If you are planning a trip to Istanbul, you may have many concerns. Two of the most important are likely to be your safety in Turkey and the affordability of your accommodations. When you book with Hotel Büyük Keban, you can rest assured you are getting a great value for your money and will also have a secure place to stay. Here are some of our top tips for planning a trip to Istanbul that is both safe and within your budget.
Select the Right Hotel Room
Hotels can be pricey in big cities like Istanbul, but you can still get a high quality, reasonably priced room with many amenities at Hotel Büyük Keban. All of our rooms, from our single budget rooms to our family suites, offer the kind of little extras you might see at much more expensive places, including:
- Mini fridges
- Satellite LCD televisions
- Personal heating/AC units
- Free WiFi Internet
- Hair dryers
- Modern, newly renovated bathrooms
Our rooms have safes too, so you can leave your valuables when you go out and don’t have to worry about losing them or having them damaged by sand and water at the beach.
Unlike many bargain hotels, our boutique hotel offers the kind of amenities you crave in luxury travel such as:
- A concierge department to help with reservations, tickets, and travel arrangements.
- A lobby bar that’s open 24/7 for refreshments, coffee, or cocktails.
- A restaurant that serves a full hot and cold breakfast buffet each morning.
- Business meeting rooms with state-of-the art equipment.
- A hair salon and barbershop.
- A fitness center with cardio and weight workout equipment.
- A spa with sauna, massage services, and a traditional Turkish Hammam (bath)
You’ll never be tempted to scrimp at a hostel after experiencing our boutique style and personalized service.
Choose a Manageable Location
Your hotel location is key to staying safe, saving money, and making the most of your time in Istanbul. Hotel Büyük Keban is in the heart of the Old City, so you can step out the door and immerse yourself in the rich culture and architecture of Istanbul. You will be able to walk to many top attractions, like Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. The area is quite safe, even after dark for strolling after dinner or enjoying the authentic Turkish street fare.
We are just a quick ride to the airport, and our concierge will be happy to assist you with transport to and from the hotel. Several Istanbul public transportation stations are within a quick walk from the hotel, so you can be in Taksim Square in minutes or head to the Yenikapi Underwater Metro Station to cross over to the Asian side of Istanbul.
Stay Street Smart
Istanbul is a huge cosmopolitan city, and just like visiting any big metropolis, you need to be street smart. Carry the minimum amount of cash or credit cards you need for your activities, and keep copies of all your cards and passport in your hotel safe. Hold your handbag close to you, and use one that zips on top. Don’t wear excessive amounts of jewelry or flash a lot of money in public places.
While there has been some recent turmoil in Turkey, the worst has been far away on the other side of the nation near the border with Syria. Within Istanbul, there have been demonstrations against law enforcement. If you stay away from demonstrators and protesters during your visit, you should have no problems with that kind of situation.
Share Your Plans with Others
It’s always wise when traveling to a foreign country to share your itinerary with friends, family or business associates. Let them know where you’ll be staying and if you’re traveling to other areas nearby like Izmir, Gallipoli or Bursa. Our concierge department can help you arrange the safest travel to outlying areas, whether that’s by rental car, ferry, or bus.
Our Lobby Internet Corner makes it easy to stay in touch with those at home, even if you don’t have your own computer or mobile device. We have two computers at your disposal at all times, and they have Internet access and webcams for video chatting about your plans.
Contact Hotel Büyük Keban today to make your reservation. We can help you have a safe, affordable, and enjoyable trip to Istanbul. You’ll feel so at home here, you’ll come back every time you visit this venerable Turkish wonder.