... which isn't ideal when you're staying in a place like Izmir. The nearby bazaar is nightmare material to walk through after dark, even if the average Turkish city is considerably safer than those of comparable size in the United States. The only very good bonus about the Vatan Otel's location is its proximity to the Çankaya Metro station, which makes getting from the otogar to your destination slightly easier.
The staff was pleasant but not exceptionally helpful. I had a lightbulb burn out my first night; despite having lodged a maintenance complain with the folks at the front desk, I never saw a repair or got a knock on my door for the duration of my stay.
The room itself was cramped but comfortable. I didn't mind the lack of a window, although I can understand why that might be an issue for some. My warm water only worked for my first night.
All in all, neither a great nor terrible place to stay. There aren't any hostels in Izmir, so far as I know, and the Vatan is more than sufficient for travelers trying to get by on a minimal budget.More
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