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TK free hotel room rules:

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A complimentary hotel accommodation (maximum 2 nights) will be provided to our valuable passengers when there are more than 10 hours (for economy cabin passengers) and 7 or more hours (for business cabin passengers) waiting during their international connecting flights due to Turkish Airlines’ schedule structure. However, if your destination can be reached by an alternative flight to your first flight and the waiting time is less, you cannot take advantage of the hotel service. This service is not applicable when there is a shorter connection available within the time frame mentioned above. The first and the connecting flights must be with Turkish Airlines. All passengers must hold a confirmed reservation for the first and the connecting flights. Complimentary accommodation will be arranged with Turkish Airlines’ corporate partners and will be provided through the “Hotel Desk” located after the customs’ check point at the arrival. Passengers must check for any visa requirements when entering Turkey. In the event where a visa is not granted, Turkish Airlines assumes no responsibility for providing complimentary hotel accommodation.

Note:
- You still need e-VISA to enter Turkish for a Tour or Hotel. The prices vary by countries ($60 USD for Canadian, $20 for USA, etc...)
You can apply here at https://evisa.gov.tr/en/

Tour website is at http://istanbulinhours.com/
There are 3 tours offered (Schedule)
  1. Tour 1 8:30am - 11am - Sightseeing Tour
  2. Tour 2 9am - 3pm - Tour
  3. Tour 3 9am - 6pm - Tour
  4. Tour 4 12pm - 6pm - Tour
  5. Tour 5 4pm - 9pm - Cultural Walk Tour
How to Apply - You need minimum 6 hours layover, max 24 hours. Both inbound and outbound flights must be on TK.

A Bosphorus cruise, with food and drinks, is available for business class passengers of more than 7 hour layover (€183 as of Nov. 2017)


Here's a list of the common hotels that are reported in this thread:

Marriott Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel (72% TripAdvisor – most common)
Akgün Istanbul Hotel (44% TripAdvisor–common – far from the airport)
Wow Airport Hotel (56% TripAdvisor–common - very close to airport)
DoubleTree
Wyndham İstanbul Petek (92% TripAdvisor)
Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel (53% TripAdvisor)
Hilton Garden Inn
Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport
Gonen Hotel Istanbul
Pullman Istanbul Airport Hotel
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Old Nov 7, 17, 7:00 pm #706

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Is the hotel selection better if I get TK status? Can I ask for "business class hotel" if I am TK Elite (gold), what do you think?
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:56 pm #707

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Is the hotel selection better if I get TK status? Can I ask for "business class hotel" if I am TK Elite (gold), what do you think?
I (politely) asked once earlier this year if I could get a better hotel as E+ when flying economy and was told it went strictly by booking class, so no. This seemed consistent for a while (economy vs business class tickets), but for my last trip in economy, they guy happened to remember me and said he’d put me up at the Pullman due to my status.

Getting lucky due to status probably depends on what numbers of economy/business pax the hotel desk are working to accommodate at the particular time you walk up..
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Old Nov 8, 17, 11:52 am #708

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I am aiming to do the walking tour 1600-2100 on saturday. My plane lands at 1530. I’m *Gold, will I have time to pop into the IST CIP lounge briefly?
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Old Nov 8, 17, 1:13 pm #709

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I am aiming to do the walking tour 1600-2100 on saturday. My plane lands at 1530. I’m *Gold, will I have time to pop into the IST CIP lounge briefly?
If you a) are really lucky, b) are in good physical shape and c) know the maze that IST can be, it may be possible to grab a pide to go at the lounge, but you’d be soaked in sweat after.

I’d honestly just focus on getting to the tour and run a 5k somewhere nice instead.

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Old Nov 8, 17, 1:40 pm #710

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I shall do that! I’ve got at least 3 hours in the lounge he after the tour anyway!
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Old Nov 9, 17, 2:09 am #711

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I (politely) asked once earlier this year if I could get a better hotel as E+ when flying economy and was told it went strictly by booking class, so no. This seemed consistent for a while (economy vs business class tickets), but for my last trip in economy, they guy happened to remember me and said he’d put me up at the Pullman due to my status.
Thanks for sharing your experience! I'll try my luck!
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Old Nov 9, 17, 7:43 am #712

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I am aiming to do the walking tour 1600-2100 on saturday. My plane lands at 1530. I’m *Gold, will I have time to pop into the IST CIP lounge briefly?
Please report back on your experience, especially on the walking tour as I will also be doing that in a couple of months. There are several reviews online of the other types of tours but I haven't seen any on the walking tour itself!
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Old Yesterday, 2:46 pm #713

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Sorry if it's a dumb question.

TUN-IST-XXX

2 flights a day from TUN, one departing 11am, the other 4pm.
If taking the 4pm flight, there is a 11h layover in IST.
If taking the 11am, you don't have a night layover.

Am I right to think that if you take the 4pm flight you don't qualify for the free hotel, since there is the morning one available?
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Old Yesterday, 7:07 pm #714

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I am aiming to do the walking tour 1600-2100 on saturday. My plane lands at 1530. I’m *Gold, will I have time to pop into the IST CIP lounge briefly?
Depending on where you land you'll be lucky to make it for the tour at all. Even with *G (and thus the priority line at immigration) it'll be somewhere between tight and impossible.

As for the lounge, forget it. If the lines at immigration are short, and you know exactly where you're going, and you're arriving from a secure origin (so you don't need to clear transit security), and you're on time (and don't get a bus gate) then you probably won't be able to make it. If even one of those isn't true, no chance.

(And no, there's no way to check the lines at security before you decide - not only do they obviously vary over time, but by the time you get to where they are it's too late to avoid going through transit security to get to the departures area/lounge)
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Old Yesterday, 9:44 pm #715

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Can I take a tour if I only have a 5 hours 15 minutes layover?

I know it said a minimum 6 hours, but i am hoping there might be a chance to go for the tour.

I am flying on an award business ticket from Athens to Warsaw with a 5 hours 15 minutes layover at Istanbul on Turkish airline. I will be arriving IST at 7:20am and departing at 12:35pm. Would I be able to join the 8:30am to 11:00am sightseeing tour?

If not, is there enough time for us to do a little sightseeing ourselves?

Thanks, is
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