Istanbul is literally city of two halves, split by the Bosphorus. Straddling two continents, with one foot in Europe, the other in Asia, its history stretches back some 2500 years, during much of which it was one of the world’s most important trading cities. There are so many ancient things to see here that it’s difficult to know where to start. But the first step is finding the best Istanbul hotels for you. And luckily our Gurus have a great list to get you inspired.
Our selection of the best Istanbul hotels covers the whole gamut: from top notch, no holes barred luxury overlooking the Bosphorus, to the best bargains in town without compromising on quality, character or service.
When selecting the best Istanbul hotels in terms of location there are lots to choose from, as the majority of the quality accommodation seems to be packed into the Sultanahmet district. But we pushed our Gurus to create the list of the best hotels in Istanbul, so they had to cull…
Staying in one of our Guru’s picks doesn’t need to stretch the wallet too far. And if your budget is small don’t worry, our best Istanbul hotels for budget travellers won’t disappoint in terms of location, quality or character.
Selecting the best Istanbul hotels with roof terraces is a daunting prospect as there are so many boasting ‘the best view in town’. Which is a doubly contentious question because which is the best view? – that of the Bosphorus, or do you prefer to look over historic mosques and palaces?
If you haven’t found the best hotels in Istanbul for you on this list then:
Pure opulence in this gorgeous riverside property. The ultimate place for romance and indulgence. Rooms feature rich coloured fabrics and walls and mix modern luxuries with traditional artifacts. A world renowned spa, private boats, elegant dining spaces and a glorious pool. A truly spoiling stay.
Istanbul (Yildiz Mh.)
Pampering luxury in the former palace of Ottoman Sultans on the banks of the Bosphorus. Lavish interiors are reminiscent of glamour from a bygone era. Award winning restaurants, huge pool terrace, great spa, and celestial views over the Bosphorous. A wonderfully romantic destination.
Istanbul (Askerocagi Caddesi 15)
An impressive luxury 5* hotel with stunning views of the Bosphorus. Elegant contemporary rooms with large windows, crisp linen, antique furniture and traditional artworks. Enjoy the award-winning spa, rooftop pool and wide selection of bars and restaurants. Ideal for business or pleasure.
Istanbul (Akbiyik Caddesi 34110)
Well designed combination of period style and modern facilities in this Ottoman house and adjoining 15th-century Hammam. Attractively furnished rooms with antiques, Turkish rugs, wall-hangings and Islamic folk art. An ‘archaeological garden’ for relaxing in. A tranquil crashpad in central Istanbul.
Istanbul (Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11/13)
A friendly oasis offering four-star comfort in the heart of the old town. Enjoy breakfast in the lovely garden courtyard and al fresco dining in the Turkish restaurant. Elegant rooms feature polished wood floors, kilims and wooden furniture. A real steal in a great location.
A collection of historic buildings, reminiscent 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 terrace bar.
An elegant base for exploring the sights of Sultanahmet. Fantastic views over the city and sea from the roof top terrace. Rooms festure parquet floors and cream furnishings dotted with Turkish artifacts. The triple suites are ideal for groups or families.
Istanbul (Ticarethane Sokak 15,)
Recently renovated in modern Turkish design and an unbeatable location. Superb rooftop bar-terrace where fantastic sea views can be enjoyed. Well designed uncluttered rooms with wall-hung killim rugs and traditional colours. An excellent base for exploring and reasonable rates too.
A sophisticated and contemporary hotel in Istanbul's arty Beyoglu district. 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. Well situated for getting around the city.
Boutique hotel located in Sultanahmet, with a spectacular and unique panorama view from its roof top restaurant. Chic rooms in Ottoman style decor and friendly staff ensure great value for money. Ideally situated to explore Istanbul.
Ottoman style grandeur in this converted prison. Elegant rooms with large windows, soft hues and antique furniture overlook the historic part of the city. A small but indulgent spa. Dine on phenomenal cuisine in the pretty courtyard. A luxurious choice ideally placed to explore the city.