Grand S Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Otogar Yolu No:20, Esenler, Istanbul, 34220, Turkey
Grand S Hotel
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Forum Posts

Women travelling alone in Turkey

by sylviaestrella

I would like to know if it is safe for two women to travel by themselves in Turkey, or if there is much hassles and nuisance by that fact.

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by unaS

No problem.
I traveled alone in Turkey for 2 weeks.

Don't get into conversations with strange young men, just keep walking and don't look at them. There is no aggressive approach, but certainly they will try to catch your attention. Ignore them and no problem.

Full details on my Turkey pages.

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by putns

I did it twice and look forward for more. Nobody is attacking you and once you enter a cafe or shop you are treated like a queen. Just avoid too long eye contact and smile as it is very clear signal there even if you do not mean it. It is ok to have a tea with the salesman while shopping but if you agree to date it may turn very hot very soon.

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by Mel_H

It`s safe , i `ve been several times on my own and with girlfriends mostly in the midst of winter , people are freezing on the streets doubt they `ll be bothered to disturb anyone, however i dont hang out much in bazaars ,markets,squares etc. or strike any kind of conversation with strangers or anyone, just pass through these places while walking,sightseeing and usually prefer to stay in upmarket sort of suburban areas.I`would love to jump on a plane right now and take the ferry up and down the bosphorous while it`s ice cold and back home the second day.
Enjoy your time.

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by Sirvictor

There will be much hassles and nuisance ifffff you dress like Carnaval in Rio :)))))

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by aydos

as a Turkish woman myself I would say be careful and don't look like you are looking for someone..then there would be an army of men following you..
turkish laymen are usually sex-hungry so its not good to dress sexy .and smile you should look serious...!!!

I remembered Suzanne Brogger's book 'deliver us from love' about the 'codes' for women, it is true all over the world should never ask for a lighter from a man with a mini skirt on and in the middle of the night !!!

good luck

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by Mel_H

"then there would be an army of men following you..
turkish laymen are usually sex-hungry so its not good to dress sexy .and smile you should look serious...!!! "
Oh boy Turkish men seem to have a reputation lol

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by neodue

Yes.Dont Trust us ! We are a sex hungry community(Turkish guys) and we are looking for
some woman for having sex.

Particularly this is true :)I recommend to you dress up usually and be carefull
after nigth clubs if you are drunk.

Do not trust anyone.It s safer than Western Europe but be careful.

Re: Women travelling alone in Turkey

by neodue

I forgot to tell you.Check my tips

Travel Tips for Istanbul


by illumina

And I thought there were cats everywhere in Rome! This little park, right next to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, was teeming with them (not to mention a couple of stray dogs too), and they were visible all over the city, even in Anadolu Kavagi.

The seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate...

by Yiannis2000

The Ecumenial Patriarchate of Constantinople still has its seat at the old Fener district. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople is the most prominent leader of all orthodox churches, the First among equals as they say (the patriarch of Moscow is nowdays the other strong pole of Orthodox faith and power...). The old city has still over 100 Orthodox churches, used by the prestigious Greek orthodox minority until the 1950's. Hostilities between our people have resulted in the death of the 100.000 people Greek Orthodox minority... some 2000 elders now live in Istanbul...

The Biggest Stadium and the Rivals of Istanbul

by Erkmen

If you happen to be in Istanbul while there is a match between the two rival teams of Istanbul, Fenerbahce and Gala.. Do not miss to watch this game..

Fenerbahce Stadium, on the Asian side, is the Biggest Football stadium in Istanbul with 52,000 seated capacity ..

The matches between Fener and Gala in this Stadium is a not to miss out opportunity.

Note: Last match between Fener and Gala in this stadium has created an unbelievable score of 6-0.. Do not wear any red clothes...:)

Esma Sultan Yalisi (Esma Sultan Palace)

by hekate

If you want to see a unique combination of old and contemporary architecture you should go and have a look at the Esma Sultan Palace. What makes the building interesting is that after a fire only the exterior walls survived. The building was restored by tucking a glass and steel box inside the masonry remains. The overall effect is a bit obscure but worth seeing.

Some history and facts:
The Esma Sultan Yalisi was designed by Sarkis Balyan for Abdulaziz's daughter Esma Sultan. She was born in 1778 and was a daughter of Sultan Abdulhamit 1st. She was also one of the most intellectual women of her time.

The palace was used for a while as a tobacco warehouse after the Republic was formed. It burned down in 1975.

In the 1990s, the building was leased to the Marmara Hotel Group. They began to use the space for summertime open-air concerts and receptions.

In 1999, in response to the venue's growing popularity, The Marmara Group decided to make it usable throughout the year. The architects decided to leave the existing walls and design within them a thin but strong stainless steel and glass box.

The glass box is tethered to the brick walls with suspension rods, which reinforce the two separate structures, helping them to withstand extreme weather conditions and earthquakes. The brick walls also shelter the transparent inner box from the winter's rain and wind.

From the outside, the building gives the illusion that the palace remains in its original state. From inside, the building reminds of its former incarnation with views of the Bosphorus through the original arched windows.

After being restored the palace and the area around it, with banquet seating up to 600, cocktail receptions up to 1000 persons, boat access from the Bosphorus, and private car park, is being used for exclusive outdoor functions and special theme events.

Address of the Palace:
Ortakoy / 20, Muallim Naci caddesi

So many spices ...

by shrimp56 about Inside the spice market

It is called the Mýsýr Çarþýsý or Egptian Bazaar because the spices from India and Asia passed through Egypt on their way to Istanbul. Cardamom, cumin, ground red pepper, curry, sesame & turmeric are generously piled in bags and boxes for you to choose from. SPICES!! More than a native -- but be sure to bargain -- it's expected!


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