LONELY PLANET 2011
Top choice - Hotel Crowded House (814 1565; www.crowdedhousegallipoli.com; Hüseyin Avni Sokak 4)
Recommended by readers, this gem of a backpackers occupies a fourstorey building just off the main square. The 24 comfortable, spick-and-span rooms and three dormitories edge Crowded House towards ‘boutique backpacker’ territory, as do the ground-floor bar and mezzanine breakfast area. Best of all is the welcome and professional service off ered by Ringo and the guys.
ABOUT OUR TOURS
Crowded House Tours
Based at the Hotel Crowded House in Eceabat; afternoon tours led by the indefatigable Bülent 'Bill' Korkmaz (p183) most informative and popular on the peninsula. You can combine a battleship tour with a morning of snorkelling TL25, including transportation and equipment) in Suvla Bay, north of Anzac Cove, where there are more than 200 shipwrecks from the campaign
LONELY PLANET 2009
Our pick - Hotel Crowded House (814 15 65; www.crowdedhousegallipoli.com; Huseyin Avni Sokak 4)
Eceabat's newest caravanserai - named after the AntipOdeon band and not the state of the accommodation - is housed in a spanking-new four-storey building just a hop, skip and a stumble from the ferry. The 24 rooms and three dormitories (each with six bunks) are basic but spick-and-span, with ultramodern bathrooms and nonallergenic parquet floors. There's a laundry service (TL 10), book exchange and a wonderful café-bar on the ground and mezzanine floors. Best of all is the welcome and the atmosphere, both warm and chilled.
The most convenient base for visiting the Gallipoli battlefields is Eceabat on the western shore of the Dardanelles,
BULENT 'BILL' YILMAZ KORKMAZ
How's things in Oz?
I don't know. I've never been to Australia. In fact, I've never been outside Turkey.
But, your accent...
I've been working as a tour guide on the peninsula for a dozen years. I'd say 90% of the visitors are from Australia and New Zealand. I guess the accent comes with the territory.
Fair dinkum, so your people are fully appraised of the Anzac legend then.
Oh, sure. They've learned all about the Gallipoli campaign in school and are usually well informed. I'd say more than 80% have a very good idea of what's what.
Ever get any know-it-alls?
That's not a problem but the British army sometimes sends over groups of historians or medical people or logisticians for three or four days. That's intensive and they can ask some pretty difficult questions.
Is it difficult escorting the former enemy around?
I like giving both sides of the story and I think they like hearing it. With a military group, though, I'll take the Turkish side.
Are there any battlefields or cemeteries that people are particularly keen to visit or spots that especially move them?
The Australians want to see Lone Pine and, of course, Anzac Cove. The New Zealanders are keen to get to Chunuk Bair. Everyone knows about The Nek - it's the last part of the Gallipoli movie. And everyone seems moved by Atatürk's message of reconciliation on the Ariburnu monument.
Has all this time hoofing around battlefields affected the way you view war and peace?
When I'm exploring on my own time, I think a lot about a whole generation of young men who were lost simply because a bunch of politicians said go and fight.
On your own time? War and peace, love and marriage... Sounds like you're married to your job.
I guess I am. In winter you'll find me roaming the peninsula, following old maps, exploring trenches, reading headstones. And I'm getting married this summer but we've had to postpone the honeymoon till the end of the year.
Which - let me guess - will be somewhere along the Somme, right?
It hasn't been decided but one thing's for sure - the place won't include any war sites.
Bülent 'Bill' Yilmaz Korkmaz (email@example.com) is a certified tour guide who leads groups around the battlefields, cemeteries and other sights of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Comfortable and basic close to the Gallipoli Battlefields with Warm and welcoming staff
If you are travelling to Gallipoli then I would recommend staying in Eceabat and being on that side of the water... Staff here are lovely and welcoming and helpful. The rooms and the bathrooms are quite small but clean and functional and it wasnt noisy and this hotel doesnt pretend to be anything grander than it is...its 2 star standard ...i would say If you are a couple travelling together I would perhaps recommend a twin room rather than double because I am sure the room had only a double bed...and you might be more comfortable in separate twin beds.
The staff were able to recommend a casual seafood restaurant at the end of the street which was reasonably priced and good food.
Breakfast was pretty basic-cereal and bread and coffee/tea...but we were quite early and maybe there is more of an offering later on...
They ALSO highly recommend a great Travel guide who works out of the hotel- his name is Bulent Yilmaz Korkmaz - who we spent 3-4 hours with with our car doing a personalised tour of the Australian/NZ part of the battlefields- its well worth doing - he was very knowledgeable and made sure we made the most of our short time on the Pennisula..highly recommended...
