Turkey has accommodation options to suit all budgets, with concentrations of good, value-for-money hotels, pensions and hostels in places most visited by independent travellers, such as İstanbul and Cappadocia.
Rooms are discounted by about 20% during the low season (October to April), but not during the Christmas and Easter periods and major Islamic holidays. Places within easy reach of İstanbul and Ankara may hike up their prices during summer weekends.
If you plan to stay a week or more in a coastal resort, check package-holiday deals. British, German and French tour companies in particular often offer money-saving flight-and-accommodation packages to the South Aegean and Mediterranean.
Accommodation options in more Westernised spots such as İstanbul often quote tariffs in euros as well as (or instead of) lira. Accommodation in less-touristy locations generally quote in lira. Many places will accept euro (or even US dollars in İstanbul). We've used the currency quoted by the business being reviewed.
Sleeping options generally have a website where reservations can be made.
Many pensions operate in informal chains, referring travellers from one to another. If you've enjoyed staying in a place, you will probably enjoy its owner's recommendations, but stay firm and try not to sign up to anything sight unseen.
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