Where to stay
Turkey has an extremely well-established tourist industry. Accommodation ranges from first-class hotels, boutique guesthouses and beach resorts to more budget-friendly places including aparthotels. These can sometimes offer families the most flexible accommodation option. Wherever your choose to stay, the warmth and friendliness of the local Turkish people will make you feel incredibly welcome – especially if you have a baby in your arms, a toddler at your feet and a teenager asking about the WiFi… Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Turkey.
What are different types of accommodation like in Turkey?
Kicking off in one of the world’s most exotic and exciting cities, Hotel Ibrahim Pasha is one of Istanbul’s most charming hotels in a city packed full of a wealth of options. Located in the old quarter of Sultanahmet, it is within easy walking distance to all the main sites such as the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace.
Combining traditional Ottoman style with modern amenities, this hotel has the benefit of being located on a quiet street unlike many other hotels in Sultanahmet. However the real jewel in its crown are the stunning views from the roof terrace over the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus. From sunrise to sunset, you will never get bored of this view. A real haven in the heart of the city.
From city streets to the ultimate in getting back to nature – head down under to a cave hotel! Cappadocia is full of these quirky types of accommodation – quirky for us perhaps, but totally normal for the area where people have been living underground for thousands of years.
Popular tourist spots such as Goreme and Uchisar have plenty of cave dwellings on offer however they are really busy and quite noisy at night (even underground). We prefer the quieter riverside town of Avanos, just 10-15 minutes drive from the main hubs and a wonderful place to escape the crowds.
Our favourite place to stay is the Sofa Hotel, a beautifully restored historic mansion with plenty of outdoor terraces and a courtyard which is a colourful explosion of bougainvillea. The hotel offers gorgeous cave rooms replete with historical décor and cleverly designed en suite facilities built into the rock walls. There are also ‘above ground’ rooms for those preferring a more traditional place to sleep – or for taller families…
The Turquoise Coast offers families everything from brash seaside resorts to family-run guesthouses, simple apartments and even treehouses – plus the world’s only revolving hotel. Some of the nicest places to stay are converted boutique hotels – offering both tradition along with exquisite décor and amenities.
One of our absolute favourites is the Courtyard, in the old harbour village of Kalkan. This small, exclusive pension has been lovingly restored and comprises an original cobbled stone landing, a colourful mosaic courtyard with olive, jasmine and palm trees and a beautiful garden. This offers the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast.
It has a superb friendly, family-run atmosphere where children can play Tavla (Turkish backgammon) beneath the shade of the bougainvillea and guests are welcome to join the BBQs held regularly throughout the summer.
We will always select hotels that will suit your family and fit your budget. Do ring us, or email to find out more about where to stay in Turkey and we can put together an itinerary for you that is tailored to your family’s needs.
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