There is accommodation to suit every pocket in Turkey and much of it can be found in the resorts... Read more
Rooms in most Turkey hotels have private bathrooms and the price will include breakfast. Anatalya on Turkey's Mediterranean coastline is known as the Turkish Riviera. Resorts such as Alanya, Belek, Kas, Kekova, Olympos, Patara and Side can be found there with a range of hotels to choose from.
Marmaris is one of the most popular resorts among British visitors. A family-friendly place with spectacular scenery, Marmaris offers water sports and land-based sports to keep you occupied, along with many ancient sites to explore.
Kalkan offers a more sophisticated, upmarket and authentic experience. The village is situated on a hillside above a harbour and consists of houses built from stone. The historic sites of Xanthos and Letoon are not far from Kalkan. Because of the steepness of the inclines the resort is not recommended for families with small children or those with mobility issues. Kemer is a purpose-built resort designed to match its surroundings. Ringed with bars, restaurants and shops, the marina at its core houses cruise yachts. The main resort can be found closer to the beaches at Beldibi, Camyuva, Goynuk and Tekirova.
There are many more resorts that offer hotels in diverse locations, including five-star hotels with all the facilities expected of luxury hotels in the well-known international chains as well as local Turkish chains. Four-star hotels with air conditioning usually serve a good breakfast in the restaurant, while drinks can be enjoyed at the bar. Comfortable three-star hotels, with satellite television, a mini-bar and access to a swimming pool and night club, are also available. Two-star hotels, meanwhile, offer good value but fewer facilities, such as a TV lounge if there is no television in the rooms. The budget one-star hotels offer few frills.
There are, of course, other options, such as local hotels, which are smaller and cheaper than the star-rated hotels. As with hostels, they are basic types of accommodation, with communal facilities and no breakfast service. They may be ideal for people on a strict budget who only require a bed for the night. Those found on the coast are considered to be convenient and friendly. For those who prefer to look after themselves there are villas and apartments to rent. These are becoming more popular and can be found all along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Tourists who intend on staying a little longer can find long let apartments in the bigger cities.
Along with traditional types of accommodation Turkey has a range of unique establishments, such as old Ottoman mansions that have been renovated and converted into boutique hotels, historic houses and the Cappadocian cave dwellings. Prices vary for these types of accommodation and will reflect the number of facilities included.
The best time to book hotels in Turkey for your annual holiday is between April and May or September and October if you prefer sightseeing in more comfortable weather. Sun lovers may prefer to visit the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts from the middle of May to September and the Black Sea coast from the end of June to September. Eastern Turkey is best visited between the end of June and September, but be warned: outside this time the area can be subjected to freezing temperatures and snow.
Travellers should also be aware that mosquitoes can be an issue between June and August. There is no tourism during the winter in Turkey, so holiday accommodation in the popular coastal regions and some of Cappadocia is closed from the middle of October until the end of April.