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Every city is unique, but there's nowhere akin to Istanbul. Straddling two continents, Istanbul (once Constantinople) has always been a place of vibrant fusion between east and west. The last stronghold of the Roman Empire, the beating heart of the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman capital, Istanbul's history is one of dramatic sieges and conquests, and of immense trading wealth. Much of Istanbul's glorious past is still visible and visitable. Amongst the famous domes of mosques and graceful Orthodox churches, visitors can see the Roman catacombs, Byzantine battlements, Ottoman palaces - some of which have now been converted into the best places to stay in Istanbul.

But Istanbul's golden days are certainly not behind it. This city is as lively as ever, packed with great restaurants, forward thinking galleries and 'hip' bars and clubs. It might be Istanbul's historic wonders which draw you here, but it might just be the modern wonders which draw you back.

Istanbul's position, on both sides of the Bosphorus, which is a narrow straight between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, can probably be held responsible for the city's importance and wealth, but also its desirability when it came to plunder.

For the modern day visitor it also means magical views and a number of waterfronts to explore. Most of Istanbul's most bucket-list-worthy sights are in the Sultanahmet District, but it's certainly getting out and about into Istanbul's other districts, and onto the water to explore further into the Golden Horn estuary.

The Best Places to Stay in Istanbul

Sultanahmet District: The Best Place to Stay in Istanbul for a City Break

Most visitors head immediately for the Sultanahmet district, where the city’s iconic sights – the 6th-century Aya Sofya cathedral, the great mosques, Topkapi Palace – cluster within walking distance of each other. As well as being home to a number of stylish boutique hotels, this is also where you'll find many of the best places to stay in Istanbul if you're on a budget.

  • Sari Konak offers elegant and great value rooms, including triple suites for groups or families. Plus a roof terrace with fabulous views.
  • The Empress Zoe is in an excellent spot, and effortlessly combines period style with modern comforts. And there's the added bonus of a pretty garden for relaxing in.
  • The Seven Hills Hotel boasts eighteen rooms and suites decorated in Ottoman style. The main draw is the incredible roof top restaurant with breathtaking views and great seafood.

For Luxury

Most of Istanbul's luxury hotels are located on the shores of the Bosphorus, across the Golden Horn from the historic centre.

  • Çirağan Palace Kempinski has arguably the most stunning pool terrace in town, plus well regarded restaurants and a top notch spa.
  • Hotel Les Ottomans is a must for those who love over the top luxury. The pool terrace is lavish and the rooms make you feel like a Sultan or Sultana.

The Business District: For Istanbul's Best Design Hotels

Close to Taksim, the previously slightly seedy inner-city areas around Beyoglu and Cihangir are undergoing something of a renaissance, with new bars, clubs, restaurants. For hipsters it is easily one of the best places to stay in Istanbul.

  • The Hotel Witt Istanbul Suites is a must for the design conscious; offering sleek modern lines and minimalist interiors.
  • The Ritz Carlton offers top notch facilities aimed at both the business and leisure traveller. Great spa and pool, plus a range of bars and restaurants.

For those on a budget

Many of the best places to stay in Istanbul might appear to be fairly top end in terms of pricing, but there are still a sizable chunk of properties that are great value, whilst not scrimping on service. Our top picks are:

  • Hotel Sari Konak - perfectly situated for seeing the sights in Sultanahmet, and a snip with comfortable rooms from only £66 per night B&B.
  • HHK boasts a swimming pool & roof top terrace bar with great views over the city. Here doubles start from just £75 per night.B&B.
  • Portus House is a stylish guesthouse close to the Bosphorus. If you don't mind sharing a bathroom, you can pick up a double room for only £49 per night B&B.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Istanbul, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Portus House Istanbul

    Istanbul (Mumhane Cd No:31)

    A small simple guesthouse close to the Bosphorus. Charming contemporary rooms have white walls, exposed brickwork and splashes of colour. A great location and excellent value.

    10 rooms from $66
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of both Sultanahmet and Taksim
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Mama Shelter

    Istanbul (Ş. Hüseyin Ay Sk No:50)

    A highly modern hotel designed for the 21st century visitor, whether travelling alone, as a couple, in a group or as a family. Chic contemporary white rooms with all the mod cons. Meeting spaces, restaurant, bar and terrace. Excellent value too.

