Valide Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Mesrutiyet Mah. Halaskargazi Cad. Ebe KIzI Sok. No:6/9, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
Valide Hotel
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Value Score Poor Value

Rated 16% lower than similarly priced 3.5 star hotels

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  • Couples50
  • Solo0
  • Business0

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Forum Posts

from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by Mara_14

Arriving Ataturk at it feasible to take a 19:30 flight from S.Gocken on a Monday night? How?

Is taxi the fastest? Any advice appreciated.


Re: from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by leics

I think it's dubious at that time of day.

You won't be out of the airport much before 5.30 (a bit less if you have no bags to collect) and will hit the evening rush-hour traffic. You will need to check-in by at least 40 minutes before departure, possibly longer. That gives you a around an hour and 20 minutes to travel 60+ km.

S. Gocken is 45km from the European side of Istanbul. Ataturk is about 24km away from there. It took me 60 minutes to get from Ataturk to Sultanhamet district, in a private shuttle, in the late afternoon (around 4.40pm). It took me about 30 minutes or so to get back in the early afternoon (around 1pm).

I hope I'm wrong, and that there is an alternative faster option. But, even if there is, I think it will be very tight.

Re: from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by max_stirner


Try not to have check-in luggages, exit airport as soon as possible, get downstairs to subway, to Zeytinburnu than the Eminönü, take ship to Kadiköy, than a cab.
Your need 30 mn to exit airport, 1 hour subway and tramway, 20 mn ship.
If your flight is a domestic flight try ; if not change plan.


Re: from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by Mara_14

Thanks so much for both responses. It sounds feasible if everything goes perfectly, which is a gamble. I will change my plans. thanks so much!!!

Re: from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by synopses

I will suggest a different route to you. But they all are gamble believe me. If you can shift your flight that would be the perfect solution but if not here is what I would suggest. If you can leave the airport in 30 minutes you should be able to catch the seabus that is leaving from Bakırkoy to Bostanci (10 minutes to the airport with a cab for 5 euros) on 17:30. It takes 40 minutes from Bakirkoy to Bostanci. You should arrive by 18:15 to bostanci. If you take a cab there which should cost around 20-25 Euros you should be able to catch the flight by 18:45. That is what I would do but I must say it is still a gamble, but this is your best option. If you take highway it is almost impossible to go from Ataturk to S.Gokcen under 2 hours in rush hour.

Re: from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by SusanneOstermann48

The problem is a 19:30 flight, arriving is not the issue

Re: from Ataturk to S. Gokcen Airport

by leics

The problem has anyway been solved by the OP changing plans, which made a great deal of sense imo.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Is Istanbul safe?

by AcornMan

I see this question asked so many times on the Virtual Tourist forum that I decided it was time to just post a general tip about it. The population of Istanbul is equal to the populations of Athens, Rome, and Berlin combined, yet the number of crimes committed in Istanbul is only half of the total number of crimes committed in those three cities combined. Recent statistics indicate that the crime rate (per 1000 people) is just 3.6 in Turkey, compared with 29 in Greece, 54 in the United States, and 102 in the UK. And despite the fact that more than 1/3 of all the crime in Turkey occurs in Istanbul, the city still retains its low crime rate.

In other words, Istanbul is quite safe compared to other large cities around the world. That doesn't mean you should just let your guard down and dangle money out of your pockets, but as long as you exercise minimal precautions you should feel perfectly safe in Istanbul.

Perfect Natural Harbors

by mrclay2000

The Golden Horn runs approximately seven miles inland from the Sea of Marmara, a natural harbor along the northern edge of Stamboul that contributed heavily to the city's wealth (the fisheries here have been notorious over the centuries). Frequently miscalled the divider between European and Asian Istanbul, the inlet only divides Stamboul from the more modern suburb of Pera (Galata). Standing on the Galata Bridge, the focal point of life in Istanbul, the senses are overwhelmed with sounds and images. Hawkers and fishermen swarm the bridge. The Galata Tower stares down from its stronghold, while Yeni Cami anchors the southern watches, flanked in turn by Topkapi Palace and Suleimaniye.

Balik Ekmek

by maykal

Balik Ekmek (Fish and Bread) is one thing you must eat in Istanbul, even if you are not that fond of fish (I'm not...if I can stomach it and recommend it, then I'm sure you can too!). Many restaurants and cafes along the Galata Bridge offer fried or grilled fish sandwiches with salad for about 3YTL, which is fine....but for some reason it tastes a lot better when you buy your sandwich directly from one of the boats bobbing up and down in the water just close to the bridge in Eminonu. Sometimes these boats are allowed to trade, other times it is forbidden, depending on the day, the weather and whether the police are hungry or not. Sit at one of the makeshift tables, smother your fish in lemon and salt, and wash it down with a "drink" of turshi (pickled vegetables in bright pink vinegar) if you dare!

The Bosphorus

by Sharrie

THE BOSPHORUS: It was named after a legend & a dream to many. The homes of the rich & famous front its shore. Europe, Asia... you can cross the 2 frontiers in few minutes. It's a must for most people (well, if u don't suffer from sea-sickness or jealousy of the rich & famous, that is) & one that guarantees to leave a fond memory for a long time to come. Be there!

Topkapi Palace library

by traveloturc

Founded in 1928, the manuscript library houses a rich collection of 13,450 manuscripts in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Persian. There is also a significant collection of miniatures and calligraphic works held in this library. The library provides photocoying and microfilm services. Special permission is needed for Turkish and foreign researchers.


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