The Ministry of Tourism has a hotel grading system that's based on the quality of service, as well as the condition of the facilities. The system is a five star rating system with a no star rating for hotels that have an acceptable to poor rating. Five star hotels are considered the best and they can be found in all of the major cities throughout Turkey. Holiday villas and motels are also rated as either first class or second class. Apartments and villas are available on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts and time share properties are popular in those areas as well. Guest houses are also part of the Turkey’s visitor accommodations. Guest houses along the coast offer dormitory and private room accommodations and in regions like Cappadocia, they are built into the soft volcanic rock of caves in the area. The boutique hotels in converted old palaces in areas like the suburbs on the Bosphorus and in the ancient district of Sultanahmet in Istanbul, attract tourists because of their charming and comfortable rooms, as well as the personal service and amenities.
Turkey does offer visitors camping facilities in several locations around the country and backpackers can find a number of excellent youth hostels where they can enjoy a private room or dormitory accommodations. TUROB, or the Tourist Hotel and Investors Association, has information on all of Turkey’s accommodations. Yucelt Interyouth Hostel can help you find a hostel or guest house in different areas of the country and Turkey Hostels, also can assist you with booking hostel accommodations in any area of the country.