Turkey has accommodation options to suit all budgets which concentrations of good value for money pensions, hotels in all the places such as, İstanbul, Çanakkale, Selçuk, Fethiye and Göreme- most visited by the independent travelers. The rates quoted in this website are for peak season (May to October) and include value-added tax (KDV); room prices can be discounted by 20% during the low season (November to April), what not drink Christmas period and major Islamic holiday.
Places within easy reach of Istanbul and Ankara (eg Safranbolu) May hike their prices at summer weekends.
İn general, you expect to spend less than€25 per person (sometimes much less) in process list as budget options; €25 to €55 in places, we list as mid-range; and more than 55 Euros in places we list as top end. Prices in Istanbul are considerably higher than those elsewhere in the country - expect to pay at least €10-20 per person more in a double room in Istanbul. Out east prices are lower. Breakfast is usually included in the price of all accommodation.
İf you are planning of a stay of a week or more in a coastal resort, check the prices in package holiday brochures before leaving home. British French and German tour companies in particular often offer flight - and - accommodation packages to places such as Kuşadası, Bodrum Marmaris Dalyan, Fethiye, Antalya, Side and Alanya for much less then you would pay if you make your own bookings.
These days most accommodations s websites for making advance reservations once on the travelers circuit you will find that many pensions operate in informal chains, referring you from one to another. İf you have enjoyed staying in one place you will probably enjoy its owner's recommendations, but of course you should hold hard to your right not to sign up to anything sight unseen.
Note that along the Aegean, Mediterranean, the Black Sea coasts and in some parts of Cappadocia, the vast majority of hotels, pensions and camping grounds close from mid-October to late April. These dates are variable.
Apartments for Holiday rentals are usually thin on the ground. Wherever possible we have listed them in this website. İf you are interested in hiring an apartment along the coast (eg Kaş, Antalya, Bodrum) your best bet is to contact local real estate agents (emlakçı) who holds lists of available holiday rentals and are used to dealing with foreigners.
Most camping facilities are along the coast and are usually privately run. İnland, camping facilities are fairly rare aunt are most likely to be on Orman Dinlenme Yeri (Forestry Department Land). You usually need your own transports to reach these. Other facilities inland tend to be barren, overcrowded options on the outskirts of towns and cities.
İf there are no designated camping grounds, ask about at hotels and pensions. Often they will let you camp in the grounds and use their facilities for small fee.(€3 to €6 per person). Otherwise camping outside official camping grounds is often more hassle than it's worth. Not only May the police drop by to check you out and possibly move you on but also, out east, wolves and Kangal sheep dogs can be a real threat. We recommend female travelers always stick to official camp sites and camp where there are plenty of people around- especially out east.
Given that pensions are so cheap turkey has no official postal Network even though a few places claim to be if he needs it to the ınternational youth hosteling association. (lYHA). However, there are plenty of hostels offering dormitories in touristy destinations. Dorm beds usually cost from €7 to €11 per night.
Hotels range from the dirt cheap to the boutique. The cheapest hotels (around 10 euro / double room) are mostly used by working class Turkish men on business for lone women. While we don't want to restrict women's freedom of choice if you are greeted by silence and stony stares in hotel reception, it May be better to move on.
Moving up a price bracket 1 and 2 Stars hotels may coast around €15 to €35 for a double room with shower but are less oppressively masculine in atmosphere, even when the clientele is mainly male. 3 star hotels are usually used to catering for women travelers.
Hotels in more traditional Turkish towns , however clean and comfortable, normally offer only Turkish TV, Turkish breakfast and none of the 'extras' that are commonplace in pensions.
Prices are usually set by the local authorities and should be displayed at the reception desk. You should never pay more than these official prices; often you will be able to haggle for a lower (sometimes much lower) price.
Unmarried foreign couples don't usually have any problems sharing rooms although out east you'll usually be given a twin room even if you asked fo a double. However some establishment still refuse to accept unmarried couple when one of the parties is Turkish . The cheaper the hotel and the more remote the location the more conservative its management tends to be.
Not surprisingly, the most difficult places to find really good cheap rooms are Istanbul, Ankara, lzmir and package holiday resort towns such as Alanya. In most other cities and resorts good inexpensive beds are readily available
Increasingly old Ottoman mansions caravanserais and others storage buildings are being refurbished or completely rebuilt as hotels equipped with all mod cons and bags of character. Most of these options are in the mid to upper price range. Some are described in this website
Pensions and Guest Houses
In all of the destinations popular which travelers you will be able to find simple family-run pensions and guest houses (they are one of a kind) where you can get a good, clean single/ double for around €20/30. Many also has dorm rooms and sometimes family rooms. These places usually a choice of simple meals, book exchanges, laundry services international TV services etc, and it is these facilities that really distinguish them from traditional small cheap hotels. Most pensions also have staff who speak at least one foreign language.
İn a few places a handful of old-style 'ev pansiyonu' (home pensions) survive. These are simply rooms in a family house that are let the visitors at busy times of year and won't normally have these extra facilities let alone anyone who speaks English. Nor do they usually advertise their existence in a formal way: ask locals where to find them and look out for kiralık oda (room for rent) in the windows.
In smaller tourist towns such as Fethiye, Pamukkale and Selçuk, touts for the pensions may approach you as you step from your bus and offer you accommodation. Some may string you a line about the Pension you are looking for (It is burnt down; was destroyed by earthquake; the owner dies) In the hope of getting you to their lair, where they may extract a commission from the owner. taxi drivers sometimes like to play this game as well. most people like the politely decline these offers and go to the pension of their choice; however, sometimes it is worth taking them up - especially if you are on a budget- is these touts are often working for newly opened pensions offering cheap rates. Before you let them take you to the pension make it known you are only looking and are under no obligation to stay.
Tree Houses and Bungalows
Olympos on the Western Mediterranean Coast near Antalya, is famous for its ‘tree houses’ -rough and ready permanent shelter of minimal comfort in forested setting near the beach. A few of these places are real tree houses but many are just tented platforms. They are fun, backpacker hang-outs, with bars, communal dining and internet connections.