Istanbul: Daytrips, Camera Shops and Fitness Centers?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 2, 2012 6:16 PM Last Post By: chris1953
Sep 28, 2012 8:53 PM
Istanbul: Daytrips, Camera Shops and Fitness Centers?So now the questions become more precise:
For any of you familiar with Istanbul, any help with some decent off the beaten path daytrips in Istanbul?
Also looking to find a high quality camera store, and...
A decently priced hotel - preferably in Taksim or the Old City - with a well furnished fitness center (free weights and whatnot)? Trip Advisor says which hotels have fitness centers, but they call a couple of treadmills and an old universal a fitness center.
Many thanks in advance!
Sep 28, 2012 11:47 PM
1"....decently priced..."can mean very different prices to each person but to get a decent quality gym then you need to look at the higher end hotels.Take a look at Ramada Plaza Hotel close to Taksim,this may suit you and you can see photographs of the gym on their web site and their prices aren't too bad for that class of hotel.
Certainly that area will provide you a better gym than you will find around Sultanahmet,the old city.There,most hotels are very old converted buildings and this expensive premium space is used for accomodation with things like gyms coming secondary.Thus most tend to have what you described-a couple of basic machines.
Can't help on the camera question,I know nothing about camera's!
For off the beaten track walks take a bus from Eminönü and go up the Golden Horn to the see the very old,traditional neighbourhoods of Fener and Balat,once the Jewish quarter and also where the Kariye Museum is found and the cast iron St.Stephens of the Bulgars church too.
You can then continue right up to the lovely holy village of Eyup,which is very untouristy and also where you can find Pierre Loti cafe giving fabulous views over the city.
Another day go over to the Asian side a take wander around Kadıköy,rather laid back and arty,regular Istanbul.Just north of there is Üsküdar another traditional neighbourhood worth a stroll around.The 20 minute ferry trip gives you some great photo opportunities too.
Or take the ferry up to Sarıyer,a fishing village north of the city for a mooch around,again not so many tourists there.
If you want to see a bit of über upmarket Istanbul then head to Nişantaşı and then to Bebek on the waterfront to see all the jet setters and 'beautiful people' :)
Sep 29, 2012 12:12 AM
2Thanks Sarikanarya! I just looked at the site, and while the location is nice, the fitness center doesn't look too impressive: http://www.ramadaplazaistanbul.com/index.php?id=630000&dil=EN, have you been and is it nicer than that (and with comprehensive free weights)? I am splitting the room with a friend, would go up to 200 USD, but would prefer to stay under 150 (combined, not each).
Sep 29, 2012 12:51 AM
3No LOL!I haven't stayed there,you need to knock a nought off the price for me :)
What about Green Park Taksim.If you click on galeri,pictures open up and one shows their fitness suite and you can see free weights amongst other equipment.
It is also cheaper than Ramada Plaza.
Sep 29, 2012 4:40 AM
4Thanks, still a bit scrappy, but yes, better than the other one at least... are there perhaps decent gyms in Istanbul next to hotels where I could just buy a two week membership?
Sep 29, 2012 5:14 AM
5a decent priced hotel ? do you mean a 2 star or 3 star establishment ? not many of those will have fitness centers.
almost all of the 5 star hotels and some 4 star hotels will have fitness centers/health clubs.
if you can not afford to stay in one of those maybe you can get a day pass.
one word of advice,entrance fee for a day pass to those luxury hotel fitness centers will be cheaper if you go there at off hours that is usually untill 4 PM.after that their regular customers will start arriving which will put these centers in full swing mood.
a camera shop,well,most decent ones will be in big shopping centers.
try the Cevahir center which can be reached by metro( şişli metro stop) and you can try many other shopping centers all over the city
Sep 29, 2012 5:14 AM
6What about this one?
Frankly what you see in these photographs is pretty much par for the course in all the hotels that have gyms and better than many others.This really is regarded as a secondary facility in Turkey.Moat people may be just want to have a bit of a wake up/wind down run on a treadmill or a swim and that is it and hotels don't expect their guests are going to want to spend a lot of time in there doing deep training sessions.
There are plenty of gym clubs around the city but most are 3 month membership payments,but you could go and take a look and see if they will accept you on a shorter basis.As you walk down Istiklal Caddesi keep your eyes peeled upwards as there are several along there on upper floors.Flash Gym is one along there I remember.
Also this one in Taksim-
However,be warned that Vakko is a very upmarket store so their gym may well be equally pricey!
Sep 29, 2012 12:09 PM
Oct 1, 2012 9:19 PM
Oct 2, 2012 5:35 AM
Oct 2, 2012 6:16 PM
10Unfortunately I can't help you with any Istanbul gym details (I've only visited Istanbul once but return next year!)
However if you can't find any suitable gyms a free strengthening alternative is to use your own body weight as the resistance in your hotel room ie. pushups, situps, chinups etc. Not as scientific or precsie as free weights but works.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$162.61 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$689.48 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$494.34 per night