Best place to stay to visit Galipoli
Great place, great location, very clean, staff friendly and very helpful. Close to all facilities, and very easy to travel to, especially via bus from Istanbul. Would recommend this place to stay and value is very very good.
Relaxing Oasis. Clean, calm, and a good value
My wife and I enjoyed Crowded House a lot. The room was small but spotless and outfitted with very nice duvet, television, a great shower, and everything we needed so that the size didn't really matter at all. For 50 lira it was ideal for us. The wifi worked on all floors. The breakfast was simple and delicious and it was nice to be able to serve ourselves when we wanted.
The entire vibe of Crowded House is what makes it really good. The staff are all calm, friendly, and welcoming. The decor and furnishings are like an old friend, it just felt like we'd been there before, a bit like home. That's really what a hotel or hostel needs to have, that feeling of being welcomed as a friend or family member. Crowded House has it.
We came as strangers and left as friends. Thanks to Polat and all the guys there for making us feel so welcome. We went to a few other places before we decided but something about Crowded House just smelled right - maybe it was the book exchange, maybe it was the tours, or maybe it was just people who work there.
In any event, if you don't trust us, trust your nose.
This hotel is a phenomenal value. The room was tiny but more than enough for myself.
extremely clean and more importantly the bathroom was very clean and modern.
Reliable Hot water and heater/ac in room (with an electronic temp remote)
Strong reliable and sophisticated inroom WiFi internet access (each floor has a repeater for a good signal)
The room I got had a great view of the Eceabat dock and the dardanelles!
Enjoyable tour to Gallipoli & Troy organized by the hotel itself for a fair amount
None I can think of, hotel exceeded my expectations for the price paid
the hotel is very easily located as it's right in front of the Eceabat ferry dock. If you're coming by bus just get off and walk towards the dock and then look left, impossible to miss the building with the huge sign.
Great place, would stay again in a heartbeat! Note, Canakkale ferries depart hourly, after midnight they are bi-hourly, costs 2 lira to get to the other side and takes 30 mins.
Great location for Gallipoli Tours
Crowded House deserves its Lonely Planet recommendation. Good price and great location right off the ferry (that takes 30 mins to cross from Canakkale). Eceabat is a sleepy town without much to offer though... except if your going to visit the Gallipoli battlefields. Bill is a great guide... though his accent might be hard for those whom english is not their first language.
Pros: Clean, modern, practical. Tours that leave directly from the Hotel. They answer emails very quickly. Very helpful. Location... recommend it.
Cons: Room is very tight. It was a triple. Not a lot of space for luggage. Lack of eletrical plugs to charge stuff was a bother too.
PS: I forgot some stuff in the hotel and they we very kind to send it to Istanbul (my next stop) straight to my hotel there. Appreciate that effort a lot.
Minimalist room, good lobby and location
The breakfast was good. The lobby was pleasant and gave us plenty of space to sit and relax. There was a computer in the lobby that we could use for email (though I recall that we paid 1 TL for a 1/2 hour of use).
The inside of the hotel is attractive, but our room was small and bare, with nothing to decorate the walls and nothing to put our suitcases on. The room was clean and reasonably quiet.
If you just want a place to sleep at a very affordable rate, the Crowded House is a reasonable choice. But, don't plan to spend a lot of time enjoying your room.
Not 5 star but location and value for money is excellent
Just in case your'e wondering this hotel is named after the eponymous trans-Tasman Band - an appropriate marketing strategy to attract us Anzacs.
I recently stayed here with my elderly father and brother. In summary:-
1. The rooms are small and basic but clean and modern.
2. The staff are very helpful and found us an excellent local but clear English-speaking Gallipoli battlefield guide.
3. The bar is convenient but not quite as cheap as other Turkey bars.
4. Breakfasts are adequate with the usual ingredients plus cereal supplied (cereal is not standard for Turkey as we found out later when we stayed at other places).
5. The location is about as close as you can get to the battlefields and provides a 45 minute jump on those who stay at Cannakale. We left for the battlefields at 8am and were always ahead of the crowds.
6. Car parking is tight but we found a free space within 50 meters of the hotel entrance.
7. The hotel is difficult to find by car. We phoned their number after doing a couple of laps of the town and a staffer met us at a nearby intersection. Hopefully the attached photo may assist orientation.
Surprisingly for a small town, there are many cheap places in Eceabat to eat so we didn't try their dining room.
