015

Ilkay Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
View map of Hudavendigar Cad 44-46 Sirkeci, ISTANBUL, 34110

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
19 reviews
Awesome!

No, this is not the Ritz Carlton, but it is wonderful. The staff is amazing and ever so helpful.... See full review

  • Cole's Gramma
  • Aug 31, 2013
Solid Hotel in an Incredible City

Located along the tram line, this hotel is perfect for someone who is intent on exploring Istanbul.... See full review

  • RMUSA
  • Jan 24, 2015
Budget-friendly hotel in Old City Istanbul
The property is in close proximity to the historic sites of Old City. Nearby attractions include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Nearby Gulhane Park offers joggers and walkers a beautiful place to exercise. Guests who wish to visit the Princes’ Islands can take a ferry from Eminonu Port.
Highlights
  • Complimentary buffet breakfast
  • Convenient to all of Old City’s historic sites
  • Near public transportation
Rooms
Ilkay Hotel is home to 60 rooms with standard amenities. Rooms feature traditional decor with light-colored walls and patterned fabrics. Room amenities include private bathrooms with showers, air conditioning, and satellite television. Several room sizes are available.
Features
The hotel’s bar is a fun surprise. The Red River Pub -- named for the classic John Wayne movie -- transports guests from Istanbul to America’s Wild West days. Pub staff uniforms feature classic Western details like cowboy hats and bolo ties. The pub serves alcoholic beverages, Turkish coffee, and a fast food menu. Diners can relax with a drink while playing backgammon or chess. The bar is open from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m.

The hotel’s restaurant serves a complimentary breakfast buffet. The buffet features some Turkish items as well as fresh fruit, breakfast pastries, and more. Breakfast is served 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The hotel’s staff can help business travelers arrange a meeting or conference at one of the Ilkay’s sister hotels or restaurant properties. The Sirkeci Group also owns Sirkeci Konak, the Orient Express, and the Erboy Hotel.
Transportation
  • Sirkeci Railway Station (0.6 mi/0.9 km)
  • Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (11.8 mi/19 km)
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport (27.7 mi/44.7 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Hagia Sophia (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Topkapi Palace (0.5 mi/0.9 km)  
  • Blue Mosque (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Grand Bazaar (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Istanbul Modern Museum (1.6 mi/2.6 km)
  • Galata Tower (2.3 mi/3.6 km)
  • Ataturk Cultural Center (2.7 mi/4.4 km)
Business
  • Wireless Internet access in hotel common areas (fees may apply)
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Meeting space available at the Sirkeci Group’s other hotels and restaurants

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Ilkay Hotel Istanbul Rooms

Rooms
Our rooms offer the below features. Non smoking rooms & Smoking rooms Satellite TV Hair dryer Heating Air-condition Shower Safe box Wireless (free)

Amenities

  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Room service
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Barber/Beauty shop
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange

Nearby points of interest

  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 0.1 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.1 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.1 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.2 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 0.3 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 0.3 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 0.3 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.3 mi
  • Hagia Sophia: 0.4 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Kapali Carsi: 0.5 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.5 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.5 mi
  • Tünel: 0.6 mi
  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus): 0.8 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 0.1 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.1 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.1 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.2 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 0.3 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 0.3 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 0.3 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.3 mi
  • Hagia Sophia: 0.4 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Kapali Carsi: 0.5 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.5 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.5 mi
  • Tünel: 0.6 mi
  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus): 0.8 mi
  • Miniaturk: 0.8 mi
  • Galata Tower: 0.9 mi
  • Istanbul University: 0.9 mi
  • Istanbul Modern Museum: 1 mi
  • Istanbul Modern: 1.1 mi
  • Bosphorus Strait: 1.2 mi
  • Maiden`s Tower: 1.3 mi
  • Golden Horn: 1.4 mi
  • Beyoglu: 1.9 mi
  • Atatürk Cultural Center: 1.9 mi
  • Dolmabahce Palace: 2.1 mi
  • Spice Market: 2.2 mi
  • Suleymaniye Mosque: 2.2 mi
  • Kariye Museum (The Chora Church): 2.3 mi
  • Haydarpaşa Terminal: 2.4 mi
  • Rahmi M. Koc Museum: 2.5 mi
  • Yildiz Park: 3.1 mi
  • Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii): 3.2 mi
  • Ortakoy: 3.4 mi
  • Kadikoy: 3.7 mi
  • The Bosphorus Bridge: 4.4 mi
  • Rumeli Hisarı: 6.3 mi
  • Rumeli Fortress: 6.7 mi
  • Sakip Sabanci Museum: 7.2 mi
  • Emirgan Park: 7.7 mi
  • Istanbul Aquarium: 9.9 mi
  • The Princes' Islands: 11.8 mi

Dining

Red River Pub
Red River Pub is inspired by the famous western movie "Red River". The pub's walls is covered fully by original affiches and pictures of classical western movies.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
2:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (19)

Ratings and reviews for Ilkay Hotel Istanbul

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
19 out of 19
Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.7
Value:
4.1

89% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RMUSA
Business
Greenlawn
Jan 24, 2015

Solid Hotel in an Incredible City

Located along the tram line, this hotel is perfect for someone who is intent on exploring Istanbul. A complimentary breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. The sights of Sultanahmet are a ten minute walk away in one direction and the Egyptian Bazaar and New Mosque in the other direction. When you get back, you will find a clean hotel room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Canadian couple
Business
Toronto, Ontario
Oct 12, 2014