    81 rooms from $78
    Groups  -  Triple rooms.
    Value chic
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Ansen Suites

    Istanbul (Meşrutiyet Cd No:70)

    A sophisticated collection of apartments with kitchenettes in a bustling area of Istanbul. Chic contemporary suites have parquet floors, quirky interior design, all the mod cons and stand alone bath tubs. A stylish spot for couples and families.

    10 rooms from $84
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Many sites accessible on foot including the Istanbul Modern Art Museum
    Local markets  -  A short walk from the Fish Market
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Hotel Sari Konak

    Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

    A comfortable base for exploring the sights of Sultanahmet with fantastic views over the city and sea from the roof top terrace cafe. Elegant rooms with parquet floors and cream furnishings. The triple suites are ideal for groups or families.

    23 rooms from $89
    Views  -  Excellent views from the roof terrace cafe.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Galata Antique Hotel

    Istanbul (Tunel)

    Luxury hotel in historic 19th century Neo-Renaissance mansion. Elegant rooms have funky individual decor, high ceilings, marble bathrooms and double glazed windows. Centrally located in city, within walking distance of sights including Galata Tower and Taksim Square. Roof terrace with city views.

    22 rooms from $134
    Sights nearby  -  Centrally located, within walking distance to Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Museum of Modern Arts, Hagia Triada
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Lush Hotel

    Istanbul (No:12 Taksim)

    Fun hotel in the heart of Taksim in Istanbul. Rooms modern and contemporary, with individual decor, free wifi, air conditioning and private balconies. Centrally located close to bars, restaurants and historical sites. Hip and stylish. Ideal for a city weekend break.

    44 rooms from $135
    Sights nearby  -  Including Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • SuB Hotel


    A gorgeous have of peace and tranquility in a quiet neighbourhood. Chic, contemporary, and understated living space filled with natural light, wooden floors, characterful pieces of furniture. Rooms and connecting rooms are spacious and modern. A unique spot with no frills attached.

    18 rooms from $100
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the Karakoy district, close to many attractions
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • HHK

    Istanbul (Hayriye Hanım Sk,)

    A quiet hotel in a traditional Turkish neighbourhood. Rooms are elegant with creamy furnishings. Swimming pool, restaurant, and roof top terrace bar. A charming spot and great value too.

    21 rooms from $101
    Views  -  Many rooms have great Bosphorus views
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of many attractions including the Grand Bazaar and Galata Tower
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor rooftop pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • SuB Karakoy

    Istanbul (Karaköy)

    Uniquely furnished hotel which combines maritime design with a focus on comfort. Located between the old and new cities of Istanbul, allowing for easy forays into both sides of Turkey's capital. Full Turkish breakfast brought to your room, where anti-stress mattresses and LED TV come as standard.

    from $111
    Quirky  -  Nautical theme.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Hotel Nomade

    Istanbul (Ticarethane Sokak 15,)

    Recently renovated comfortable rooms and an unbeatable location at an affordable price - plus superb rooftop bar-terrace where delicious breakfasts and fantastic sea views can be enjoyed. Well designed uncluttered rooms with wall-hung killim rugs and traditional colours.

    16 rooms from $113
    Value chic
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Empress Zoe

    Istanbul (Akbiyik Caddesi 34110)

    Well located combination of period style and modern facilities. Adjoining Ottoman houses and a 15th-century hammam. Attractively furnished rooms with antiques, Turkish rugs, wallhangings and Islamic folk art. Also, an ‘archaeological garden’ for relaxing in.

    25 rooms from $113
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Ayasofya Konaklari

    Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

    A collection of historic buildings, redolent of the city’s Ottoman past, converted to a stylish hotel next door to Aya Sofya. Picturesque painted wooden houses each with 10 en-suite rooms and apartments in Ottoman style - maroon velvet, gilt and ornate furniture. A lovely garden too.

    64 rooms from $124
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Garden House Hotel

    Istanbul (Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11/13)

    Friendly oasis offering four-star comfort with a surprisingly affordable price tag in the heart of the old town. A lovely garden courtyard and breakfast area. Rooms with polished wood floors, kilims and wooden furniture. A real steal in a great location.

    36 rooms from $181
    Value chic
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Hammamhane

    Istanbul (Beyoglu)

    Nestled in Cukurcuma, 'the Soho of Istanbul', Hammamhane is a renovated apartment-hotel. All rooms are uniquely designed with an eye to contrasting traditional and contemporary styles. Exposed brickwork is the backdrop to colourful yet clean furniture. All studio units boast fully equipped kitchens.

