Istanbul is the largest city and the capital of Turkey sits in two continents, Europe and Asia. This city is the commercial heart of Turkey having a unique blend of old Islamic culture, tradition, and modern luxuries that made it a cosmopolitan crossroads and a modern metropolis. So whether you are looking for a hotel with in room jacuzzi suite or just some traditional Turkish cuisine, you will find it in Istanbul. Istanbul’s rich history, culture and modernity makes it a unique city with astonishing beauty, which attracts visitors from all around the world. The city is easily accessible from Middle East, Africa and Europe. Here are few tourist tips for the travelers planning to visit Istanbul.
Although, summer in Istanbul is hot and humid, many tourists prefer to visit the city during cooler months. You can travel during autumn or spring, if you want to avoid uncomfortable hot and humid weather. Do not forget to negotiate on the hotel rates if you are traveling in the off-season. You can get good discounts on hotel accommodations, restaurants, and various tour packages and transportation not matter what type of hotel you are staying in, be it a hotel with in room jacuzzi or just a small single room.
Getting a tourist visa for Turkey is not difficult for most nationalities. Tourist visas for three months can be obtained at the port on arrival by paying cash. Remember, you cannot make payment for your visa by personal checks, credit cards or traveler’s checks. Only U.S. dollars, British pounds or Euros are accepted for your visa payments.
Most of the storage tanks in the city are not cleaned. Hence, it is recommended to drink bottled water in Istanbul. Most of the restaurants serve spicy foods, which may not be suitable for foreigners and cause diarrhea if you are not used to spicy food. It is good to avoid spicy foods and the foods on sale in the restaurants.
If you have plans for shopping, it is important to know that you need to pay 18% tax on goods and services. You should collect refund receipts from the shops having global refund sign and collect the refund from the Global Refund booth at the airport by producing the travel documents and return receipts. Make sure to bargain when you shop from small shops. You can get up to 60% discount if you pay in cash.
In Turkey, cash is the preferred mode of payment at most of the business places. However, you can use major credit cards while shopping in the bigger shops. You can pretty much be guaranteed of having a great time if you are staying in a hot tub hotel in Istanbul. For more travel tips and information about hotels with jacuzzi in room, have a look at the hotels with hot tubs homepage.