Overall, I recommend this hotel as good value for money but certainly not 5-star.
Best spot in Eceabat
Great clean hostel, modern basic rooms, excellent snorkelling and Gallipoli tours, breakfast was good too. Staff were always willing to help, not much to see or do in Eceabat however suited us perfectly as we arrived late in the evening and left on night bus heading South after tour finished.
Great little place - don't stay anywhere else in eceabat
We loved our stay here. The rooms are simple but clean and although Eceabat is short on atmosphere it is undoubted;y the best launching pad for the battlefields. Skip their recommended restaurany though - there is a kebab and pide place that's just around the corner that is much better. Ziya gave us a fantastic private tour of the battlefields in the morning which was so informative and moving. We were also able to keep ahead of the tour buses. Highly recommend Crowded House.
OUR BEST STAY IN EUROPE
Were met at the ferry by the owner Pauly which was unexpected and it just got better from there even to helping us with our next stay. Just the best and lovely and clean. The private tour Pauly found for us was fantastic so our total stay here was all positive
Crowded House goes the extra mile for its guests
The Crowded House Hotel in Eceabat hosted five of us for one night as we drove from Izmir to Istanbul. The greeting was friendly, the beer cold, the rooms clean and comfortable and before we could ask about touring Gallipoli, we had a tour guide, Bulent Korkmaz, organised for the next morning. The Crowded House owner said he would be excellent and he was terrific, very well informed, clear and good value. He paced the battlefields visit perfectly. The hotel also recommended a local eatery which was great value and provided a delicious meal, but the really five star service occurred when I left my favourite pair of pants in the hotel room and emailed a hopeful request to see if they could posted on. No problem - they were delivered to our hotel in Istanbul the next day by Ziya Artam who was up to attend the U2 concert. We were really, really impressed and would recommend Crowded House to anyone travelling in the region. Service in Turkey has been great all round on this trip, but this was the highlight.
Great spot, great value
We stayed here for a night while exploring the area. We arrived on the ferry and could see the hotel from the dock as it was so central. The hotel is modern and nicely decorated. The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms were great - ours with a nice view of the Dardanelles.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant and was a lovely spread of bread, cheeses and spreads, salad stuff, eggs etc.
Parking wasn't a problem and the hotel is in easy walking distance of restaurants and cafes. Guides of the area can also be arranged from the hotel and come highly recommended by other travellers.
Hotel Crowded House - friendly, comfortable, helpful, memorable!!
We had a wonderful stay at the Crowded House. Pauli and Ziya were extremely friendly, hospitable and helpful hosts and we have no hesitation in recommending the Crowded House to any visitors who wish to stay in a clean, comfortable and very affordable hotel. It’s proximity to the battlefields was a big plus and Pauli and Ziya’s local knowledge was invaluable. Thank you for a memorable stay on the Gallipoli Peninsula!!
FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL STAFF THAT SPEAK GOOD ENGLISH & OFFER GREAT SERVICE - GD GALLIPOLI TOUR FROM HOTEL TOO
Jul 27, 2010 | Trip type: Couples We had a double room with private bathroom which was clean and modern. Great location, right outside the bus/couch station for the area.
On check in, we organised a hotel Galipoli tour with guide that was reviewed in LP which was very good and the staff helped with booking our onward coach ticket as we couldnt speak Turkish.
Good budget option, breakfast was pretty standard.
Paul is one of the best hosts around....and the tours on offer are fantastic
We stayed at Crowded House based on what we read in Lonely Planet. It was terrific. While we couldn't get a double bed due to late booking, the room was still comfortable and fine. Only thing is watch out in the shower b/c it may flood a bit since the drain is not at the lowest spot.
Paul, the owner, was SO nice and accomodating. We had a beer with him on arrival while watching the World Cup and he loves what he does. Our Gallipoli tour with Bill the next day was everything we hoped. Small, informative and historical. The snorkeling in ANZAC cove was also really fascinating, despite cloudy conditions. Would definitely reccomend a stay here!
Great staff and great location
As an Australian doing what's becoming an increasingly common pilgrimage to the former Gallipoli battlefields I found this Hotel to be ideal for my needs. The Hotel is a mere 20 minute drive from ANZAC Cove and for such a great location is very reasonably priced. With that said the best aspect of this Hotel is its staff. On the final day of my trip I ran into some car trouble which under most circumstances would have resulted in me missing my flight out of Istanbul. Thankfully upon hearing about my trouble Ziya and his staff came to the rescue and as a result of their prompt action I was able to fly out of Turkey as scheduled. Upon reflection I was very glad that I'd chosen a hotel that looks after their guests so well and would therefore highly recommend this establishment to anyone wishing to visit this region of Turkey.