    14 rooms from $141
    Sights nearby  -  The Museum of Innocence and Istanbul Modern are within a 10 minute walk
    Local markets  -  The Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar are within a few kilometres
  • The House Hotel Galatasaray

    Istanbul (Bostanbaşı Cd No:19)

    A striking Ottoman townhouse with enormous suites. Rooms and suites have high ceilings, chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, parquet floors and creamy furnishings. Lovely lounge-bar-restaurant. A stylish, romantic, and family friendly spot in the Beyoglu district.

    20 rooms from $152
    City Style
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller
  • Adahan

    Istanbul (Mesrutiyet Cad, Asmalimescit, Beyoglu)

    Housed on the top floor of a grand 1874 building, with a roof terrace and restaurant with views over the Galata District. This charming hotel has been restored maintaining its high ceilings, wooden floors & attractive period furniture together with the modern necessities to create an excellent hotel

    40 rooms from $158
    Restaurant  -  Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Cachi Lokanta roof top bar/resturant with a terrace, which serves Turkish cuisine
    Suites  -  Sunny light standard rooms and suites with architectural details, frescos, vaulted ceilings and marble bathrooms
    Historic  -  The nighbourhood was once the base for European merchants mainly from Genoa and Venice
    Views  -  Great views across the city from the rooftop bar restaurant
  • The Sofa Nisantasi

    Istanbul (Teşvikiye Fırın Sk No:41)

    A large and impressive art hotel with cutting edge modern design. Enormous rooms and suites have all the mod cons, contemporary furnishings, balconies, and lots of natural light. Excellent restaurant, spa, and art gallery. Very stylish, very central.

    82 rooms from $169
    City Style
    Spa  -  Detox and wellness centre offering a wide range of treatments
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, CN Traveller
  • The House Hotel Bosphorus

    Istanbul (Ortaköy)

    A sophisticated townhouse hotel in a fishing village outside Istanbul. Chic spacious rooms and suites in creams and ochres with stunning views over the Bosphorous. Restaurant, gym, and lots to do. Stylish and family friendly.

    26 rooms from $169
    Village  -  Ortakoy is an old fishing village outside Istanbul.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Bosphorous.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Amira Hotel

    Istanbul (Mustafa Paşa Sk No:43)

    A small stylish hotel with an excellent restaurant and spa in the heart of the Sultanahmet. Contemporary rooms and family rooms have parquet floors, plush furnishings, and balconies. An excellent restaurant and terrace with spectacular views.

    35 rooms from $179
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to all major attractions including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • The House Hotel Nisantasi

    Istanbul (Abdi İpekçi St No:34)

    A super sophisticated hotel in Istanbul's most upmarket neighbourhood. Rooms and suites of epic proportions are sultry and sophisticated. Floor to ceiling windows, neutral tones, fireplaces, all the mod cons. Gym, meeting rooms, massage. Extremely sleek.

    44 rooms from $179
    City Style  -  A sophisticated hotel in an upscale neighbourhood.
    Sights nearby  -  Sultanahmet, the historic heart of Old Istanbul.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Tomtom suites

    Istanbul (Tomtom Kaptan Sk No:18)

    A superbly renovated former convent with chic, but understated rooms and suites. Contemporary rooms and suites have lots of natural light, subtle tones, parquet floors and all the mod cons. Delightful bistro, roof top terrace, and minutes from the best shopping. Stylish, not pretentious.

    20 rooms from $181
    City Style
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
  • The Marti Hotel

    Istanbul (Taksim)

    Set just back from Taksim Square in the heart of bustling Istanbul, this quiet and cool oasis blends contemporary interiors with understated Ottoman opulence. Welcoming staff and first class service. Magnificent roof terrace with stunning views from the 11th floor. Luxurious spa and two restaurants

    270 rooms from $186
    Restaurant  -  Quad Restaurant & Bar serves Middle Easterm staples and Asian fast food and the Brasserie for seafood linguine
    Suites  -  Thirty-one suites with Turkish marble steam bathrooms, damask fabrics, velevet throws and gilded cornonets
    Roof terrace  -  Dazzling roof terrace with hot tub, bar and panoramic views of the city
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Gezi Hotel Bosphorus

    Istanbul (No 34 Taksim)

    An area of tranquillity in an otherwise busy part of Istanbul, this hotel offers everything needed for a break from the hectic city. Private garden, gym and traditional massage facilities offer a sense of calm, complimented by the Italian restaurant and bar. The hotel is almost emission free.

    from $189
    Massage  -  Traditional Turkish massages available
    Eco  -  Hotel close to zero emissions
    Local markets  -  Istanbul bazaars
    Views  -  Stunning views of the Bosphorus.
  • W Istanbul

    Istanbul (Beşiktaş)

    One of Istanbul's more lively and stylish hotels. Chic contemporary design throughout. Rooms and suites some with four poster beds have all the mod cons, hot tubs, balconies. Excellent restaurant, cabana style terrace, and a bar that attracts party goers.

