We told Hostelworld that we wanted to head south of Istanbul to Canakkale so we could explore both Troy and Gallipoli, as well as take photos like these:
Hostelworld matched up our plans and set us up with a stay at the Anzac Hotel, a budget hotel that can also be booked through their website. Yep, Hostelworld is more than just hostels!
When we arrived at Anzac Hotel, our gracious host, Armagan, bumped us up to the Grand Anzac Hotel – business class.
For the next two days, in between sightseeing and eating killer kebabs, we relaxed in temperature controlled surrounds, in a soft double bed, with a flatscreen and enough English channels to keep us pleased.
As with most accommodation providers in Turkey, we were more than impressed with the customer service. When we initially arrived and were transferred around the corner to their business class abode, our room wasn’t quite ready yet. Instead of sending us off to while away the time, the front dest clerk ordered us up some Turkish coffee from down the street which really excited me – I love the delivery drink service in Turkey!
Then Armagan showed up for a chat and before you know it, we were set up with both tours for the following day to Troy and Gallipoli. Helpful man to know at the right moment for a couple of weary travelers. Our 12 hour bus ride from Cappadocia had ended up being more like 16 given some good rain storms, so Pat and I were in full zombie mode.
Some major perks of staying with the Grand Anzac:
Breakfast: A full buffet Turkish breakfast was included in the stay. We were able to choose from eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, breads and yogurt until our stomachs burst.
Location: It took us 1 minute to reach the main square, 5 minutes to reach the Trojan Horse (from the actual movie Troy), and maybe about 2 minutes to find our favorite little kebab joint.
Staff: I’d love to give the staff a high-five. They were always super helpful and friendly during our entire stay, and on the last morning when Pat left his bag keys on the room keychain, a hotel worker made the effort of running an entire block to catch us just before getting on our bus to Istanbul!
As mentioned in the title, this is a hotel chain. There are actually 5 different accommodations in the Anzac Hotel chain, each within a couple of blocks of each other (right in the center of town near the clock tower), and one for each class of service a traveler might be looking for. Budget travelers will be happy to know that the basic Anzac Hotel can be booked right through Hostelworld.
*Our stay was provided through the partnership of Hostelworld and Anzac Hotel, but all words in my review are my own.