Good choice close to battlefields
Service good, great tour of ANZAC sites with local guide (Bulent) organised by the hotel. The room was good although small, our son very disappointed to learn in room TV only had Turkısh channels though.
The staff were excellent with our son (3 years) who felt very comfortable there.
The hotel is a good base to explore the ANZAC sites as it is closer than Chanakale but the town itself is pretty basic and offers little else.
Good value, good position, friendly staff.
right in the heart of the area we wanted to visit, this hotel has it all, with no frills. comfortable and friendly and helpful. close to the ferry port and roads out of town, quiet and comfortable.
Excellent budget choice for Gallipoli battlefields accommodation
Crowded House was the perfect place for us on our quick excursion to the Gallipoli battlefields. We were only in town for a night, so being in Eceabat meant we didn’t have to waste time getting the ferry across to Cannakale and back, and the hotel is only about 75m from where the bus drops you off.
We booked our battlefields tour through Crowded House and it was excellent, led by a really informative and friendly guide.
The hotel/hostel is just about brand new inside, with laid-back, friendly staff and excellent, clean and bright rooms. We had a private double room with bathroom – all new and pretty simple but it had everything we needed. The downstairs bar was great for a drink after our tour, the guys who worked there were really helpful with advice about which buses to catch and which places to eat, and, most importantly, the bed was comfy and it was quiet at night. Accommodation included a free breakfast, which doesn’t really offer much but it’s better than nothing. There’s also a cheap internet-equipped computer on-site, and a little book-swapping stand which is a nice touch. We only booked this place after the better-known TJs Hostel repeatedly failed to reply to our emails, but we’re glad we did. It looked heaps better than TJs and our stay was pretty much ideal (would have been perfect if the breakfast was a little more adequate!).
Great hotel, definately recommend
This hotel became part of my travel experience. I spent two nights here with a friend and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Staff were welcoming, accomodating and eager to please. Great location - right opposite the ferry port. The Gallipoli tour organised through the hotel was fantastic. Highly recommend.
Great place to stay in Gallipoli peninsula
We were in Gallipoli with my girlfriend. And we booked Crowded House for 2 night.We really enjoy it our stay in this place. Very nice Staff and helpfull people. Very clean and comfy bed. hotel really close to the ferry port. And also we booked gallipoli tour with their company. Bulent was perfect guide. I highly recommend this place to all backpackers and travellers.
ideal place to stay for any Gallipoli visitor
I stayed in many hotels during my many travels. Hotel Crowded House was one most pleased with its service and the friendly atmosphere. Particularly Pol was most helpful & friendly. The location is excellent being at the very heart of this lovely small town 'Eceabat'. The Gallipoli tour and our guide was perfect and totally fulfilling. My room & bathroom was flawless. The terrace with its breathtaking sea view was ideal for sunbathing during day time and for the excellent dinner after sunset, with stars and the full moon in late evening.
Clean, fun and friendly, and just a stone's throw away from Gallipoli!
The staff at Hotel Crowded House are so friendly and accommodating, you feel like you've known them for years. Nothing is a problem and they'll go out of their way to help you out- whether it be to book onward travels, take you snorkelling at Anzac Cove, or fix flat tires!
The hotel itself is brand new, clean and crisp. Rooms are fitted with new bathrooms, and big, fluffy, white doonas on the beds.
The bar downstairs is aussie themed and they regularly have drink specials. Breakfast was a great open buffet style affair.
Hotel Crowded House was a great, clean and fun place to come back to after a massive day touring the Gallipoli Peninsula.
On the port, easy to find. Offer all your tours of Gallipoli if you want to do it that way. If not, it can be quite difficult to find information on the dolmuses (minibuses) to get you there but just wait in the port, as they are timed to meet the ferries and will leave shortly after each arrival.
It was in a convenient location. The whole place was very clean and had a very welcoming atmosphere. The staff were excellent - very friendly and helpful. And the breakfast was great too!
New hostel. Perfect for visiting Gallipoli. The tour they organised was well worth it.
