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“Great value, great location, extremely friendly, and helpful!”
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Bastoncu Hotel
Ranked #32 of 68 Safranbolu B&B and Inns
Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
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“Great value, great location, extremely friendly, and helpful!”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending three nights at Bastoncu and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owner is extremely friendly and eager to help in planning your activities and gives great advice for exploring the area. We loved our large ottoman room (101) and the overall atmosphere of the place. The location is perfect and central for exploring the small and charming town of safranbolu, and the place is clean. Our one regret is that we didn't eat dinner at bostancu that is prepared by his lovely mother, it looked and smelled delicious and appears to be excellent value. I would highly recommend staying at Bastoncu if you are going to Safranbolu. It also offers free wifi and laundry is available for 10 TRY. English, Japanese and some Korean spoken. The owner also gave us a free ride to the bus sto, such a nice guy!

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Room Tip: Room 101 was swell, big and a nice view of the mosque.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belgrade, Serbia
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119 reviews
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Bastoncu Pension is perfectly located between the main square of the old part of Safranbolu (the one where one can find Cinci Hani) and Kaymakamlar Muze Evi (a restored Ottoman house).

Staying at Bastoncu Pension is as near as possible to living in a 19th century Ottoman house (except for the bath, which is modern and not of the "cupboard" type as it used to be in Ottoman times). The owner speaks good English and takes great care of his guests (free pick up service from the place where service minibus will bring you from the otogar in the new part of the town). Detailed bus timetables to various parts of Turkey are clearly exposed near the reception desk and there are the only truly nice postcards of Safranbolu for sale. The breakfast was the usual Turkish fare (it could be served with more immagination, in order to make it look more "authentic" - in the line with the house).

Bathroom is very small (I understand it wasn't possible to make it bigger because of the lack of space), but more annoying was the low pressure in the taps and long time one had to wait for hot water to come; fortunately, the bathroom was equipped with a back up system that supplied hot water in seconds.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

The house is well-maintained and decorated with Ottoman kitsch. For a Pension, I was impressed with the cleanliness and charming decor. There is also a garden, which is a great place to meet other travelers after a long day of wandering the twisted streets, or have breakfast in the morning.

While I was very pleased with the room, the best thing about Bastoncu was the customer service. The owner really goes above and beyond to serve his guests. We wanted to go hiking, and he offered to help us find transportation. On the morning of our hike, he got up early to make our breakfast and even gave us his number to call in case we got stranded. Finally, on the day of our departure, he called to arrange a bus, drove us to the bus station, and walked us into the station to let the bus company know we were there (and couldn't speak Turkish! ;)

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We had the triple room, which was decorated with jars of spices, an old wooden clock, and a window s...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This Ottoman house is well kept and the rooms are ample and clean. It's very basic, no luxury here but you are paying accordingly. A great value option to explore the cobblestone streets of Safranbolu. Ali, the owner was extremely helpful, he even drove us to the Karabuk bus station or else we would miss our bus to Ankara.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Victoria Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in May 2012. A quite location and very central.
Room excellent. Old world charm.
Owner friendly and helpful. Even free ride to bus. Enjoyed the day trip offered by them at
a very reasonable cost. Lots close by places to eat.
reccomend to others.
Bruce & Lorraine Moss
Warragul. Australia

Room Tip: All rooms seem excellent
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2012

This pansiyon was awesome! The house was so beautiful and all the furnishings were attached to our room - woven rugs, gorgeous bedspread, comfy bed, beautiful pattern on roof, decorative fireplace, tasty breakfast. The owner speaks excellent English, and his wife speaks very well too (she will call him if she is having trouble). The bathrooms are small and sometimes shared, but for $35/night for a double room the inconvenience is trivial. It's obviously not the Hilton, but if you are looking for an authentic Turkish experience on a budget, this place is gorgeous.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bursa, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2012

The breakfast was excellent place is gorgeous and traditional Safranbolus house you can smell the history if you visit Safranbolu dont pass this pension it is very nice helpful kind staff

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Bastoncu Hotel
Address: Musalla Mah. Hidirlik Yokusu Sok. No:4 Safranbolu Merkez | Kaymakamlar Muzesi Evi Alti, Safranbolu, Turkey (Formerly Bastoncu Pansiyon)
Location: Turkey > Karabuk Province > Safranbolu
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in Safranbolu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bastoncu Hotel is an Otoman building in the centre of the old town (Eski Carsi) and it is about 350 years old. You can see Ottoman architecture in our rooms. You can visit old Safranbolu by walking. Facilities: breakfast, TV, shower, toilet, wireless, central heating, laundry, local food, local tour, bus reservation. ... more   less 

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