Kafkas Hotel Istanbul is the perfect example of a ''home away from home,'' located in Sirkeci, in the centre of historic Istanbul, in a quiet street. It is located within a walking distance of all major tourist attractions (Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia) and it is close to bus, tram and train links.
The Hotel offers private rooms with large bathrooms, showers with 24 hours hot water and 24 hours central heating. All rooms are equipped with Split air-conditioning and central heating. All bathrooms are equipped with hair dryer. The hotel has just undergone an extensive renovation (May 2007). which included the provision of new clean bathrooms and hygienic toilet seats and more privacy in the rooms. There are now TVs and private safe boxes in double en suite rooms.
The staff is genuinely friendly, helpful and multilingual. There is a free travel advisory service and a 24 hour reception.
By air- from the ATATURK airport (Main Airport on the European side) take the airport bus shuttle (the Havas bus) or tramway-metro to Aksaray. From there take another tram to Gulhane (the tram runs from 06.00 in the morning to 23.30 in the night). Follow the directions below once you get off the tram.
From Sabiha Gocken airport, you can also take the shuttle bus to Taksim . The bus leaves at 5.00 and 6.00 and also every half hour between 18.00 - 23.00. From 23.00 - 1.00 there may be an additional service every half an hour. From Taksim, you can take a taxi to our hotel or take the metro to Kabatas and then the tram to go to Gulhane. Follow the directions below, once you get off the tram.
By bus- take the tram to Aksaray. From there you need to cross the main road via the pedestrian subway (which is underneath the road). After you exit the subway, you will see another tram line opposite you, called Yusuf Pasa. Take the tram to Gulhane. Make sure you are going in the right direction! Get off at the Gulhane stop. Get off the tram and walk downhill. On the tram line on your left and next to Seres Hotel, one of the most famous hotels.
By train- free pick up service by hotel; arrival time needs to be announced to hotel in advance!
When you arrive at Sirkeci train station, take the tram opposite the station to Gulhane and then follow the directions given above.
By boat- when you arrive at Karakoy, walk across Galata Bridge and take the tram to Gulhane (FREE pick up from the Karaköy Harbour as well). Please call the hotel at arrival.
Don't be misled by offers of alternative accommodation! There are many people working on commission who can take you to unpleasant places!
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