They offer a Gallipoli tour which was excellent, guide was awesome. Good place to stay unfortunately the 5-6 bed dorms don't have aircon, no windows just fans. Just two of us in the room and it was really stuffy!
very clean modern hotel/hostel that contains a few dorm style rooms, while there was no air con., the cleanliness, friendly staff and great breakfast more than made up
Excellent place right off the ferry dock in Eceabat. Paulie is an incredible host and will help you with whatever. I had booked a 6 bed dorm and ended up being the only one in there. Its a great place to hang out and meet fellow travellers in the bar downstairs.
the breakfast was good and the gallipoli tour we did through them was very good and the guide really knew his stuff
Well worth spending a night here if you want to see Gallipoli. Quiet place when we were there. Ferry every hour to Çanakkale. Would reccomend the Gallipoli tour.
Pros. very clean, great free breakfast, helpful staff. compared with what else is in town you can not go wrongcons. dorm room very crampt, no kitchen to use and the water system runs all night so take ear plugs
It is a really great place to stay in Eceabat and the tour they offer through the hostel is absolutely superb. I would definitely stay here again.
lovely new hostel, great owners full of energy and good place to have a few drinks. the anzac tour was a good price and worth it!
Their Gallipoli tour was excellent, run by a local History graduate - he knew his stuff
A great spot for seeing Gallipoli. Also a nice quiet hostel in August, but I imagine around April it could get noisy as there is an nice bar downstairs. Pauly and Ringo are a great help too!
Accommodation in Gallipoli
Anyone travelling down to Turkey, there's an impressive new place not yet listed in the lonely planet guide. It's in Eceabat, which is on the European side of the Dardanelles and has easy access to the Gallipoli peninsula. The place is THE CROWDED HOUSE and the owners have built this place to suit everyones needs, and that it does!!! I would recomend anyone travelling through the area to see what luxury hostelling is all about at minimal pricing. Crowded house has set new standards that other hostels would find it hard to compete with!
Chris, Lonely Planet, Thorn Tree
best place to stay if you want to be close to checking out gallipoli. pauly and zia run the place so well. they even took us on a snorkeling trip over world war 1 battle ships straight off anzac cove wow! thanks guys I will definitely be back!
josh, 26, australia
Hostelworld, 23rd October 2008
A fantastic new hotel with a hostel vibe, the staff are locals who are passionate and are helpful for organising tours etc not just for Gallipoli but throughout Turkey (especially Polot!). Highly recommended.
Hostelword, 26th September 2008
Friendly manager Ziya was very helpful. Everything was exceptional!!!!
Hostelworld, 07th September 2008
By far the best place to stay on the Peninsula !
We stayed at Crowded House for 1 night, on our way to visit Anzac Cove. Located immediately as you get off the ferry from Canakkale. The rooms are first class, as are the staff. The rooms are pristine. The hotel/hostel itself is only a few months old I believe, however they are very friendly and will help with any tours or activities you wish to do. The lounge area, tv room, and bar are all excellent. Breakfast is also great, they go beyond the typical tomato and cucumber standards turkish breakfast :) Come with a little bit of conversational Turkish [as you should anyway if you're in Turkey!] and you are set for a great time at this hotel. This is a brand new establishment. Crisp sheets, fluffy towels, toiletries, spotless bathroom, and lots of hot water [a luxury when travelling Turkey]. The rooms were spacious, as was our bathroom. Would recommend this hotel to anyone who will listen.
Melbourne, AustraliaSep 19, 2008
Clean & Neat as a new Penny
This new upmarket hostel is like a brand new house. Its clean, comfortable & quiet. I don't know if anyone else was staying there when we were, it was so quiet. The bedroom was big enough but not large. The bathroom was a tiny bit small but it was well appointed. The beds are wonderful to sleep in with soft doonas that are white as snow. The building looks brand spanking new & has an interesting modern decor.
The owner is a lovely Turkish man who will do everything to assist you & gives a warm welcome.
You have to pay for internet but that's ok, if it was full you'd have all the travellers on the internet at the same time. There is an internet cafe nearby which is 1/2 price but very noisy.
Nice big lounge rooms are to be enjoyed with tv, magazines, coffee, tea. Breakfast was all set up for us & there's heaps to eat.
Nice feel to it as it has an Aussie bent.
Australia Jun 4, 2008
Location & value for money.
Hostelbookers, 18 September 2008
Location: very close to the ferry terminal; easy to find. On-line booking. Renovated interior.
Hostelbookers, 10 September 2008
So clean, great airconditionong, helpful staff. Nothing seemed too much trouble.
Hostelbookers, 9 September 2008
The stuff is very friendly and helpful, the hotel is new, very good looking and clean. The owners are very cool and they speak very good English. I think the very best choice in Eceabat.
Hostelbookers, 11 August 2008
friendly and helpful staff. Everything is new!
Hostelbookers, 11 July 2008
Hostelbookers, 28 June 2008