I felt really at home at the Erkal Pansion! Okay, the building is plain but clean and the price very reasonable, given its location in Kaleichi, within a few minutes walk from Ataturk Caddesi (shops, buses and trams). It's in the quietest part of Kaleichi but one does have to realise that the Muslim call to prayer can be heard from the nearby mosque. The breakfast is the standard "set" Turkish breakfast (with more bread than one could possibly eat) and one CAN use the kitchen with no problems and no extra charge. I can only guess that the reviewer who complained about this left the kitchen in a mess...
One can take breakfast in the small salon or have it brought to the room, which feels rather special!
I can thoroughly recommend this pension. The Erkal family and their helpers do all they can to make one's stay happy. Try to speak a bit of Turkish, however bungled, and it goes down well!
The pension is next door to the former St. George's Church, which has been restored and is now part of the Suna & Inan Kirac Museum, well worth a visit. Also close by is Hadrian's Gate.
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