My family (wife and kids ages 7, 6, and 3) will be traveling this fall, and the best priced itinerary has us going through Istanbul. We would have a 6 hour layover during the day on one leg and then a 15 hour layover (from 11:35 PM to 2:40 PM the next day) on the other leg.
First, is there a hotel at the airport that we could go to without getting a visa? It wouldn't have to be spacious or super-nice, just something that would be clean and safe. With little kids in tow, we're not looking to explore - we just want this trip to be as painless as possible.
Second, is the airport a place where we could relatively comfortably spend six hours with little ones? Are there kid-friendly options at restaurants? Is it a safe enough airport for families?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!