Liberty Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Gencturk Cad. Agayokusu Sk. No:18, Istanbul, 34470, Turkey
Liberty Hotel
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Costs 55% less but rated 32% lower than other 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families50
  • Couples20
  • Solo0
  • Business0

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Forum Posts

Oct 1-9 to istanbul

by kroy1811

Hi, I plan a trip to istanbul on the above dates, flying in from Singapore.

Can you please help answer few questions :
- is there any visa on arrival service in the airport ?
- arrived in ataturk airport - is this far from city centre ?
- any recommended Bed & Breakfast nearby city centre ? was told that Sirkeci area is good and perhaps you can help recommend which B&B.
- if plan to go out of istanbul - will going to Izmir convenient ?
- I heard you can also reach santorini via ferry -- any advise & opinions ?

I guess that's it for now -- still need to do more research.. thank youuu

Re: Oct 1-9 to istanbul

by turquoise4

for starters, please state your nationality.

Re: Oct 1-9 to istanbul

by bjk34

First of all I have to answer your questions.
There is a visa section on arrival, as I can see from your profile you are from Thailand and you will need a tourist visa for 3 months, it costs about 20 US dollars. You will see the visa section before you enter the passport control on arrival at the airport.
Airport is not far from the city. It cost about 30 TL (15 Euro) to Taksim (very central) You might be able to find good accommodation around Sultanahmet or Taksim. Sultanahmet is good for travelers because all the historical places nearby.
Izmir is another option, you can visit Ephesus or Pergamon or go to Cesme and catch the ferry across the sea to Chios and get a ferry to Santorini. Cesme to Chios takes about 5 minutes by Ferry. When you visit Cesme you must go to Alacati which is a very good destination for surfers. You can fly from Istanbul tg Izmir. Turkish airlines bit more expensive than the other domestic flights. You can buy online air ticket by Atlasjet.
If you need anymore help please feel free.

Re: Oct 1-9 to istanbul

by bjk34

Sorry, I have to correct it:
Cesme to Chios takes about 45 minutes by Ferry

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Evenings in Istanbul

by plantpot

I really miss two things about Istanbul... one is on our last night when we took the ferry from Eminonou to the Asian side and got straight on the ferry going back, purely for the view of Sultanahmet at night time, with silhouettes of the billions of minarets etc etc. Everyone must have been wondering what those english wierdos were doing, but hey, who cares that view was amazing, and it comes back to me pretty much everyday! Another thing was when we found a little cafeish sort of thing, with nargiles, backgammon, comfy seats and no tourists(!) (i know im one but shhh). Im not going to tell you where it was coz ITS MINE:), but it just shows what amazing stuff there is to be found all over the city!


(and also i cant remember where it was)

Do I have to bring my passport whenever I go out?

by June.b

Maybe No. I hitched a ride (yes, in Istanbul!) and was stopped by a policeman along the way on a random checkpoint, they asked for my passport, I simply said it’s in the hotel, he smiled and let us go.

BUT, don't bet on that, it may be a case-to-case or fate-to-fate basis and depends on the current political situation, best bet... bring a photocopy of your passport if you aren't comfortable bringing it everytime you go out.

Turkish Coffee

by ddevronn

Turkish coffee is another offering that people get from locals. It is a strong type of coffee, so it is served in small "fincan" 's. The sugar is added during preperation, so you may want to tell them how you want it done.

"sade" - no sugar
"az sekerli" - very little sugar
"orta sekerli" - medium
"çok sekerli" - with lots of sugar

If you are given the coffee without them asking your preference, it is most likely to be medium.

DO NOT stir or mix the coffee in any way. Don't drink till the end or you will end up with a sandy texture.

Turkish coffee is also used for fortune-telling. This is done by placing the saucer over the "fincan" and turning it upside down. After it cools down the fortune-teller reads from the sediment left at the bottom of the "fincan".

Mosaics Museum

by danchatman

It's a tiny place, though the mosaics covering the floor were tremendous. Our hotel was nearby, so we popped on in and paid our $1 admission and saw some very nice Roman mosaics; it sure made me wonder what the place looked like in its heyday.
If you're not into mosaics with a passion, then I'm not sure it would be worth a detour.

Our Eyewitness Guide said it is open Mondays, but it was closed.

Ottoman Houses

by SirRichard

In the neighborhood behind the University you can find a quarter with those typical ottoman wooden houses. Many of them are being restored
It traditionally has an upper gallery and an optional stair to the entrance. Many of them have been destroyed in the frequent fires in the past.


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