Facilities, Amenities and Services within the vicinity
Carrefour Express , on premises(10- to20-minute Drive)
Dry Day (Dry Cleaners) (closed on Sundays), (2- to 10-minute walk)
Patisserie, (2- to 10-minute walk)
Sultanahmet Koftecisi, (2- to 10-minute walk)
Pharmacy (closed on Sundays), on (2- to 10-minute walk)
Hairdresser, on (2- to 10-minute walk)
Mahsen Tobacco, (2- to 10-minute walk)
Shopping Belt (high-end brands, restaurants and cafes) (2- to 10-minute walk)
City’s Shopping Mall (15-minute walk) (10- to20-minute Drive)
Cevahir Shopping Mall (25-minute drive)
American Hospital (20-minute drive)
Memorial Hospital (20-minute drive
Nearest Historical Place Just Next to Our Suite
Topkapı Palace Museum (10-minute walk)
Divan High Street (8-minute walk)
Array of restaurant, cafes and bars (2- to 10-minute walk)
Supermarket (3-minute walk)
Blue Mosque (7-minute walk)
Hagia Sofia Museum (10-minute walk)
Grand Bazaar (12-minute walk)
Galata Bridge l (20 minute walk)
Mozaik Museum (10-minute walk)
Arasta Bazaar (10-minute walk)
Islamıc Art Museum (10-minute walk)
Under ground cistern (10-minute walk)
Sultanahmet trainway Station (10-minute walk)
Marmaray Tube Station (20-minute walk)
Post Office (15-minute walk)
Banks (5- to 15-minute walk)
Gulhane park (20-minute walk)
Marmara Sea (8-minute walk)
Sultanahmet trainway station, 15- to 20-minute walk
Bus station, 25- to 30-minute drive
Getting to İstanbul Garden Suite
-From Ataturk Airport, approximately 25 minutes’ drive time.
-From Ataturk International Airport, 18 km
-Take Kennedy street Highway and travel towards sultanahmet – kucukayasofia.
-Exit at Kadırga and travel towards Kadırga limani caddesi
-From Sabiha Gokce Airport, approximately 60 minutes’ drive time.
-From Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, 60 km,
-Take E-5 Highway and travel towards Bogazici Bridge.
-Cross the bridge and exit at Besiktas and travel towards Sultanahmet-kucukayasofia.
- Exit at Kadırga and travel towards Kadırga limani caddesi
-Take Line Ataturk International Airport Metro Station, alight at Merter Station, take Exit out of the subway.Take travel towards line Aksaray,Sultanahmet...
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural and historical heart. With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe and the fifth largest city in the world by population within city limits.
Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus – one of the busiest waterways – in north western Turkey between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Istanbul’s commercial and historical centre lies on the European side, while a third of the population lives on the Asian side. The abundant palaces and imperial mosques are reminiscent of the city’s distinguished past having served as the capital cities of four dominant empires, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire
Mosques and palaces aside, when night falls, Istanbul is transformed into a high speed, high action city where many exciting establishments, restaurants, bars, galleries and clubs, dot the landscape of “City of the World’s Desire”.
Moving around in Istanbul is easy in the country where the English language originates. The Istanbul public transport network that comprises the well-known tubes, buses, trains and more is one of the biggest and most extensive in the world. One can travel at ease visiting historic buildings, places of interest, museums, art galleries and many other attractions manoeuvring in the city with the Istanbul Pass.
Essential facts of Istanbul
The national language of Turkey is Turkish. English is widely spoken in Istanbul and all Tier One cities in the country.
Turkey follows the Eastern European Time (EET) Zone.
Eastern European Standard Time: GMT +2
Eastern European Summer Time: GMT +3 (Summer time with Daylight-Saving)
Most travellers to Turkey need a visa with the exception of citizens from most Western European countries, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore who only need a valid passport for visits up to three months.
Please check with the local Turkish Embassy / High Commission or Consulate if a visa is required for the passport you hold.
E-Visas can be obtained for most citizens from UK, USA, Canada and other Schengen states. E-Visas are also issued to a handful of other nationalities (please check their website for updated information), as long as one holds a valid USA / Schengen visa on their passports.
For further information on the e-Visa and eligibility, please visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Decimal currency is used in Turkey with the Turkish Lira (TL) as the basic unit (100 kurus = TL 1). Notes come in TL 200, TL 100, TL 50, TL 20, TL 10 and TL 5. Coins come in TL 1, 50 kurus, 25 kurus, 10 kurus, 5 kurus and 1 kurus. Credit and Debit cards are widely used.
Turkey has a Value Added Tax (VAT) rate of 8% or 18% depending on the type of purchase or service offered. Generally, most prices shown are inclusive of VAT but it would be prudent to check if unsure.
In restaurants, tipping at 10% is customary if a service charge has not been already imposed in the bill.
In general, banks are open from 09:00 to 17:00 hours from Mondays to Fridays (closed on Religious and Public Holidays). Most banks close from 12:30 to 13:30 hours for lunch. Bank branches in Shopping Malls have teller services open till 21:00 hours, 7 days a week.
General office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 hours, Mondays to Fridays.
Modern shops and malls in Istanbul are open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 22:00 hours. Shopping times at local stores and along Istanbul streets vary. Some may close on Sundays and/or public holidays.
The country code for Turkey is 90 and the city code for Istanbul is 212. International calls are made by first dialing 00 followed by the country code, area code and desired telephone number. Calls to other states in Turkey are made by dialing the area code before the desired telephone number. When contacting Turkey from overseas, first dial the country code prefix (90) then the area code without the first zero, followed by the number. For instance, placing a call to Istanbul would be a 212 instead of 0212, followed by the desired number.
Visitors can bring reasonable quantities of prescribed medications into Turkey. It is advisable to clearly label them. For large quantities, do bring a doctor’s certificate to produce to Customs if necessary. Visitors are not covered by the National Health Insurance scheme in Turkey. It is recommended that one travels with adequate travel and health insurance.
220 V – 50Hz (European plugs: YP-21, YP-24)
01 January - New Year’s Day
23 April - National Independence & Children’s Day
01 May - Labor Day
19 May - Youth & Sports Day
Moveable dates - Ramadan Feast
30 August - Victory Day
Moveable dates - Sacrifice Feast
29 October - Republic Day (with an additional ½ day off on 28 October)