Can Unmarried Couples Stay in Hotels in Turkey?

You can witness that unmarried couples staying in the same hotel rooms are not being tolerated in some parts of the world. This issue should be considered and searched before planning your trip to some other country.

The short answer to this question for Turkey is yes, unmarried couples can stay in hotels in Turkey. There is no specific regulation in Turkish law regarding this issue. However, in some cases, hotels may not accept unmarried couples to avoid being seen as inconvenient hotels. This issue is especially can be observed in provincial places, but it is not a problem for foreigners. Keep in mind that Turkey is a secular country and religious rules are not applied as the law.

Learning about the possible issues about the country that you will visit is crucial, to prevent possible future inconveniences. If you are traveling as a couple that is not married, then this can cause trouble in some of the cases, and some of the countries when it comes to booking hotels. Keep reading this article to learn about the policies for unmarried couples in the same hotel rooms, in Turkey.

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Hotels in Big Cities of Turkey and Unmarried Couples

As you can already predict, the social constructs are not the same all-around of a country, and this situation is valid for Turkey as well. Big cities where urbanization is higher and education is more available are expected to be more modern and open-minded. It can be said that there is little to no chance of you having trouble just because you want to book a hotel room with your significant other, as unmarried.

You do not need to worry about being with your significant other in the same hotel room if you are in a big city such as Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Mugla, Antalya, or others. Almost everyone is okay with the idea that a couple that is not married can stay in the same hotel room, and you will not be judged. So, you can book a hotel room in the big cities of Turkey with your significant other with peace of mind.

Provincial City Hotels and Unmarried Couples

Provincial cities are cities where the urbanization level is lower when compared to other big cities and parallel to this, people living here are sort of living according to the social norms more. If you are planning to stay in a local hotel in a provincial city, there is a bigger chance for you to not be tolerated as an unmarried couple when compared to booking a room in a big city or a five-starred hotel in the provincial city.

This can happen because the local businesses are typically operated by local people, and local people from provincial cities can sometimes have strict views regarding their point of view to the world. This does not mean that you will not be welcomed in a local provincial city hotel, this is just a warning that there can be some cases now and then. Of course, there are local hotels in provincial cities of Turkey where you can book a room with peace of mind. The crucial part here to do a little bit of research before your booking.

Another reason for unmarried couples booking a hotel room can be a problem is due to the concerns about the fame of the hotel. As you know, small places are more prone to gossips. Some people may think that if a hotel is allowing unmarried couples to stay in the same hotel can be due to the prostitution activities being allowed there. These kinds of rumors would lower the reliability of a hotel, and the owners would not want this to happen. So, they solve the problem radically by asking for a marriage certificate from guests.

Booking a Room as an Unmarried Foreign Couple

As an unmarried foreign couple, the chances for you to have trouble just because you want to book a hotel room is highly unlikely to happen. This is mainly due to Turkish people knowing that a foreigner’s culture is different from the Turkish culture, and expecting them to follow something that is not even a law in Turkey would be nonsense. 

What to do to avoid a situation like this?

Being rejected from the hotel just because you have wanted to book a room as an unmarried couple can be pretty annoying. You can always sue the hotel if something like this ever happens to you, as there are no legal regulations about not allowing unmarried couples to the hotel. But, if you do not want to struggle with all of those legal processes, then it is best to look for what to do to avoid a situation like this.

The best thing to do to avoid a situation like this is by making quick research. You can research the hotel you want to book a room from and learn about their policies. Keep in mind that the chances of you facing a situation like this in a hotel that has 3 or more stars are pretty unlikely, or even zero. If you choose a hotel with 3 or more stars, then you can get there with peace of mind. 

Besides, you would not have any trouble if you book your stay on well-known hotel reservation sites such as hotel.com and booking.com. Once you book your room, the hotel staff has no right to ask you about your marriage certificate, or even to ask if you are married.

If you could not find the relative information online and you want to be sure about the situation, then you can send an e-mail to the hotel or call them. They would be more than happy to help you with the situation. As I mentioned earlier, hotel owners have no right to not accept you just because you are an unmarried couple, and you have every right to sue them in any inconvenience.

İsmail Çamönü

Hi! I am Ismail. I am a digital nomad from Turkey. I lived in many cities around Turkey during my life and I am passionate about traveling. At Nomad's Guide to Turkey, I share travel tips for nomads, expats, and tourists who would like to visit Turkey.

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