Good Hotel with excellent location

I would recommend this hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room is clean. The best thing about ilkay is the location. Almost all attractions is within walking distance.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Traveling Professor Mike
Business
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 8, 2014

Great Old Town Istanbul Hotel

The Ilkay Hotel was much better than we expected for the price in the center of all the attractions in the Old Town area of Istanbul. We especially liked that it was right on the tram line (we could see the Gulhame stop from the front door of the hotel) because we were going to use the tram/light rail to get to Ataturk airport to go home - 45 minutes and $2.00 to get from hotel door to airport. Extremely quiet even though we were on the second floor in the front of the hotel on the street and tram line. Short walk to top attractions and Galata bridge/Golden Horn/Bosphorus. Very nice bathroom and breakfast. Would definitely stay there again. Seemed a very good value compared to 3 other hotels we stayed in in Istanbul, Kusadasi and Bodrum.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Hotel staff suggested side streets for authentic, inexpensive dining 2 blocks toward Galata bridge. Very good food and best value we found in Istanbul.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Cole's Gramma
Business
Chicago, IL
Aug 31, 2013

Awesome!

No, this is not the Ritz Carlton, but it is wonderful. The staff is amazing and ever so helpful. They will do anything possible to make your stay great. The location is perfect. It is within walking distance of the must-see sites which makes things very convenient. The breakfast is more than adequate. The only problem with any place in the old city is the traffic since there are narrow streets everywhere you go. There is a tram line practically outside the door which makes getting outside of walking distance in the area even easier. If I ever come back to Istanbul there is no doubt as to where I would come. I think you could spend double, triple, or even quad times as much for a hotel and not be as happy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Bosphorus hop on - hop off is quite a rip off. I would avoid it. It is expensive (be sure to bargain if you decide to go) and it only runs every two hours. So if you get off somewhere, it will be at least two hours before they come back. They didn't stop to pick me up and I ended up making my way back by taxi. This is not the usual hop on - hop off bus that I have used in other cities where they run frequently. The company will tell you lies to get you to buy a ticket, so beware.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Carlos The Forester
Business
Gainesville, FL
Jul 13, 2013

Great Location, Helpful Staff

The Hotel is OK for the money you pay. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is OK (but I don't recommend the cured meat). The reception staff was very helpful. They have a restaurant (Red River) with very decent prices where you can hear some R&B and watch some western posters. Its ad mid point of Hagia Sofia and The Egyptian Bazaar

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Don't change money in the Exchange Stores near Hagia Sofia/Blue Mezquite. You can get better prices crssing the Golden Horn.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Cazz
Business
midlands, UK
Mar 31, 2013

Clean, comfortable, helpful.

Expectations not high as billed as budget hotel. However if you are looking for a clean, comfortable bed for the night, and are going to spend your time in Istanbul, rather than the hotel, this place is perfect. Staff very helpful, breakfast plenty of options (no full English here, but that's not really my thing). Would definately recommend. Very easily accessible 3 min walk from Gulhane tram station. !0 min walk from Topkapi palace, Aya Sophia and Sirkeci train station (Orient Express) Visit Basillica Cistern too, very atmospheric.Surrounded by restaurants. Very good value for money.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Buy Istanbulkart from hotel Ilkay. & TL deposit. Shops no longer return deposits.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
RobB
Business
Manchester, UK
Feb 25, 2013

Great location with old world charm

The hotel was easy to find and the metro/tram connections from the airport come right by the door. Location in the middle of the the old sector made access to the sights easy, especially convenient for dropping back for a spare pullover. Staff were friendly and helpful, and continental style breakfast showed good variety. I particularly enjoyed the honeycomb on a stand that you could have fresh from the comb. Hotel was spotless and the 2 room suite had enough room for collapsing after a day seeing the sights. I was worried that the amazing hospitality of the local merchants was merely a lead up to selling us something, until when we were on the way to the airport our travel card ran out of money. While we were fumbling for a note, a passing stranger used his travel card to see us on our way with a cheery "Welcome to Turkey".

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Use the metro/tram system. Even with a small fee for the travel card (which can be used by several travellers), it is good value. Announcements and signs are in English and Turkish, and the map is straightforward.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
aakk
Business
la, ca
Dec 4, 2012

OK for short term business stay

The hotel has definite drain problem, time to time there was quite unpleasant smell all over the place, room and bathroom are extremely small. Don't expect anything above average. Eating places are in close proximity and many available. Tram stops are close.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Well traveled girl
Business
NY,NY
Sep 22, 2012

Great Location and Value

It is a centrally located hotel and so close to a tram stop. You are right on the tram line but even having a room that overlooked the line didn't bother me ( and I am a light sleeper). It was easy to find where ever I was in Istanbul by asking directions to the tram line. The rooms are European Basic but very comfortable and clean. I would stay here again. The only thing is the telephone number listed is a wrong number it goes to a private house.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Hitesh
Business
London
Jun 8, 2012

5 star value for money

The hotel is ideally located in the Sultanahmet/Serkeci district of Istanbul between the Gulhane and Serkeci Tram stations. Central to all tourist hotspots. Only 10 mins to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, New Mosque and Galata Bridge (where there's great views of the coast and an under-bridge row of diners/restaurants). Staff and service are both 5 star. They have their own Western themed Pub on the corner of a very busy street. Had a fantastic and unexpected great time at this hotel and in Istanbul. P.S. Stay clear of the extortionate rates of the Guiness Pub around the corner. Drinks are twice the price of anywhere in Istanbul!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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