I’m headed to Istanbul tomorrow and, as is often my habit, I’m looking over the plans I’ve made and considering changing them. Specifically, I’m looking at changing my hotel. I’m currently booked in what appears to be a pretty solid option in a great location in the Sultanhamet neighborhood but I’m always looking for other options. And with three nights in town I don’t feel all that guilty about hopping to another hotel for part of the stay.
And, while I don’t generally love the site, I figured I’d give RoomKey.com another chance, just to see if they had something I hadn’t otherwise considered. I switched to the map view and zoomed in on the Taksim Square area and was ecstatic to find a property listed at $120 all in. That’s a tremendous bargain for a decent quality property in that neighborhood.
I cannot express how happy I am I didn’t book it.
I decided to cross-check the rate, just to see if there was anything similar available on my favorite booking site, hotels.com, so I could also get my booking rebate and WelcomeRewards credit. Hotels.com had the same property listed but when I zoomed in on the map there I didn’t see hotel. So I took the address and headed over to Google Maps to figure out which one is correct. Point A is where RoomKey mapped it; Point B is from Hotels.com.
Only 4 kilometers off. And nowhere near mass transit options. No big deal, right!?
I’m really, really happy I didn’t change my reservation. I’m also still reasonably convinced that RoomKey.com sucks.
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If you end up finding anything worth switching for, use WED8 for 8% off at hotels.com.
Problem with a discount code is that, per the rules, it precludes WelcomeRewards credit. That’s worth 10% back so I’d need the discount to be better than that to want to use the code. I’ll take the 5% booking rebate through my link above plus the 10% WelcomeRewards rebate just about every time.
Seth, good to know that tomorrow you’re heading to one of my favorite international cities. I really look forward to reading the trip report that will follow. Have an awesome time!
Have a great trip Seth.
Wow, big difference proving it’s important to check what’s important to you. Cant wait to hear your trip report and even more, can’t wait ’till I return to IST in Feb.
trip report needed, I will be there in 3 weeks
I’ve written a number of posts about Istanbul already and there will definitely be more. Check out http://blog.wandr.me/tag/istanbul for some of the previous posts.
I have been to Istanbul numerous times and have prepared a brief Insider’s Guide with useful info. An older version can be found at http://www.djacobsonlaw.com/DNJTurkeyGuide(Sept2005).pdf. You can email me for a more recent version. I also recommend http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com. Have a good trip.
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