Hotels we use on our ANZAC Day tours
We use 3 - 4 star and special class hotel on all our ANZAC tours. Our hotels are comfortable, clean and offer a selection of guest services and facilities. We’ve done our homework and with more than 17 years of ANZAC operational experience we understand the type and style of hotel that suits a traveller’s needs. All hotel guest rooms offer en suite bathrooms, a television, fridge and air conditioning. Most of our hotels additionally offer a range of guest facilities such as a restaurant, coffee shop, beauty centre, bar, and gift shop. Some also offer a swimming pool (indoor or outdoor) and spa/ sauna facilities.
In smaller towns, the choice of accommodation may be limited but based on our tour standards, we will always book the best accommodation available for our ANZAC groups.
For ANZAC Day 2015, travellers will be accommodated in one of five Istnabul start hotels listed below:
Ibis Hotel, Istanbul
Novotel Hotel, Istanbul
Titanic Business, Bayrampasa
Holiday Inn, Istanbul City
Grand Cevahir Hotel, Sisli
Travellers booked on our Otago Mounted Rifles and some Royal Engineers groups will be accommodated in The Ibis Hotel Istanbul and Wellington Battalion and other Royal Engineers groups at the Novotel Istanbul, both part of the Accor international hotel brand. The properties, located side by side and sharing common gardens are 25 minutes drive from Ataturk International Airport. This proximity to the airport makes them ideal tour start and end hotels and further makes for a smooth and efficient airport to hotel arrival transfer (included for all travellers on our tours) as we can avoid much of the hectic downtown traffic.
Travellers booked on our Lighthorse, 7th Brigade, some Royal Engineers and a Wellington group will be accommodated in the 5 star Titanic Business Hotel. The hotel is located outside of Istanbul proper, again being convenient for airport arrival transfers and is a 25 minutes drive to Sultanahmet, Taksim and just a 5 minutes drive to the upscale shopping mall, Forum Istanbul.
Travellers on our Gallipoli Uncovered tour will enjoy the comfort of the 5 star Grand Cevahir Hotel in the suburb of Sisli, again convenient for airport arrival transfers and approximately 25 minutes from the Sultanahmet area.
The 3 star Ibis Hotel Istanbul offers modern and cosy guest rooms with free wireless internet services. Large comfy beds are a treat as is the well fitted bathroom and views from east that overlook the Sea of Marmara. When staying with us in this hotel, you can start your day with a full buffet breakfast and make use of the hotel shuttle bus to and from Sultanahmet (the old City) and Taksim Square a few times a day.
The Novotel Istanbul, also overlooking the Sea of Marmara is spacious and modern, Contemporary in design and adaptable guest rooms making for a very enjoyable stay. The hotel offers free in room wireless internet, a complimentary shuttle bus to the old city, room service and a funky glass bar, that serves a good cocktail and cold beer. The restaurant with views of the swimming pool (sometimes open by mid April) serves European and Turkish food as well as a full buffet breakfast every morning.
The Dawn Service site is situated south of ANZAC Cove overlooking the Aegean coastline. It has a small grassed area seating approx 1000 and the remainder of the attendees enjoy views from the tiered grandstand.Our groups will arrive to the Dawn Service site before 5pm. The site offically opens at 6pm, though in the past attendees have been allowed to enter as early as 5pm, so we will arrive to the site early, even if it does involve a little waiting around. This has always ensured that we get a good spot and although we’ll spend the evening outdoors awaiting dawn, it gives time for us to lap up the charged atmosphere and promises good viewing of the evocative service in the morning.
Sleeping at the Cove for most is all part of the ANZAC experience but a word to the wary, it is not a walk in the park. Temperatures can plummet and the wind coming off the water can pick up during the night. Previous years have remained clear and cold but thankfully the rain has remained at bay. Your main luggage will be stored securely in the coach hold and only day bags are permitted into the cove, make sure to pack very warm clothes as well as a torch, snacks and water, hat/beanie, scarf, gloves, comfortable walking shoes, WC paper, wet wipes, sleeping bag and your camera.
On our 7th Brigade tour in 2015 and our ANZAC Uncovered, ANZAC with teens and ANZAC Classic tours in 2016 we offer travellers the comfort of hotel accommodation on ANZAC Eve. Our 7th Brigade tour offers sightseeing of the region on 23rd and 24th April, followed by our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ. Then travellers are able to retire to the comforts of their hotel room to enjoy a leisurely evening. At approx midnight on the 24th of April, we will depart our hotel and make our way to to the Dawn Service Site, soaking up the atmosphere of the early morn and the heartfelt chants of the crowd. First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service.
Accommodation in the small villages surrounding the battlefields is very limited and during the ANZAC period each and every year, rooms come at a premium with a minimum of a 2 night stay. Our hotel of choice (under the circumstances) is a pleasant 2 - 3 star property, called the Ozturk Hotel located in the tiny harbourside town of Gallipoli. All guest rooms are comfortable and offer air-conditioning, an en-suite bathroom and plenty of hot water. A simple breakfast box is also offered in the morning.