Best of all is the welcome and professional service off ered by Ringo and the guys.ABOUT OUR 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.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.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.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..we were quite early and maybe there is more of an offering later on...
The rooms are simple but clean and although Eceabat is short on atmosphere it is undoubted;y the best launching pad for the battlefields.
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. 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.
The Australians want to see Lone Pine and, of course, Anzac Cove. 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. In winter you'll find me roaming the peninsula, following old maps, exploring trenches, reading headstones.
Eceabat is a sleepy town without much to offer though... I recently stayed here with my elderly father and brother. The rooms are small and basic but clean and modern. The staff are very helpful and found us an excellent local but clear English-speaking Gallipoli battlefield guide. The bar is convenient but not quite as cheap as other Turkey bars. 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). 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 phoned their number after doing a couple of laps of the town and a staffer met us at a nearby intersection.