Emin Hotel

Saffettin Pasa Sok. No:18, Sirkeci, Istanbul, 34110, Turkey
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Hotel Royal to Bahcesehir University

by judytaiwan

Hello everyone

I plan to live in Hotel Royal when attending an academic conference at Bahcesehir University, Besiktas campus. Is public transportation reasonably convenient between these two locations? Is it possible to take the metro?
How about transportation from the airport (Ataturk International) to the hotel? Any advice?

I am afraid to get lost since it is the first time in Turkey and I don't speak the local language...

Re: Hotel Royal to Bahcesehir University


Hi there,
Hotel Royal located in Aksaray,the Golden Horn District.Bahcesehir is located very central by the seaside in Besiktas.I wish there are hotels close by that i can recommend nearby.There are hotels but they are slightly expensive.I am not sure if there is direct bus from Aksaray to Besiktas,but must be ones to Taksim.As long as you reach Taksim,you can find plently of options to Besiktas.

Option 1 Aksaray-Kabatas finukular /Kabatas-Besiktas public bus
Option 2 Aksaray-Taksim public bus /Taksim-Besiktas public bus or dolmus.

Hope it helps :)

Re: Hotel Royal to Bahcesehir University

by boragok

i draw a map for you. you can download it from following link.


on the map you can see your hotel. from your hotel to kabatas there is a train route. i draw it with purple line. this train called tramvay. it is very common transportation for tourists. last station is kabatas. but be carefull some trains' last station is eminonu. top of the train you can see last station. i think it takes 15-20 minutes to reach kabatas.

from kabatas to bahcesehir university, you can take a taxi, public bus or your foot. taxi will cost you aprx. 3 euros. public bus 1€. or you can walk to the besiktas. it takes 15minutes. besiktas is at the another side of dolmabahce palace. (you can see palace on the map)

For the transportation from airport to your hotel. you can use metro to the aksaray. first station of metro is ataturk airport and last station is aksaray. after metro you should use *tranvay. (same line from your hotel to university). after metro ask for tramvay. aksaray metro station to aksaray tranvay station is 5 minutes on foot. or you can take a taxi, if driver is good man than you will pay aprox. 5€ :D.

aksaray tramvay station called "yusufpasha". you should get in to train from yusufpasha to the sultanahmet station.

i hope it helps you.

Re: Hotel Royal to Bahcesehir University

by judytaiwan

Thanks for the detailed and very helpful replies. You guys helped me feel much more relaxed about my trip.

Re: Hotel Royal to Bahcesehir University

by Sirvictor

sorrow, & sorrow
Dont be relaxed early. Your hotel is on the other side of Istanbul. The distance is like Sigapor and Honkong. All your valuable time will be on tram and walking to Bahceseir from the last tram stop at Kabatash. On the other hand you will walk from the hotel to first tram stop neartest to your hotel. Unfortuately there is no buget hotels around Besiktash or Ortakoy. I advice you to stay at Dedeman or in Taksim.

Re: Hotel Royal to Bahcesehir University

by boragok

Sirvictor, it takes max. 1 hour if you walk after tramvay. it is not too far.

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by neodue about MEHMET EFENDI

If you want to taste famous turkish coffee this is the centre of the Real Turkish Coffee.
It is operating for coffee addicted people from 1871.It is in located behind the Spice Market
Until the latter part of the 19th century, coffee beans were sold raw. They were roasted at home and then ground using hand-operated coffee mills. All this changed when Mehmet Efendi inherited his father Hasan Efendi's spice and green coffee bean shop.

Mehmet Efendi was born in 1857 in the Fatih region of Istanbul. Following his education at the Süleymaniye Medresesi (the school attached to the Süleymaniye Mosque complex), Mehmet Efendi began to work in his father's shop on Tahmis Sokak. Mehmet Efendi took over the family business in 1871 and began roasting raw coffee beans, grinding them in mortars and selling roasted and ready-ground Turkish Coffee to his customers. Soon, Tahmis Sokak was filled with the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee. Thanks to Mehmet Efendi, coffee lovers were able to enjoy the convenience of buying ready roasted and ground coffee, and he soon became known as "Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi", or Mehmet Efendi, vendor of roasted and ground coffee. After Mehmet Efendi's death in 1931, the family business passed to his three sons: Hasan Selahattin Bey, Hulusi Bey and Ahmet Rýza Bey.

The family formally took "Kurukahveci" as their last name in 1934. After Mehmet Efendi passed away, his eldest son Hasan Selahattin (1897-1944) recognized the importance of the international market and resolved to become active abroad. Thus, Turkish Coffee began to be promoted abroad as well as in the domestic market.

In line with the technological developments of the time, Hulusi Bey (1904-1934) introduced mass production and commissioned Zühtü Baþar – one of the leading architects of the period – to design an Art Deco headquarters for the company on the site of the original family shop on Tahmis Sokak. This striking structure remains the company's headquarters to this day. In addition, the company began to package its roasted-ground coffee in parchment paper and to distribute these packages to groceries and corner stores all over the city via automobile. Thus, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi was responsible for another groundbreaking innovation in Turkey. The company also opened a branch on the famous thoroughfare of Istiklal Caddesi. you can buy turkish coffee and cacao


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