(Closed) hello HL! I need your help about Turkey for my honeymoon :)

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

omg istanbul is soooo amazing! you will have a great time!

we recently stayed at the dersaadet oteli in the sultanahmet neighborhood and really loved it. pretty simple hotel, but very cute, charming and clean. its not a luxury hotel by any means but we were on a budget too and found the location to be fantastic and the staff really above and beyond. they made our stay so great! we spent about $100/night.

if you are interested in more info and pics from our trip, we have an Istanbul post at http://patrinadoestheglobe.blogspot.com/

oh, and make sure to eat lots of baklava when you are there. it’s out of this world.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

My fiance went to faralya in turkey a few years ago – He LOVED "george’s house" 

http://www.georgehouse.net.tc/

He says that if he could live anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life, it would be there.

It’s a little out of the way, but DEFINITELY worth it! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

My fiancé also recommends the begyolu part of istanbul (or something like that).  It’s the old jewish quarter of Istabul, and it’s supposed to be AWESOME.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Istanbul is wonderful – I loved all the layers of history there! The Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are amazing. I don’t have any great hotel recommendations since I went with a college student group and the hotel wasn’t amazing or anything. Also, I got to go to an authentic Turkish bath and it was a great thing to be able to say I’ve done! Have a great time on your honeymoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

thanks so much lovingpink! we do looooove traveling and started our site basically as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, but then started to realize other people could find alot of the tips and stories helpful  

i wish i could offer you advice on istanbul v bodrum, but we actually ended up spending our entire time in turkey in istanbul. we totally intended to spend a few days there and then venture off, but we just couldn’t tear ourselves away. so so much to do! so while i can’t speak to bodrum, i can say for sure that istanbul can keep you very happily busy for a week.

feel free to let me know if i can help with any other questions! 

Post # 9
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Newbee

We are going to Turkey (and Greece) for our honeymoon too!  In Istanbul, we are staying at the Dersaadet.  Glad it got a good review on this board.  I did a lot of research and it gets great reviews everywhere.  See pictures and review on http://www.tripadvisor.com.  We’re also staying at the Fehmi Bey.  We’ll be in Istanbul twice on the way in and on the way out.

In Bodrum, we’re staying at the Su Hotel.  About the same price.  Also gets good reviews.

 A really good site for planning is http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com.  It’s written by a former travel writer who I believe now lives in Turkey and covers just about anything you’d want to know.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

when I went we stayed at the Side… I think we stayed in the pension part of it. It’s not super fancy but it’s clean and nice and a great location. I think it was something like $30-$35 per person for a night. Also, if you’re traveling to other places but going in/out of istanbul, you can leave some luggage there for free for pretty much as long as you want in order to travel lighter through the other parts of the country.

you can definitely spend an entire week in Istanbul alone and never get bored. 

Lonely planet book on turkey is the bomb, except for really the restaurant section. Don’t go to restaurants on the main streets of sultanahmet; you will pay more for poorer quality. go to the side street, and then if the side street has another side street, go to the restaurant on the side-side street… And if something is named after the restaurant, order that dish. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m so sorry, lovingpink, I just saw this!!  I’ve been to both Bodrum and Istanbul, and I like both places.  If you’ve already booked the hotel in Istanbul, I can definitely give you some recommendations of things to do and see in the city, but if you haven’t completely decided yet, I’m partial to Bodrum.  Istanbul is huge, with lots of history and lots to do, while Bodrum is much more laid-back.

I’m going to send you a PM…

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

That hotel looks awesome, I don’t have too much experience with Istanbul hotels because we always stay with family, but it looks like you found a winner ๐Ÿ™‚  I sent you a long message with more info — can’t wait to hear what you decide!

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