Uygulama Hotels are operated by the government on a commercial basis. They are used to train students wanting to start a career in the tourism sector and also frequented by teachers and civil servants. Many tour companies use them.
They offer a good alternative to mainstream hotels and are generally very well managed. The Bornova Uygulama Hotel in Izmir is situated within walking distance of the large IKEA outlet and Bornova Forum shopping mall ( 15 minute walk). It is housed within the confines of a High School so drive carefully when you are coming and going by vehicle.
There is ample parking near the hotel. Access for the disabled might be a bit tricky since although there is a ramp it is very long and steep. Once inside the hotel there is a spacious lobby and well maintained Reception area. The staff are friendly and efficient and you are soon on your way to your room.
The price we paid for a double room with breakfast for two was 140 Turkish Lira ( £23.52 ). This is exceptionally good value for money for the quality of the room that we got. The room was tastefully decorated in part wallpaper and paint. There is a fridge and Wi-Fi and a well equipped bathroom. There are no tea or coffee facilities and although the hotel does seem to offer drinks in the Reception area you are quite a distance from any shops if you just want something quickly.
The nearest place to eat or buy anything is the Bornova Forum. The breakfast here is very good. A great selection of cold continental breakfast but with boiled eggs or omlette style hot food too. A good selection of cheeses and tea or coffee available. The hotel is well run and clean. The beds are comfortable and you are pretty much guaranteed a good nights sleep here since there is not busy traffic outside to worry about.
The other advantage is that you are pretty near the outer ring road so if you are heading in and out of Izmir the location is good. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for the duration of your stay in Bornova, Izmir.