free place to sleep
by gorucusinem (January, 2013)
Reason for Stay: Hotels unavailable
Pros: kind staff
Cons: uncomfortable seats
I could not find a hostel to sleep in the city centre. So I went to the airport by underground and slept there for about 8 hours! It was quiet and fine.
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by Elaine (August, 2014)
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: they have regular floors and not dirt floors
Cons: dirty, filthy
Most of the staff do not speak English and the ones who do cannot be bothered to help you. I walked the whole airport misled by the morons who work there. The carpets were filthy. I went to a woman's bathroom and a male employee was hiding in the bathroom with his work equipment. The bathroom did not have toilet paper or paper towels, the toilets did not work, there was no soap and the bathroom smelled horrible as it had not been cleaned for days. No one knew where the TAV Airport hotel was located even though these idiots work at the airport and are supposedly there on a daily basis. I will never ever travel with an airline that will make a stop in Turkey. Then, they lost one of my luggage and no one knows where it might have been sent. Calling them is a waste of time as they do not answer the phones or care. This airport should be close continued >>
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Istanbul Passport Control
by web-administrator (April, 2014)
(email submission from DL) COMPLAINT: on Monday 28 April we arrived at Istanbul Ataturk to fly to London Heathrow. We entered at 6.55 am. The security check was 14 minutes. The passport check was 34 minutes. We counted 982 people in the passport queue. Of the 14 passport points, only 5 were in use. We spoke to the passport supervisor who simply shrugged his shoulders. This is VERY poor service.
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You can make money here!
by Yas (August, 2013)
Reason for Stay: Just for the fun of it
Pros: Friendly people and ability to earn a few extra Turkish Lira
Cons: Can be noisy in places
My girlfriend and I stayed here for a few nights after we missed our flight and wanted to save a bit of money. The best thing is how lots of people get a trolley for a lira, but then for various reasons leave them behind before going through security. There are a couple of airport staff stacking trolleys and pocketing the money, but the terminal is big enough that you can also pick up a few lira to pay for dinner etc. The airport has comfy cushioned seats and it is possible to stretch out, but we preferred the floor at the quieter end of the airport as the main problem is the noise level in some parts. The staff (like most Turkish people) are really friendly and are happy to have good banter. There is free WIFI, but for those who prefer to travel tech-free, there is a computer with internet at a mobile stall in the terminal which charges continued >>
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Felt like in refugee camp,but good
by stevehood1 (May, 2013)
Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Pros: Lot of space for sleeping,comfortably seats,carpet on floor
Cons: Extremely annoying announcements without an second of silence
We arrived 5am and had to wait 20 hour for our connection flight,and we quickly found free seats for sleeping. Seats look like brand new with leather cushioning,comfy,armrests on every fifth seat so good for sleeping. This aiport is super-overcrowded and earphonesearplugs are necessary for sleeping as there are SO SO extremely annoying non-stop callings for passanegers that i couldnt fall asleep while i didnt put earplugs to my ears.Then we slept about 7hours like babies on seats. There is at least hundreds of peoples who do the same but there are really lot of seats so its still not problem to find some place,or you can sleep on carpeted floor where the gates are. I couldnt connect to free wifi but there is an daily paid connecting whoch cost only 1 if you pay online,or check one older review where you can find username and password for continued >>
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