Hotels in Istanbul
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Istanbul 311 yd from city centre
This inviting hotel lies in the heart of Istanbul, with countless shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and discos all around 100...
Istanbul 325 yd from city centre
Located right in the middle of the old in Istanbul formerly Byzance, walking distance to the major attractions of this world...
Sura Design Hotel & Suites
Istanbul 424 yd from city centre
The hotel is perfectly located at the center of Sultanahmet and within 1 minute walking distance to the tram stop. 18 kms...
Sura Hagia Sophia
Istanbul 424 yd from city centre
Centrally located in Sultanahmet, Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Sultanahmet Tram Stop. Boasting traditional...
Istanbul 518 yd from city centre
Location: Sultanahmet, 100 m from the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sophia, close to numerous restaurants, bars,...
Ottoman Hotel Imperialspecial Category
Istanbul 526 yd from city centre
This special category hotel is located in the Sultanhamet district, in the Old Town, just behind St. Sophia Mosque and Topkapi...
Erboy Sirkeci Group
Istanbul 877 yd from city centre
This hotel is situated in Sirkeci, in the wonderful old town of Istanbul. Sightseeing attractions such as the...
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The bejewelled centre of East meets West, Istanbul is one of the world’s must-visit locations. From breath-taking historical monuments through modern art, museums and an incredibly diverse culinary heritage, Istanbul is a living city with one foot in the past and one headed firmly for the future.
Istanbul has a wide variety of affordable accommodation options available for parties of all sizes. Whether you’re looking for rustic old-school charm or modernist chic, you’ll find the perfect room here.
Neighbourhoods of Istanbul
As a sprawling city of both dazzling cosmopolitan delights and ancient streets, you’ll find numerous neighbourhoods worth visiting, including
- Beyoğlu: This is the all-out centre of food, drink and entertainment. Expect an interesting blend of new and old with upmarket bars and rustic enclaves, all sprawling out from İstiklal Caddesi boulevard.
- Bazaar District: Home to Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, this is the place to shop for trinkets and souvenirs amid ancient streets surrounded by Ottomon buildings and mosques.
- Kadıköy: Located on the Asian side of Istanbul, Kadıköy is an area on the rise with hip and happening bars, cafes and shops.
- Üsküdar: A quiet residential corner of Istanbul, this neighbourhood is perfect for sea views and seafood.
What to see and do in Istanbul
With everything from world-class museums (Kariye, Aya Sofya and Archaeology Museum) to spectacular historic sites (Basilica Cistern, Dolmabahçe Palace and Topkapı Palace), heritage is at the heart of Istanbul. One of the best sights and sounds comes simply from traversing the city streets, listening to the müezzin call to prayer from the city-wide minarets as the sun sets over the classical architecture.
What to eat in Istanbul
Istanbul's cuisine is diverse, encapsulating everything from sizzling mezes to indulgent kebabs. To eat like a true local, seek out the fresh seafood restaurants and local wines. From menemen (scrambled eggs) to simit (a Turkish-style bagel), Istanbul provides incredible food at a range of budgets that's sure to entice the senses.
Typical events and festivals in Istanbul
This city is awash with historical and modern festivals and events, including everything from modern international jazz festivals to historical re-enactments (like the Conquest of Istanbul, 29 May).
How to move around in Istanbul
One of the most pleasant means of transport in the city is by boat, ferrying you from European to Asian shores. By ground, well-maintained metro, tram, bus and Dolmuş systems are ideal for traversing Istanbul’s must-see spots.
The climate in Istanbul
Istanbul's summer and spring seasons are hot and bustling with action, although it can often get unpleasantly hot in July (30°+). Winter, in contrast, is surprisingly cold (3°), with fairly warm autumns.
More interesting facts about and sights in Istanbul
Istanbul has a fantastic number of contemporary art museums, including the cutting-edge ARTER, a visual art gallery near Taksim Square. İstanbul Modern, Pera and Anna Laudel Contemporary are also well worth a visit for art lovers.