Turkish Airlines seems to thrive on problems schedules. I was due to arrive at 23.10 one night and leave at 07h30 two mornings later. A search through the usual culprits turned up the usual expensive luxury, and I needed something more reasonable. A web search led me to the Yesilkoy Boutique. It isn't right at the airport, but in a nearby suburb, one street in from the sea front.
I arrived late but got a warm welcome after 01h00. The stairs were steep (no lift) with a tight corner, and the door lock seemed well worn, but the room was cool (it had an excellent, quiet aircon), the bed was comfortable, the bathroom clean and fully functional, and the furniture practical rather than prize-winning. I slept well (no untoward noises from the neighbours) and went down to breakfast refreshed. Some breakfast - a five star hotel would charge 30euros and still not get the freshness right! Then a 5-minute walk to the Yesilkoy station, and 2 TLira later I was on my way to town.
That evening, a walk round the neighborhood soon found me a reasonably priced, really good meal. Several hours on the free hotel wifi followed - fast, no problems. At 5 the next morning, the wakeup call was prompt, and the taxi came within a minute of being summoned. So it was 14 TLira to the airport - I think I saved that in the first hour at the Yesilkoy. Eat your heart out, airport chain hotel.
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