Hotels in Istanbul
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Istanbul 142 yd from city centre
The Sultanahmet Palace Hotel is located right behind the Blue Mosque and across from the Mosaic museum. Sultanahmet Palace...
Istanbul 192 yd from city centre
The preferred airport for Blue House Hotel is Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.) - 13.7 km / 8.5 mi. Distances are calculated in...
Sarnic Premier & Spa
Istanbul 196 yd from city centre
Location: in the historic centre Sultanahmet, within walking distance of major attractions including the Blue Mosque, Haghia...
Istanbul 208 yd from city centre
Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket...
Armagrandi Spina Hotelspecial Category
Istanbul 212 yd from city centre
Location: in Sultanahmet, Istanbul's old quarter and beside the Sultanahmet metro station. 1 Km. from the Istanbul Straight....
Timeks Suites &
Istanbul 217 yd from city centre
Timeks Apart is located on a quiet street in Sultanahmet area, only 5 minutes’ walk from Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern....
Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul
Istanbul 220 yd from city centre
The hotel is located in a quiet side street off Küçük Ayasofya Caddesi, a major street leading directly to the Sultanahmet...
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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.