Ilkay Hotel Istanbul ★★★

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$50
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Check-in: Mar 4, 2016 Check-out: Mar 5, 2016
3.9 /5
Overall score
89%
Would recommend
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.1
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Room types

Show Prices Single - Annex
  • Size: 150 sqft
  • Occupancy: 2
Show Prices Standard Triple - City View - Annex
  • Size: 258 sqft
  • Occupancy: 4
Show Prices Standard Double - City View - Central
  • Size: 172 sqft
  • Occupancy: 3
Show Prices Family Suite - City View - Annex
  • Size: 376 sqft
  • Occupancy: 4
Show Prices Standard Twin - City View - Annex
  • Size: 172 sqft
  • Occupancy: 3

Overview

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.

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.

Property 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.

Highlights

  • Complimentary buffet breakfast
  • Convenient to all of Old City’s historic sites
  • Near public transportation

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

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)

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.

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Amenities

Featured

  • 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

Reviews

3.9 /5 Overall score

89% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 3.5/5
  • Cleanliness: 4.1/5
  • Hotel staff: 4.3/5
  • Comfort: 3.5/5
  • Location: 4.8/5
  • Value: 4.1/5

Ok, just ok

Would not recommend Wed, Sep 16, 2015
The location is amazing, and the staff very helpful and friendly, unfortunately this hotel is very old and pretty dirty. It is also very noisy (that is actually the main problem.) I had to change room because of the noise but I had the same problem in the other room also as the main noise wouyld come from the water pipes mainly from the toilet. Very bothering, loud and you could hear it mainly in the early mornings. A bit pricey for what you get.

| N/A Singles

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 2 /5

Excellent Family Holiday

Would recommend Tue, Sep 8, 2015
Location of hotel was brillant it was amazing on your right side you had the ferry port and the station which was a 5 min walk to the station and 10 min to the ferry port. On the left side you have the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and Museum and the blue mosque. Also a short distance you have the Grand Bazaar. Hotel was clean and tidy and the staff spoke English and were friendly.

| N/A Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Visit to monuments

Would not recommend Fri, Aug 28, 2015
Return trip with my son to visit historical monuments in Istanbul. Situated in the old center of the town, near Aya Sofia and Sultanahmed, it is a good place for visits. However the access to the hotel is difficult. The space in the room is minimal. If, instead of three beds, we had only two, some place for a table and chairs wood have been welcome.

| L'ISLE ADAM Family

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 2 /5
  • Location: 2 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Misleading

Would not recommend Thu, Aug 27, 2015
1. The walls are paper thin, so you hear the plumbing, doors closing, and any footsteps. 2. The nice pictures are of the renovated rooms. Unfortunately, we had an un-renovated one and it was old and dirty. 3. Our window faced a brick wall. Literally. 4.The location is conveniently close to the tram and sultanahment. 5. Breakfast is ok. 6. We had a double bedded room and it was just two twins pushed together.

| San Francisco Couples

2 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 2 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 1 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 1 /5

Solid Hotel in an Incredible City

Would recommend Sat, Jan 24, 2015
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.

| Greenlawn Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great Old Town Istanbul Hotel

Would recommend Sun, Jun 8, 2014
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.

Dining

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

| Minneapolis, Minnesota Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Awesome!

Would recommend Sat, Aug 31, 2013
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.

Attractions

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.

| Chicago, IL Singles

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great Location, Helpful Staff

Would recommend Sat, Jul 13, 2013
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

Money saver

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

| Gainesville, FL Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Clean, comfortable, helpful.

Would recommend Sun, Mar 31, 2013
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.

Money saver

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

| midlands, UK Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great location with old world charm

Would recommend Mon, Feb 25, 2013
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".

Money saver

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.

| Manchester, UK Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

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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
Yerebatan Palace 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
New Mosque 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

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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