    134 rooms from $195
    Lively  -  The hotel is a nightlife hotspot for some of Istanbul's most glamourous.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance of Galata Tower and Taksim Square
    Spa  -  W day spa
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Sumahan on the Water

    Istanbul (Kuleli Cd No:51)

    Designer chic loft suites in a stunning location overlooking the Bosphorus. Loft-style suites have all the mod cons, crisp clean lines, fireplaces, polished wood floors, and kilim rugs. Excellent restaurant, terrace, and lots to do. Luxurious, romantic, and family friendly.

    24 rooms from $197
    Views  -  Wonderful views across the Bosphorus
    Outstanding location  -  Magical waterfront views.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller
  • Hotel Witt Istanbul Suites

    Istanbul (Cihangir)

    Modern all-suite hotel in a newly trendy part of the city. Loft-style suites with wooden floors and large open spaces - ideal for the design conscious. Each room has a mini kitchen and microwave. Fantastic roof top sunbathing terrace.

    17 rooms from $203
    City Style
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Seven Hills Hotel

    Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

    Boutique hotel located in Sultanahmet, with a spectacular and unique panorama from its roof top restaurant. Chic rooms in Ottoman style decor and friendly staff ensure great value for money.

    18 rooms from $208
    City Style
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia within walking distance
  • A'jia Hotel


    A beautiful white mansion on the water's edge. Sumptuous elegant rooms and suites in creams with all the mod cons and balconies. Wonderful riverside restaurant and bar. Easy access to all attractions. Romantic, gourmet, family friendly.

    16 rooms from $225
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
  • Pera Palace hotel

    Istanbul (Meşrutiyet Cd No:98)

    A grand hotel with traditional opulent interiors and sophisticated rooms and suites. Three restaurants to choose from, extensive spa, and gorgeous terraces. A stylish choice filled with historic grandeur.

    99 rooms from $231
    Foodies  -  Excellent selection of restaurants.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the Beyoglu district, close to many major attractions.
    Swimming Pool  -  Jet streamed swimming pool
  • Georges Hotel Galata

    Istanbul (Beyoğlu)

    A stunning hotel that combines modern design and timeless glamour. Stylish cosmopolitan rooms have parquet floors, elegant furniture, lots of natural light, marble bathrooms and giant balconies. Fantastic French restaurant and terrace. A very special hotel.

    20 rooms from $280
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    City Style
  • The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

    Istanbul (Askerocagi Caddesi 15)

    Excellent leisure facilities, a good location in the newer part of the city, and some super-value special deals for visitors. Elegant contemporary rooms with excellent views over the Bosphorous, superb spa and pool, wide selection of bars and restaurants. Great for the business and pleasure.

    244 rooms from $512
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Çirağan Palace Kempinski

    Istanbul (Yildiz Mh.)

    Pampering luxury in the former palace of Ottoman Sultans on the banks of the Bosphorus. Excellent seaside restaurant, huge pool terrace, highly regarded restaurants, great spa, and celestial views over the Bosphorous. A cocoon for sybarites.

    313 rooms from $608
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet

    Istanbul (Sultanahmet-Eminönü)

    Superb food with views to match, exceptional service and rooms that are impossible to leave. Fabulous views from the roof top terrace of the minarets of Sultanahmet. Understatedly elegant rooms in neutral tones with private balconies. The restaurant serves the best modern Turkish cuisine.

    65 rooms from $619
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Hotel les Ottomans

    Istanbul (Beşiktaş)

    Over-the-top opulence, extreme luxury, great views and the most expensive rooms in town. The ultimate place for romance and indulgence. Excellent food and terraces overhanging the sea to dine on, beautiful pool terrace, lavish rooms. A hotel fit for a Sultan and his Sultana.

    10 rooms from $901
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

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