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by web-administrator (January, 2017)


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(Guest Review) This Airport seem like a mess. But go to the Gates especially 201-227 like mentioned on the blog, and it will be more quiet. By gate 227 you'll find a barber shop and hairdresser open 24/7. Perfect way to spend an some of the extra time when flights are delayed.

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No Surface for Sleeping

by web-administrator (November, 2016)


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(Guest Review) IST only has a few benches, many of them with armrests. Once past the passport control I had no luck finding a surface suitable for sleeping. There is a long and nice window sill between the international and the domestic terminal that would be perfect for sleeping - a number of people did so when I first noticed it, but then armed police kindly asked everyone get off.

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Great massage

by web-administrator (October, 2016)


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(Guest Review) I had a long stopover (during the day) for about six hours. Since it was raining heavily I decided not to go into central Istanbul, but to stay at the airport. Here at this website (that I find excellent) I found information about massage only at the 'massage and oxygen bar'. I had travelled for a long time and had a stiff lower back. However, I found out they had a massage service at the TAV Istanbul International Hotel, just by the VIP lounge. I payed about 30 for a really good massage, inside one of the hotel rooms. I could also use the shower afterwards, and since I had slept on the airport floor in Tbilisi the night before, the massage and the shower was wonderful right then. While waiting for the massage, I could use the hotel's free wifi in the lobby. I just asked for the password, and they happily gave it to me. Also, the free wifi that Starbucks offers is great.

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19hr layover

by web-administrator (October, 2016)


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(Guest Review by Luke) I had a 19hr layover and transferred from domestic to international departures. It was not as bad of an experience as I imagined, as all the food courts and shops in the check-in area are open 24hrs. There is free unlimited wifi at cafe Nero with somewhat comfortable couches and sockets on some tables to charge devices (by the standing lamps). Sleeping was less pleasant; there are virtually no comfortable places to sleep as all the seats/benches have armrests. I would advise people to remain in the check in area if they have the opportunity, as tolerable seating/sleeping options are even more elusive in the departure deck. I found the quietest area to be next to the check-in row H, as the benches were padded and you can manage to circumvent the armrests somehow by sleeping in the fetal position.

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Unexpectedly nice

by web-administrator (September, 2016)


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(Guest Review) I slept here twice and found it surprisingly nice. Gates 2xx all have pretty nice areas for sleeping. Padded seats, dimmed lights, and actually a bit secluded from the main corridor. Many people were sleeping there. Cleaning staff did vacuuming around 2am but that was ok. Since there are flights throughout the night, you might find a flight departing from the gate you are sleeping and the seats around getting filled up. But just move to the next gate and then it's fine. 2hrs free wifi that's refreshed every week.

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Wifi

by web-administrator (September, 2016)


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(Guest Review by wazamax) The wifi is still free for 2 hours like it's explained on the current page, and now it works with phone numbers of all countries, not only with turkish numbers.

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Zombie mode at this airport

by VanDoorn (June, 2016)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: free food for with booking pass from Turkish airline
Cons: No decent WIFI for foreign tourists and bad benches


Had to stay 22 hours at this airport, from 4 in the morning until 2 in the night... It was definitely a challenge! * A good sleeping point is the corridor to gates 204 - 201. Not many people and plenty of room. The seats are cushioned and good for a quick nap. Gates 501 - 506 is a great spot, a bit chilly because the air conditioning is on but really quiet and good seats. * If you have to do number two in the morning or mid day, go to the toilets near the Turkish airline Lounge under the Food court! It's big, most of the time pretty clean and you don't have to wait. It's downstairs in the right corner. It's not on the boards, that's why no one knows it. * To get your WiFi going is a real challenge, you can go to the Starbucks above the 'cafes & restaurants' road. There you'll find near the entrance a apparatus which provide you a PIN when you scan your boarding pass, do it quick and sneaky if you are not buying anything. Use the pin on the Wispott network. Because I stayed longer I found out that you can use this trick more often. All the other options and 'free' wifi options work with codes send to your phone, which need a Turkish number, conclusion not for you foreign traveller! Another trick to get free wifi is going to the Eat & Go near the Emirates Sky Lounge, direction gates 701 - 712. Buy something to eat and drink and the guy will provide you with the code for the WiFi spot. It works the rest of the time. * A great spot to hang out and relax without sitting on the ground is near caff Nero(main area) When you stand near the boarding/gate info screens with Nero in your back, look left there you find a small white 'box' which is used for the fire extinguisher. continued >>

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This airport is not so good

by web-administrator (August, 2016)


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(Guest Review by Jeffery Pao) They claim that they offer free wifi, but the truth is that if you don't have a Turkish cellphone number, you cannot gat access to the Internet. If you want to use the Internet, you have to use your credit card to pay for it. Starbucks offer free wifi, but you have to register, and it requires international roaming. But the wifi offered by Starbucks is really slow, I can't even open Facebook. Besides, the airport is really boring and I can't find anything to do except for wandering around and using my cellphone.

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Free wifi is only for Turkish phone no

by web-administrator (June, 2016)


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(Guest Review) The free wifi is only when you have a Turkish phone number. As they need to send you a code.

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chaos

by web-administrator (July, 2016)


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(Guest Review by smash) this Airport was a nightmare, i went there in a wrong time perhaps. flights were delayed and cancelled, everyone was stressed out, we slept under chairs because of the Turkish Airline. never will i ever travel via Turkey. what a shame, id never wish anyone to go through what we went through

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by web-administrator (June, 2016)


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(Guest Review) Too crowded and nearly zero space to put your feet up and relax on a long layover. Bars and restaurants are packed and very limited seating. Every time I fly through here I regret it.

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by web-administrator (September, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Aliya Hossam) I had a layover flight through istanbul ataturk airport. Duration of transit time was around 6 hours flight was operated by turkish airlines. So, first of all let me mention that airport is quiet huge, rich in facilities, contemprorary designed and furnished, but not all facillities are available or comfortable to use. The only thing which i was dissappointed was the staff. I have to say assosiates of airport from security to dispatchers are totally rude and seems like dont give shit on your questions and request,( i was pregnant that is why i ask for some assistance from theirs side, however i got nothing) and the other promblem is language, none of the staff even can speak basic english, so you are in trouble if you are not able to speak turkish. The rest is fine just little a bit messy and bisy day. And free wifi non available, trying to catch it on food court

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by web-administrator (December, 2015)


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(Guest Review) Only 15 mins of free WiFi (and you must provide a phone number) and not enough seating. The gates we were at (305-312) was separated in a lower floor and completely crowded. All the flights in those gates were scheduled to leave in the same hour so there were so many people that all the seats and even the floor was occupied with people waiting. Better scheduling would have solved this.

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by web-administrator (December, 2015)


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(Guest Review) I have been low class Int airports, but never poor, unhelpful and cheating as the facilities at ataturk airport. I will never recommend some Doing a long layover at this mediocre airport. It's not worth sending the time and strength been in this hub. When you compare from changi airport, this airport can only hope in catching up with super class customer service and care. Literally there is not customer care in this airport. For them, they Are just herding people like cattle. At least that what I sensed as a frequent flyer.

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Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by web-administrator (January, 2016)


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(Guest Review) This was the first airport , I have seen which don't have free WiFi facility.. Nd not having enough arrangement for transit people seating. Even gate no. Is display before half hour.. You have to run too far in such short time.

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